Author Archives: Roberto Bacchilega

Tenedle at AstaroTheatro

TENEDLE Plays a “solo” try-out of his new (next) album “D” at the amazing AstaroTheatro

20 May 2022. Doors open at 20:00


Exclusive Only 20 Tickets
Includes unlimited streaming of Welcome Back – ExTENded via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

A donation of 10€ (or more) is appreciated in support of the work of Tenedle and AstaroTheatro in these hard times, thanks so much!

  €10 EUR or more 

Tenedle is the second opening of Wind Rose. Openings at AstaroTheatro
Each event will be followed by Q&A, Talks and a glass of RED wine

Marx is Back

Marx is Back at AstaroTheatro
a play on history
“Why have I returned? to clear my name!”

Friday 13 May, 20:30

AstaroTheatro presents a monologue by Howard Zinn adapted and performed by Roberto Bacchilega.
Karl Marx has had enough of seeing his revolution taken over by opportunists organizing each time a new priesthood and a new hierarchy, with excommunications and indexes, with inquisitions and firing squads. He is disgusted by media declaring him dead again and again. Karl Marx is back to remind us that his ideas are more alive than ever. He revisits memories of his courageous life and revolutionary theories. We learn about his family, his struggles and the boils on his arse.

Marx is Back is an AstaroTheatro classic.
After being performed for many years in all kind of venue, now it comes happily back at AstaroTheatro.
Marx is Back is a program of Wind Rose. Openings at AstaroTheatro.
Each event will be followed by Q&A, Talks and a glass of RED wine

Entrance by Donation

Wind Rose. Openings at AstaroTheatro

Wind Rose
Openings at AstaroTheatro

The earth accommodating our steps is the sky above our heads
And when I see you I see myself
The stones under my foot are unforgettable
Still I need to clear my name

AstaroTheatro opens up to embrace these four events like a wind rose from four cardinal directions

Friday 13 May, 20:30
Marx is Back
A Play on History

Friday 20 May, 20:30
Tenedle. Demetra
New Album Exclusive Concert

Saturday 4 June, 20:30
The stones under my foot
Theatre Performances

Saturday 18 June, 20:30
Baschira & Yunus
Music from Italy to Kurdistan. And vice versa

Each event will be followed by Q&A, Talks and a glass of RED wine

Tenedle – New Album Exclusive Concert in AstaroTheatro


Tenedle – New Album Exclusive Concert in AstaroTheatro

20 May 2022. Doors open at 20:00

Tenedle plays his new album – world’s premiere in Amsterdam at AstaroTheatro
A donation of 10€ (or more) is required and appreciate in support of the work of Tenedle and AstaroTheatro in these hard times, thanks so much!!

Exclusive Only 25 Tickets

Includes unlimited streaming of Welcome Back – ExTENded via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

  €10 EUR or more 

Tenedle is a program of Wind Rose. Openings at AstaroTheatro
Each event will be followed by Q&A, Talks and a glass of RED wine

Marx is Back

Marx is Back (a play on history)
“Why have I returned? to clear my name!”
AstaroTheatro presents a monologue by Howard Zinn adapted and performed by Roberto Bacchilega

Saturday 2 April. Doors open at 13.00
LaakTheater
Ferrandweg 4T The Hague

Karl Marx has had enough of seeing his revolution taken over by opportunists organizing each time a new priesthood and a new hierarchy, with excommunications and indexes, with inquisitions and firing squads. He is disgusted by media declaring him dead again and again. Karl Marx is back to remind us that his ideas are more alive than ever. He revisits memories of his courageous life and revolutionary theories. We learn about his family, his struggles and the boils on his arse.

A La Muntagna

A La Muntagna
“Mountains are the cradle of the heroes

How a song can inspire international solidarity
An event of talks, music, theatre and togetherness

A la Muntagna – Li Serê Çiya – Up to the Mountain

From the mountains of Southern Italy to the peaks of Kurdistan, the bilingual singings lead us through the footpath of rebellion and freedom. Two distant places and two different histories have never been so close.
The main power of the song lays on this deep sense of a different but at the same time so reciprocal recognizable history. A common ground for a profound nexus of true international solidarity.

In 2019 when we heard A La Muntagna played by an international band in a political underground space in Utrecht, The Netherlands, tears and memories overwhelmed us. We decided then to create a new song based on the old original one, linking the old struggle of the people in Southern Italy with the Kurdish effort for a cultural and political dignity.

At the end of the nineteenth century, immediately after the Italian unification, Southern Italy suffered greatly under the hegemonic power from Northern Italy. Many people in the South went up to the mountains and became ‘briganti’, outlaws, starting a struggle against the oppression and in the name of freedom. The original song A La Muntagna, in Southern Italian language, tells this story.
The same story is still very much true today for the Kurds. Mountains as a synonym of fight for freedom and dignity are very much a feature of the ongoing Kurdish struggle. The struggle against oppression starts from the mountains.
So now the solidarity of Southern Italians with the Kurds lives within the song A La Muntagna, ready to reach out to a full international solidarity. From the mountains to the valleys, anywhere international solidarity is needed in the name of liberation from political abuse, geopolitical hegemony, wars, social injustice and brutal imperialism.

The project has been realized without any financial support and thus personally paid by Harun Turan, its initiator. Musicians and singers from Kurdistan and Italy have come together to create this artistic work of music, video and grassroots arts.
Now A La Muntagna is all yours. We wish that you are ready to embrace its artistic value and its human and political meaning.

A project by Harun Turan in collaboration with AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps

Acoustic guitar: Harun Elki
Percussions: Şener Yolal
Tongue pipe: Erdi Aslan
Ukulele: Cem Dikmen
Bass guitar: Uğur Nazlıer
Melodika: Yasar Ilgın
Mix/Arranger: Harun Elki
Mastering: Özgur Yurtoğlu
Kurdish singing: Şervan Turan
Italian singing: Irene Rametta, Alice Casarosa, Sara Bianchi
Composer Italian Lyrics: Eugenio Bennato
Kurdish Lyrics: Tuncay Korkmaz and Harun Turan
Video animation maker: Selen Kilinç
Story playwright: Tuncay Korkmaz and Harun Turan

Many thanks to: Humeyra, Maşuk Erten, Yunus Bilir, Aydin Gelmez and to the many friends supporting this project. Special thanks to Ru Paré for hosting this event

 

A La Muntagna

A La Muntagna
“Mountains are the cradle of the heroes

How a song can inspire international solidarity
An event of talks, music, theatre and togetherness

Friday 25 March
Ru Paré
Chris Lebeaustraat 4 Amsterdam

 A la Muntagna – Li Serê Çiya – Up to the Mountain

From the mountains of Southern Italy to the peaks of Kurdistan, the bilingual singings lead us through the footpath of rebellion and freedom. Two distant places and two different histories have never been so close.
The main power of the song lays on this deep sense of a different but at the same time so reciprocal recognizable history. A common ground for a profound nexus of true international solidarity.

In 2019 when we heard A La Muntagna played by an international band in a political underground space in Utrecht, The Netherlands, tears and memories overwhelmed us. We decided then to create a new song based on the old original one, linking the old struggle of the people in Southern Italy with the Kurdish effort for a cultural and political dignity.

At the end of the nineteenth century, immediately after the Italian unification, Southern Italy suffered greatly under the hegemonic power from Northern Italy. Many people in the South went up to the mountains and became ‘briganti’, outlaws, starting a struggle against the oppression and in the name of freedom. The original song A La Muntagna, in Southern Italian language, tells this story.
The same story is still very much true today for the Kurds. Mountains as a synonym of fight for freedom and dignity are very much a feature of the ongoing Kurdish struggle. The struggle against oppression starts from the mountains.
So now the solidarity of Southern Italians with the Kurds lives within the song A La Muntagna, ready to reach out to a full international solidarity. From the mountains to the valleys, anywhere international solidarity is needed in the name of liberation from political abuse, geopolitical hegemony, wars, social injustice and brutal imperialism.

The project has been realized without any financial support and thus personally paid by Harun Turan, its initiator. Musicians and singers from Kurdistan and Italy have come together to create this artistic work of music, video and grassroots arts.
Now A La Muntagna is all yours. We wish that you are ready to embrace its artistic value and its human and political meaning.

A project by Harun Turan in collaboration with AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps

Acoustic guitar: Harun Elki
Percussions: Şener Yolal
Tongue pipe: Erdi Aslan
Ukulele: Cem Dikmen
Bass guitar: Uğur Nazlıer
Melodika: Yasar Ilgın
Mix/Arranger: Harun Elki
Mastering: Özgur Yurtoğlu
Kurdish singing: Şervan Turan
Italian singing: Irene Rametta, Alice Casarosa, Sara Bianchi
Composer Italian Lyrics: Eugenio Bennato
Kurdish Lyrics: Tuncay Korkmaz and Harun Turan
Video animation maker: Selen Kilinç
Story playwright: Tuncay Korkmaz and Harun Turan

Many thanks to: Humeyra, Maşuk Erten, Yunus Bilir, Aydin Gelmez and to the many friends supporting this project. Special thanks to Ru Paré for hosting this event

Event Program:

18:30-20:00
Dinner

20:00-20:05
Welcome and brief presentation of the event

20:05-20:55
Panel: From the mountains to the valleys
International stories of struggles, resistance and liberation
With: Berfin Çelebi (Kurdistan), Michela Rossi and Luigi Lorato (Italy), Nataly Bernal (Colombia), Betina Abi Habib (Lebanon), Jesse van Duijl (The Netherlands)
Moderator: Basak Sila Kaymak

20:55-21.00
Short break

21:00-21:25
Live Music and Theatre
Yunus Bilir
Baschira
AstaroTheatro

21:25- 21:45
A la Muntagna – Li Serê Çiya – Up to the Mountain
Introduction to the song A La Muntagna
Video A La Muntagna
Q&A

Entrance by Donation. Note: this is a non-profit project. Your kind donations will help us to cover all the necessary costs to make this project possible

Follow the Dolphins

Follow the Dolphins  by AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps at:
Baschira presents: Zdasdat | Baschira Album Release Party

Saturday 27 November at 16:00
De Ruimte 
Distelweg 83 Amsterdam

On November 27, the long-awaited “Zdasdat” album by Baschira will be released, let’s celebrate together! It will be a day full of music, stories, theatre and plenty of delicious food, at the ever so charming “De Ruimte”.

Musicians on stage:
| Davide Cristiani – Guitar and vocals | Tilo Baumheier – Flute |
| Denis Pavlenko – Clarinet | Mauro Rolfini – Alto Saxophone |
| Zohar Mokady Amar – Tenor Saxophone | Remy Sterreman – Euphonium |
| Emma van Dobben – Piano | Julia Kooreman – Bass |
| Floris Van Elderen – Drums | Millo – Electric guitar and synth |

Special guests of the day:

Follow the Dolphins
A theatrical work in progress by AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps

Picture by Melanja Palitta | Balans LaB

While getting inspired by the presence of the Zapatistas, we face lies, we witness cities falling apart and we focus our struggle on the stream of the white blood cells of humanity. But the best thing to do, as usual, is to follow the dolphins
With Ayşenur Akın, Arif Murat Gür and Roberto Bacchilega
Original text ‘The Dolphins” co-written by Mohamed S. Bah and Ayşenur Akın

Four Seasons in a Lost Year

Four Seasons in a Lost Year
Four Artists in One Venue
Four Artists come together, carrying their personal and artistic history, ready to share it with the audience of AstaroTheatro.
It’s hard to say whether ‘Time present and time past’ are lost or ‘Are both perhaps present in time future’.
What’s sure is that Four Seasons in a Lost Year is a much-needed event of renewed community sharing.
We have been distant for too long, now it’s time to get closer.

Four Artists (in no particular order):
Victor Sams
Madam Bruno
Godfrey Lado
Roberto Bacchilega

One Venue:
Saturday 6 November
20:00 Doors Open.
20:30 Start of Four Seasons
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

Entrance by Donation

Victor Sams:
Victor Sams the singer, multi-instrumentalist was born on Statia a Caribbean island which was also called once upon a time because of its history the Golden Rock. The kamélé ngoni he plays comes from the harp family in Mali which is referred to in West Africa as the mother of harps. His musical story is rooted in a social combination of Caribbean-African music. victorsams.nl

Madam Bruno:
Madam Bruno hails from one of the most historic, cultured, creative and beautiful place on the planet, Napoli in Italy. Coming from a region so diverse and rich in culture, since a child, Madam Bruno took full advantage of her surroundings.
Her pallet of taste and inspirations is vast and matches her experience within theatrical and musical productions.
www.madambruno.com

Godfrey Lado:
From A War Child to Asylum A Refugee, from a Refugee to Assignment a medium of social cultural change and exchange.
Godfrey Lado is a multidisciplinary and a multidimensionally free soul; speaker, teller, poet, singer and a writer.

Roberto Bacchilega:
Performer and artistic director at AstaroTheatro. He presents:
The Want
An excerpt from ‘In the solitude of the cotton fields’ by Bernard-Marie Koltès
The Dealer is always there to remind you that ‘you must want something’. So be aware that you are nothing but a consumer in a consumers’ world. Unless you don’t want The Want.

Follow the Dolphins

Follow the Dolphins by AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps at:
Baschira presents: Waiting for “Zdasdat”
Tuesday 28 September 
Frederik Hendrikstraat 111 Amsterdam

Picture by Melanja Palitta – Balans LaB
Three sets of music and theatre: a foretaste of “Zdasdat”, Baschira’s debut album topped with a theatrical work by AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps.
Doors open: 20:00
Showtime: 20:30
Ticket 5 € at the door
1st set
Follow the Dolphins: a theatrical work in progress by AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps
While waiting for the coming of the Zapatistas we face lies, we witness cities falling apart and the stream of the white blood cells of humanity. But the best thing to do, as usual, is to follow the dolphins.
Ayşenur Akın
Arif Murat Gür
Roberto Bacchilega
Original text ‘The Dolphins” co-written by Mohamed S. Bah and Aysenur Akin
2nd set
Ahead of his debut album, “Zdasdat” (Wake up), Baschira offers a foretaste of his unreleased music and a couple of folk songs.
Baschira is the project of Amsterdam-based guitarist and songwriter Davide Cristiani.
The name of the project is inspired by the story of Prospero Baschieri (Baschira), a brigand, symbol of revolt against injustice and oppression.
Davide Cristiani: Voice, Guitar
Emma Van Dobben: Accordion
Tilo Baumheier: Flute
3rd set
Acoustic guitars, accordion, flute and “dancing” drums will resonate throughout the room. Warm sounds, a vibrant and passionate blend of folk, swing, gipsy music threaded together through improvisation.
Davide Cristiani: Guitar, Voice
Tilo Baumheier: Flute
Emma Van Dobben: Accordion
Floris Van Elderen: Drums
Julia Kooreman: Bass