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Michel Balatti: The Northern Breeze

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Il flautista genovese Michel Balatti, membro di gruppi assai rinomati in ambito folk quali Birkin Tree e Liguriani, dedica questo primo album a suo nome a una perlustrazione decisamente accurata del repertorio popolare irlandese, antico ma anche a noi più prossimo, senza disdegnare brani americani e svedesi (uno a testa) e un poker di sue composizioni originali, ovviamente in linea con l'assunto generale, nel corso degli anni ampiamente approfondito sul campo.

Per farlo, si accompagna a un suo fidatissimo coéquipier in seno a entrambi i gruppi citati, Fabio Biale, e al chitarrista scozzese Michael Bryant, ospitando in brani sparsi la flautista Nuala Kennedy (della cui band Bryan fa parte) e la specialista di concertina Caltlin Nic Gabhann, entrambe irlandesi, nonché l'arpista milanese Elena Spotti.

Episodi più incalzanti (i due che aprono il disco, per esempio) si alternano ad altri a briglia più allentata, utili a prendere fiato, in un'alternanza che attraversa di fatto tutto il lavoro, il cui rigore filologico, unito all'indubbia maestria tecnico-sintattica sfoggiata sul versante esecutivo, rappresenta l'elemento di maggior pregio.

Track Listing: The Cloon; The Price of My Pig; Coleman's March; For Johnny; Over the Edge; Swedish Waltz; The Humours of Giulia; Eleanor Plunkett; Harvest Moon; The Air Tune; Agata.

Personnel: Michel Balatti: flauti; Michael Bryan: chitarra; Fabio Biale: pianoforte, bodhran (tamburo a cornice irlandese); Caltlin Nic Gabhann: concertina; Elena Spotti; Nuala Kennedy: flauto.

Title: The Northern Breeze | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Felmay

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