Figli di Madre Ignota
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Figli di Madre Ignota

Milan, Lombardy, Italy | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | SELF

Milan, Lombardy, Italy | SELF
Established on Jan, 2000
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"Figli Di Madre Ignota's 'Bellydancer'"

Hailing from Italy, these funk, punk, and psychedelic jazz magnates know how to create edgy and diverse musical stylings on Bellydancer. The vocals are in English and Italian. There are eleven tracks in all and each one has its own story and message. The punchy, rock-infused anthem, "Bellydancer," is a great jazzy track with youthful exuberance and pizzazz. The swirling beats of "Mediterranean Voodoo," showcases the group's creative efforts that incorporate jazz, punk, funk, and experimental elements without fault. The Balkan-tinged, psych-edged, and punk-ridden "Sex Music Pasta," is an upbeat, horn-laden tune with a punchy rhythm and loud vocals. Some of the songs have a classical edge, but the entire album is infused with Balkan and Mediterranean rhythms, psych, funk, jazz, and rock elements that make for an interesting album that purists should stay away from. Nevertheless, purists may cross-over and become a believer in good music - no matter where it comes from and how it is played. ~ Matthew Forss - Inside World Music


"Bellydancer - Figli di Madre Ignota"

Music and food are often compared when alluding to an individual’s capacity for adventure. Indeed, the two consumables seem to follow similar arcs. In Vancouver, fusion eating is all the rage and I hope that bodes well for the global musical fusions we promote through our media, although I think my ears are more adventurous than my stomach. I’m not totally ready for Japanese hotdogs or Korean tacos yet. Some things are sacred. As well, some fusions, whether edible or listenable, simply miss the mark because they haven’t been well-executed while others are inspired in their design. You should really follow Figli di Madre Ignota on Twitter, if only to see how they describe their music; “The Spaghetti Balkan, Oriental Garage, Mediterranean Metropolitan band”. Now that’s a fusion you can really sink your teeth into. The six piece from Milano, Italy pack their new album, Bellydancer with a cornucopia of musical flavors thundering on a foundation of pure dance aggression. Figli di Madre Ignota (Children of an Unknown Mother) revel in the diversity of their sound. As they explain, “The ‘bellydancer’ is an expression of a tradition and at the same time an attraction of the ethnic restaurant round your block, a concept (a suggestion) that can be placed wherever at will, disconnected from the context but still having its own identity and a strong connotation: a neon sign on an exchangeable background. In this perspective, Bellydancer is a genuine snapshot of our shows, in which we favor the “indiscriminate danceable aggression”. While indiscriminate, their music is razor-sharp and punchy, bursting with shots of Balkan brass between funk-laden grooves, with dashes of klezmer, polka, surf twang and even the influence of the Tarantella from their own unique spot in the Mediterranean. Produced with both polish and edge, Bellydancer is wonderfully irreverent and seems to play right into the music/food analogy. Songs like Tagliatella Punk which chants through a menu of delicious Italian specialties, Sex Music Pasta which endorses a lifestyle of peace, love, sex, music and pasta, and an instant favorite, Vegan In The Fridge which takes a good poke at vegans, Klansmen, Dianetics and Christian conservatives. The title track is hooky, hopelessly groovy and cooks up all the crazy ingredients Figli di Madre Ignota brings to the table. It’s even sung in English for the delicate palettes that are still squeamish about plunging headlong into fusion. - Worldbeats International


Discography

2014 - Bellydancer (GodzillaMarket)


A compelling menu of sounds for the curious listener:
fanfare fried in funky groove, Carosone with rock masala, electric drum’n’bass
marinated in middle east, scrambled tarantella with punk sauce, surfing guitars
a-la Turca, combining languages and
tongues in a research path of new flavors driven by appetite and lust, in the
very traditional Italian creativity with (good) food. 
BELLYDANCER, a call to dance
aimed at the belly of the audience.

Milano and Italy, Mediterraneo and Eastern Europe,
different cultures and big cities. It is where we live. The “bellydancer” is an
ideal epitome of these inspirations: Middle Eastern influences, Mediterranean
traditions, urbanized life, the electrified skyline of the city
lights: the “bellydancer” is an expression of a tradition and at the same time
an attraction of the ethnic restaurant round your block, a concept (a
suggestion) that can be placed wherever at will, disconnected from the context
but still having its own identity and a strong connotation: a neon sign on an
exchangeable background.


BELLYDANCER is a genuine
snapshot of our shows, in which we favor the “indiscriminate danceable aggression”: if you like solid rock
guitars, marble tough rhythm section, whether you like to dance or just sit on
the couch, BELLYDANCER talks about lust, lust for sex, lust for food, lust for
finding yourself lost in Istanbul, lust for being hungry, an urgent declaration
of our Love for The Party.

2010 - Combat Disco Casbah (Saphary Deluxe/Universal)


Features the artistic direction of Tod
A.
(Firewater, Cop Shoot Cop), mixed by Tamir
Muskat
(Balkan Beat Box), and cameos of Uri Kinrot (Boom Pam) and Tod A. and Tamir Muskat themselves.


2007 – Fez Club (Saphary Deluxe / Eastblok)


2004 – Tamboo
Tamboo


2001 – Kanakapila

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Bio

FIGLI DI MADRE IGNOTA: a wild bunch of food maniacs frying and electrifying Italian tarantella, Balkan and Middle Eastern melodies with a solid rock combo and a stingy horn section to cook a crunchy world party music for young punk dancers.

Based in Milano, Italy, Stefano Iascone (lead vocals, trumpet), Cristiano Novello (drums), Massimo Piredda (trombone), William Nicastro (bass), Marco Pampaluna (guitars), distilled their own version of balkan brass band, known as “Spaghetti Balkan”, and move forward plundering the traditional world music (Italian, Klezmer, Turkish, Gypsy) turning it into electric live shows in a psychedelic dance boiled in the Mediterranean Sea and amplified with sophisticated sounds, framed in the rock song scheme. 

BELLYDANCER (Godzilla Market, 2014) develops a compelling menu of sounds for the curious listener: fanfare fried in funky groove, Carosone with rock masala, electric drum’n’bass marinated in middle east, scrambled tarantella with punk sauce, surfing guitars a-la Turca, combining languages and tongues in a research path of new flavors driven by appetite and lust, in the very traditional Italian creativity with (good) food.

Bellydancer, a call to dance aimed at the belly of the audience.


The band toured all over Europe from Portugal to Ukraine and beyond: Sziget Festival World Stage (H, 2009, 2012, 2013), Rock’n Coke Istanbul (T, 2013), Hidrellez Festival (Turkey, 2013), Volt Festival (H, 2011), Lowlands (NL, 2010), Das Fest (D, 2010), Horizonte Festival (D, 2009), Fusion Festival (D, 2009), Mundial Festival (NL 2009), Eskisehir Festival (T, 2009), Hidrellez Festival (T, 2013), Caterraduno (2011), Ariano Folk Festival (2007, 2013).

Figli di Madre Ignota has being produced by and has worked with Tod A. (Firewater, Coop Shoot Cop), Tamir Muskat (Balkan Beat Box), Roy Paci (Aretuska, Radio Bemba), former release being distributed worldwide by Eastblok, and were included in various balkan world music compilations.

Releases:

2010 - COMBAT DISCO CASBAH (Universal), produced by Tod A. (Firewater, Cop Shoot Cop), mixed by Tamir Muskat (Balkan Beat Box)

2007 - FEZ CLUB (Eastblok)

2004 - TAMBOO TAMBOO (Saphary Deluxe)

2001 - KANAKAPILA

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