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The Gran(i)Tour T-shirt pre-orders are open

Today Dario (Canal) and Wolfgang (Scheibe) are at work in the Tattistampa shop, for the hand-made printing of the first batch of T-shirts for the upcoming Jug Band Colline Metallifere Gran(i)Tour between Tuscany, Trentino, and Germany, from June 14 to June 29.

It is possible to pre-order your T-shirt writing to micalosapevo@pibinko.org or +393317539228, indicating the size and the number of T-shirts per size. The cost of one T-shirt is 20 Euro, plus shipping, if required.

As you can see from the header image, the subject of the shirts is kept as a mistery for now, but you can review the shirts from the last years:


The Gran(i)Tour is advertised by the Institute of Italian Culture in Stuttgart

The June Gran(i)Tour has been advertised by the Institute of Italian Culture in Stuttgart among “Other happenings in the institute’s area of operation”…in the past we have collaborated twice with Institutes of Italian Culture: in 2007 for the palla a 21 mission to Chicago and in 2008 with the Institute in San Francisco for the “Square around the ball” photo exhibition, so we appreciate this form of attention.

You live in the city…

An English version of “Rock in Milano, Blues at la Rocca” by the Jug Band Colline Metallifere, adapted on the fly by Jack O’Malley during the “Rural Citizen Science” session at the ECSA Conference in Vienna (April 4, 2024). A city dweller and a country guy interact on their perceptions of urban and rural dimensions..

You live in the city, where people produce and innovate (x2)

But let me tell you something babe, you live in the city – for me it ain’t that great!

Monday morning, you get on the bus, you go to work, in the same old fuss

Then in the week-end you’re all lined up in cars, for shopping or recreation, but that’s like behind bars..

So you’re living in the city, most beautiful place on the earth

you live the ugly grey old city, but you don’t know what that is worth

You live in the country, you’re a small pin on my map (x2)

We come to see you in the Summer, but with the cold wind we leave with a snap

You’re driving an Ape – and maybe a tractor too

You’re diggin’ and sowin’ – with some of that rural blue

Enjoying the landscape, contemplating the sunset

but your village is dying, and this is something I don’t regret

So you’re living in the country, and you say rural is the best

But I feel fine here in the city, don’t care much about the rest!

Hey guys, don’t you realize, you’re getting nowhere: I ain’t telling no lies

Rural and urban, they have to mediate…

let’s have a common workshop, well: does not that sound great?

When the city folks go rural, and the farmers go to town

With live music for more outreach, and cit-science all around…

Tatti Twist / Jug Band Colline Metallifere

Following two teasers, here we go with the full Tatti Twist by the Jug Band Colline Metallifere with its extended crew of biped and quadruped dancers! We hope you like it, and if you like it a lot you can also support our project (click here). For more information and booking: micalosapevo@pibinko.org or +393317539228.

In between the grooves, see how the JBCM operates.

I went down to Tuscany looking for a place to be and I found its name Tatti, oh yeah

Then I found myself a house, with a bird a cat and a mouse, and a great big scenic view, and you

Tatti bar (x6)

Se tu balli il twist – con Wolfgang – balli il twist con chi – con Wolgang – se tu balli il twist, o yeah

I play music with my friends, we play music ’till we bend, the amusement never ends, oh yeah

but there’s something that I miss, just to reach my total bliss, and it’s your great big wet kiss, oh yes


More background information about the song

At times we try to sing about somewhat technical topics (e.g. nutrition), in other cases about “cosmic” issues (night sky and light pollution), at times about alternative viewpoints on  “slow mobility”…with the Tatti Twist we decided to take a lighter approach…

Wolfang Scheibe: 77 anni e 3’44” di twist come se non ci fosse un domani.

….we put together our one-string bass player’s track record as a twist dancer (in the Sixties Wolfgang Scheibe used to compete in national dance contests), with the story of many foreign folks who discover Tuscany as a promised land. Unlike other lyrics, where we tend to draw a conclusion, here the story remains suspended, and the beat takes over (but we will write the final lyrics at some point).

Since January we then sent invitations to our community, to do the Twist in their favourite location, and the results of this call was edited in the video. Participation was quite good…we had numerous expressions of interest, and within these, a less-shy gang of around forty people, two dogs, and a horse became our pop-up dance company (we don’t know if a dancing horse has already been seen in a musical video, but we think it is quite rare if not unique!)

The reference to “Tatti” in the lyrics is in fact about two places…one is the village in the territory of Massa Marittima, Southern Tuscany, in the Metalliferous Hills, where two of the band members live. The other is the Tatti Bar (today called “Tatti Stay and See”), a very hip place downtown Stuttgart, Germany, which in fact took its name from the Tuscan hamlet (this story is further detailed in this newspaper article from last year).

The Tatti Twist is one of six songs produced by the Jug Band Colline Metallifere during the Winter, which you will be invited to check out together with the rest of our repertoire while the Spring unfolds, as we approch the June Gran(i)Tour in Germany.

For those of you who would really like to dig deeper, we encourage you to watch the December 2021 show at Radio Deejay Fox (with a transcript in English), and this presentation from last September.

Gran(i)Tour 2024: The Interactive Map

From this interactive map you may explore the various events in the tour (the yellow dots), and get information about other situations and characters related to this mission (friends, twist dancers, grain producers, etc). This map is frequently updated. Last update: Apr. 17, 2024.

The Tattistampa Art Print Day: how did it go?

Here are a few shots from the “open door” event with Wolfgang Scheibe and his combined universe of art, agriculture, and music. As a peculiarity, with over 400 events in this celebration, the one in Tatti was the only one in Italy (and, in practice, almost the only one out of German-speaking countries…there was another one in the South of Denmark.

Now, we have a question..how come there are some grains in the picture? Are they ancient? Are they modern? Are they hand-made? To know more you will have to wait for the next episodes of the Jug Band Colline Metallifere! series, or you can write to micalosapevo@pibinko.org or +393317539228 if you are curious.

Wolfgang is waiting for you for the International Day of Art Printing (Mar. 17, 2024)

Sunday March 17, from 11AM to 6PM, Wolfgang Scheibe AKA Tattistampa, known in the world for his production of hand-made prints, posters and other graphic works, is waiting for you to celebrate the international day of art printing in his secret workshop between Tatti and Meleta, in the rolling hills of Southern Tuscany.

Considering the limited size of the premises, it is necessary to book your visit by Saturday, March 16, 8PM. Please write to micalosapevo@pibinko.org or message on whatsapp or SMS on +393317539228. A few slots are still available.

The day will also be an opportunity to learn about other projects on which Wolfgang is active, and in particular with his Jug Band Colline Metallifere. Some of the band members will be present during the day and, accidentally, there might be musical instruments in the surroundings…who knows what might happen

But please, book yourr visit by 8PM, Saturday March 16!

In addition to the promo video below, we encourage you to review some of Wolgang’s feats since 2014 in the pibinko.org netowrk (link 1), and with the Jug Band Colline Metallifere (link 2)…combining music, printing, and agriculture there are lots of intersting stories!

Please see also the initial announcement for this event, published on Jan. 31.

For more information and booking: micalosapevo@pibinko.org or +393317539228.

To Friends in Bayern and Baden-Württemberg (and surroundings)…

…if you live in Bayern or Baden-WĂĽrttemberg and you are curious about the Jug Band Colline Metallifere and about stuff we propose about “music & territories”, please contact us for an initiative which will be reaching you in a couple of months: micalosapevo@pibinko.org o 3317539228.

For a refresher:

Please note that for posts after May 2023 the Italian-language version of the sites has a lot more content than the English-language version, so you are encouraged to browse the Italian version..