Luca Bassanese e la Piccola Orchestra Popolare
Sziget Festival (HU) | Paléo Festival Nyon (CH) | Paris Cabaret Sauvage (FR) | Esperanzah! Festival (BE)
Rennes Le Grand Soufflet (FR) | Ariano Folk Festival (IT) | Eurofonik Festival Nantes (FR) | Carpino Folk Festival (IT)
Dranouter Festival (BE) | Boulevard Theaterfestival (NL) | Cançons de la Mediterrania Festival – Palma de Mallorca (ESP)
There has never been a more unusual career than that of Luca Bassanese. Ecologist and independent artist, Luca regularly fills public spaces and concert halls around the country with his mix of poetry, Italian folk music and electro-Balkan sounds. His performances with La Piccola Orchestra Popolare will put you in a good mood and make you want to dance, move your feet and lose yourself for a moment in a third reality. This is what happened to thousands of people in 2018 at various European festivals like Paléo in Switzerland, Esperanzah! and Dranouter in Belgium, and Vidor Festival in Hungary.
The artistic director of ‘Le Grand Soufflet’ festival in France wrote: “The minstrel, activist, poet and musician Luca Bassanese slays austerity by summoning Trans-alpine fanfares and tarantellas in a grand Fellini operetta, in a style that is both folk and world music. A musician who grew up with the records of the great Fabrizio de Andrè, and enlivened by the powerful folklore of the two shores of the Adriatic (the Italian and the Balkan), he fanned the embers of social engagement with klezmer hints of brass or heady gusts of opera buffa. What Luca Bassanese proposes to us is a modern spectacle, Circassian and ruffling, a new cornerstone in its work of restoration of the great Italian popular music.” The best songs of his repertoire (10 albums since 2005) are part of Luca Bassanese’s new show, supplemented by new compositions produced by Stefano Florio, manager of the Buenaonda label. Over the years, Luca Bassanese has collaborated with numerous Italian and foreign artists, including, to name a few, the Original Kocani Orkestar of Macedonia, the Berber artist Bachir Charaf (nicknamed The Voice of the Desert), and the satirical artist Antonio Cornacchione. On his latest album also appears Jacopo Fo (son of the writer, playwright, director and actor Dario Fo, Nobel Prize for Literature) and the Choir Mondines de Bentivoglio. Luca is also a regular host of the prestigious Carnevale di Viareggio. Among the official recognition for his artistic and activist engagement, Luca has received several awards (Targa MEI, Premio Recanati Musicultura, Marcello Torre National Award, etc.).
Luca is without question one of the major characters of the new committed Italian popular music. His colourful shows are accessible to a wide audience, including family and children.
Luca Bassanese (lead vocal, tammorra, guitar, bass drum)
Domenico De Nichilo (trumpet)
Stefano Florio (guitars, bouzouki, effects, vocals)
Elodie Lebigre (vocal, dance, tamburello, kazoo)
Paolo Cecchin (bass, vocals)
Massimo Tuzza (drums)