Look through this text and you'll see a band whose cv boasts some very cool things... they are a band whose music and performance will blast away your preconceptions of what Italian music is all about and all of this through a love and knowledge of traditional music and dance.
For the past decade, Nidi d’Arac have been experimenting with mixing the music of the Salento region of southern Italy with electronica and contemporary dance beats.
"Nidi D'Arac explore a crossover between the traditional musics of Southern Italy and new musical tendencies, the important thing here being that there are elements already present in the old that are sympathetically amplified by the new...there's definitely something good going on in Italy." Ian Anderson - fR180
The music by NIDI D’ARAC is pure mixed pleasure of dance and sound, it's an ongoing party!
The power of this ultra cool ensemble is an immediate and almost physical way through, thanks also to the audacious attempt of mixing the traditional triplets rhythm of the tambourine of the Salento ‘pizzica’ used as a therapy for the bite of tarantula spider, with the chaotic reality.
Lead singer of the band is the ecletic musician from Lecce, Alessandro Coppola, whose creativity and love for his land have produced a passionate and mindful research of contents coming from the tradition, the music, the poetry, the folklore of the Mediterranean culture, acquired and elaborated.
"all the elements that make Nidi D'Arac sonically mysterious are present in abundance: lead singer Alessandro Coppola's soaring voice, violin and guitar, tambourine flourishes, dub and echo flitting about the performance" L.Blackstone
Guests and runners up at the 1998 edition of the Italian award for young musicians ‘Premio Tenco’, they were the opening act for the Simple Minds concert in 1999, for the Robert Plant concert in Rome, for Joe Zawinul at the 2000 edition of ‘La Notte della Taranta’ and for Kimmo Pohjonen in 2003.
They were co-authors, together with Enzo Avitabile e Mory Kante, of ‘Musica a scantinato (MANA E MANE, 1999). They were nominated for the best album in dialect at the 2006 edition of ‘Premio Tenco’ and played together with Lo Cor de la Plana at the 2007 edition of ‘La Notte della Taranta’.
From Salento to Portugal, from the Capoverde islands to Spain, from London to Berlin, from Amsterdam to Paris, all the way to New York and to Brazil the band was able to export traditional culture bringing passion and expertise in many important European festivals.Email me: , or call +44(0) 7791 699889 to book.