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Aristo’s Corner Festival: Andrea Vincenti Swing Trio

Aristo’s Corner Festival: Andrea Vincenti Swing Trio

Renato Marcianò, Andrea Vincenti and Matteo Landucci

Now in its third year organised by the dynamic crew at the Da Aristo bar in Piazza Salvo Salvi in Barga Vecchia, The Aristo’s Corner Festival has as its main aim to promote new and emerging young talent and tonight the piazza was full once again with people enjoying themselves in the balmy evening air […]

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L’ Aristo’s Corner: Riccardo Zappa in concert

L’ Aristo’s Corner: Riccardo Zappa in concert

with Federico Bragaglia on drums

Well we did say “look out for a concert by Riccardo Zappa in Barga shortly” but we didn’t really expect that it would take over year (article here) but finally this evening there he was on stage in Piazza Salvo Salvi as the “jewel in the crown” of this summers Aristo’s Corner Concerts.     One […]

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Disco lights in Aristo’s ?

Something strange is happening down in Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia. Could it possibly be that there are disco lights playing in Barga’s most traditional bar ?

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30 second scribbles at Aristo’s

scribbling inside Aristo's bar with the WACOM Inkling - music of course from the Aristodemo's

A short video using the Wacom Inkling which was tested some time ago at Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia. Scribbled sketches in to a small notebook which are then picked up by the receiver and transferred to the computer via USB. While there are other ink-to-digital pens out there, the difference here is Wacom’s pressure technology. which […]

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Autoharp played outside Aristo’s in Barga

Autoharp played outside Aristo’s in Barga

Lara Hardin playing and singing "The Irish Rover"

The autoharp is a musical string instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers, which, when depressed, mute all of the strings other than those that form the desired chord. Despite its name, the autoharp is not a harp at all, but a chorded zither   On the 4th of July, 1806 We […]

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Il Casciani 3.0: Buoni propositi e favorevoli auspici

Il Casciani 3.0: Buoni propositi e favorevoli auspici

L ‘ANIMA DEL COMMERCIO

Just published on the social networks is an open letter/ article with its central point the changing of the guard at Aristo’s  – the famous bar in Barga Vecchia which has been without a doubt the unofficial cultural centre of Barga and run by the Casciani family for three generations which has officially closed its […]

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National Saving Energy Day – “M’illumino di meno”

National Saving Energy Day –  “M’illumino di meno”

This year once again they used the well tried and tested bicycle powered music system.

14th February 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 2004 and seeks to reduce private and public energy use. […]

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Guitar, mandolin and drum

Guitar, mandolin and drum

there were only 5 other people in the bar when this track was recorded but it has already been download more than 5000 times

It would be something of an understatement to say that the weather recently has not been that kind but on a miserable, wet rainy, chilly and above all dark, January afternoon what could be better than some music to brighten your day? The brief recording is only two and a half minutes long and there […]

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Musicians in Aristo’s already practicing the Befana song

Musicians in Aristo’s already practicing the Befana song

3 separate versions of the same traditional song for the Befana

La Befana The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday […]

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The Forgotten Templars – Mcaldwell Hunter

The Forgotten Templars – Mcaldwell Hunter

Most of the novel was written in the town of Barga in northern Tuscany, Italy over the period of two summers.

A new book has just been published on the Internet – The Forgotten Templars by Mcaldwell Hunter – a new name to the publishing world … it is in fact his first novel but once again the idea that Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia is the unofficial cultural centre of the city takes another step […]

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Blast from the Past – 2005 – Silvano Togneri outsider musician

Blast from the Past – 2005 – Silvano Togneri outsider musician

Silvano Togneri outsider musician

The SILVANO TOGNERI – outsider musician site can be seen here The outsider musician Silvano Togneri was for many years one of the regulars at Aristodemo Casciani’s bar in Barga Vecchia  – more information about Aristo and his bar can be found here Outsider music is music performed either by social outsiders, who have no or […]

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Music outside Aristo’s with Giuliano Nardi

Music outside Aristo’s with Giuliano Nardi

autumn sounds in Barga Vecchia

Giuliano Nardi Giuliano Nardi who has featured on barganews  many times over the years was once again outside Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia this afternoon with his fisarmonica – the accordion. The accordion is a portable box-shaped musical instrument of the hand-held bellows-driven free-reed aerophone family, sometimes referred to as a squeezebox. A person who plays the accordion is called […]