The Nomadic Piano Journey
Trad meets the Blues
“Pure sonic reverie” The Irish Echo Boston 2016
Antoni O’ Breskey is a composer, pianist, singer, trumpet player, writer and music educator.
“He is a man for whom the notion of borders means very little, a genius whose music is without frontiers, and whose originality makes him one of the most innovative composers in any contemporary medium. He gives us a strong idea of our roots and besides points out a few possible roads we might take in the future.” OLIVER SWEENEY, HOTPRESS
Born in Italy with Argentine roots, he graduated in piano at Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini of Florence and introduced piano into Irish and Flamenco music, blending it with blues and creating a positively new and original jazz piano style described by Harry Long in the ‘The Waltons Guide to Irish Music’ as “unique and superb”.
During the 80’s the Spanish broadcasting ‘Fin de Siglos’ also described him as “The new Keith Jarrett from the Mediterranean”.
Fiona Ritchie calls him the “Pioneer of World Music” and states that he is the composer who gave the “key structures” to the show Riverdance:
“He was the first to combine Flamenco, Basque, Arabic, Latin and Irish elements, his virtuoso jazz-styled piano uniting these traditions in remarkably original compositions […] Bill Whelan developed O’ Breskey’s synthesis of Flamenco, jazz and Irish traditional strands as a key structure in his Irish music and dance spectacular, Riverdance.” FIONA RITCHIE, THE NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO CURIOUS LISTENER’S GUIDE TO CELTIC MUSIC U.S.A.
“Well pre-dating Riverdance.” FINTAN VALLELY, THE IRISH TIMES
For many years and predating the times he has been gathering together musicians from all over the world and from different traditions and cultures creating an extraordinary variety of music and recording the thirty-five CDs which form the Nomadic Piano Collection.
Among the many collaborators who appear in this collection are: Ronnie Drew (The Dubliners), Máirtín O’Connor (De Dannan), Antonio Carmona (Ketama), José Seves (Inti-Illimani), Benito Lertxundi, Cathy Jordan (Dervish).
He has written four books: “Ecologia: Salviamo Anche La Musica”, “Semiminime”, “Heyoka: Il Giullare Delll’anima” and “Sorkuntzaren Trenean-When Bach Was an Irish Man and Mozart a Gipsy Boy”.
In 2005, 2007 and 2012, his work as a musician and a composer and his significant contribution to the Irish and Flamenco culture was celebrated in the National Concert Hall of Dublin, with the participation of The Dubliners, Juan Martín, Máirtín O’Connor, and many more.
Currently he is touring solo, in duo or trio with Consuelo Nerea and Davide Viterbo, and with his Nomadic Piano Ensemble, a band of up to fifteen elements that includes musicians and dancers from around the world.
Consuelo Nerea is Antoni O’ Breskey’s daughter, singer, fiddle and bodhran player.
Since 2006 she has been touring with The Nomadic Piano Project all over Europe, and recorded in many of the albums of The Nomadic Piano Collection. In 2007 she concluded the Festival Jazz in Puglia with an original version of the traditional Italian song “Lu rusciu de lu mare”.
She is co-founder of the folk band the Morning Tree, which released its first album in 2014. Her version of “Do You Love an Apple” on this album was described by Siobhan Long in the Irish Times as “a particular standout, a cap doffing to the Ní Dhomhnaill sisters and a nod in the direction of Sandy Denny.”