Piva - Music of the Renaissance

"A remarkable Renaissance music group called PIVA - if you have the chance to hear them, jump at it."              

Voluntary Arts Ireland


Formed in 2002 Piva have firmly established themselves as a leading early music ensemble. Playing throughout the UK and across Europe, the group has gained a reputation for their lively performances and entertaining shows.  


Taking late 16th century dance and ballad tunes, Piva make them ring out in the early 21st century. It’s music of the past played for today!  


Whether it’s playing at an arts festival, modern concert hall or a heritage venue,  Piva will bring the music of the 16th century to life.

“This was early music at its most entertaining”

Leicester Mercury



Bagpipes, hurdy gurdies, recorders, viol, curtals, rauschpfeifen,

crumhorns, shawms, violin - members of Piva are multi-instrumentalists bringing together the sounds and atmosphere of renaissance Europe.  



“Piva perform with style and panache.”

fRoots Magazine

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About the name Piva

The name Piva originates from the north east of Italy.  It has various meanings but they are all connected with music.  A Piva can be a 15th century dance, the music for the dance, a small traditional shawm, a reed for the shawm and it’s also a northern Italian bagpipe.  All in all, it’s about music, dancing and having a good time - we feel the name reflects our music, instruments and our approach.

Sometime after choosing the name, we discovered some facts about a family called Bassano who originated from Italy.  We already knew that they were instrument makers (as are four of our group) as well as players and composers who were brought to England from Venice by Henry VIII. This family then remained in London as court musicians and instrument makers for 150 years. They called themselves "Bassano" because that is the town they originated from. However, we discovered that when they lived in Bassano, their family name was Piva. - A remarkable concurrence!

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