l'ensemble cree un espace d'expression vraiment original (Trad Magazine)
Yes, this band did have the courage to record Hava nagila in such a way that it gets high above all the thousands of other versions I heard during the past 35 years. (FolkWorld)
it is already considered one of the emerging giants of the world-fusion (The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre)
When they fire up on all cylinders, they still provide exhilarating excitement (fRoots)
Plaisir assure(Cultur Jazz)
Der Goldene Orsino geht heute an Municipale Balcanica für ihre Produktion Road to Damascus(Roland Altenburger querfunk)
Municipale Balcanica was founded in 2003 by Nico Marziale, Paolo Scagliola, Raffaele Piccolomini and after a substantial live activity, publishes his first album in 2005 with the Italian label Ethnoworld. The debut album is "Fòua", in which the MB starts a lively and profound synthesis of Tzigane, Yiddish Klezmer and Eastern Europe sounds and the most radical and warm music from its homeland, Puglia, in southern Italy. The cd has been soon known not only in Italy but also and especially abroad where the reinterpretation of some famous tunes of Yiddish tradition made MB a new reality in the international world music scene. The prestigious journal International Folk World, assessed MB' s 'Hava Nagila' as "one of the best interpretations heard among thousands of last three decades." The approach to the ancient melodies are original and distinctive, because each musician has a very personal and peculiar musical culture. The entire brass section of the MB, for example, started its musical experience in the traditional marching band from the town of origin, which is why its expression is so powerful and vivid in the traditional Europeans tunes, and why it explodes in exciting solos included in the new arrangements. Similarly, the rhythm section gave new strength to the tracks, supporting this involving and incisive way of playing old tunes. The result is surprisingly compact, and gives new expression and new meanings to these songs. So the influences of rock, jazz and more free testing are involved in enchanting melodies now exotic, now frenetic and crazy. In 2006 the MB remains with its final and definitive line up, and continues to increase its credibility mainly thanks to its overwhelming and impressive LIVE performances. So the band has been appreciated and in sophisticated Jazz festival and in crazy Folk gatherings too in Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Portugal, Turkey, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Poland supported by Italian Institute of Culture and European Union. In 2008, after 400 live gigs, evolving its sound without distorting it, Municipale Balcanica publishes ROAD TO DAMASCUS for the label FELMAY, a product made of a few, vital, traditional songs and many other original tunes, some more rooted with a classical taste, others with the courage of the experimentation. In 2009, Municipale Balcanica collaborating with the Italian ambassador in Turkey and the Italian Institute in Ankara, gave three concerts in the Turkish capital. In 2010 MB re-started a project with Kocani Orkestar called “Between Shores” and played with them in Tavagnasco Rock Festival, Ravenna Jazz, Berlin Jazz Fest, Foggia Teatro del fuoco and Puglia Sounds. In 2011 after 500 live gigs MB played In Italy , Austria and Portugal and a new featuring with Marko Markovic.
2004 “Contra-dizione” - own distribution
2005 “Foua” - Ethnoworld music(IT) - Venus Distribution
2008 “Road to Damascus” - Felmay(IT) - Egea Distribution
2011 “Foua 1.1” EP Remix – Beaming Productions(DE) – Ordis
2007 “Gypsy Beat and Balkan Bangers 2” - Atlantic Jaxx(UK) [Hava Nagila , Hava Nagila Beam Up Remix]
2009 “Sangennarobar” - Microcosmo Dischi(IT) [Foua Stefano Miele remix(RIVASTARR) ]
2010 “Brass, Wires & Bass" - Beaming Productions(DE) [Fòua (Brian May Dub) , Carovana (DJ Delay Space mix) ]
2011 “Beginner's Guide to Brass” – Nascente(UK) [Orso Ballerino]
2011 “Roots Music Atlas n.4” – Femay(IT) [Gypsy train]
2011 “Jockey Tunes #2” - Galopp Records(DE) [Unique sun Unique Blood (Dj Farrapo Remix) ]
2006 “Via dell’Arte” – con Alberto Rubini
*winner of Best Music Award at “Corti e liberi 2006“ and “dieciminutifilmfestival 2006”
2010 “Chiamami” – Tv Fiction Soundtrack
Armando Giusti: alto and baritone sax
Michele de Lucia: clarinet and bass clarinett
Nico Marziale: percussion(darbuka, cajon, tammorra, didjeridoo, effects, 2nd voice)
Raffaele Piccolomini: tenor and alto sax
Giorgio Rutigliano: electric bass
Paolo Scagliola: trumpet and flugehorn
Luigi Sgaramella: drums
Raffaele Tedeschi: electric guitar and voice
Municipale Balcanica meets Kocani Orkestar
Municipale Balcanica meets Marko Markovic
• DE : Berlin Jazz Fest - Berlin, TFF Rudolstadt – Rudolstadt, Extraschicht – Herne, Le gipfel du jazz – Freiburg,
Jazz Haed – Bremen, Festival Der Kulturen - Stuttgart *patrocined by Italian Institute of culture.
• PT : Vila Real Theatre - Vila Real Portugal, World Music Festival – Torres Novas, 2009 Eve Concert – Lisboa,
World Music Festival – Tavira.
• FR : Jazzebre – Perpignaan, Jazz a Luz - Luz Saint Saveur *patrocined by Italian Institute of culture,
Musiques de nuit – Bordeaux.
• AT : Snow Jazz Festival - Gastein, Jazz Festival - Dornbirn, Ost-Klub – Wien.
• TR : Italian embassy – Ankara *patrocined by Italian embassy, Forum Ankara Outlet – Ankara.
• PL : Festiwal Kultur Swiata – Gdansk *patrocined by Europe Union.
• BG : July Jazz – Smolyan *patrocined by Italian Institute of culture.
• NL : Podium Mozayek – Amsterdam.
• SI : AKC Metelkova – Ljubljana, Club – Kranji.
• IT : Carpino Folk Festival – Carpino, Mito Settembre in musica - Torino, Talos Jazz Festival - Ruvo di Puglia, Etnival – Milano, Suoni in Cava – Apricena, Notti di Stelle – Bari, Klezmer Musica Festival – Ancona,
Festival Folkermesse 2007 – Casale Monferrato, Rafanass Festival 2007 – Rovereto, Altrisuoni Festival – Offida,
Festival Suoni Dal Mediterraneo – Andria, Folkclub 2007 – Torino, Gezziamoci XXI – Matera,
Festival Mediterre - Bari, Vitulano Folk Festival – Vitulano, Orsara Jazz – Orsara(Fg),
Live Rock Festival of Beer, Acquaviva(SI)