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The Aristodemo’s play Piazza Angelio

The Aristodemo’s play Piazza Angelio

The Aristodemo’s were in Piazza Angelio this evening to give their musical touch of authentic Italian swing to the proceedings as the election campaign 2019 came to a close.

The Aristodemo’s are: Andrea Gonnella (Vocals), Keane (percussioni / percussion), Alessandro Rizzardi (Mandolino / Mandolin and Sax), Fabio Guazzelli (chitarra / guitar),  Leo Gnesi on double–bass The band came together in the winter of 2009 when local musicians Alessandro Rizzardi (mandolino), Keane (Percussioni), Fabio Guazelli (chitarra), Leo Gnesi (contro bass), and Andrea Gonnella (cantante) found each other […]

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25th April celebrations in Sommocolonia

25th April celebrations in Sommocolonia

Festa della Liberazione - The 25th April is the day that Italy commemorates the liberation of the country by Allied troops in the Second World War.

The celebrations for the 25th April took place not just in Barga but also included for the eighth year running, “the liberation walk” up to Sommocolonia via the old mule track. Once again, a huge participation this year with people almost queing up at one point to go up the track. A fine day with […]

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The Aristodemos play The Locanda (for the last time)

The Aristodemos play The Locanda  (for the last time)

Francesco Piacentini and Giulio Turriani's project finally came to a close after almost five years

Piazza Annunziata is one of the first piazzas that visitors to Barga come across when coming into the city for the first time but is generally perceived as a kind of transit piazza as people are moving further into the city towards the larger piazzas of Piazza Angelio and Piazza Salvo Santi. Back in 2014  all that changed […]

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M’Illumino di meno 2019 – Da Aristo

M’Illumino di meno 2019 – Da Aristo

A bicycle with dynamos attached to the rear wheel was connected up to a red light over the heads of Barga Swing Band - The Aristodemo’s.

1st March 2019  is the National Saving Energy Day, “M’illumino di meno” which is held each year in Italy when people try out various systems that visibly show that they are attempting to save energy. The campaign was launched by the Italian radio programme Caterpillar in 2005 and seeks to reduce private and public energy […]

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The Aristodemo’s play the Fiera d’Ottobre

The Aristodemo’s play the Fiera d’Ottobre

the 12th annual festival of mushrooms, chestnuts and truffles at Castiglione di Garfagnana.

The Italian swing band, The Aristodemos left their home town of Barga and instead  moved further up the valley and made themselves heard inside the walls of another medieval walled town – this time Castiglione di Garfagnana. They were there for the Autumn festival now in its twelfth year with the emphasis strongly on the palate […]

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The Aristodemos: swing and chips 2018

The Aristodemos: swing and chips 2018

for the third year running, The Aristodemo's were playing last night at the fish and chip festival in Barga - allo stadio “Johnny Moscardini” di Barga la Sagra del Fish and chips, del pesce e patate

Swing & Chips ovvero la storica sagra del pesce e patate incontra lo swing degli Aristodemo’s per una serata speciale in collaborazione con BargaJazz. Dalle ore 19:00 si aprono i cancelli per la serata di Fish & Chips. Dalle ore 21:30 The Aristodemo’s con Andrea Gonnella, Fabio Guazzelli, Keane, Alessandro Rizzardi, Leo Gnesi  Andrea Gonnella […]

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The Aristodemos play the Villa di Riposo Pascoli

The Aristodemos play the Villa di Riposo Pascoli

The Aristodemo’s are: Andrea Gonnella (Vocals), Keane (percussioni / percussion), Alessandro Rizzardi (Mandolino / Mandolin and Sax), Fabio Guazzelli (chitarra / guitar) and special guest Fabio Di Tanno on d.bass

O Sarracino, Renato Carosone – A great song and still greater performance by Renato Carosone and Gegè Di Giacomo. Written in 1958 by Carosone and Nisa, the “Sarracino” – etymologically “Saracen” is a nickname for a handsome, dark-haired guy, a rogue every woman dreams of, with curly hair and a suntanned face. At first Carosone […]

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The Aristodemos – O sarracino!

The Aristodemos – O sarracino!

The Aristodemo’s are: Andrea Gonnella (Vocals), Keane (percussioni / percussion), Alessandro Rizzardi (Mandolino / Mandolin and Sax), Fabio Guazzelli (chitarra / guitar) and guest: Renato Marcianò on double bass

    O Sarracino, Renato Carosone – A great song and still greater performance by Renato Carosone and Gegè Di Giacomo. Written in 1958 by Carosone and Nisa, the “Sarracino” – etymologically “Saracen” is a nickname for a handsome, dark-haired guy, a rogue every woman dreams of, with curly hair and a suntanned face. At […]

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The Aristodemo’s play Camporgiano

The Aristodemo’s play Camporgiano

The Aristodemo’s are: Andrea Gonnella (Vocals), Keane (percussioni / percussion), Renato Marcianò on double bass, Alessandro Rizzardi (Mandolino / Mandolin and Sax), Fabio Guazzelli (chitarra / guitar)

Pouring rain in Camporgiano DID NOT  stop the Barga swing band from strutting their stuff.     The band came together in the winter of 2009 when local musicians Alessandro Rizzardi (mandolino), Keane (Percussioni), Fabio Guazelli (chitarra), Leo Gnesi (contro bass), and Andrea Gonnella (cantante) found each other in Aristo’s enoteca, with instruments in hand, […]

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Scotland: Music written specially for The Aristodemos

Scotland: Music written specially for The Aristodemos

DA ARISTO - Written by Linsey and dedicated to Giovani, Antonella, Lorenzo, Keane, The Aristodemos and all the wonderful people who inhabit this wonderful little bar, the unofficial cultural centre of Barga, the most Scottish town in Tuscany, Italy.

Back in 2014 we published an article about the Scottish folk musicians, Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell who are regular visitors to the city and mentioned that once again their particular sound was heard in Barga Vecchia as they gave a series of impromptu “mini- concerts” in five different locations through out the city. Why five […]

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Mostra di Matteo Lunardi all’Antico Caffè Tognini

Mostra di Matteo Lunardi all’Antico Caffè Tognini

with music by The Aristodemos (lite)

The Antico Caffè Tognini at Castelnuovo in Garfagnana was the location last night for the exhibition of the latest images by the photographer  Matteo Lunardi. Inaugurazione della mostra fotografica “il bello vicino casa” di Matteo Lunardi..una serie di scatti che immortalano la nostra stupenda Garfagnana. Il tutto accompagnato da aperitivo a Buffet e musica live […]

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The Aristodemos play Barga in Cioccolato

The Aristodemos play Barga in Cioccolato

The Aristodemos braved the freezing cold and spent 3 hours playing out in the piazzas of Barga Vecchia for the 12th annual Chocolate Festa in Barga this year

Praline, torte, cioccolate calde, fondute, mousse, tavolette ripiene, liquori e tante altre produzioni artigianali a base di cioccolato. Torna a Barga la 12^ edizione del festival interamente dedicato ai maestri del cacao. Venerdì 8, Sabato 9 e domenica 10 dicembre per le vie del centro storico barghigiano sarà possibile assaggiare e acquistare tante particolari specialità […]

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