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Artist Profiles: Lucilla Galeazzi

Lucilla Galeazzi

Lucilla Galeazzi is a singer, writer and researcher of folk music. She was born in Terni, in the central Italian region of Umbria. Galeazzi began singing at the age of 15 with a pop group formed together with friends, only becoming interested in folk music a little later on, when she worked alongside researcher Valentino Paparelli, an expert on the musical traditions of Umbria, and in particular the area of Valnerina.

In 1977 Giovanna Marini, impressed by her voice, asked her to be part of her up-and-coming Quartetto Vocale (vocal quartet), an ensemble which reached popularity both at home and abroad in the space of a few years. With the Quartetto Lucilla performed in some of the most important theatres of Europe; furthermore, singing the original and complex music of Marini helped Lucilla develop an impressive technique and refined musical sensitivity.

During this period she also worked with several jazz musicians and composers, with whom she made some interesting recordings (Anninnia and Per Devozione).

From 1986 onwards she sang in some of the works of the great Roberto De Simone (who inspired Neapolitan movements such as the Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare): for example, ?Stabat Mater?, ?Carmina Vivianee? (1987), Mistero e Processo di Giovanna D’Arco, Requiem per Pier Paolo Pasolini (1990).

In 1987 she completed a long tour of France as part of the company of Tango, memoria di Buenos Aires, which saw the participation of some of the most important Argentine musicians.

In 2002 she studied song with the soprano Michiko Hirayama and bass Gianni Socci.

She possesses a warm, beautiful voice, rich in the typical elements of Italian folk, she is without doubt one of the most interesting singers to have come out of the Italian folk music revival scene in the last few years.

Since 2002, she’s been part of Christina Pluhar’s Baroque project L’Arpeggiata, providing vocals in two award-winning albums and performing throughout the world. She’s also played with Trio Rouge with Michel Godard and Vincent Courtois.

In 2010 she founded the vocal ensemble Levocidoro, which featured other six female vocalists, focused on polyphonic Italian music.

Lucilla has collaborated with Moroccan female vocal ensemble B’net Houariyat since 2012, bringing together five singers and percussionists from Marrakesh and a quintet of Italian female artists.

In 2014, she wrote and developed two major theatrical-musical shows dedicated to the First World War: “Doppio Fronte. Oratorio per la Grande Guerra”, with the well-known actor and performer Moni Ovadia, and “Il fronte delle donne” which debuted in Rome for the Centenary of WWI War celebration, sponsored by the Italian Government.

On April 25, 2015, Lucilla released the album “Bella Ciao.” is released. The following year she wrote the show “La nave a vapore“, dedicated to the history of the great Italian migratory movements.

Discography:

Correvano coi carri (Alabianca, 1977)
La grande madre impazzita (Alabianca, 1978)
Cantate pour tous les jours 1 (Le Chant du monde, 1980)
Cantate pour tous les jours 2 (Le Chant du monde, 1982)
Pour Pier Paolo Pasolini (Le Chant du monde, 1984)
Anninnia (Nueva, 1984)
Il paese con le ali (Nord/Sud, 1986)
Per Devozione (Ismez/Polis IP, 1987)
Cantata profana (Naive, 1990)
Il Trillo (Thelonious, 1992)
Giofà il servo del re (BMG, 1993)
La vita al di sopra e al di sotto dei 1000 metri (Naive, 1994)
Invito (BMG, 1995)
Rock’s Airs de la lune (Naive, 1995)
Mammas (BMG France, 1996)
Cuore di terra (1997)
Suono e terra (Finisterre, 1997)
La Banda (Enja, 1997)
La via dei Romei (BMG, 1997)
Honig und Asche (Enja, 1998)
Ali d’oro (Enja, 1999)
Lunario (C.N.I., 2001)
Vaffatica’ (Alfa Music, 2001)
Vent’anni e più (Manifesto, 2002)
La Tarantella (Alpha, 2002)
2002 Renaissance (Naive, 2002)
… è nato l’anno de’ li du’mila (Circolo Gianni Bosio, 2003)
Siriopolis (Sirius M41, 2004)
All’improvviso (Alpha, 2004)
Trio Rouge (Intuition, 2004)
Stagioni (Buda Musique, 2005)
Passio et Resurrectio (Naxos, 2005)
Amore e Acciaio (Zonedimusica, 2006)
Sacra Concert (Fandango, 2006)
Passaggi (Fandango, 2007)
Migrare (Folkclub Etnosuoni, 2007)
Capoverde, terra d’amore (Sony, 2009)
Sopra i tetti di Firenze (Manifesto, 2010)
Ancora Bella Ciao (Helikonia, 2010)
Zahr (Taquin Records, 2011)
La Valnerina ternana (2011)
Los Pájaros Perdidos (Virgin Music, 2011)
Festa italiana (Helikonia, 2013)
Bella ciao (Visage Music, 2015)

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Bella Ciao to Showcase at WOMEX 2016 in Spain

Bella Ciao – Photo by Nico López Bruchi
Bella Ciao – Photo by Nico López Bruchi

Italian act Bella Ciao is set to perform on October 21, 2016 at WOMEX in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

The project revisits an influential 1964 show called Bella Ciao at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto. The concert caused much controversy while effectively marking the beginning of the Italian folk revival. About 50 years later, a prestigious cast has come together to restage this significant show that celebrates the values of liberty, peace and civil rights. They released an album titled Bella Ciao.

Riccardo Tesi, Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda, Ginevra di Marco, Gigi Biolcati, Andrea Salvadori, Alessio Lega - Bella Ciao
Riccardo Tesi, Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda, Ginevra di Marco, Gigi Biolcati, Andrea Salvadori, Alessio Lega – Bella Ciao

The songs have been updated and rearranged by admired bandoneon master Riccardo Tesi and are performed by three of the most outstanding voices of Italian folk and social singing over the last 30 years: Ginevra Di Marco, Lucilla Galeazzi and Sardinia’s Elena Ledda.

The lineup includes Riccardo Tesi on diatonic accordion and arrangements; Elena Ledda on vocals; Lucilla Galeazzi on vocals, guitar; Luisa Cottifogli on vocals; Alessio Lega on vocals, guitar; Maurizio Geri on vocals, guitar; and Luigi Biolcati on percussion.

Time: 21:30 – 22:15
Venue: Auditorio Abanca

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Landmark Bella Ciao Revisited

Riccardo Tesi, Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda, Ginevra di Marco, Gigi Biolcati, Andrea Salvadori, Alessio Lega – Bella Ciao (Buda Musique 4759288, 2015)

Bella Ciao revisits an essential 1964 show that marked the revival of Italian folk songs, the Nuovo Canzionere Italiano. Accordionist and composer Ricardo Tesi spearheaded the project, bringing together some of today’s finest vocalists and instrumentalists in Italian folk music.

The iconic artists recreated the songs their way, without restrictions, although they kept the essence. The selection includes marble quarry worker (a very dangerous profession) songs, songs of struggle, textile worker songs, rice field chants, migrant laborer songs, prison chants, protest songs, harvest songs, Sardinian sacred chants, anti-war songs, and suggestive songs.

The extensive CD booklet provides an introduction by Tesi, descriptions of the songs and the lyrics in Italian, English and French.

The lineup on Bella Ciao includes Riccardo Tesi as musical director, arranger and accordionist; Lucilla Galeazzi on vocals; Elena Ledda on vocals; Ginevra Di Marco on vocals; Alessio Lega on vocals; Andrea Salvadori on guitar, tzouras (a Greek instrument related to the bouzouki), harmonium and arrangements; and Gigi Biolcati on percussion, vocals and body percussion. Guests include Mirco Capecchi on upright bass and Michele Marini on clarinet.

Bella Ciao is an outstanding recreation of popular Italian folk songs and chants recorded by some of the most talented musicians and vocalist in the current Italian folk and world music scene.

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