Mbrascatu is a fusion of the cobbled streets and cafés of the Old World and the creative melting pot of Portland. The band is a group of talented musicians that draw from very different musical backgrounds to create a unique blend of sounds encompassing European and American roots. 

Since the formation of the band, back in 2010, Mbrascatu, has performed extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest delighting many at the hottest music venues, outdoor festivals, bars, clubs and local radio stations.

If you are not one of the lucky explorers who has already discovered the magic of this band’s music, stop reading, hit play, and submerge yourself in the first song before reading any further. The band features impressive vocals, fantastic arrangments, making surprising use of banjo, ukelele, lap steel, viola, violin, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, and exhilarating drumming. The rhythm, which can be portentous, energetic and catchy, sometimes all at the same time, will get you dancing, the singing will resonate in your chest and the strings and drums will carry you away. Listen loud people!!

 

We are very grateful to everyone of you for your friendship, support, and for enjoying our music. 

Thank you so much!  

Mbrascatu.

Reviews

 

-Oreong Music News Magazine. December 2014.

-L'Italo Americano Newspaper, Tuesday December 9, 2014.  "Mbrascatu’s New Release, Tempo, Expands Their Eclectic Sound."  

““You don’t need to understand Andrea Algieri’s huskily sung Italian lyrics to appreciate Mbrascatu’s refreshing take on local/world indie rock. Their songs fluidly transition from joyfully raucous rock to low-key folk to psychedelic jams, all while maintaining the integrity of the band’s unique sound. While rarely taking the spotlight, the violin acts as a perfect complement to Algieri’s vocals while threading its own distinctive, cohesive voice through the music. Allow yourself to get swept up in the unabashed joy of their live shows, where it doesn’t matter if you look cool dancing and clapping to the band’s sheer exuberance. Mbrascatu’s rich, textured sound isn’t fully represented in their studio recordings; the live performance is where this band truly shines.” AMII”

— Metaturtleblog.com June 13, 2014.

““The first time I listened to Mbrascatu’s self-titled debut, it was because I was expecting to hear music that was West-African-by-way-of-Portland. It was the combination of consonants, you see; they misled me. Because from the first notes of the first song, Mbrascatu is unmistakably Americana—acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo—except that the lyrics, and the song titles, are all Italian. Singer/songwriter Andrea Algieri moved from Calabria, Italy, to Portland, where he joined forces with bassist Michael Doherty, also of Future Historians, and John Sabestinas, formerly of Sick Pony, who plays banjo, ukulele, electric guitar, and lap steel. The combination of vernaculars—old-timey folk and Italian crooner—has created indie folk’s very own spaghetti western, with Algieri’s baritone vocals playing lead heartthrob”. REBECCA WILSON”

— The Portland Mercury June 28, 2012 about MBRASCATU's presentation at The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell, Portland, OR.

““Andrea Algieri’s Old World-by-way-of-PDX collective Mbrascatu is a modern throwback to traditional music lore. Since forming the group stateside in 2010, the Calabria-born singer-songwriter-guitarist has conjured up sonic postcards direct from the quaint villages of southern Italy. If the band’s name, a tribute to Algieri’s grandfather, or debut album cover, with its photo of his mother at 16, don’t speak to the deep roots present here, the music will. Various strings (viola, banjo, ukulele), lap steel and other lush instrumentation echo Algieri’s expressive vocals, delivered in his native tongue.” AMANDA SCHURR”

— Willamette Week, Monday, September 09, 2012

 

-Eleven PDX Magazine. January 2013

L'Italo Americano Newspaper. December 9, 2014