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Klaus “der Geyser” at the Biancane Park (Oct. 21, 2021)

During the survey by the Jug Band Colline Metallifere with Klaus der Geiger at the Biancane Park, between Monterotondo and Sasso Pisano (Souther Tuscany), we have proposed him to improvise some music to be performed as Klaus “der Geyser”, after seeing the “Autobus 37” video by Etruschi from Lakota, shot in the same location almost ten years ago (for those who are not aware about it, two of the components of Etruschi from Lakota, Dario Canal and Simone Sandrucci, are two of the founders of the JBCM project).

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The Jug Band Colline Metallifere with Klaus der Geiger (photo opportunity with fake English names in Monterotondo Marittimo, Tuscany)

..at the end of a nice outing at Parco delle Biancane (a report about this is in the works) to prepare the next steps approaching the lunch concert at Altrimondi (Follonica) on Sat., Oct. 23 (see the link).

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In ordine alfabetico di finto nome inglese: Darius Canal, Claude the Fiddler, Jack O’Malley, Simon Littlealexanders, Wolf

The Jug Band Colline Metallifere with Klaus der Geiger on Oct. 21 and 23: Rock-blues, Violin, and our territories

For his next tour in Tuscany you may hear the Jug Band Colline Metallifere with Klaus der Geiger on Oct. 23 in Follonica, at Altrimondi, at noon. From 1PM it will be possible to have lunch (reservation needed at +393666148769).

The Metalliferous Hills Jug Band (or Jug Band dalle Colline Metallifere, JBCM, in Italian) is an international and inter-generational collective proposing a combination of music and environmental practice, where melody, rhythm, storytelling and science outreach are merged in one situation. The JBCM is based in one of the lesser known parts of Tuscany, the Metalliferous Hills, spanning across the provinces of Grosseto, Pisa, Livorno and Siena, and where the typical “Tuscan postcard” themes are mixed with the legacy of one of the largest mining areas in Europe, and a geothermal energy district, thus combining rural and industrial issues and perspectives. The JBCM was launched 2018, after three years of preparation, merging different expertise by professionals with multiple years of research experience on environmental, territorial, rural, and musical issues. At the end of October the JBCM is pleased to proposed the return to Italy of a friend they met at the very beginning of their project: Klaus der Geiger. Klaus is a violinist born in 1940, musically raised in  Köln, Germany, with various international experiences, and know in his home country as “the Asphalt Paganini” due to his numerous street performances. His activity is often related to social issues, and he also has collaborations with many symphonic orchestras and recording projects.

The Jug Band Colline Metallifere info point on culture, environment, and open innovation will be available.

Klaus der Geiger

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As an introductory listening: a track from our 2018 “country session“:

Jug Band Colline Metallifere Duo @ Melosgrano, Lago dell’Accesa, Massa Marittima (Tuscany), Aug. 7, 2020: How did it go?

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.

Thanks to Coop. Il Melograno for this opportunity and to Romina Zago for the photos.

For more information and booking: jugbandcm@pibinko.org, (all the Jug Band will be reading) or +393317539228 (voice or whatsapp, with Jack O’Malley).

Jack O’Malley (left), the engineer, and Dario Canal (right, the rocker), as delegates of the Jug Band Colline Metallifere
After the official show there was a little jam session involving also Paolo Mari (with the excess of guitars in the area he could not avoid joining the team for a couple of songs).

A call for milanese bands: collaborate with the Jug Band Colline Metallifere on the new Video for “Rock in Milano, Blues at La Rocca”

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:

The social distancing version of the video, produced between April and May 2020. The video is subtitled in English.

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 production of the video will be managed by Officine Pandino (i.e. Orsola Sinisi and Lucio Monocrom).

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 micalosapevo@pibinko.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.