Stefano Saletti & Piccola Banda Ikona

Stefano Saletti & Piccola Banda Ikona


A fascinating journey between the sounds and cultures of the Mediterranean sea in the research for a musical and lyrical language that unites its various populations.
Stefano Saletti and the Piccola Banda Ikona sing in Sabir, the ancient language from the Mediterranean sea.


A multi-instrumentalist, expert in Mediterranean music and director of international ensembles, Stefano Saletti is the founder of the Piccola Banda Ikona, comprised of such famous musicians such as the vocalist Barbara Eramo, the flautist Gabriele Coen, the violinist Carlo Cossu, the bassist Mario Rivera and the drummer Leo Cesari.

Their new Cd called "Folkpolitik" (published by Finisterre and distributed by Felmay) contains Saletti’s original compositions and arrangements of tunes by the Mediterranean authors who, through their music, have described the struggle against power, suffering, persecution, arrests and violence.

The CD in October 2012 has reached the top ten of World Music Charts Europe and remained on the charts for three months.

"Folkpolitik" is a journey back in time to rediscover the different types of music that tell the stories about the suffering and passion of the Mediterranean people. From the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from Spain, to the Palestinian diaspora, from the Sardinian anthem (fruit of the French Revolution against the excessive power of barons) to those authors who wrote music and often very sweet ballads and who were subjected to persecution, arrest and violence by the political establishment.

The former Cd, called “Marea cu sarea” was written and sung in Sabir (that means “to know”), an ancient Mediterranean language.
Saletti and the Piccola Banda Ikona have rediscovered that sea-faring "Esperanto" which developed little by little incorporating terms from Spanish, Italian, French and Arabic, and they have brought it back to life, writing ten intense tunes that encompass the sounds and cultures of the Mediterranean, mixing the popular traditions of Southern Italy with Balkan, Arabic, Greek and Sephardic melodies.

“Marea cu sarea” has been included among the ten best new issues in the Folk Roots chart, the prestigious English world music magazine. The CD had been listed as one of the best releases of 2008 by the World Music Charts Europe and received the “Coups de coeur du jury” award at Babel Med 2009.

During last years Stefano Saletti and the Piccola Banda Ikona toured extensively in some of major international festival in Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Bosnia-Erzegovina, Maroc, Hungary, Greece, Egypt and Germany.


Stefano Saletti & Piccola Banda Ikona "Stari Most" (CNI - 2005)

Piccola Banda Ikona "Marea cu sarea" (Finisterre - 2008)

Stefano Saletti & Piccola Banda Ikona "Folkpolitik" (Finisterre - 2012)