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The Aristodemos play the Autumn Festa at Da Aristo

The Aristodemos play the Autumn Festa at Da Aristo

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 […]

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The Aristodemo’s play Castelnuovo

The Aristodemo’s play Castelnuovo

“Giovedì… Pollo!” Questo il titolo della divertente, e originale, iniziativa ideata dall’associazione ComeTe di Castelnuovo di Garfagnana e sposata subito dall’associazione commercianti del capoluogo e dal comune che hanno patrocinato l’evento.

More than 100 people sat down in the main piazza in Castelnouvo last night (which had been closed to traffic for the occasion) and enjoyed freshly roasted chicken and some swing music from the Barga band, The Aristodemo’s. The band came together in the winter of 2009 when local musicians Alessandro Rizzardi (mandolino), Keane (bodhran […]

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The Aristodemos: new CD recorded

The Aristodemos: new CD recorded

Well it has been talked about for some time but finally it looks as though the Barga swing group, The Aristodemos are finally getting their act together and recording a CD. Back in November of last year they were all hard at work in a new rehearsal space in Barga Vecchia at Il Melograno di Melissa the […]

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Clouds over Barga

2 minutes of calm with music from the Aristodemos

The Aristodemo’s are: Andrea Gonnella (Vocals), Keane (percussioni / percussion), Leo Gnesi (contro bass), Alessandro Rizzardi (Mandolino / Mandolin and Sax), Fabio Guazzelli (chitarra / guitar) Ugo Menconi (Accordion) 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 […]

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Gran Festa d’Autunno. Musica, mondine e vin brulè

Gran Festa d’Autunno. Musica, mondine e vin brulè

The Aristodemo's defy the weather and play in the piazza for the last musical concert of the season

Domenica 23 ottobre, tradizionale festa d’Autunno in piazza del Comune. The Aristodemo’s chiudono la stagione dei concerti dell’Aristo. Inizia ufficialmente la stagione del vin brulè e delle mondine. Più siamo e meglio stiamo. Abbiamo sfidato il tempo squisitamente autunnale. Del resto, era la festa d’autunno   The Aristodemo’s are: Andrea Gonnella (Vocals), Keane (percussioni / […]

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The Aristodemos and friends : swing and chips

The Aristodemos and friends : swing and chips

The last night of the Fish and chips festival – Sagra del Pesce e Patate at the Moscardini Stadium in Barga was a swinging affair as The Aristodemos were there to add a musical presence to the event with their mixture of traditional Italian songs all laced with a heady mixture of swing. As can […]

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The Aristodemos play Undici Undici in Lucca

The Aristodemos play Undici Undici in Lucca

Andrea Gonnella – Vocals | Fabio Guazzelli – Guitar | Alessandro Rizzardi – Mandolin / Clarinet | Ugo Menconi – Accordion | Leonardo Gnesi – Doublebass | Keane – Percussion

The Italian swing band, The Aristodemos were last night playing away from their home town of Barga and instead were further down that valley making themselves heard inside the walls of another medieval walled city – this time the city of Lucca. They were at the Undici Undici bistrot which faces on to the Duomo […]

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Prudhoe comes to Barga

There is a real buzz in the air in a small Northumberland town, as excited high school pupils (and teachers) complete rehearsals for their 2010 European concert tour. Prudhoe Community High School’s Swing Band will be on tour in Tuscany next week, and on Wednesday 21st July are set to perform in Piazza Angelio. The […]

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Concert as Scacciaguai celebrates 3rd year

The Scacciaguai restaurant in Barga Vechia celebrated their third birthday this weekend in style with a party that started in the afternoon and continued right through the evening and into the next day. On the menu was a standing buffet for the guests followed by an evening meal but the real special dish on offer […]

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Emma e gli Aristodemos

The regulars of Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia have known about it since the start of the winter as the musicians in Emma e gli Aristodemos have been practising in the bar every Sunday night for months, but the rest of Barga finally got their first glimpse of the latest Barga band this weekend as […]

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Goodbye Nicola Arigliano, the King of Italian Swing

Nicola Arigliano, the King of Italian Swing died during the night at Salento. He was last here in Barga 7 years ago when he played a sell out concert at the Teatro Dei Differenti. Here’s what we published after that concert: Nicola Arigliano, roared energetically into Barga this afternoon and just kept on pumping up […]