WHO is MATRIMIA ?
It’s always hard to describe in a few words who you are and harder when it is about seven persons... anyway let’s try it!
We are MATRIMIA! A band from Palermo with musicians from Sicily, France and Holland. For who doesn’t know: “Matrimia” means “Oh, my Mother!” in Sicilian dialect, which is an exclamation to show surprise, joy and astonishment. The word “klezmer” comes from “kley zemer “, which means: “instrument that plays”. In spite of our name, a lot of our songs are from the Balkan zone (Rom or gypsy songs, like we should say). These are the two roads that we followed and loved until now, that brought us together to play and to show this music to the audience. Our answer to the question, why a Sicilian band plays this kind of music, is always the same:
This curiosity brought us closer to this interesting world that isn’t - let’s say - our neighbourhood. We know that we don’t belong to this culture, that we are so-called Gadjes (non-gypsy) but we share the same interest the kids in oriental Europe are showing for our culture, as both of our cultures were separated for years by the iron curtain. However, our musical identity doesn’t stop at this point.
The huge repertory of the Balkan, Romanian and klezmer music is the starting point to which we add elements of rock, jazz, hip hop, reggae and even classical music, creating a sound that we prefer to call the fruit of a world music culture. We play Balkan hip-hop, jazzy impros, irregular rhythms manouche, going from a Freilach (certain klezmer dance) to reggae, from a Kolo (Serbian group dance) to drum ’n bass, from a Cocek (oriental gypsy dance) to sentimental & melancholic melodies.
What we give to the audience is, without doubt, a lot of energy and vitality, and people answer with a constant participation to the show, dancing, having a great time in an informal moment together.
During the gigs we give space to improvisation gags and sometimes we leave the stage to share our music with and in the crowds.
One of the main characteristics of Matrimia and maybe of the Sicilians is some excessive modesty.
We understood this playing in prestigious events like the Klezmer e Gypsy Festival “Vincoli Sonori” in Pinerolo (Italy) and the “Delirium” club in Avignon (France) where so many great bands have played and where the audience welcomed us with so much generosity. This knowledge doesn’t mean that we have arrived, but it only shows us the “lengo drom” the long road of musical adventures that we are happy to travel together.
For more information, music, photo’s and a video of our 2006 summer tour in Italy and France, please visit our page on myspace: http://www.myspace.com/matrimia or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org CIAO!!