Filippo Gambetta and Emilyn Stam
Italy / Canada
Sunday, July 9th at 3:40pm 2017
Monday, July 10th at 7:00pm 2017
Location: Beach Stage
The transatlantic musical partnership of Filippo Gambetta and Emilyn Stam is borne out of a shared sensibility that transcends their upbringings on opposite sides of the world. Both musicians are rooted in traditional dance music styles, yet each possesses insatiable musical curiosity and prolific imagination, qualities that keep their music dynamic, exploratory, and often undefinable. A native of Genoa in northwestern Italy, Filippo plays the organetto, the diatonic button accordion, an instrument that is pervasive in several Italian regions. A virtuosic player, valued collaborator, and busy composer, his music is steeped in Northern Italian folk idioms, yet has echoes of Nordic, Celtic, Balkan, and other inspirations. As a collaborator, he has worked with musicians from Finland, France, Belgium, Ireland, and Canada, including with the late fiddler Oliver Schroer. Emilyn Stam is a pianist and fiddler who was raised in Smithers, BC, and currently lives in Toronto. She is a tireless performer there, and has toured throughout Canada, Eastern and Western Europe with The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, The Shoeless, Eh?!, John David Williams, and Té (NL). Above all, Filippo and Emilyn bring a depth, inventiveness, and passion to their instrumental folk music that is inspiring to experience.