Monday, November 20, 2006

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Gruppo Folk Internazionale "Festa Popolare" (Italian Folk 1975)

Band's main person, Moni Ovadia was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and he is of Jewish descent. He studied political sciences at the University of Milan.
He started out his artistic career as a singer and musician with the "Almanacco Popolare group" with Roberto Leydi, an ethnomusicologist, as director. In 1972, Ovadia formed the band "Gruppo Folk Internazionale" with the purpose of studying and presenting to the world different music traditions and especially kinds of music originating from the Balkans. In 1978, the group was renamed "Ensemble Havadia", and Ovadia composed pieces of his own. Under his direction, the concerts were turned into theatrical events that eventually acquired a certain style as that was conveyed through the performance entitled "Johnny’s Grandfather"; that play was successfully staged in most European cities.

Gruppo Folk Internazionale, playing mainly songs and music from the Balkans.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Lizardson said...

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20 November, 2006 12:29  
Blogger danny said...

Warner Italia has just released a 2 cd set with the whole GFI discography and another one by Ensemble Havadia, next group Moni Ovadia played, before becoming a star as a theatre player

Discography GFI
1975 - Festa popolare - L'Orchestra OLP 10005
1977 - Daloy politzei - L'Orchestra OLP 10013
1979 - Le mille e una notte - L'Orchestra OM 101
Musiche di scena per "Le mille e una notte" della Cooperativa Teatro dell'Elfo: Città bianca e azzurra / Festa pomposa / Morte di Sherazade / Danza finale
1979 - Il nonno di Johnny - L'Orchestra OLPS 55001
El kolo go balà / Il nonno di Jonni // Gavrilka il ferroviere / La piccola fiammiferaia / La fortezza
Discography EH
1981 - Ensemble Havadia' - L'Orchestra OLPS 55017
1982 - Specchi - L'Orchestra MIEP 5001.
I'm bound to buy both.
Stay tuned.

20 November, 2006 22:50  
Anonymous arbor said...

Amazed you were able to track this band down! Keep it up Lizardson

21 November, 2006 10:15  

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