Dipnoi are living fossils, an order of prehistoric fish that have vestiges of rudimentary lungs: during periods of drought, adapting to the environment, they take refuge in small, moist burrows and can breathe atmospheric oxygen. This is a metaphor that evokes the current music scene in Sicily: in the name of survival.
The poetics developed by the Oi Dipnoi trio were born out of the meeting between tradition and innovation: one enriches the other in a constant dialogue in which the assets of the musical culture of the island are given new value. An inheritance from Valerio Cairone, a multi-instrumentalist who collected the melodies of the region. The protagonists of this heritage were shepherds, farmers, carters, a universe that was well explored by famous writers in Sicily at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. Thus the creation of an original repertoire in which the themes are developed and sustained by the diatonic accordion and Sicilian bagpipe, supported by the Nakaira rhythmic section with percussion, jew’s harp, electric bass and double bass by Mario Gulisano and Marco Carnemolla.
Hailing from Sicily, Oi Dipnoi draws deeply from the wells of tradition while creating a new sound full of personality. It is presented to us in a vivid version where the diatonic accordion is supported by a strong rhythm section of bass and percussion, thanks to a charming and light fusion with elements of jazz and progressive archaic folk.
Their debut album“Bastrika” was released in November 2015 in Hungary by NarRator Records. There are also two special guests on the record, Dániel and Vilmos Gryllus of Kaláka, the most famous and long-established folk group in Hungary. Later in 2015, the trio took part in the Festival I-ART, producing the show “Etnafjord” together with the Swedish female singers quartet Kraja.
In their second album “Pontos”, released in January 2018, special guest the string arrangement by Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards from USA.
The trio, formed in 2013, has already performed successfully in various folk festivals across Italy, France, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, England, India and Australia.