Meraki Balkan Orkestar – Balkan & Klezmer music

Orlando Cialli – alto sax  & clarinet

Giorgio Gadotti – Alto sax  e soprano sax

Lorenzo Mocellin – trumpet

Francesco della Pelle -Baritone horn

Tommaso Curró – accordion

Simone Meoni -double base

Andrea Anifantakis – drums

The Meraki Balkan Orchestra let’s you taste the sparkling melodies that you hear along the route from Istanbul to Berlin. Listening to ancient songs ,jealously preserved in places as diverse as the remote villages in the Balkan mountains or the Islands of the Aegean Sea. In your imagination you will be transported to dancing at a far away wedding in Serbia, a Bar Mizvah in the Ashkenaz Valley or a forgotten ritual in the wilds of Cappadocia. Into a world that speaks of love lost and regained, invaders and invading, passing summers and moonlight…

We are waiting to dance with you at our opening concert of the season!

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The concerts take place every Tuesday  at 7 PM from 5th July to 30th August 2022!

Entrance Fee

Free: under 4 years old
Concert: € 10,00; reduced-price ticket (under 16 years old) € 7,50
Park + Concert (last entrance at 18:00): € 15,00; reduced ticket (under 16 y.o.) € 10,00

Do not miss any of our concerts! With our Marble season ticket you can attend all 8 evenings for only € 50,00 (instead of € 80,00!). Seasonal tickets are transferable to anyone you would like to give a special evening at the Park.


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The Occasionals- Folk Rock Band

Domenico Petrilli – voice and frontman

Mario Tortoriello – acustic guitar and choir

Marco Bonelli – electric guitar

Matteo Cannazza – electric bass

Niccolò Maggi – drums

Biagio Mazzafera – trumpet

Andrea Frosolini – violin

The Occasionals are recent winners of the 33rd Sanremo Rock Festival and overall winners of the ‘trend’ category and the Assomusica prize for the best live performance.. The band is based in Siena and was formed ‘off site’ in 2011 by a group of university students. Seven young, talented musicians with a fresh energetic project to combine Italian singer-songwriters with genres ranging from folk rock to ska and reggae.

In the live performance all the characteristics of the band emerge. The lyrics are never dull or banal, the spirit is easy going and ironic and has the capacity to lead the audience between the choral refrains, the instrumental riffs and the unbridled solos of the trumpet and violin.

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The concerts take place every Tuesday  at 7 PM from 5th July to 30th August 2022!

Entrance Fee

Free: under 4 years old
Concert: € 10,00; reduced-price ticket (under 16 years old) € 7,50
Park + Concert (last entrance at 18:00): € 15,00; reduced ticket (under 16 y.o.) € 10,00

Do not miss any of our concerts! With our Marble season ticket you can attend all 8 evenings for only € 50,00 (instead of € 80,00!). Seasonal tickets are transferable to anyone you would like to give a special evening at the Park.


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Radici – Neapolitan & Sicilian Songs

Nadia De Sanctis – voice
Serena Rinaldi – guitar
Marta Marini – guitar & mandolin
Maria Cristina Gambi – percussion & flute

Nadia De Sanctis, who has a Neapolitan Father and a Sicilian Mother, takes us back to her own roots through classic Neapolitan songs and, for the second time in the amphitheatre at the park, Sicilian songs. A journey “a luna ammezzu u mari” (tr: by the moon in the midst of the sea) to “U pisci spada” (tr: the sword fish) accompanied by Serena Rinaldi & Marta Marini on guitar and mandolin and by the transverse flute of Maria Cristina Gambi.


The concerts take place every Tuesday  at 7 PM from 5th July to 30th August!

Entrance Fee

Free: under 4 years old
Concert: € 10,00; reduced-price ticket (under 16 years old) € 7,50
Park + Concert (last entrance at 18:00): € 15,00; reduced ticket (under 16 y.o.) € 10,00


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Take Four PLUS – Jazz music

Nick Norton-Smith – saxophone, flute

Thomas Hebert – guitar

Jörg Scharff – clarinet, saxophone, flute

Giacomo Rossi – double bass

Plus…

Tim-Owe Georgi – guitar

This international quartet is a group of passionate musicians, playing anything that has rhythm and vigour: jazz, pop, blues, bossa nova and original numbers. They constantly change sounds and images in an incredible journey across the world of music. We wait for you on Tuesday 2nd of August at 7 PM!

To learn more about the TakeFour click here.


I concerti si tengono ogni martedì alle ore 19 a partire dal 5 luglio fino al 30 agosto 2022.

Ingresso
Concerto: € 10,00; ridotto (sotto i 16 anni) € 7,50
Parco + Concerto (ultimo ingresso ore 18:00): € 15,00; ridotto (sotto i 16 anni) € 10,00

Gratuito fino a 4 anni


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Tea for Three – swing quartet

Elena Guarducci –  vocals, drum, percussion  & arrangement 

Stefano Montagnani – gypsy jazz,semi acoustic and classical guitar

Mirco Capecchi  – Double bass

Alberto Mannatrizio  – Wind instruments

The recording début of the Tuscan band Tea For Three came in 2019 in the catalogue of the prestigious Sanremo label Mellophonium Multimedia. Their style and repertoire is a fusion between the sounds of swing and jazz songs from Italy and America and the members of the band are extremely proficient and experienced.

“Col sole in fronte” (trs. With the sun on your face) is an imaginary journey through Italian songs and songs from abroad that leave the listener pleasantly suspended between the ancient & the modern.

Find our more on: www.teaforthreemusica.com


The concerts take place every Tuesday  at 7 PM from 5th July to 30th August 2022!

Entrance Fee

Free: under 4 years old
Concert: € 10,00; reduced-price ticket (under 16 years old) € 7,50
Park + Concert (last entrance at 18:00): € 15,00; reduced ticket (under 16 y.o.) € 10,00

Do not miss any of our concerts! With our Marble season ticket you can attend all 8 evenings for only € 50,00 (instead of € 80,00!). Seasonal tickets are transferable to anyone you would like to give a special evening at the Park.


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Musical Evenings at the Amphitheatre – Season 2022

The Summer evenings have old favourites returning along with many new ones, all combining to give us the chance to sing, dance and enjoy ourselves. The 8 concerts for 2022 start at 19.00 every Tuesday from 5th July to 30th August (NB: There is no concert on 16th August)

For the twelfth edition of “Musical Evenings at the Amphitheatre” we wanted to offer you a cracking programme… and here it is!


05-07 Meraki Balkan Orkestar

Klezmer & balcan music

12-07 Tea for Three

Swing music

19-07 Perdifiato Wind Trio

Classical music

26-07 The Occasionals

Folk Rock Band

02-08 Take Four Plus

Blues, Bossanova, Gipsy-jazz

09-08 Radici…le mie (My roots) 

Neapolitan & Sicilian Music

23-08 Mariachi el Magnifico de Florencia

Mexican music

30-08 Mescarìa

Popular songs, sounds and dance from southern Italy & the Balkan Peninsula


Entrance Fee

Free: under 4 years old
Concert: € 10,00; reduced-price ticket (under 16 years old) € 7,50
Park + Concert (last entrance at 18:00): € 15,00; reduced ticket (under 16 y.o.) € 10,00

Do not miss any of our concerts! With our Marble season ticket you can attend all 8 evenings for only € 50,00 (instead of € 80,00!). Seasonal tickets are transferable to anyone you would like to give a special evening at the Park.

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The Park’s work flies to the United States

We are very proud of the beautiful overseas collaboration which has been born and which underlines the relevance of our work here in Tuscany.

Indeed some of the works exhibited in The Park plus the’ Metropolitan Ostriches’ along the approach road (artist Yu Zhaoyang) were so admired by the Tetrault family, who founded the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens in Punta Gorda Florida, that they asked to have similar works produced for their exhibition.

Ostriches by Yu Zhaoyang (Cina) @ Peace River Gardens

‘Fly’ to the United States to discover the works at Peace River by clicking here.

Roger and Linda Tetrault began with 27 acres of uplands and wetlands. They conceived the idea of creating a botanical garden with world-class sculptures and an art gallery, while still preserving the natural environment and formed the Tetrault Family Foundation to fund and develop this project. They believed that the gardens would be supported by the people of Charlotte County and beyond through memberships and visits. Through the generosity and vision of the Tetrault Family Foundation, the people of Charlotte County will always be able to enjoy the Peace River Botanical &Sculpture Gardens.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will under stand everything better.” Albert Einstein

The Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Garden’s logo, like ours, is inspired by nature. A 50 million year old fossil palm frond forms the basis of their signature sculpture and logo, “STEEL PALM”.

Steel Palm by Boston artist Jacob Kulin

To discover more about how our logo was born click here.

How was The Park’s logo born?

As you know, one of the main objectives of The Park is the link between nature and art.

A Linden leaf inspired our logo.

leaf chiantisculpturepark art

The entrance gate reflects this. In fact it was achieved by scanning a Linden leaf and using the template to laser- cut the leaf from a sheet of metal.

The Park from its beginnings to the present day (curiosities and unpublished facts)

Here is a brief history of the park revealing various interesting things and some previously unpublished facts. Happy reading!

1994 The restoration of the La Fornace Art Gallery at Pievasciata had just finished and the husband and wife team Giadrossi bought 13 hectares of woodland on the opposite side of the road ( SP9). Part of this wood was already well fenced because it had previously been a wild boar farm!

1994 –1999 During this time the wood was little used, mainly for collecting mushrooms in season and wood for the La Fornace.

1998 During a trip to South Africa, Piero Giadrossi the creator of the Chianti Sculpture Park, visited a sculpture exhibition by Shona Artists from Zimbabwe in the Kristenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town.  Contemporary sculpture was already a passion for the Giadrossi family and they immediately saw the link between sculpture and the wood.

Bringing the dream into reality

1999

In October Piero Giadrossi attended a course at the International Sculpture Center in New Jersey. The course focused on sculpture parks and in particular in integration of art and naturePiero says:

“I checked with many delegates, curators and park owners, the validity of the project I had in mind and I realized that it was feasible. However, I did not realize all the related problems there would be and this was a good thing!”

In November the project was presented to Simone Brogi who was the Mayor of Castelnuovo Beradenga, our local Council. Piero reports:

“From the few comments that Brogi made I could see that he was not opposed to the idea. As we met subsequently to iron out the various problems, the Mayor was always very positive as we navigated the laws and complicated bureaucracy to bring the Park into being.”

2000 From January we began to investigate the various possible paths through the wood. Thinking about length, slope, vegetation etc.


Curious facts

One interesting problem was what to do about the small gorge that is about halfway along the route. Whether to go around it or to bridge it. It was decided to build a 19 Metre bridge that was strong, elegant and well integrated into the wood in terms of its colour and the materials used. We enthusiastically accepted the proposal of German artist Johannes Pfeiffer (see also ‘Limes’ by Pfeiffer), to use a hyperbola rising on one side and falling on the other. The structure was left to rust naturally and now appears like wood from a distance.

Sketch of the bridge designed by Johannes Pfeiffer

Once the decided route was marked out with red and white tape it was time to clear the undergrowth and small trees, always under the watchful eye of the Forestry Commission! This process took a couple on months and then at last it was possible to see the trail.

Finally the moment to install the works arrives!

October 2001 – April 2004

In the beginning the support and suggestions of a small group of art-loving friends, who thought the idea was ambitious but possible, was invaluable. Advice like:

Don’t fall in love with a sculpture and then look for a place to put it in the Park. Invite the artist and ask them to choose a spot and then propose an artwork.

And this is what was done! This concept was also proposed at the New Jersey conference. It obviously requires a lot of research and collaboration between the artists and installers and the necessity for the artists to travel to see the Park. Which they did, one by one! The success of the project to populate the wood with art was also dependant on a team of skilled workers and we would like to personally acknowledge:

Francesco Fosi,   Woodcutter
Roberto Ciani e Paolo Papini,   Bricklayers
Cesare Semplici,   Carpenter
Mauro Rinaldi,   Blacksmith
Stefano Mazza,   Earthworks
Doriano Degli Innocenti,   Electricians

These wonderful collaborators, despite having no previous experience of sculpture parks, made themselves available and thought on their feet. With typical Italian creativity and enthusiasm they arranged water and light, built hidden pedestals, and assembled works like ‘Energy, Faith & Illusion’, ‘The Blue Bridge’ and many others. In short they made the park happen! Their work was coordinated by architects Casacci e Cortigiani who were always on hand to resolve problems and was highly praised by the artists themselves.

and also the ones that I, Piero created with ever changing ideas!

2004 The first phase of the creation of the sculpture Park was completed and on 21st May we officially inaugurated the CHIANTI SCULPTURE PARK.

Artist group photo at the opening of the Chianti Sculpture Park

The story continues….

2006 Seven fibreglass figures are added to ‘The House in The Wood’ by Kei Nakamura.

2007 Installation of ‘The Labyrinth’ by English artist Jeff Sawood. One of the favourite interactive installations in the Park.

2008 Installation of ‘Falling Leaf’ by Yasmina Heidar bringing the number of female sculptors exhibiting in the Park to eight.

2009 Installation of ‘The Amphitheatre’ opening with a concert by the Siena Polyphonic Choir. This beautiful place will allow the public to enjoy concerts and other events in the years to come.

Coro Polifonici Senesi at the Amphitheatre – 11th September 2009

 

2010 First season of Musical Evenings at the Amphitheatre opens.

2014 National Geographic Magazine nominates the Chianti Sculpture park as one of the 10 best park in the world.

2019 We celebrate both 15 years since the birth of The Park and the 100th concert.

2020 There are many projects and dreams in the pipeline which we are passionately working towards. But it’s you, our visitors, who appreciate art and come and give your opinions and suggestions that drive us on. We thank you with all our hearts!