Enjoying a growing international public and critical consensus following their previous efforts Gai Saber are now ready to unveil the latest chapter of their musical saga.
Formed in 1992 as Kalenda Maia, Gai Saber took their present name in 1996 and the following year released their debut album Troubard R’ÒC. In June 1999 the band’s second CD Esprit de frontiera saw the participation of Ares Tavolazzi, Elio Rivagli and Vincenzo Zitello.
In 2000 and 2001 Gai Saber took part in numerous festivals both in their native Italy and abroad, and at the same time began to forge their ethno electronic sound marrying traditional instruments to digital samplers and drum machines, producing the album Electroch’Oc in 2002 in which the rhythms of Occitanian music shared the same floor space with drum & bass and trip-hop atmospheres. The widespread critical acclaim the album received resulted in the group (who hail from Peveragno in Cuneo’s Valle Pesio) embarking on a three-year European tour.
In La fabrica occitana, the band’s rediscovery of Occitan roots filtered through the effulgence of futuristic electronic sonorities hones to a fine art the musical mongrelizing that is their declared trademark. Here, the encounter between digital rhythms and melodies of minstrel poetry is finely balanced.
Gai Saber are: Chiara Bosonetto (vocals), Maurizio Giraudo (bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, flutes, vocals), Maurizia Giordanengo (melodeon), Paolo Brizio (melodeon, jembe, derbuka, vocals), Elena Giordanengo (harp, drums and Provensal flutes, vocals), Jose Dutto (drums).
Troubard R’ÒC (1997)
Esprit de Frontiera (1999)
Electroch’Òc (Felmay, 2002)
La Fabrica Occitana (Felmay)
Angels Pastres Miracles – Chancons de Nadal en Occitania (Felmay, 2012)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. 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.