Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Mideando String Quintet available for bookings

Stefano Santangelo (extreme right in above photo), mandolin player of the Mideando String Quintet (MSQ), reports:

I’m happy to introduce the Mideando String Quintet from Italy. Our acoustic music is performed by mandolin, octave mandolin, mandocello, violin, acoustic guitar, and electric bass. Our songs are usually arranged with five voices harmony. Our repertoire includes both our original songs as well as covers rearranged by the band to our personal style. We like to describe it as 'auteur Pop' with a bit of jazz and ethno music and with some bluegrass influences.

In May 2006 we won the first prize as 1# European Bluegrass Band at the 9th European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) Festival in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands. In this role, we were invited to represent European bluegrass at the IBMA 2007 World of Bluegrass in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

The song 'Talk about suffering', arranged by MSQ, was chosen for the official CD titled 10 years of EWOB. In the past years MSQ has won many other festival awards.

Their previous CD, Viaggio... ('Journey') was thought 'one of the best Italian CDs of 2005' by the La Difesa Del Popolo journal. Their latest CD, Tutte le Direzioni has had some very fine and good reviews by the following magazines: Chitarre, L’Isola Che Non C’Era, Jam, Strictly Country, FolkWord, SNMA News, Movimenti.prog, WolrdMusicSounds, La Brigata Lolli – all the comments spoke of 'an excellent CD... very good music'. As well, the important Kataweb magazine nominated MSQ 'Artist of the Day' in December 2008.

During the past years Mideando played at various important music festivals such as the 40th Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival (Northern Ireland), EWOB Festival (Holland), EWOB Festival (Germany and France), Over Easy Bluegrass Festival (Switzerland), and Big Bear (Netherlands). In August 2008 the band were special guests at the Festival Europeen de Bluegrass Music in La Roche-sur-Foron, France, where they played in 2009 too.

At the moment the band is working on a new CD to celebrate their 18 years of musical activity. It will be ready in spring 2013. If you are interested in our band, you can look us up at our website. You can contact us by e-mail.

Stefano Santangelo
Via P. Vergerio n.6
35126 Padova, Italy
tel. +39 049 8021556
mobile +39 338 8227001
skype: mideando