Patas Arriba (ITA)

Patas Arriba highlights the paradox of the “upside-down world” that is celebrated in the carnival tradition. One art form arising from carnival is the Murga Argentina: Still thriving and developing in the districts of Buenos Aires, it has its roots in the last century, when the music of the former slaves encountered that of the European immigrants. Uniting dance with the sounds of protest, the Murga soon developed into the voice of the people, filling the streets with a pulsating vibe throughout the year and speaking out for social justice and a right to happiness.

Murga Patas Arriba is a small but explosive formation comprising dancers and musicians from various parts of the world. All living in Rome, these artists meld their own cultural backgrounds and artistic experiences with the carnival tradition of Rio de la Plata. For ten years now the Murga Patas Arriba have been building on past experiences of Murga in Rome with the aim of continuing and spreading the Murga tradition of Buenos Aires. With originality and attention to detail they provide a spectacle that unites the energy, enthusiasm and communicative power of this Argentinian tradition. With its typical colourful costumes and painted faces, the power of the (exclusively percussion) instruments and the energy of dance, the Murga has been bringing joy to young and old alike on Italy’s streets and piazzas, little by little turning reality into carnival!

DJ prof.hit’s musical potpourri has something for all ages: you can dance, sing along, tap your feet to it and – above all – reminisce and bask in the last rays of the sun setting on this unique evening’s entertainment.

Express Brass Band (D)

With its distinctive brass band style, the Munich-based Express Brass Band pays tribute to such greats as the Sun Ra Arkestra and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Deeply rooted in jazz, soul and afrobeat but also influenced by Oriental music from Maghreb to Afghanistan, the Express Brass Band was established in 1999 and plays in varying formations.

Titubanda (ITA)

Wind and percussion ensemble Titubanda, from the Italian “titubare” – the wavering band – was founded on 1 May 1998 during a street theatre performance.

Initially known especially for its Latin American repertoire the Titubanda gradually extended its musical bandwidth to include Eastern European tunes and revised jazz classics, while its personnel increased to its present number of thirty-five.

The band’s repertoire includes about twenty-five songs, representing a long musical journey from Cuba to Bombay, through the Balkans, from Brooklyn to Cairo. Beside original compositions, classics from Domenico Modugno, the King Crimson, Charles Mingus and Khaled among others are reinterpreted.

The band's presence in the streets and piazzas of Rome gives it a poetic impact, in strident dissonance with the rhythm and individualistic phobias of western society. An approximate in-tune dissonance which creates immediate involvement, touching deep chords, desires for socializing and a need for celebration so often repressed in “normal” day-to-day life.

...They cover the songs of the famous Rosetti Sisters, because they are the Rosetti Sisters and they are no girls. They re here, they’re there, and wherever they turn up you can expect to hear music.

Sometimes just two of them, sometimes with a line-up of eight or nine, they are rooted in reggae and the hot rhythms of Latin America and yet are true musical world citizens, at home in blues, funk, soul and jazz, Serb Guca brass, and even the occasional waltz or polka ...“  (Rickey Tai Toaster, TRAMINA)