Daniele Bicego – Pipelink a journey through bag tools in Europe


He began his musical career as a horn student; he graduated in 1995 and began collaborating with numerous symphony orchestras including Teatro alla Scala, Orchestra G. Verdi, RAI Orchestra of Milan, Regional Orchestra of Tuscany, Teatro Comunale of Florence, Teatro S. Carlo of Naples, OSER G. Toscanini of Parma, G. Mahler Youth Orchestra Vienna. Around 2000 he began playing bagpipes, flutes and other instruments playing in ancient and folk music formations for various Italian festivals and international events in Spain, France, Andorra, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland … he had the opportunity to share the stage with important artists international artists such as Michael Mc Goldrick, Tiarnàn O’Duinnchinn, Nuala Kennedy and participate in recording works of various musical genres: from folk with Baraban, Tre Martelli, Faravelli-Burrone duo, Vincenzo Zitello to prog, rock and blues music records. At the moment he is active with the musician and cabaret artist Flavio Oreglio, making two recordings of which he also took care of arrangements and studio work for the Long Digital Playing label. Altogether he has played on about 40 music albums.

However, his main commitment is aimed at the müsa, the ancient instrument of the Quattro Province area, on which a volume is being prepared (with attached CD) which contains all the work done by carrying out research and measuring historical instruments; among the many those in the Guatelli Collection of Ozzano Taro and the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh.

He has published articles in: La Piva del Carnèr, Chanter (periodical of the Bagpipe Society), The Rough Guide of Irish Music of the Cork University Press. He was invited as a speaker at the symposium organized by the International Bagpipe Society in Mallorca in 2018, and has taught bagpipe courses in numerous fields.

For years he has undertaken an activity of reconstruction of instruments dedicated, in addition to the Irish uilleann pipes, to the instruments of Northern Italy that he studied: baghèt from Bergamo, piva from the Emilian Apennines, and of course the müsa; he also organizes exhibitions and concerts for educational purposes with his large collection of sack instruments from all over Europe (about 60 pieces).

Daniele Bicego sarà presente quest’anno al Festival con la Conferenza PipeLink – un viaggio tra gli strumenti a sacco in Europa “La cornamusa è uno strumento molto antico, e non sappiamo dove è comparso per la prima volta. Viene dall’incontro di una sacca di pelle con le canne di uno strumento a fiato, un’idea così semplice che potrebbe essere nata indipendentemente in luoghi e tempi diversi. Fin dal Medioevo comincia a comparire in un gran numero di raffigurazioni e sculture in tutta Europa; si diffonde dappertutto sopravvivendo fino a oggi in tantissime forme diverse come strumento popolare.”