On Sep. 9, 2020, a delegation from the Jug Band Colline Metallifere (Jack O’Malley, Dario Canal and Wolfgang Scheibe) took part in the annual conference of the European Citizen Science Association.
The group performed some of its songs in a workshop about “Co-designing a space for Citizen Science”, by Claudia Göbel, Pia Viviani, and Jack O’Malley, also proposing a “participation blues”, specifically written for this event.
The conce[r|p]t in the “MeloSgrano” space at Lago dell’Accesa, by Massa Marittima on Aug. 7, 2020 (see here the presentation of the event, with the full calendar of initiatives through September) turned out to be a great success.
We created a set based on documents and findings held in our “stuff-o-theque“, and we gave a performance were stories on the Southern Tuscan territory and some of the characters we met there over the years are intertwined with reports of community engagement and research activities, and -of course- songs dealing with the same topics.
The Jug Band dalle Colline Metallifere (JBCM) is an inter-generational and international musical collective based in Southern Tuscany, at the borders between the provinces of Grosseto, Pisa, and Livorno. The JBCM was born in 2018 to propose geomusic, and perform in conce[r|p]ts, i.e. to propose in the same space concerts and concepts, namely in the field of environment, and territorial or rural issues. Such activity represents one of the developments of a thread of initiatives for the protection and promotion of lesser-known assets in the fields of environment, culture, and open innovation, started in 2007 by the pibinko.org network.
During the lockdown, we were invited to prepare a song in a videoconference for the May First celebrations, organized by the association Rocca Norsina AD 952 from Roccatederighi (Southern Tuscany, very close to where two of our members are based). We responded to this invitation with “Rock in Milano, Blues at la Rocca”. This is a blues debate between a resident in a rural area versus a city dweller:
During the month of August we are planning to create a new version of the video, in which we may finally have the band together and interact with some characters in the village..
Considering that the lyrics propose a comparison of the situation in Roccatederighi, representing a lesser rural site, with Milano as the symbol of a big city, we would like to try an improvement to our previous version of the song: we would like to have the part where the milanese sing about Roccatederighi inhabitants to be sung by actual milanese musicians.
For this reason we are looking for pre-existing formations, or joint ventures which could actually materialize in response to our call. As a minimum if would make sense to have a duo (a singer and an accompanying player). In any case, we are open to options.
The shooting of the milanese part is planned for the second half of August, and the publication of the video is currently scheduled for September (with most of the video being shot in the first week of August for the Tuscan part).
The milanese musicians who will be selected to collaborate will receive a selection of typical products from the band’s area of origin. The actual entity of the selection is to be confirmed, while we wait for feedback by sponsors who will support the project.
The video will be promoted within the pibinko.org, network, thus insuring non-local visibility to all participants.
To have a better view of the context in which the video is being produced, please take five minute to browse the pibinko.org and jugbandcm.it web sites.
If you are interested, please write by August 10, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org, proposing your musical resume and a brief motivation text to explain why you would like to collaborate.
Sponsors interested in contributing to the production of the vide may write to the same email address.
…or was it @ Palazzi Rossi in Follonica (Tuscany)? I always get it wrong. In pratice, in the context of a logistic situation which some may define “à la pibinko”, and some others “completely random”, at least for the month of July the JBCM identified Follonica, in Southern Tuscany, at the centre of the “Sun Gulf”, as its location for rehearsals for their new show. This is in preparation for the next Autumn.
Should you be interested to interact about geomusic, conce[r|p]tst, micro-tonal music, differences between a “bagno” (a swim) and a “bagnaccio” (a hell of a swim, according to Simone), teaching methods for kids, or hand-made prints, please write to email@example.com (this is read by all the band) or whatsapp +393317539228 (read by Jack O’Malley), and we will let you know the date and time of our next meetup.
This was after an afternoon of rehearsal, just chilling out on the beach. Kudos to Paolo “Il Pilla” Brogi for the video. For information and booking: firstname.lastname@example.org or whatsapp +393317539228.