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October 11, 2018

Tune-up: autumn music events in Florence

After months of open-air clubbing, al fresco concerts and aperitivi overlooking the Arno banks, we’re here to demystify the local music scene as our city takes its nightlife indoors. From underground to mainstream, October’s musical calendar is rife with opening parties, season launches, one-shot events and special guests. As temperatures drop and precipitations turn from […]
July 11, 2018

Theatre, music and entertainment at Petra

For many of us it’s just a given that in summertime, everything is more enjoyable, and it’s even more so when you have green vineyards of the Tuscan coast as your backdrop, with a dream-worthy winery and top quality food and wines. Francesca Moretti knew all of this when she joined with her team to […]
July 2, 2018

Live music around Florence in summer 2018

After the fever surrounding Firenze Rocks, the sprawling arena-rock festival that lured crowds of locals and tourists to the Cascine, it could be easy for concert organizers of Florence to pat themselves on the back and call it a day. But as the summer goes on, the live music scene will only pick up more […]
May 4, 2018

Music for unmade movies

On a warm Sunday afternoon, as the first sun of the season cut through a week of desponding rainfall, I had a sit-down with musician Andrea Pirro, frontman and driving force behind City Final. The now Florence-based band, having shed many skins and dwellings over its decade-long existence, recently dropped its latest LP “Anecdotes” on […]
March 13, 2018

Musical spring pickings

As the belle saison approaches, our ears request pleasure first. Put spring in your step with record releases in 2018 from Tuscany’s ever-flourishing indie scene. Since they surfaced in 2015, millennial quintet La Notte has been sending critics and fans aflutter with their alchemical use of indie-rock guitars and heartthrob lyrics—perfect if you want to […]
February 7, 2018

Marry me and make music

Angelica Kauffmann painted her “auto-biographical” self-portrait called The Artist Hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting while in Rome in 1794. The torn Angelica was encouraged to abandon her painting to pursue a career in music, a traditionally female environment. She ultimately chose to continue as a visual artist and set off for “the […]
January 31, 2018

When music moves mountains

The word mountain takes on manifold metaphorical roles with singer-songwriter Sam Amidon’s latest release, The Following Mountain (Nonesuch records). Like wild peaks, the melodies meander in spurts of intensity, a beautifully balanced soundscape of jazz-tinged folk. Like mountains fixed in time, legendary musical giants Milford Graves, Sam Gendel and Shahzad Ismaily guided Amidon towards higher […]
August 25, 2017

Flame Parade: music from the Tuscan canyon

Many might not know that Tuscany and Arizona share a geological bond, an ancient legacy of curvaceous eroded rock. The Italian cousin of the Gran Canyon is known as Le Balze and rises for 6 kilometres amidst the Valdarno countryside, from Terranuova Bracciolini to Reggello. It is in this very place, infused of a rare […]
July 11, 2017

Music, the Fiesole way

Classical music schools provide quite the sensory experience. The faint smell of soft wood and dust. An interior aesthetic left unchanged for several decades. An implicit agreement of silence between the hallway shufflers in respect for the indistinct notes coming from the closed doors. In the warm first days of June, the windows of the […]
May 5, 2017

Italian music acts with international appeal

It’s that time of year again: the Internet is abuzz with band announcements, creatively designed posters and the promise of endless partying. Yes, it’s music festival moment. As echoes of Coachella can still be heard in the ether, Europe is buckling up for a bout of its very own rave flu. The belle music saison […]