Figli are here to make the monkey dance!
– there is probably no better way to describe the music of Figli di Madre Ignota.
They are a band from Milano, Italia. A bunch of people who play an energetic mix of Balkan music, evil polkas, klezmer with a twist, mean swings, breathless tarantellas, all made up with surf guitars and a compelling horn section. Starting in the late Nineties, they found a natural inspiration in the Balkan brass bands and klezmer melodies, and like every good self-declared rootless artist, they picked up the spirit of the dance-or-die and mixed it with a powerful rock combo.
The Italian side of Figli draws its inspiration from roots music of their homeland - music that was played live for the people to dance to - humorous, funny and at the same time cool and exciting. Their Balkan side adds the oriental spice and powerful brass winds. The occasional sevdah and longing in their timbre unites both mentalities.