the beginning of our community’s history, there has always been a keen
desire to express in music and words the events of our daily life, the
most important encounters with young people and migrants and,
especially, the experience of God who accompanies our lives. To
the first songs, composed by Maria Grazia and accompanied by a simple
guitar, were gradually added new songs and composers, new musical
instruments, new voices in different languages and nationalities giving
life to an international band, the Scalabrini Band.
on the road
migrants, the Scalabrini Band is always on the move, thereby also
enriching itself with the sounds, the melodies, the hopes and nostalgia
of the persons and people it encounters. The
missionaries who make up the Band live in different countries and come
together for big events/meetings which are organised during the year
among young people, migrants and friends on the exodus’s roads. We
could say it is a band that is like an accordion which widens and opens
up, tightens and widens again, being enriched also by the contribution
of young musicians and artists. In the arrangement of the different
notes, voices and instruments that are in themselves diversified and yet
seek each other, one can experience the joyful meeting of diversity,
which flavours the celebration.
Recorded CDs of the Scalabrini-Band
CD "Quella luna rossa"
“That red moon”
is inspired by the story of young migrants. While remaining in the
night at the mercy of the waves of the Mediterranean, they saw a big red
shining moon that lit up the shore: image of a living hope – rooted in
the exodus of Jesus crucifi ed and risen – which crosses the history and
the dramatic migrations of our times. This
hope, shared in the International Centres J. B. Scalabrini with young
people of different nationalities, with migrants and refugees, is
entrusted to the songs of the Scalabrini-Band, with the wish to
accompany the steps of those who walk against the wind of individualism
and of indifference.
The CD "Êxodo e Festa"
..... celebrates the Scalabrinian Centenary
by dedicating his songs to all those who discover themselves as part of a
wandering humanity and walk certain of God's project, in which each person is
precious in his or her diversity.
"Exodo e Festa" is the title of a song which gives the name to the CD - it
shows us the path, sometimes uncomfortable and narrow, which leads to an
encounter with the other, friend or enemy, and to the discovery of the treasure
hidden in every exodus.
treasure allows us to anticipate the feast of communion and thus live on the
border and without borders, sharing the road with those on the road.
CD "Straniero ...sto nascendo"
The songs on this CD express what is seen, met, prayed,
hoped with migrants and young people while remaining on the road.
From this being itinerant, first of all in the
heart, to opening ourselves to the gift of God, takes its title the song that
gives its name to this CD "Straniero ... sto nascendo"
Together with "Exodo e festa" it was
recorded on the occasion of the Scalabrinian Centenary.
Its songs are dedicated to all those who
discover themselves as part of a pilgrim humanity and walk certain of God's
plan, in which each one is precious in his or her diversity.
CD "Gente che va"
While accompanying the steps of a pilgrim humanity,
the notes of the Scalabrini Band intertwine in concert to celebrate John
Baptist Scalabrini, Father and Apostle of migrants, beatified on November 9,
Thus was born "Gente
che va", a CD dedicated to the Scalabrinian Family, to the migrants of
the world, to the "Friends on the roads of the exodus", to young
people of different nationalities, who meet to find Life in challenges and in the
celebration of diversity.
It is possible ... Si può!
DVD “It is possible” is a recital which was inspired by listening to
the experiences of migrants, refugees and young people on the exodus
It was prepared during the meetings which took place
performance was recorded live to announce the certainty that within the
expectations of today, a greater plan is being fulfilled, even though
there is an exodus of many migrants and refugees. This is a plan that
only special eyes can recognise, just as J.B. Scalabrini (1839-1905)