Artist Profiles: Bonifica Emiliana Veneta

Bonifica Emiliana Veneta

Bonifica Emiliana Veneta (BEV) – Bonificare, from the ancient Latin bonus facere, refers to drainage of marshes/clearing mine-fields/restoring and improving. A rich and evocative repertoire of songs and dances has accompanied for ages the life of people living on the Northern Apennine mountains, from the plans of Po river to the Alps range.

Dances like Furlana, Manfrina and Jigs are ancient stories and rhythms left behind today. The group starts from back in time – by the means of performing traditional and original compositions as well -in order to restore a forgotten musical identity.

The itinerary begins with tunes that characterized the seasons in the life of women and men, which delivered northern Italy’s popular culture. Bonifica Emiliana Veneta researches the music essence as a universal language, comparing its culture from the Emilia and Veneto regions to different tones. The group also follows the thread linking sounds, rhythms and ballads of the Emilia and Veneto regions to those coming from Western Europe. All these elements become part of the musical aim of Bonifica Emiliana Veneta, originally a quintet established by three members of the group La Piva dal Carner, which led the progressive folk scene in Italy.

The ensemble stopped performing in 2007 although never officially disbanded. The lineup has gone through various changes and a new incarnation of the band started touring in 2014.

Bonifica Emiliana Veneta original line-up:

Walter Rizzo – hurdy-gurdy, bombard, oboe, voice
Alessandro Mottaran – mandoloncello, bagpipe, guitar, voice
Marco Mainini – voice, guitar, bagpipe, sax
Luciano Giacometti – diatonic organ, voice
Claudio Pesky Caroli – acoustic bass, voice
Francesco Sguazzabia – percussion


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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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