Pietro Taucher & The Soul feat. Fiorella Ekwueme

Fiorella Nneka Ekwueme > lead vocals
Pietro Taucher > hammond & background vocals
Marco Strano  > sax & ewi
Eric Cisbani > drums
Marco Bonutto > cuban percussions & didgeridoo
Giatamuta Giatà > african percussions

Pietro Taucher & The Soul feat. Fiorella Ekwueme”: five musicians of proven international experience accompany one of the best Italian voices on a “musical journey”. During the concert, energy and feeling merge and lead the audience in a virtual tour through the smoky clubs of Detroit and Memphis and in and out of French clubs of the early 70s, when Nigerian-funk music was highly requested.
The concert is a review of songs from the Afro-American repertoire and exciting surprises coming from improvisation: when everything may happen on stage the public lives an experience that is not easily forgotten. Interpretation and improvisation make this show a rare chance to get out of “usual” live performance and involve the public through afro-soul rhythm.

Although young, Fiorella has already sang at Pistoia Blues; Italian but of Nigerian origins, Fiorella Nneka Ekwueme started singing in churches and carried on on stages, where she has brought her powerful voice, that will surely make people talk about her and her charismatic, creative and strong personality.

By now, Pietro Taucher has played in over one thousand concerts and has lived in different parts of the world, performing also at the Chicago Blues Festival (first European to receive this honor) and at the North Jazz Festival, the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world.
He has played 10 years in Michigan with the Wiseguy’s band conducted by Sharrie Williams (which has received twice the nomination as best blues band by the W.C. Handy Awards, the Afro-American music Oscars). Among others, Pietro Taucher has played with Otis Clay, Arthur Adams, Ruth Brown, Billy Branch and the Taj Mahal.

In 1984 Marco Strano, saxophonist and composer, took part at his first album: “Guest”, by the European Music Orchestra with Kenny Wheeler, Claudio Fasoli and Aldo Romano. Graduated from the Academy of Art in Venice, he has always combined his musical activity with his painting and set designer activities. He has also been part of the quartet Sax Appeal and the gospel group Summertime, he has played with Franco D’Andrea, Flavio Boltro, Furio Di Castri and with saxophonist Maurizio Caldura, who died in 1998 and to whom he dedicated the song “Bicio”. He has recorded six solo CDs and recorded for several jazz, pop and r’n’b projects as well as having played in many lives.

Eric Cisbani started studying drums at the age of 7. In 1991 he won the first contest for Italian drummers in the category under 18 and in 1995 he graduated in percussion instruments at the G. Rossini Conservatory of Fermo (AP). After that he moved to the US where he studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has performed and recorded with: Ornella Vanoni, Ron, Paola and Chiara, Drupi, Andrea Mingardi, Linda Values, Katia Ricciarelli, Steve Norman, Courtney Love, Coparoom, Giovanni Allevi Trio, Gigi Cifarelli, Ruggero Robin, Andrea Zuppini, Shelley Preston.

Marco Bonutto graduated from the department of percussion of Music Academy in 2000 (Bologna) under the direction of percussionist Nebridius Fin. He has attended many clincs and seminars with important musicians with whom he has also played. Among them: John Imparato, Giovanni Hidalgo, Bruno Farinelli, Max Govoni, Massimo Carrano, Bruno Genero, Marco Fadda, Antonio Gentile, Marco Rosengarten, Alex Acuna, Ray Mantilla. He has played in numerous concerts, and has had important collaborations, recordings and professional experiences in the field of world music and of jazz, with many artists, participating in various festivals and concerts in Italy and abroad. He played with: Maci’s Mobile, Funky tribal lovers, Yo Yo Mundi, Comedie Orchestra, Tolo Marton, Hellas Bandini, Electric Jamp, Mole moon Walktet, Claudio Coccoluto, Herman Medrano, Francesco Cusa, Colours Jazz Orchestra, Massimo Manzi, Mannachi You move en, Roberto Taufic.

Giatamuta Giatà has a degree in Afro-Cuban percussion from the Conservatory of Vicenza. He has specialized in the use of many “ethnic” instruments (pandeiro, timbao, surdo, repike, berimbao, djembe, dum dum, sangban, kenkeni, Bougarabou and Cuban congas) attending courses both in Italy and abroad: Salvador de Bahia and other Brazilian locations, Dakar Senegal. In 2000 he founded the school of samba/ensemble “Bloko Maranhao” and, through the school, he has played in more than 250 concerts and famous ethnic festivals of northern Italy. He has been art director and deejay and is now involved with numerous ensembles including Café Touba, Nesta King (acoustic reggae), Orchestra Baye Fall (African contemporary), Combo Caracas (acoustic Latin), Bossamba (Brazilian), Django Rebelde (gypsy swing).

July 8 2016 – Program – Terme Preistoriche, Montegrotto Terme (PD)

7.00 pm Entrance
8.00 pm Cocktail by the Chalet hot spring swimming pools
8.30 pm Buffet dinner in the park
10.00 pm Concert – Pietro Taucher & The Soul feat. Fiorella Ekwueme
Access to the concert and pool or only to the concert is also available.
For the dinner, booking is required.