Secondo a Nessuno is a project by which the artists research the music literature by the musician who is said to have begun the liscio phenomenon, or couple dance music, rightly considered an essential part of Italian folk culture: Secondo Casadei, founding father of the eponymous orchestra.
The ensemble we refer to in this production is the one formed in 1928 that represented an incredible innovation for a Romagna orchestra at the time. Beside a clarinet in C, a violin, a double bass, an accordion and a guitar, a new instrument is introduced directly from the American swing tradition: a saxophone.
The project is based on an idea of Andrea Bonacini and the known saxophonist Claudio Carboni that involved Maurizio Geri – a fellow member of Riccardo Tesi’s Banditaliana – Michele Marini a young and promising clarinet, Davide Bizzarri, a violinist and founder of the Emilian band I Violini di Santa Vittoria, Daniele Donadelli, a young accordionist who graduated from the local “Merulo” school of music and a renowned and highly skilled jazz musician as Felice del Gaudio to play the double bass. Dropping the deeply-rooted reserves and false commonplaces about this tradition, thanks to the help of the music publisher Casadei Sonora, belonging to Riccarda Casadei, Secondo’s daughter, Claudio Carboni could access the Casadei family archives (including about 1,200 pieces, 1,078 of which recorded) and lay the foundations for this reclaiming project