Author Archives: Roberto Bacchilega

Renato Ferreira at AstaroTheatro

Renato Ferreira at AstaroTheatro
Thursday 14 July, 20:30
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam 


Renato Ferreira is a composer, saxophone and double-bass player, originally from São Paulo, Brazil.

In São Paulo, he was a member of the ensemble of Ricardo Zohyo, a long-term collaborator of Hermeto Pascoal, studying many forms of Brazilian folklore as well as Brazilian instrumental music.

After moving to the Netherlands, he played for many years in the Royal Improvisers Orchestra, together with some of the most exciting young musicians from the improvised music scene in Amsterdam and The Hague. With this group he performed several times at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis, including collaborations with Han Bennink, Steve Beresford, Phil Minton and the London Improvisers Orchestra.

Since 2015, he has been leading the Native Aliens Ensemble, a group that combines composition and free improvisation into an explosive mix with roots in traditional forms of Brazilian folk music. The Native Aliens Ensemble recorded a live CD at Teatro Munganga in Amsterdam, released by Trytone Records, and performed twice at the Bimhuis in 2016 and 2017.

He took part in the Music Of Inevitable Sounds, a project by the legendary bass player Luc Ex, joined by pianists Nora Mulder and Veryan Weston a.o., performing in several venues across Europe such as Konzerthaus Vienna as part of the Wien Modern Festival, Teatro San Leonardo in Bologna, Italy, Korzo theater in The Hague and Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and Festival Ars Musica at Les Brigittines, Bruxelles, Belgium.

Renato has been an active improviser in Amsterdam since 2010, playing with musicians such as Burton Greene, Anne La Berge, Nora Mulder, Onno Govaert, Michael Moore, Yedo Gibson, Hans Houtman, John Dikeman, Jasper Stadhouders, Saartje van Kamp, Tobias Delius, Wilbert De Joode, Nico Chientaroli, Oene van Geel and many others.

He graduated at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where he studied contemporary composition with Martijn Padding, Cornelis De Bondt and Gilius van Bergeijk among others.

Renato Ferreira
http://renatomusica.wordpress.com

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Baschira & Yunus: A La Muntagna


Baschira & Yunus: A La Muntagna

Once upon time there was a song. A La Muntagna. And this song inspired a profound nexus of true international solidarity. From the mountains of Southern Italy to the peaks of Kurdistan.
Baschira, Italian musician and songwriter and Yunus, Kurdish musician and polyhedric artist began to play together and to influence each other. Now their different music and artistic backgrounds have come together to a higher level of inspiration for the audience of AstaroTheatro.
From Italy to Kurdistan. And vice versa

Once upon a time there was a song. A La Muntagna. And this song inspired a short theatre performance of unity and common struggle. Now this performance is ready to touch the people of AstaroTheatro.
We make the pains of the earth our own

An artistic diaspora at AstaroTheatro

Saturday 18 June, 20:30
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

Entrance by Donation

The Stones Under My Foot

The Stones Under My Foot

Double Bill: Theatre Performance and Music at AstaroTheatro:

The Stones Under My Foot
These are the stones you don’t know
I become the forest, the mountain, the sea, the desert
With: Arif Murat Gür, Baschira, Roberto Bacchilega

Ell Sol
Ell Sol (him Alone) is the solo acoustic project of Joan Mena (guitar and vocals) performer, guitarist, improviser and multitask from Catalunya.
Involving his personal evocation of catalan chanson and inspired by the DIY tour world , Ell Sol jumps into a colorful rollercoaster of words, strings and presence in his intense performances pushing softly the boundaries of contemporary music.
He will be presenting a 20 minutes set of songs, poems, compositions, tricks, movements and new fantasies.
“Does Catalonian balladry involve a lot of sighing, whispering, squawking and screeching? Well regardless if it does or it doesn’t we got that. Charming and very surprising show, a whole new approach to playing a guitar.¨
Richard James Foster -The Quietus, Louder than War, Vice… (Incendiary Magazine )

The Stones under My Foot is the third opening of Wind Rose. Openings at AstaroTheatro
In each event Q&A, Talks and a glass of RED wine

Saturday 4 June, 20:30. AstaroTheatroSint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

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The Stones Under My Foot


The Stones Under My Foot

Double Bill: Theatre Performance and Music at AstaroTheatro:

The Stones Under My Foot
These are the stones you don’t know
I become the forest, the mountain, the sea, the desert
With: Arif Murat Gür, Baschira, Roberto Bacchilega

Ell Sol
Ell Sol is the solo acoustic project of Joan Mena (guitar and vocals) performer, guitarist, improviser and multitask from Catalunya

The Stones under My Foot is the third opening of Wind Rose. Openings at AstaroTheatro
In each event Q&A, Talks and a glass of RED wine

Saturday 4 June, 20:30. AstaroTheatroSint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

Entrance by Donation

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