Contrabbanda was born in Milano in 1997 around that inexhaustible center of creativity that is Cascina Torchiera Without Water, here are born many musical animation experiences and street music bands.
The formation brings together musicians coming from differents styles and genres:
ska, industrial, jazz, ethnic-folk and street music.
Contrabbanda’s expressive research has been directed towards a musical animation proposed through an original and ever evolving route: composition of their own pieces, and revisitation of standard pieces through the street music band typical sound.

Contrabbanda’s repertoire covers from NIno Rota to popular tradition, from jazz to ska, from Caribbean rhythms to pop-rock. Contrabbanda’s musical animation joins two differents moods:
re-presentation of pieces written by ‘sacred monster’ like Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, but also, on the other side, revisitation of involving and easy listening music by Casino Royale or Stevie Wonder.