Alejandro Toledo and the Magic Tombolinos
|Alejandro Toledo and The Magic Tombolinos|
Alejandro Toledo at Globaltica (2012).
|Origin||London, England, UK|
|Members||Alejandro Toledo, Maurizio Pala, Davide Lufrano Chaves, Michele Montolli, Marco Quarantotto|
Alejandro Toledo and The Magic Tombolinos are a multicultural 5-piece band based in London, UK. Its current line-up is Alejandro Toledo (Sax, Vocals), Maurizio Pala (Accordion), Davide Lufrano Chaves (Guitar), Michele Montolli (Double Bass), and Marco Quarantotto (Drums). They are known for their energetic and extravagant performances and their fusion of music genres. The music combines elements of Balkan folk with Western mainstream music, fusing classical music and rock culture, punk and other world music styles.
In 2010, the band was selected by the Fiat Evo Music Rooms competition as one of the current top unsigned bands in the UK, beating 3,000 other bands. They then went on to make a live appearance on Channel 4's Evo Music Rooms programme hosted by Edith Bowman along with bands Faithless and Audio Bullys.
In December 2011 the band appeared on the Rob Brydon Show's Christmas Special (BBC2) alongside guests such as Noel Fielding, Sarah Harding, Rhys Darby & Angelos Epithemiou. To coincide with this appearance the band released a resequenced, remastered and remixed version of their debut album Full Attack, With Sudden Defenses.
On December 26th, 2013, the ensemble's guitarist Davide Lufrano Chaves past away from Multiple Myeloma. In tribute, the band released their second album titled Davide Lufrano Chaves, which was made available online for free on the band's website with an optional contribution to Multiple Myeloma Research.
Alejandro Toledo and The Magic Tombolinos was formed in London, in 2008, by the classically-trained saxophonist and composer Alejandro Toledo (originally from Cordoba, Argentina), who in 2013 received a Ph.D in music performance from the University of London.
The music of the band is heavily influenced by the UK punk and rock scene, as well as Eastern European Roma and traditional music. The band brings all these influences to bear in their compositions. This musical wanderlust is further enforced by the diverse, international backgrounds of the members of the group, both past and present.
The band has toured tirelessly throughout Europe, making appearances at numerous international festivals. They are often lauded for their intense and energetic performances.
In an interview with fRoots magazine, frontman Alejandro Toledo cites 21st century music among the band's main musical spectrum. The Magic Tombolinos has mentioned Manu Chao, Fanfare Ciocarlia, The Prodigy and Astor Piazzolla as influences as well. 
The band's sound is characterized by lively and energetic rhythms; with virtuosic melodic passages, as well as a certain informality in their approach which allows the audience to get involved and feel close to their music.
- The Rob Brydon Show - Christmas Special on December 19, 2011
- Channel 4 Evo Music Rooms on May 30, 2010
Alejandro Toledo and The Magic Tombolinos Festival appearances have included:
- Victoria Park Festival
- Globaltica Festival
- Harbour Fest
- Sheep Music Festival
- Rhythms Of The World Festival
- City of London Festival
- Grassington Festival
- Big Session Festival
- Wychwood Festival
- Dorchester Festival
- Nuts in May Festival
- Canterbury Festival
- Haarlem Jazz Festival
- Broadstairs Festival
- Riverside Festival
- Larmer Tree Festival
- Festival Zwart
- Home Festival
- Womad at Bristol Zoo
- Musicport World Music Festival
- Solfest Festival
- Shambala Festival
- Boom Festival (Portugal)
- Big Chill Festival
- Camp Bestival
- Cardiff Big Weekend
- Secret Garden Festival
- Trowbridge Village Pump Festival
- Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic)
- United Islands Festival (Czech Republic)
- Streatham Festival
- Neuchatel (Switzerland) Festival
- Croydon Festival
- Ealing Festival
- Glastonbury Festival
- Paradise Garden Festival
- Trondheim World music festival (Norway)
- Bern Strassenmusik festival (Switzerland)
- Pflasterspektakel (Austria)
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- "Stoke Newington superband set for the top". Hackney Gazette. 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-06-09.