Monday, 29 November 2010

Mideando String Quintet now available for bookings

Dear Friend of Bluegrass and Acoustic Music,

We are happy to introduce to you our acoustic music band, the Mideando String Quintet from Italy (also on MySpace).

Our acoustic music is performed by mandolin, octave mandolin, mandocello, violin, acoustic or nylon-string guitar, and electric bass. Our songs are usually arranged with five voices harmony. Our repertoire includes both our original songs as well as covers re-arranged by the band to our personal style. We like to describe it as a fusion of various styles: pop, rock, blues, with a bit of jazz and ethno-music, and with some country and bluegrass influences.

In May 2006 we won the First Prize as 1# European Bluegrass Band at the 9th EWOB Festival in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands. In this role, we were invited to represent the European World of Bluegrass at the IBMA 2007 Bluegrass Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. During our gigs at the IBMA we introduced the latest CD titled Tutte le direzioni ('All the directions'). At the moment the CD is broadcasted by many American and European radios.

Besides that the band won the 3# European Bluegrass Band of the year at the 6th EWOB Festival 2003. MSQ was the only Italian representative among 45 bands from Europe, Canada and the USA. From their performance, the song 'Talk about suffering', arranged by MSQ, has been chosen for the official CD EWOB 2003 and later for the 10 years of EWOB CD. In the past years MSQ has won many other festival awards; the two CDs Viaggio ('Journey') and Tutte le direzioni have had very good reviews in many magazines; and the important Kataweb magazine has nominated MSQ 'Artist of the Day' in December 2008.

During the past years Mideando played at various important music festivals such as: 40° Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Ulster Acoustic Music Festival (Omagh, Northern Ireland), EWOB Festival (Holland), EWOB Festival (Germany and France), Over Easy Bluegrass Festival (Switzerland), Big Bear (the Netherlands). In August 2008 the band was the special guest at the Festival Europeen de Bluegrass Music in La Roche-sur-Foron in France and as headliner at the same festival in 2010.

The band is working at the new CD, it will be ready on the spring 2011.

If our story has made you curious... we will be honoured to play at your festivals!

Thank you very much in advance, kind regards,

Stefano Santangelo
Associazione Musicale MIDEANDO
Via P. Vergerio 6, 35126 PADOVA, Italy
tel. (+39) 049 8021556; cell. 338 8227001