Kalàscima (Italy)



Kalàscima is one of Italy’s hottest bands, this international acclaimed group mesh
the ancient traditional ritual dance music of Taranta (Salento, Southern Italy) with
influences such as Balkan, Klezmer, Irish, electronic music.

Explosive, energetic, captivating, Kalàscima feature many fascinating instruments (bagpipe, traditional flutes, italian organetto), a spectacularly vast array of percussion from South Italy and from all over the world (rick, darbouka), thrilling vocal and modern instrument (bass guitar and loop machine).

It’s the ancient that meets the modern music and the result is explosive, a sort of trance-folk music. Kalàscima has a great International experience: the band was
selected for Australasian World Music Expo (Australia, 2013), Medimex (Italy,
2012) Sziget Sound Festival (Hungary, 2013). They also toured in Australia (2013 and 2012), Ecuador (2013), Israel (2013) and Germany (2012) or Denmark (2014).

Collaboration and other projects

The musicians of the band, are stable members in some of the most important European Folk band and orchestras including the Orchestra Popolare “La Notte della Taranta ” (directed by Ludovico Einaudi, Steward Copeland, Mauro Pagani, Joe Zawinul), the “Orchestra Popolare Italiana” from the prestigious Auditorium “Parco della Musica” in Rome, the Pizzicata Orchestra, the Orchestra of Sicily. They performed all over the world (Messico, China, Egypt, Norway, USA, Russia, Germany, Denmark, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, ecc.). These characteristics and specificity make “Kalàscima” a band with many participation in national and International Festivals. In fact, they have shared stage with artist such as Buena Vista Social Club, Franco Battiato, Carmen Consoli, Nidi d’Arac, Carlos Nuñez or Ludovico Einaudi.


  • Riccardo Lagana’: Percussion and voice
  • Massimiliano de Marco: Guitar, mandolin, Irish bouzouki, voice
  • Luca Buccarella: Accordion and voice
  • Riccardo Basile: Bass, programming and voice
  • Federico Lagana’: Tammorre, daf, darabuka, tar, riqq, bass drum, doumbek,
    cajon, Irish bodhran, marranzano, voice
  • Aldo Iezza: Italian and Irish melodic bagpipes, tin and low whistle, Calabrian
    double flutes


Festival La Notte della Taranta 2014, Italy

Australian Tour 2012