Born in 1977,
La Lionetta have long been one of the
most popular and appreciated among the Italian revival-folk bands,
as well as the less orthodox. Indeed the group has always preferred
a creative interpretation, free from the schemes characteristic
of the repertoire of the northern-Italy traditional music.
La Lionetta performed in many of the
most important european folk festivals: 1978 -1980 Lenzburg, 1982
Nyon (CH); 1977-1982 Tubingen,1982 Ingelheim (D); 1980 Salzburg,1981
Kufstain (AUT); 1979 Bruxelles, 1980 Ostende (B); 1981 Lille e 1980
Maurienne (F); ecc
The group appeared in not few TV shows
in Italy, Autriche,Germany and Belgium and played in the soundtracks
of Tv and theater commedies.
First LP produced
e Ballate dellArea Celtica Italiana (Dances and
Ballads from the Italian Celtic Area), published in 1978 was warmly
welcome both by critics and public (more than 10.000 copies selled)
and was considerated one of the ten best italian record of the year
by the music magazine Ciao 2001, the most popular rewiev
at times. A couple of years after their second work "Il gioco
del diavolo" (Devil's play), published in 1981, the band slowly
reduced its activity until it stopped.
Lionetta was formed again in 1995 starting a new their repertoire
which is characterised on one hand by autonomous composition of
music and texts and on the other hand by strengthen an unconventional
attitude towards tracks. Actually composed by 6 musicians, the band
maintains an acoustic atmosphere, rithmically supported by drums,
percussion and brass tuba, melting different instruments from european
and mediterranean musical traditions.
The CD: Ottoni
& Settimini ("Brass
Musicians & Healers") was published in autumn 2000 by
the label FolkClub
distributed by C.N.I. (Compagnia
Nuove Indye) Music and produced with the membership of the cultural
regional department of Piedmont. It was warmly welcome both by the
most important folk music magazines (see
Press Boock ) and remained for 4 mounths In the TOP 30 of indipendents
productions. It was also 10° classified at SanRemo Tenco Festival
for songwriters 2001 in the dialect songs sector.
was published in many compilation in Italy and Europe (see Discography)
and an instrumental version of Ottoni & Settimini
acts as soundtrak for the films Il Mestiere del Guardiaparco
(The Forester Job), produced by the Gran Paradiso National Park
and directed by Guido Boccaccini (G.B. Film & Video).
LIONETTA IN CONCERT
difficult to define the new concert of La
Lionetta. May be you can call this: folk music. Certainly
folk are the roots of the band, as witnesses its story and the permanence
of traditional tunes, even if largely rearranged.
But you can immediatly note the sound horizon is larger, full of
mediterranean suggestion: from Balkan to Middle East pursuing gipsy
echoes. Influences of meetings and exchanges with musicians coming
from different traditions, during years of tours and festivals in
Europe. But also and mostly the city where La
Lionetta has its roots: Turin and its multiethnical sides,
melting of cultures that are preparing to be the traditiono of tomorrow.
All respecting an acoustic sound rithmically supported and energized
by percussions, drums and brass tuba. But it should be a mistake
to consider only the musical point of view about this concert: because
La Lionetta tells stories: Ironical
stories, angry stories, almost epic stories; by a mix of languages
and dialects, loocking at the great traditon of europen ballad but
also at songwriters songs; between werewolves and illegal immigrees
waiting along a border, between upside-down worlds and middle-class
men terrorized by new saracens, between brass musicians & healers.