Luca Bassanese & La Piccola Orchestra Popolare

  • Italy
  • Exalted pop-folk fanfare

It's summer in Italy. In the fields, the men, bare-chested, harvest tomatoes. The girls in light dresses are preparing this evening’s festivities. Luca Bassanese, an exuberant and exalted character, is invited to sing at the annual village fête. It is said of him that once the sun has set, he takes the microphone and doesn’t put it down till dawn. He fires the hearts of the festival-goers with his carnival folk and galvanizes the crowd with his ecologist discourses, as the audience dances to the rhythms of the tuba and the guitar, even after the musicians have left. It's summertime in Italy. And Italy is at Paleo this summer.