Melodeonia (self release, 2013)
Melodeonia is the debut album by Italian musician Giuliano Gabriele. Although he is best known as an organetto (accordion) player, Gabriele also plays zampogna (pipes) and percussion. He explores the vibrant traditional folk music of southern Italy and combines it with modern sounds and global music influences.
Giuliano Gabriele’s band includes Lucia Cremonesi on viola and violin; Eduardo Vessella on drums and percussion; Gianfranco De Lisi on bass; Gianmarco Gabriele on drum set, programing; and Giovanni Aquino: acoustic guitar.
The guests featured are: Giuliano Campoli on ciaramella (small woodwind), zampogna;
Federica Santoro on Calabrian lira (a type of lute); Alessandro Tombesi on Celtic and Tirolian harps; Massimo Giuntini on uilleann pipes; Luca Turchet on ghironda (hurdy gurdy); and Giuseppe Grassi on mandola
Highlights include a great instrumental titled ‘Ballata del Sole’ where the accordion engages with the violin and the ciaramella; the slow tempo ‘Tammu’ with a fabulous toe-tapping tambourine and bass beat that provide support to fine accordion and violin interaction; and the waltz ‘Melodeonia’ that brings together accordion, harp and violin.
Melodeonia is an outstanding first recording by the talented and passionate accordionist Giuliano Gabriele.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.