The folk band ARIONDASSA
was created in 1996, composed of mostly of "old mates" of
the North Italian folk scene (Tre martelli,
Ombra Gaja, La
Kinkerne, La Ciapa rusa, etc.). The musicians of ARIONDASSA have
been playing traditional Piedmontese music for well over 25 years.
goal of ARIONDASSA is to re-create,
with the help of the treppo (a sort of street performer's stage curtain)
the spirit and atmosphere of the old Piedmontese country festival. The
performance staged by the band is composed of songs about love, wine
and food; wistful mazurkas and animated polkas are skillfully performed
with the piffero (traditional oboe) and are punctuated with jokes and
riddles from the olden days .
extraordinaire Vincenzo "Ciacio" Marchelli, with his velvety
yet powerful voice, involves the audience directly with friendly banter
and asides. The story of "Magna Denda," the comical song of
"Jan d'Avignon," "Ciavatin e Muradur," (about the
rice harvest), all of these traditional songs remain alive with the
voice of today's Piedmontese people.
ARIONDASSA 's CD, "Il
Tabernacolo dell'Onesto Peccato", recorded live in Switzerland
in 2001, won the "Bravo!" award of France's "Trad.
Magazine" and is the faithful mirror of the sound of the band.
Vincenzo "Ciacio" MARCHELLI:
voice, melodion & fruja (percussion)
Lorenzo "Lampo" BOIOLI: piffero, gralla, pipes, clarinet,
flutes, & voice
Simone "Piotamola" BOGLIA: piffero, gralla, pipes, clarinet,
flutes, & voice
Rinaldo "Gegno" DORO: melodion, hurdy-gurdy, & voice
Emanuella BELLIS: hurdy-gurdy, & voice
AMYOT: voice, bagpipes, clarinets, flutes, & percussion