In a capital city such as Brussels the chance of finding restaurants from different culinary cultures is extremely important, but to be able to create a place reminiscent of “Italy” is quite uncommon. Well known by the Italians and cherished by people from all nationalities, Piola Libri now counts on a group of loyal customers.
Wine, Art, Books, Taste, these are four words that describe this little slice of heaven. Indeed, Piola Libri is a bookshop and a wine bar all in one place. In short, it is a multicultural space where everyone can find their own happiness in any of the events that take place here.
Each week there is something truly fascinating waiting to be discovered: book presentations, concerts, appetizers, dj’s, lectures, debates, writer’s workshops, and many more surprises.
Although one arduously attempts to remain in its international ambiance, one is still aware that most of the people at Piola Libri are Italians! The concert that took place on Friday night, May 16, at 1930hs is a case in point, when the Italian band named “Orso” played for its anxious crowd without the need to translate their songs in different languages.
By 1900hs the place was already crowded, lured by the appetizers à la “milanaise” that awaited inside. Every table was occupied, and even when the band kindly asked those left standing to sit on a mat that was placed in front of the stage, many people still struggled to find a space available.
To break the ice the band began with the song « I nostri decenni », their first european concert. They sang in Italian, however they did not hesitate to add a few words in French with an amusing stereotyped accent (for example, placing all the accents on the last syllable). The voice, the guitar, the bass, the cajon, the violin, the melodica, and the choirs, all of these transport us to an « Italy of small things » that is also represented by other Italian underground groups such as Le Luci della centrale elettrica, Dente, Brunori Sas, Lo stato sociale. Groups that can now be described as part of a new wave of authors songs.
Groups that, through their music, make us feel, if only for a moment, like we are back home. The result is a wonderful blend of nostalgia and pride. Halfway through the concert, Orso changes gears with a mix from Cover that ends with another part of a « song that no country will ever own » (Mattia Barro), namely « Rotta per casa di Dio », from the 883, a group that Italians were not able to ignore during their youth.
Energetic, alternative and melancholic all at once, Orso has provided us with two hours of simplicity, proving us that it is not all that difficult to provide great entertainment when there is music and, of course, great musicians such as them behind it. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: TOMMASO SPINELLI, GAIA D’ARRIGO, MATTIA BARRO, GIULIO SCARANO. We thank the band Orso for coming all the way to Brusels, and Piola Libri for allowing us this opportunity.
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