PICCOLA BANDA IKONA
MAREA CU SAREA a project by Stefano Saletti
ARTIST: PICCOLA BANDA IKONA (www.piccolabandaikona.it)
TITLE CD: MAREA CU SAREA
ISSUE: 25 GENUARY 2008
LABEL: FINISTERRE (ww.finisterre.it)
DISTRIBUTION: SELF (www.self.it)
"Marea cu sarea", a Rumanian proverb (literally "to promise the sea with all its salt", that is, not to keep one's promise) is the name of the new CD by The Piccola Banda Ikona, the group led by Stefano Saletti.
"Marea cu sarea" is sung in Sabir, a lingua franca which sailors, pirates, fishermen, merchants, ship-owners availed of to communicate with each other in the ports of the Mediterranean:
from Genoa to Tangiers, from Salonika to Istanbul, from Marseilles to Algiers, from Valencia to Palermo.
"We like this language. We like to mix sounds and words. We play Sabir.We sing Sabir" says the group.
Saletti and the Piccola Banda Ikona took this kind of sea-faring "Esperanto" developed it little by little availing of terms from Spanish, Italian, French and Arabic, and bring it back to life, writing ten intense tunes that span and encompass the sounds and the cultures of the Mediterranean, mixed with the atmospheres of the Southern Italian, Balkanic, Greek and Sephardic cultures.
"...writers, musicians, and singers with this much talent, sympathy and vision, it can be pure magic".
Ian Anderson - Folk Roots
"The expectations created by Saletti and his Piccola Banda Ikona, regardless of the CD's title, have undoubtedly been met…"
Daniele Bergesio - World Music Magazine
"A truly fascinating project which measures up to the best products the international scene has to offer".
Paolo De Bernardin - Rockstar
Stefano Saletti: bouzouki, oud, tzouras, electric guitar, classic guitar, back vocals, cajon, balafon, steel drums, riq, bendir, piano, programming
Barbara Eramo: vocals
Mario Rivera: bass, programming
Gabriele Coen: clarinet, sax, flute, duduk
Carlo Cossu: violin
Leo Cesari: drums
Desirč Infascelli: accordion
Amer Ben Abdel Nyoumen: darbouka
Alessandro Gwis: piano
Giuseppe Tortora: cello
Anadi "Hagi" Mishra: shakers, udu
Ominostanco: remix Marea cu sarea
1 - Elee (S.Saletti) 7.02
2 - Marea cu sarea (S.Saletti, G.Coen) 4.33
3 - Anpalagan (S.Saletti) 4.31
4 - Famu chiovere Sali (S.Saletti) 4.48
5 - Fuori di me (S.Saletti, B.Eramo) 4.42
6 - Sabir (S.Saletti, M.Rivera) 4.44
7 - My favorite things (Richard Rodgers - Oscar Hammerstein) 5.40
8 - Opsada (S.Saletti, B.Eramo, M.Rivera) 4.47
9 - Benda Benda (S.Saletti) 5.04
10 - Amara terra mia (D.Modugno, E.Bonaccorti) 6.00
11 - Marea cu sarea remix feat. Ominostanco (S.Saletti - G.Coen - R.Vallicelli) 4.51
Piccola Banda Ikona is a group created by Stefano Saletti (founder of Novalia) that brings together some of most important musicians of italian world music like Mario Rivera (Agricantus), Barbara Eramo, Ramya (Nuklearte), Gabriele Coen and Leo Cesari (Klezroym), Carlo Cossu (Tamburi del Vesuvio, Acustimantico), Desirč Infascelli.
They first Cd "Stari Most" has been listed as one of the best releases of 2005 by the World Music Charts Europe, the official listing of European World Music.
Last summer The Piccola Banda Ikona performed live the show "Iliade - l'aspra contesa" at Foro di Traiano in Rome. On the 2005 they performed the show "Il dolce canto degli dei" with Giancarlo Giannini.
Credits and lyrics