Wednesday, 19th Sept 2018
Eric Moulder formed the group just over a decade ago with the aim of bringing a fresh and energetic approach to the popular dance and ballad repertoire of the late renaissance period. The members of Piva have wide and diverse musical backgrounds and between them they have experience in playing renaissance, jazz, classical, baroque, folk and roots music. They bring all of these diverse musical influences together and fuse them with their knowledge of renaissance music and instruments. The result is a cohesive approach and attitude towards the renaissance repertoire: Piva’s aim is to be faithful to the music of the period whilst adding their own innovative arrangements and interpretations. All members of the group are multi-instrumentalists - playing up to 40 different instruments at a gig! Not only do Piva play the instruments - they also make them! Three members of Piva are professional instrument makers.
Hugh Boyde and Brian Cleary
Brian and Hugh met when playing with The Usual Suspects and there has always been a huge overlap in their musical enthusiasms, both in jazz and folk. This duo started very informally, as a weekly social get-together with instruments followed by a few beers. But it soon led on to doing floor spots at local folk clubs, and they decided to rehearse more seriously. They now have a fine repertoire, encompassing old jazz, ragtime, Irish and American folk, originals - in fact just about anything as long as it sounds good on their instruments. Brian plays acoustic guitar and occasionally the mighty Gzouk (ask him!) and Hugh plays mandolin with occasional tenor banjo interludes.