BRIGAN
Francesco Di Cristofaro - voice, flutes, bagpipes - accordeon
Ivan Del Vecchio - guitars, bouzouki
Carmine Scialla - bass
Gabriele Tinto - drums, percussion
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Brigan sees engaged young musicians from the South Italy united by the interest with the music for the world. The group was born in 2009 and has 4 published records and many of concerts all over Europe. After the debut album "Irish Roots", dedicated entirely to the music of the Irish harpist T. O'Carolan, in 2011 with the release of the second disc "Ti sfondo i bodrhàn - tradizione e contaminazione", was born and developed idea of ​​embarking on a new project: merging the sounds and rhythms of Celtic music and traditional music of Southern Italy With this new project the band embarks on the first European tour touching countries such as England, Slovenia, Switzerland and Croatia, also being nominated as the best group of the "Ferrara Busker Festival”. The research and study of traditional repertoires of most of the Celtic area (Brittany, Ireland, Galicia and Asturias) is strengthened with the publication in 2014 of the third album "Transumanza Sonora", with which the Brigans win “Universo Folk" international folk competition in Oviedo, Spain, also sharing the stage with historic bands including the Gwendal.

The numerous concerts and trips in Spain and Portugal have led the Brigans to devote themselves to the search for a hybrid language through the encounter between the music of the Iberian Northwest and Campania, and this is how in 2018 the fourth album “Rua San Giacomo", Produced by Marocco Music, and recorded between Santiago de Compostela and S.Arpino, Naples, with a preface by Peppe Barra, and with the participation of numerous Italian and Spanish guests, including Efren Lopez Sanz, Davide Salvado, Lino Cannavacciulo and many others.

This last album boasts various awards including the Premio Internacional “Pentafium Jacobeo”, the top 40 of the best world music album (Translgobal World Music Chart), Album of the month for BloogFolk, finalist of the "One world music awards" (England), top 20 of Global Chart (USA) and numerous national radio stations in many countries such as Australia, China, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, America, Greece, France and many others.

The "Rua San Giacomo" Tour brings the Brigans to a long series of concerts throughout Italy, in many cities of the Iberian peninsula in Germany and for the first time beyond the European borders, at the "Jacob's Ladder Festival" in Israel and at the "World Music Asia ”with two concerts in Shanghai, China.

Brigan has several collaborations with Italian and foreign musicians including: Lino Cannavacciuolo, Harry.C (Milladoiro), Xurxo Fernandes and Pandereteiras sen fronteiros, Efèn Lopez Sans, Ramon Rodríguez Gomez (ex-Coetus), Xulio Lorenzo, Davide Salvado , Massimo Ferrante, FicuFresche and many others.

© 2020 by Francesco Di Cristofaro

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