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Singing Bach - Festival "BackTOBach"

Music as you wouldn't expect it

BACHaro Tour is a project of popularization of classical music, aiming at bringing it in non-conventional places. Its name is a wordplay on bacaro, the typical Venetian pub (and bacaro tour, the students' "pilgrimages" from bacaro to bacaro), and Bach. In Autumn 2016 this led to the idea of bringing Bach's music within these small pubs, starting with the Solo Cello Suites. 

This attempt was successful: the recipe included one or more instruments, three or four pubs which agreed to the project, and an informal listening guide on the move, explaining Bach to the - by now - numerous customers surrounding the musicians. This format brought around, on calli and bridges, a small regal, a harp, as well as many virginals and harpsichords.

The third edition (Spring 2018) saw the participation of a rowing club, which lent boats for both the musicians and the audience; this allowed us to create a performance of the Goldberg Variations in the string-trio version. Indeed, for BACHaro Tour, to popularize is by no means to trivialize or to oversimplify music; rather, it means to communicate its complexity. The same applies to the listening guides: all performances are introduced by a musicologist who explains piece or particular aspects of the works, avoiding pedantic information and gossip alike, but rather focussing on a single point: why should this music be interesting? One of the leading principles is therefore to instill an initial curiosity and to make the underlying complexity understood. Th

Thanks to these principles, we could establish an affectionate regular audience and involve new listeners; words such as Allemande or Counterpoint are no more the gobbledegook of an exoteric language. Music, in turn, is the true protagonist, and is never a mere cocktail background. We remember with particular emotion the moments in which a crowded calle became suddenly silent thanks to the gentle sound of a flute, a violin or a harp: such moments have led the organisers to increasingly daring choices.  Thus, after the Solos for violin, cello, flute and lute, other extremely rare or complex works have been performed: such as the Goldberg Variations, but also Mozart's transcriptions of the Adagios and Fugues for String Trios, the Flute and continuo Sonatas and many more. Any piece is, in principle, eligible, as long as it is communicated efficaciously, in a fashion which is reassuring and encourages proximity rather than establishing uncrossable gaps. 

BACHaro Tour is a cultural charity since October 2017, with the following Board: 

Alessandro Cappelletto (Oderzo, 1992): violinist (currently principal violin of the Second violins in the Orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice). Has degrees in violin and composition; he is a gifted soloist and an attentive and deep interpreter. At BACHaro Tour he is the secretary and a solo or ensemble performer.

Nicolò Groja (Venice, 1986) has a PhD in Italian studies and philology. He is the responsible of Radio Ca' Foscari and works at the Communication Office of the Università Ca' Foscari of Venice. He is responsible for the communication (on paper and on web) of BACHaro Tour; he is also the association's treasurer. Social and web management are crucial; thanks to Nicolò, BACHaro Tour has a Facebook and an Instagram page and a regularly updated website with culture and irony in equal measure.

Mauro Masiero (Venice, 1987) is a musicologist; he has a PhD in Art History and he is the President of BACHaro Tour; he realizes the listening guides. He is always careful to avoid both pedantry and triviality, and he aims at inserting a seed of curiosity in the listeners, giving them suggestions for listening with greater awareness.

Federico Toccano (Padua, 1989) is a cellist; he has got his Conservatory Degree in Vicenza and has continued his education in London, studying Baroque performance practice there. He performs as a soloist and within several ensembles (among which Venice Chamber Orchestra). He is the vice-President of BACHaro Tour and its reference cellist; with him the association's experiments began, and he keeps playing (as a soloist, in ensemble etc.), also realizing interesting encounters with other instruments (such as the harp or the viola da gamba).