CASTELLINA-PASI Orchestra: Dinner and Smooth Dance

Periodo: Saturday November 24th at 8:00 pm at the Dancing Pyramids

Biographical notes on this great "Liscio" orchestra:

"Master, it is an honor for us to give you the second gold record of your career", the announcer on duty at the big party held in Rome in front of the cameras recited in 1978. "Thank you, but I am not a teacher", a little man with a careful and frank face of someone who is used to living human relationships in the light of the sun responds politely with a strong Romagnolo accent. That small man was Roberto Giraldi, owner of the Castellina-Pasi orchestra, the orchestra that is a myth for lovers of the smooth.

Castellina is a village upstream of Brisighella, a medieval village and spa in turn upstream of Faenza (RA). Accordionist Roberto Giraldi, who was born there, when he went to play in the "city" of Faenza gave, so to speak, the name of his country "Castellina" and the nickname remained. The passion for fisa had come to him at six, hearing his father play. At the age of seven he was already playing in a little party but he formed musically in the band of the town where he learned to play the clarinet.

But he soon returned to the accordion and with it began his professional activity in the ranks of the orchestra. Fenati. It was there that he met Giovanni Pasi. Faenza, Giovanni Pasi started playing the clarinet as a self-taught boy, perfecting himself later in the Army band. Working together the two sympathized and in the sixties, strong of their friendship and mutual respect, took the courage to four hands and formed a musical ensemble that they called "Castellina-Pasi and gai romagnoli".

Interpreting to his own way-he is as cuor commands- great classics such as "La cumparsita" and "La Migliavacca", became known to the general public until they decided to try their hand in the composition of dancers in which inspiration, fantasy, passion and musicality emerge strongly.

The first to believe in this orchestra was Angelo Galletti. A lucky encounter between Giraldi, Pasi and Galletti. His strong confidence in the potential of the Castellina-Pasi complex convinced him to invest the first gains here, making the first recordings, the first 45 laps and the first LPs. The so-called "smooth boom" that broke out between 1968 and the early '80s saw the Castellina-Pasi orchestra create successes on successes. We talk about composition such as "Il campanello", "Attenti al cane", "Folle sentimento", "Il valzerone", "Caro tango", "Summer", "Tutto pepe", "Casetta del mio paese", "Parigino", "Mexican Moon", "Santa Monica", "Friends of the Night", "True Love", "Lupine" (symbol of the famous cartoon written with maestro Franco Migliacci, author of many hits, first of all the famous "In the painted blue of blue ") just to name a few, that is songs that won him two gold records and that today are real milestones in the history of Italian dance music.

For a long time there was talk of classic smooth and accordion "alla Castellina": a genre, a style had already been born. Several characters contributed to this success, first of all the lyricist Carlo Ferrini and the musical editions Galletti-Boston and BMG-Ricordi (formerly RCA) who have been at the side of the orchestra for over 40 years. Castellina-Pasi.
Above all, the "historical" musicians of the training should be mentioned, such as Franco Trevisani, Pier Flamigni, Lorenzo Patuelli, Mario Benedetti, Gable Mantovani and Irene Vioni. But all the musicians who have been over the years have been important in decreeing the success of the orchestra. In 1994 Castellina had left the stage while remaining artistic director of his orchestra, which then headed out from the wings.

He had meanwhile identified the right characters that could carry on well this his "creature". Today the Orchestra Castellina-Pasi, under the guidance of Elena Cammarone, continues to produce successful songs that are performed by all Italian dance orchestras: we think of "Adriano", "Luna d'Oriente", "Amandoti", " Fall in love "," Pizzica dance ".
In this way, with these premises, the tradition and the accordion "with the heart" of Castellina continue unchanged even in the third millennium.

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