The Italian swing band, The Aristodemos were this afternoon playing away from their home town of Barga and instead were further up the valley making 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 ninth year with the emphasis strongly on the palate as the main stars of the festival were: chestnuts, wild porcini mushrooms and truffles.
Andrea Gonnella – Vocals | Fabio Guazzelli – Guitar | Alessandro Rizzardi – Mandolin / Clarinet | Ugo Menconi – Accordion | Leonardo Gnesi – Doublebass | Keane – Percussion
Tuber aestivum – Ben noto fra i conoscitori di tartufi con l’appellativo volgare di “Scorzone“, il Tuber aestivum si contraddistingue per via di alcune caratteristiche fra cui spiccano le seguenti:
- la carne color giallo-sporco / nocciola,
- il peridio verrucoso e di colore nero,
- il suo periodo di maturazione, che è quello estivo (da cui trae origine il nome),
- è una delle specie meno pregiate nel suo genere, sebbene sia un buon fungo commestibile.
The Aristodemo’s are: Andrea Gonnella (Vocals), Keane (percussioni / percussion), Leo Gnesi (Contro Basso / Double 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 Gonnella (cantante) found each other in Aristo’s enoteca, with instruments in hand, and exciting ideas in mind and of course, passion in heart. The addition of Ugo Menconi (Accordion) completed the line up and a new type of swing group was born.
Focusing mainly on forgotten swing Italiano from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, The Aristodemos welcome you to jump back in time and into their salotto. You may also hear something contemporary swung into Aristo gear.
All of the articles about the Aristodemos here on barganews can be seen here
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