Riccardo TESI


A composer, an instrumentalist and a researcher: these are the aspects of the complex and multifaceted musical personality of Riccardo Tesi, a true pioneer of ethnic music in Italy.
From his debut in 1978 with Caterina Bueno, strongly rooted in the folk tradition, to the present day collaborations, the musical curriculum of Tesi, born in Pistoia, is characterised by a precious continuity based on eager passion and curiosity that have led him to compare his Tuscan heritage to the Italian, Basque, English, French and Madagascar traditions, as well as to jazz, liscio (Italian popular dance music) and songwriting.His instrument, the diatonic accordion (melodeon), is an example of perfect symbiosis with his conception of memory. For the first time in Italy, he even dedicated a whole record to this instrument, a forerunner of the accordeon.
His musical experience with the Sardinian-Tuscan group Ritmia, his duo with mandolin player Patrick Vaillant from Nice, the Occitan song show "Anita Anita" with Vaillant and Jean-Marie Carlotti, the diatonic accordion (melodeon) trio Trans Europe Diatonique with Kirkpatrick, Perrone and Junkera, the jazz trio with Vaillant and Gianluigi Trovesi have broadened his geographic borders and musical frontiers, as well as other highly prestigious collaborations with Madagascar-born Justin Vali, Sardinian singer Elena Ledda, harp player Vincenzo Zitello, flat-picking guitarist Beppe Gambetta, ethnic jazz musician Daniele Sepe, and great Italian songwriters or singers such as Ivano Fossati, Fabrizio De André, Ornella Vanoni, Gianmaria Testa, Giorgio Gaber and Carlo Muratori.In 1992 he founded Banditaliana, at present rated as one of the most important groups in the international world music scene. As separate chapters, Tesi has released two concept recordings designed to rework specific musical heritages.




Authentique pionnier de la musique traditionnelle en Italie. Parti de la tradition toscane, il s’est ensuite confronté aux traditions italienne, basque, anglaise, française, malgache, aux jazz, au liscio et à la chanson d'auteur. Son organetto diatonico entre en parfaite symbiose avec sa poésie de la mémoire. Son style est immédiatement identifiable, langage archaïque et nouveau, élargissant la technique de cet instrument longtemps confiné à l’expression de la tradition. Parmi ses nombreuses collaborations, le groupe Ritmia, le duo avec le mandoliniste Patrick Vaillant, le trio d'accordéons Trans Europe Diatonique avec John Kirkpatrick, Marc Perrone, Kepa Junkera, le trio jazz avec Vaillant et Gianluigi Trovesi, les projets avec le Malgache 

Justin Vali, les chanteuses Elena Ledda et Lucilla Galeazzi, le clarinettiste Gabriele Mirabassi, et encore Fabrizio De Andrè, Ivano Fossati, Vincenzo Zitello, Daniele Sepe, Gianmaria Testa...

Il se consacre également à l’enseignement. Ricardo Tesi a fondé et est le leader de Banditaliana, considéré comme l’un des groupes les plus importants de la scène internationale. Madreperla est leur plus récent album.