words by Frank Viviano - images by Keane
words by Frank Viviano - images by Keane
swing music and roast chestnuts in Barga Vecchia
On what seemed like a spring day with bright blue sky and high temperatures, the annual Autumn Festa took place this afternoon in Barga Vecchia. The Aristodemos were there to add their touch of swing to the event as chestnuts were roasted over open fires outside Da Aristos. Normally for the Autumn festa there would […]
An interesting short message on twitter.com today … “What’s 60 years old and has been in space? Me of course and… Sputnik-1, the first satellite ever launched! Happy Birthday #Sputnik60” On Oct. 4, 1957, Sputnik 1 successfully launched and entered Earth’s orbit. Thus, began the space age. The successful launch shocked the world, giving the […]
They would not listen, they did not know how Perhaps they'll listen now
A welcome return to Barga for Joel Piacentini. He was last here for a well received concert in the piazza in August of last year (article here), today it was a far quieter and cooler affair as the piazza was almost deserted as he played “Vincent”- the song by Don McLean written as a tribute to […]
Francesco Martinelli and his portable windup 78 player outside DaAristo's in Barga Vecchia
Flashmob in Barga vecchia this morning as the journalist and musicologist Francesco Martinelli arrived in the piazza with a windup gramophone and a small selection of his 78 rpm jazz records. Within minutes a crowd of interested people joined him at Da Aristo’s. Any flat disc record, made between about 1898 and the late 1950s […]
Antonio Ghezzani viene dagli studi classici. Diplomato al Conservatorio di Livorno, è stato, in seguito, allievo di Alberto Ponce alla Normale di Parigi, diventando prima chitarra della “Philharmonie de Fontainebleu” durante l’esecuzione del “Concierto de Aranjuez”. Nella sua carriera ha voluto spaziare dal rock al cantautorato, dalla musica classica occidentale ed orientale alla musica folk […]
Piazza Salvo Salvi in Barga Vecchia completely filled with people enjoying the music of Manolo Strimpelli
Debutto della Nait Orkestra al cospetto dello storico locale della cultura e della sbornia barghigiana, non mancate a degustar salumi e vini muovendo le adipose natiche al ritmo della nostra Gastromusic Manolo Strimpelli Nait Orkestra – Uno spettacolo fantasmagorico fatto di musica, animazione, prestidigitazione e poesia. Una cornice circense ed onirica, tra lucine e cianfrusaglie […]
In addition to Tom Waits, Torrez has shared the stage with Buena Vista Social Club, Jethro Tull, Tony Levin, Bill Laswell, Kinky, Sidestepper, Pancho Sanchez, Mumiy Troll, Francisco Aguabella and many more.
Omar Torrez Biography “Omar Torrez’s lysergic Latin guitar fluttered like a Bossa Nova hummingbird, a neon Andres Segovia, runs punctuated with Bill Frissel sustains and Hendrix air-raid siren chords.” ~ Flagstaff Live Omar Torrez’s musical recipe is equal parts post-modern rock, Mexican and Cuban Son, gutbucket blues, spiced with stunning guitar wizardry and playfully irreverent […]
this year it was the Barga swing band, The Aristodemo's who were awarded the “Aristo 2017 – La Piazza della Musica”
Sunday night in Barga Vecchia was the presentation of the new CD by The Aristodemo’s – called “THE BIROLDO TAPES ” – full article here The setting for the presentation was absolutely perfect as of course it was in that piazza that the main guiding influence of the whole project – Aristodemo Casciani, ran his […]
could it be that the full face hipster beard is a thing of the past ?
For the past 25 years or so Keane has grown a beard during the winter and shaved it off each Easter. According to him, it is a tradition to celebrate the rebirth or the renewal once the spring arrives. Strangely enough what was essentially a private event has over the years become almost a public […]
Mondine - roast chestnuts and music this weekend at the unofficial cultural centre of Barga - Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia.
It’s still chilly at night but the spring weather seems to have arrived in this area with warming sunshine during the day. People are starting to appear in the piazzas again after the long winter and this weekend at Da Aristo’s there was something different in the air. There was the unmistakable smell of wood […]