Two months to go to Eurosonic 2019, one of the most relevant showcases in Europe, held in Groningen from 16th to the 19th of January.
After announcing the first showcasing artists (Italian Any Other and Violetta Zironi among them), the festival added today several new acts to its line up: here are the Italian acts supported by Italia Music Export-SIAE. Get to know them all.
Take folk, Americana and a mesmerizing voice and combine it with Mediterranean sensibilities and you get Violetta Zironi. Now only 22, she’s got quite a track record. In 2014 legendary Ben E.King invited her to duet ‘Stand By Me’ with him on stage & the following year Violetta joined Jack Savoretti on his long European Tour. Her first single ‘Half Moon Lane’ made it onto the German Viral Charts at #17 in Summer 2017. Since then the song gained more than 1.300.000 streams on Spotify. This song and the following releases ‘Toast’ and ‘Don’t Make Me A Fool’ gained her radio support worldwide and cleared the way for the release of her debut EP ‘Half Moon Lane’. The EP received media attention worldwide, following various shows and laid out the path for her to emerge as an artist of her own. Playing SXSW, Zermatt Unplugged Festival and various promo tours through the US and Europe while already writing new songs for upcoming releases.
Actually, this Tomat Petrella affair is quite unexpected. It’s a game of two: Turin-based Davide Tomat, who has over twenty years experience as a multi-instrumentalist, band leader, and sound designer in several Italian projects (Niagara, N.A.M.B., and founder of the Superbudda collective); and musician Gianluca Petrella, hailing from southern Italy but in fact a citizen of the world and – more importantly – one of the most revered and inventive jazz trombone players in the world from the last decade or so (as stated on several Down Beat Critics’ Polls and proven on his Blue Note and ECM releases). ‘Kepler’, their collaborative effort, is a beast of a different nature. It has so many textures, intuitions, and complexities that you can hardly list this simply as a jazz-meets-electronica project. So much cheesy, well-educated, nicely predictable music has been produced under that moniker, but so far none of them has had it.
Machweo is the moniker used by Giorgio Spedicato to call his electronic-oriented music project. Machweo was a solo project for the first five years in which two LPs were released on Flying Kids Records (2013 and early 2016). Both LPs were followed by a massive non-stop tour all around Italy, thanks also to national radio streaming and excellent reviews on paper and web. In the summer of 2016, Giorgio decided to go deeper in his personal musical investigation, a real human connection and the rituality linked to it was everything that mattered and everything that was missing in his solo show. ‘Primitive Music’ is an album composed by Giorgio Spedicato and played by the truly talented musicians Dario Martorana, Marco Vecchio and Antonio Rapa.
Federico Albanese is a composer born in Milan, Italy in 1982. His musical versatility is a natural gift that pushes him to explore music in all its facets. Albanese’s compositions are airy and cinematic, blending classical music, pop and psychedelia. Albanese’s second full length album entitled ‘The Blue Hour’ saw the light of the day on January 15, 2016, and it has been released by the historical record label BERLIN CLASSICS in their new series of contemporary classical music called ‘Neue Meister’. Following the release of ‘The Blue Hour’, Albanese performed numerous concert across Europe including Womad Festival (UK), Montreux Jazz Festival (CH) and SXSW in Austin, Texas. His latest album “By The Deep Sea”was released via Neue Meister on February 23rd, 2018.
Any Other is the band of 24-year-old Adele Nigro from Milan. She writes songs about growing up, breaking up, and learning to cope. Her work is influenced by the indie-folk of Mount Eerie, guitar work of Jim O’Rourke and David Grubbs, spiritual free jazz, and classic songwriting by Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Her second album ‘Two, Geography‘ came out in September 2018 on 42 Records, and was followed by a huge European tour (Reeperbahn festival included). Presented by EBU’s Rai Radio 2.