Banda Ionica

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Banda Ionica
Origin Sicily, Italy
Genres Folk, world music
Years active 1997–present
Labels EMI
Members Roy Paci
Fabio Barovero

Banda Ionica is an Italian folk group focused on the brass band traditions of Sicily. The roots of the music played by the band can be traced to Holy Week and funeral marches. The banda tradition, updated by Banda Ionica and others, helped to bring the operatic and classical music to the rural poor.

Founded in 1997 by Fabio Barovero (formerly of the group Mau Mau) and Roy Paci, the group is currently composed of twenty young musicians and plays a mix of traditional and original compositions.



  • Passione (1997)
  • Matri Mia (2002)