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BALATTI Michel - The Northern Breeze
BALATTI Michel
The Northern Breeze

fy 8240
Felmay Records
Italia
 
1 CD

The Northern Breeze is the debut solo album of Italian flute and whistle player Michel Balatti, driving force of bands such as Birkin Tree and Liguriani. The core of the album repertoire is Irish music: from traditional tunes to a selection of reels, jigs and slow airs by some of the predominant contemporary composers within the tradition. The album features Scottish guitarist Michael Bryan, multi instrumentalist Fabio Biale on most tracks. Guest appearances by Irish flute player and singer Nuala Kennedy, Irish concertina player Caitlin Nic Gabhann and harpist Elena Spotti. Simple artistic production and minimalistic arrangements were chosen to highlight the strength of the melodies and the expressiveness of Balatti's flute playing.



“I've had the great pleasure of performing on stage many times with Michel Balatti over the years. He is a fine flute player with a thorough understanding of the style and repertoire in Irish music. His flute playing sounds as authentically Irish as the best playing you might expect to hear in co. Clare or Sligo. This is a beautifully arranged and produced recording”. Martin Hayes

The Northern Breeze is the debut solo album of Italian flute and whistle player Michel Balatti. Michel is a well known artist in the Italian and European folk scene, due to his career with the Birkin Tree (the foremost Irish music band in Italy) and with the Italian traditional music band Liguriani, with whom he has toured Europe extensively over the course of the last five years.
The core of the album repertoire is Irish music: from traditional tunes (both obscure and well known), to a selection of reels, jigs and slow airs by some of the predominant contemporary composers within the tradition, such as Paddy O'Brien, Brendan McGlinchey, Martin Nolan, Michael Queally and Liz Carroll. An American old time tune, a Swedish waltz and four original compositions by Balatti complete the tracklist. Simple artistic production and minimalistic arrangements were chosen to highlight the strength of the melodies and the expressiveness of Balatti's flute playing.
The album features Scottish guitarist Michael Bryan (well known in UK and Ireland for his work with the Nuala Kennedy Band and with the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the year House Band) and Italian multi instrumentalist Fabio Biale (who had been a long time partner of Balatti both with the Birkin Tree and with Liguriani) on most tracks. Guest appearances by Irish flute player and singer Nuala Kennedy, Irish concertina player Caitlin Nic Gabhann and Italian harpist Elena Spotti complete the album’s line up.
Flautist Michel Balatti graduated with honors from Conservatorio Paganini di Genova. In 1998 he began a serious study of traditional music and the simple system wooden flute. Since 2003 he decided to devote himself entirely to the wooden flute and folk music.
During 2004 and 2005 he lived in Ennis, Ireland, where he had the chance of immerse himself completely in the vibrant co. Clare session music scene.
Michel also plays traditional northern Italian music with the band I Liguriani, with whom he has recorded two widely acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout Europe. He is one of very few flute players in the field of Italian traditional music, and he has crafted his own unique flute style.
Michel has collaborated with musicians such as Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Niamh Parsons, Tola Custy, Cyril O’Donoghue, Nuala Kennedy, Caitlin nic Gabhann, Mick O'Brien and many others. Over the years he has performed all over Europe and abroad. As well he has recorded live concerts for national radioes worldwide.



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BALATTI Michel - The Northern Breeze

 
 

Michel Balatti : flutes, whistles
Michael Bryan : guitar
Fabio Biale : piano, bodhran

Special guests :
Nuala Kennedy : whistle
Caltin Nic Gabhann : concertina
Elena Spotti : harp

 
 
 
 

CABIT - Tre Re dall'Oriente / La Stella Cometa
from CD "Unico Figlio"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24 May 2019 - h:8.00
Liguriani
Salzgitter
Germany


25 May 2019 - h:8.00
Liguriani
Mönchegladbach
Germany


02 June 2019 - h:16.00
Birkin Tree
Torri di Fontanedo
Colico - Italy


12 June 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Chiesa di San Maurizio
Corso Magenta 15
Milan - Italy


22 June 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Centro Storico
San Maurizio Canavese - Italy


23 June 2019 - h:17.00
Birkin Tree
Terme
Sant'Anna di Valdieri (CN)
Italy


25 June 2019 - h:21.00
Liguriani
Mare e Miniere Festival
Vecchia Torrana
Portoscuso (CI) - Sardinia - Italy


27 June 2019 - h:20.00
Liguriani
Castel Tirolo
Merano (BZ) - Italy


28 June 2019 - h:20.00
Liguriani
Feste Musicali a Castel Roncolo
Via Castel Roncolo
Bolzano (BZ) - Italy


29 June 2019 - h:8.00
Liguriani
Andy Lang Konzertscheune
Banhofstrasse 1
Gefrees - Germany


29 June 2019 - h:20.30
Tre Martelli
Undàrius Festival
Placa dels Jurats
Girona (Spain)


30 June 2019 - h:15.00
Liguriani
Langenau
Germany


30 June 2019 - h:20.00
Liguriani
Bischofsgrün
Mainleus - Germany


05 July 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Piper's Night
Castello
Montecuzzolo (MO)
Italy


11 July 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Centro Storico
Cogne (AO) - Italy


14 July 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree & Tom Stearn
Centro Storico
Santa Margherita Ligure (GE)
Italy


19 July 2019 - h:18.30
Liguriani
Rheingau Musik Festival
Burg Schwarzenstein
Geisenheim-Johannisberg
Germany


20 July 2019 - h:16.00
Liguriani
Rheingau Musik Festival
Draiser Hof- Weingut und Gutshotel Baron Knyphausen
Eltville Am Rhein
Germany


21 July 2019 - h:16.00
Liguriani
Rheingau Musik Festival
Garden of The Eltzerhof
Elteville - Germany


25 July 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Piper's Night
Palazzo Grossi
Castiglione di Ravenna (RA)
Italy


01 August 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Fornace
Cogoleto (GE) - Italy


02 August 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Castello di Madrignano
Calice al Cornoviglio (SP)
Italy


04 August 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree & Ciara Nì Bhriain
Castello Spinola
Campo Ligure (GE) - Italy


05 August 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree & Ciara Nì Bhriain
Centro Storico
Sestri Levante (GE) - Italy


06 August 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree & Ciara Nì Bhriain
Castello San Giorgio
La Spezia (SP) - Italy


07 August 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Centro Storico
Montecreto (MO) - Italy


11 August 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Centro Storico
Chamois (AO) - Italy


14 August 2019 - h:11.30
Birkin Tree
Rifugio
Artesina (CN) - Italy


23 August 2019 - h:20.00
Liguriani
Kehl
Germany


21 September 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Castello
Tagliolo Monferrato (AL)
Italy


27 October 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree, Caitlinn nic Gowan, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh
Teatro
Padova (PD) - Italy


14 November 2019 - h:20.00
Birkin Tree
Theatre
Frankfurt - Germany


16 November 2019
Abdo/ Buda / Marconi(Karsilama)

- Chezy en Orxois

(Fr)




23 December 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Piper's Night
Castello
Apricale (IM) - Italy


 
 
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