Stefano Saletti

participation in

  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2016
  • WOMEX 2012
  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2009
  • WOMEX 2008
  • WOMEX 2007
  • WOMEX 2006
  • WOMEX 2005

Musician and composer who plays traditional mediterranean instruments (bouzuki, oud, saz baglama), acoustic, classic and electric guitars, piano, percussion, sampler, programming.

He is the founder and band leader of Banda Ikona and Novalia. He is also the musical director of two international ensemble: 7 Sóis Orkestra e Les Voix du 7 Sóis

In April 2016 he released the new CD with Banda Ikona called "Soundcity - Sounds from Border Towns" (Finisterre). In this work Saletti started from the recordings that, in the past few years, he had made around the Mediterranean in many border cities: Lampedusa, Istanbul, Tangier, Lisbon, Jaffa, Sarajevo, Ventotene... Sounds, noises, radios, voices, sound spaces, buskers have all inspired his melodies, lyrics and rhythms. As always in his compositions he uses Sabir, the language of the sea, to describe the richness, the hopes and the pain that inhabits the "streets" of the Mediterranean.

In June 2016 “Soundcity” has reached the top ten of World Music Charts Europe (4th) and remained on the charts for three months and in May 2016 the top ten of the Transglobal World Music Charts.

The Sabir was a lingua franca used by sailors, pirates, fishermen, merchants and ship-owners in Mediterranean ports to communicate with one another: from Genoa to Tangiers, from Salonika to Istanbul, from Marseilles to Algiers, from Valencia to Palermo, until the early decades of the twentieth century this form of sea-faring "Esperanto" developed little by little availing of terms from Spanish, Italian, French and Arabic.

In 2015 for Materiali Sonori he released the cd "Caracas" with Valerio Corzani, the soundtrack cd "In Search of Homerus and the cd "Cafè Loti" with Nando Citarella and Pejman Tadayon.

In May 2012 he released the CD with Piccola Banda Ikona called "Folkpolitik" (Top ten on the World Music Charts Europe). The CD contains original compositions together with rearrangements of songs by Mediterranean authors who have spoken in music of the struggle against power, suffering persecution, arrests and violence. "Folkpolitik" is a journey back in time to rediscover different types of music that tell stories of the suffering and passion of the Mediterranean people. From the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from Spain to the Palestinian Diaspora, from the Sardinian anthem (fruit of the French Revolution against the excessive power of the barons) to the authors of often very sweet music and ballads, subjected to persecution, arrest and violence by the political powers that be.

In February 2010 Stefano Saletti will release "Oriental Night Fever" his new record carried out with the French-Algerian musician and producer Hector Zazou and the italian singer Barbara Eramo. The project is a reinterpretation of some classics of Disco music of the 70s, combining electronic instruments with traditional Mediterranean and Eastern Europe in a truly fascinating mix, able to reinvent and rediscover the strength of Disco music.

In Genuary 2008 he released a new cd with Piccola Banda Ikona called "Marea cu sarea" written in Sabir an old language of Mediterranean sea.

In 2003 he made his first recording as soloist called "Le Vespe", soundtrack to the play of the same name by Aristophanes.

In 2005 he composed and recorded "Stari Most" with the Piccola Banda Ikona for the italian label CNI, Compagnia Nuove Indye.

As a composer he has also worked on film soundtracks, dance, theatre, poetry and television.


Stefano Saletti: bouzuki, oud, guitar, voice
Barbara Eramo: voice
Mario Rivera: bass
Giovanni Lo Cascio: drums, percussions
Carlo Cossu: violin
Gabriele Coen: clarinet, sax, flute, duduk
Arnaldo Vacca: percussion

Stefano Saletti

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