The Bottasso brothers, Nicolò on violin and Simone on diatonic accordion, play a show of world music with their own compositions and reinterpretations of folk songs. The Duo is always looking for a compromise between the delicacy on their instruments and the explosive energy that never fails to these two young musicians: all this combined with the complicity of this two brothers bound by the desire to keep evolving the tradition of their homeland.

In 2014 Duo Bottasso releases his first album Crescendo, featuring Elena Ledda, Mauro Palmas, Gilson Silveira and many others guests. Cresendo symbolizes both the music dynamics and a the story of two brother musicians firmly rooted in the dance music of the Occitan area in Italy, aiming at the adeventuring in the paths of new compositions and improvisation.The Duo played in many important festivals and works as directors and teachers for the orchestral project Folkestra&Folkoro.

Duo Bottasso’s latest musical experiences are contained in Biserta e altre storie (“Biserta and other stories”), released in 2018 with the sound artist Simone Sims Longo. The common thread of this album is the soundtrack of the documentary “Biserta. Storia a spirale” (“Biserta: Spiral Stories”-- Cosenude Media Projects, 2018), the music for which was composed and performed by Duo Bottasso. In the album there's also some extract of their recent collaboration with children choir “Kinder-und Jugendchor Chemnitz” and iranian tar player Reza Mirjalali. The album has a strong narrative line and mixes vocals, acoustic and electric instruments, and field recordings, into the music. Listeners can imagine their own journeys, focusing on whatever musical elements they choose.

The Duo played in many important festivals such as: Rudolstadt festival (Rudolstadt – 2018), Alpentoene Internationales Musikfestival (Altdorf - 2017), Jazz Italiano per le terre del sisma (L’Aquila - 2017), Torino Jazz Festival (Torino – 2016) Festival Internacional de Musica de Alturas (Lima - 2016), Folkest International folk festival (Spilimbergo – 2015), Premio Andrea Parodi (Cagliari - 2014), Printemps des Arts (Montecarlo – 2014, 2012), Festival International de Luthieres et Maitres Sonneurs (Saint Chartier - 2009).

Diatonic Accordion

Simone Bottasso

Musician, composer and conductor, Simone Bottasso began playing the accordion studying Occitan and French traditional music. He studied accordion with Norbert Pignol, Stephane Milleret, Silvio Peron, graduating as well in classical and jazz flute from the Conservatorio G.Verdi di Torino. In 2017 he graduated in jazz, contemporary and electronic composition from CODARTS (Rotterdam, Netherlands). His omnivorous interest in music and the use of imagination in creating sound is constantly driving him, blending his traditional roots with as many genres as possible. He collaborates as a musician and composer with several projects and ensembles that blend folk music with jazz, funk, rock, contemporary and electronic music, among them Duo Bottasso, Abnoba, Triotonico, Folk Messengers, and DNL-- Digital Nature of Life. Since 2015, he has been a member of Samurai, an international accordion quintet, formed by Kepa Junkera, Riccardo Tesi, Dave Munnelly and Markku Lepistu.

In 2010 he collaborated with Paolo Fresu and Quartetto Alborada, arranging Abnoba’s repertoire for trumpet and string quartet. In 2012 and 2013 he was invited by Riccardo Tesi to conduct the orchestra of the festival Sentieri Acustici (“Acoustic Pathways”) in Pistoia, performing with them his own compositions. In 2014, he composed “Stella Polare” (“Pole Star”) for soprano, organetto, chamber ensemble and choir. It has been performed at the Weimar Conservatory in Germany. In 2016, he won the “Best Composer Under 30” prize at the Giovannini Piano Composition Competition, with his trio for piano, clarinet and violin, “Sarvan.” In 2017 he won the first and third prize at the Bruno Serri Competition for Accordion with two compositions for Duo Bottasso (“Monkerrina” and “Magicicada”). In 2018 he wrote the soundtrack of the documentary “Biserta-- Storia a spirale,” by Cosenude Media Projects; “Omnia sunt communia” for diatonic accordion and big band (New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra;) and “Music by Heart” for children’s choir (Chemnitz Opera Kinderchor,) for accordion, violin and live electronics.

Together with his brother Nicolò and Pietro Numico, he has been composer, musical and artistic director of the "Folkestra&Folkoro," a folk orchestra based in Torino. The ensemble, founded by Duo Bottasso in 2009, includes 40 musicians and performs original compositions and arrangements of Italian folk songs with contemporary jazz and rock influences. Besides his musical and compositional career, he teaches in many international workshops and masterclasses.

Violin & Trumpet

Nicolo Bottasso

Violinist, trumpetist and arranger. He started playing the violin, studying Occitan traditional music, and then developed other folk violin styles in workshops with Raphael Maillet, Tony Canton, Daniel Gourdon and Dave Shepherd. In 2016 he graduated in violin at the Conservatorio G.Verdi di Torino where he studied with Manuel Zigante, Ludovico Tramma and Piergiorgio Rosso. Along with the violin, he has studied trumpet and jazz with Fabiano Cudiz, Giampaolo Casati, Furio Di Castri and Emanuele Cisi. In 2018 he graduated in jazz trumpet at the Conservatorio G.Verdi di Torino. He has studied Ottoman music with Michalis Kouloumis and jazz with Jarmo Hoogendijk and Jan Van Duikeren at CODARTS (Rotterdam, Netherlands). He has attended master classes with Giovanni Falzone, Michele Rabbia, Michel Godard, Daniele Sepe, Riccardo Zegna, Gavino Murgia and Enzo Porta.

He has played in many international festivals with Duo Bottasso, Stygiens and Tradalp. He has worked as arranger, conductor and musician with Folkestra&Folkoro, a 40-piece orchestra in which folk, jazz and contemporary music blend. He has recorded ”Crescendo” and “Biserta e altre storie” with Duo Bottasso, ”Si scrive Med in Itali” with Med In Itali, “The slow session” with the jazz quintet, “The Slow Beasts,” and ”TradAlp” with the TradAlp ensemble.