For the past decade, Nidi d’Arac have been experimenting with mixing the music of the Salento region of southern Italy with electronica and contemporary dance beats.
Lead singer of the band is the eclectic musician from Lecce, Alessandro Coppola, whose creativity and love for his land have produced a passionate and mindful research of contents coming from the tradition, the music, the poetry, the folklore of the Mediterranean culture, acquired and elaborated.
Nidi D'Arac explore a crossover between the traditional musics of Southern Italy and new musical tendencies,  the important thing here being that there are elements already present in the old that are sympathetically amplified by the new...there's definitely something good going on in Italy.” Ian Anderson -  fROOTS

The music by Nidi d’Arac is pure pleasure of dance and sound, it is an ongoing party, it is emotional involvement, it is spirituality. The power of this versatile ensemble is an immediate and almost physical way through, thanks also to the audacious attempt of  mixing the traditional triplets rhythm of the tambourine of the Salento ‘pizzica’ with the chaotic reality.

Guests and runners up at the 1998 edition of the Italian award for young musicians ‘Premio Tenco’, they were the opening act for the Simple Minds  concert in 1999, for the Robert Plant concert in Rome, for Joe Zawinul in 2000 and for Kimmo Pohjonen in 2003. They were co-authors, together with Enzo Avitabile and Mory Kante, of ‘Musica a scantinato (MANA E MANE, 1999). They were nominated for the best album in dialect at the 2006 edition of ‘Premio Tenco’ and played together with Lo Cor de la Plana in 2007. They were selected and performed at Babel Med Music in 2009, at Vic in 2010 and at Womex in Copenhagen 2010. They played in an ensemble with Mercedes Peon in 2011 and as opening act of Khaled in 2012. They have performed amongst the others at the prestigious Montreux Jazz and Womad Festivals in 2011.

From Salento to Europe, all the way to Africa, Brazil and the States the band was able to export the traditional culture rooted in our geographic basin  bringing passion and expertise to many important European festivals.

“The modern sound of Southern Italy...fantastic   live...” - World on 3 BBC Radio 3

“Nidi D'Arac are southern Italy's answer to Oysterband and Transglobal Underground.” – The Guardian

“Nidi d’Arac are the epitome of 21st century folk- rock.” - R2
“electro-folk driving the rural imaginary to the dance floor.”- Rootsworld