THAT’S OUR STORY…
We are children of the well-known instrument maker Michele Sangineto, who has been making for over 40 years instruments of the European tradition, such as Celtic harps, Viggiano harps, plucked and hammered psalteries, bowed psalteries, organistrum, vielles, portative organs, and other instruments portrayed in pictures, frescos and drafts of great Masters of the Italian Renaissance (Leonardo da Vinci, Giorgione, Piero di Cosimo, Gaudenzio Ferrari).
It was indeed our father (along with our mother of course) who transmitted us the passion for music, for unusual instruments and for the traditional music. And we were totally “plunged” in this world, as our home was always full of musicians, artists, drawers, film makers, writers and poets. And after all this, how could you be indifferent to art?
Our approach to music began with ancient music, we started making music by using the instruments made by our father and we played both medieval and music of the Renaissance (European and Italian) since we were children.
We are twins and we make music together since we were 6. Our first concert was at the age of 7 in the Royal Palace in Monza during a medieval dinner. Since that moment we play together. Of course each of us has his own musical projects and bands but the strong connection between us is still present and keep on growing more and more. We help each other in composing and arranging new ideas.
Along with the ancient music we fell in love with folk music because we got in touch with many musicians of this musical genre since we were children. Our father made a harp for Alan Stivell, the great Breton Bard, he is close friend with Carlos Núñez and what’s more Derek Bell himself, former harpist of The Chieftains, called on us twice. So the first music we’ve ever heard at home was traditional Irish, Breton and Galician music and that made us develop a special flair for this genre. Moreover folk music is a reinterpretation of the traditional music and has the fascination of being a sign of the nationality. Each country and folk has its own music tradition, melodies and instruments. And that means that folk music can be every time so different, amazing, new!
Actually we can say that nowadays our performance is a mix between ancient and modern folk with also original compositions with a Celtic flavour.
The selection of repertoire is not always rational: sometimes we just get inspiration from tunes or melodies played by another bands, sometimes it is the result of a precise research. In any case, we take the traditional melody and we try to reinterpret it thanks to our knowledge of other musical genres: ancient music, classical music, a little jazz, pop and Musical. That’s why we don’t think it’s a limit to play foreign music. Usually people say it’s better to play music of your own tradition. This can be OK. But our interest is to reinterpret not only Italian traditional music but also foreign music trying to make it our own music too. In fact it could be useless for us to play Irish music in the same way Irish people do. If it had been in a competition, they would naturally win. But that’s not our point. We like to unite characteristics of different musical traditions by creating a bridge between cultures and that it’s not “traditional music” in a strict sense of the term but it’s a renewal of tradition.
We however do not play only songs and tunes coming from the tradition, we also compose our own original tunes and songs, which reflect all our musical influences. We are proud of some of our compositions that have become soundtracks for short movies and for which we won prizes.
Regarding the instruments we play, we like to go on with the “family tradition” and we keep on playing above all instruments made by Michele Sangineto: nylon- and metal-string harp and psaltery and we both sing. But we also sometimes play flutes and percussions.
We think that one of the factors of this originality is the timbre of the instruments we play. We combine ancient timbres and sounds with rhythmical and modern melodies. The renewal of the tradition in the modernity is one of our main goals. And this kind of music attracts a quite wide range of people: both young and adult listeners feel themselves involved in our music.
We like theatricality. We like our concert to be a real performance in which there’s a dialogue with the public (we know very well the rigidity of classical concerts and we don’t agree to transfer this attitude into the folk genre). During our performance we try to get the approval of our public, to accompany people in a travel around countries. Their attention is always won by the sense humour of Adriano and the elegance of our movements!
We now are gaining popularity in the folk scene in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Portugal and Scotland. But our path is just at the beginning. We are proud of still having something to say after so many years together.
Every performance we do has its own beauty: performing in front of 20.000 people or in an amazing place, sharing the stage with very important artists (first of all Carlos Núñez), doing a concert in a foreign country that we never visited before…
Once, we did a small concert in a church in Rennes (Brittany). There were just few people, but among them there was the great Alan Stivell and that was simply thrilling!