The late evening beats the first with the popular music of Salento.  

La Notte della Taranta wins the second night of television.
The Concertone of Melpignano, broadcast for the first time by RAI 1, recorded a 9.4% share with 735,000 viewers and also beat the film that preceded it. The peak of the broadcast at 24.12 minutes, with 10.33% share and 886,000 viewers listening during the song "Fuecu", the tribute to Daniele Durante, the artistic director who died recently.

A great success for the popular music event. Listenings doubled compared to the last 4 editions first on Rai 5 and then on Rai 2.

Social success with over 3,160,270 impressions on Instagram and 2,700,000 users reached on Facebook. People connected also from abroad, from Brazil, Argentina and many European countries, who virtually commented on La Notte della Taranta 2021. One of the most commented videos was the one of the very young Madame, which with Marea in a pizzica key conquered the public and Calinitta interpreted by the three tenors of Il Volo. 



Orchestra Popolare Notte della Taranta and Orchestra Notturna Clandestina conducted by maestro Enrico Melozzi

Unpublished verses: Madame.

Guests:  Al Bano, Il Volo

Choreography: Thomas Signorelli

Direction: Stefano Mignucci


Today 4 September, in the late evening on RAI 1 and Radio 1 RAI, the eagerly awaited event of the Notte della Taranta will be broadcast with an exceptional narrator: Al Bano Carrisi.

The Apulian artist will accompany viewers on a journey through the sounds and colours of Puglia with a tribute to Domenico Modugno.

The "Notte della Taranta", wrote the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli in his message of greeting, is one of the most significant events on popular culture in Europe, it is an event capable of enhancing the values of the European Union in the best way, since in the course of these 24 years of history it has managed to create, through music, an open dialogue in the heart of the Mediterranean and to promote important opportunities for exchange and confrontation".

The Taranta rock proposed by the maestro concertatore Enrico Melozzi, with the participation on the lyrics of the maestro concertatrice Madame, will host Il Volo. The three tenors will open the evening with the anthem in Grico Calinitta-Buonanotte, a wish for the new Rai 1 audience that will follow the concert after the musical film dedicated to Raffaella Carrà.

The opening is an unpublished image that opens the doors of the Carmine church of the Agostiniani architectural complex in Melpignano, a shot that contains the message of the 2021 edition: return to free the space of the Arts from the restrictions imposed by Covid to welcome the public.

Conducted by Enrico Melozzi, the Orchestra Popolare della Taranta and the Orchestra Notturna Clandestina captivated the audience of a thousand at the recording of the event with the power of the rhythm of the pizzica that meets the rock and pop sounds proposed by the maestro concertatore. The concert opened with Nanana, the song by Al Bano Carrisi in the Cellino San Marco dialect, followed by Calinitta performed by the artists from Il Volo. This is followed by Marea di Madame that meets Aria Caddhipulina.

Aria dei trainieri with Giancarlo Paglialunga opens Pizzica di San Vito and brings Madame back onto the stage in a new version as a pizzica dancer. With Fuecu, the Orchestra Popolare pays tribute to Daniele Durante and choreographer Thomas Signorelli transforms the stage into a popular festival of "strittuli", the small streets of villages where songs and dances were improvised at the end of the day. Salvatore Cavallo Galeanda opens Taranta di Lizzano which he proposed in the Concertone for the first time in 2018, while Enza Pagliara intones La Luna, a verse taken from the research of Flavia Gervasi, an anthropologist from the University of Montreal who died prematurely, to introduce Pizzica di Torchiarolo.

Wrapped in a 30-metre linen dress, woven on an olive loom, based on an idea by choreographer Thomas Signorelli and made by IJO', Madame returns to the stage to interpret Rondinella in a contemporary key. A piece in which the orchestra also sings in Aremu Greek. The verses in Arbëreshë Lule Lule interpreted by Consuelo Alfieri introduce Pizzica di San Marzano.

L'aria della Cecilia, performed by Alessandra Caiulo, brings Madame back on stage to give the audience an unpublished text written for La Notte della Taranta and included in the traditional song Dici can nu me voi ca su piccinna: "I am tiny, but I trust you, I don't know what love is but love has taken me, I am not so tiny because when I see you I don't ask if it is love but I see it around me".

Antonio Amato's voice "launches a splendour into the air", the opening verse of Pizzica di Aradeo.  Al Bano Carrisi's poignant Amara Terra mia, a tribute to Domenico Modugno, is also a dedication to the many Apulians who have emigrated to Italy and abroad. The finale is a sequence of powerful traditional sounds mixed with rock. With Pizzica della Liberazione written by maestro Melozzi and translated into Salento by Enza Pagliara: "Pizzica pizzica della liberazione, ballamu su sti cori scatinati, pizzica pizzica dell'immaginazione cantamu su sti cori liberati. La danza nu se fermata, la musica se ribella, ballamu tutti insieme pelle a pelle. La musica ha turnata ballamu n'autra fiata, ca la Taranta ntorna m'ha sanata, m'ha sanata - Pizzica pizzica of liberation, let's dance on these unleashed hearts, pizzica pizzica of imagination let's sing on these liberated hearts. The dance doesn't stop, the music rebels, let's dance all together skin to skin. The music is back, let's dance one more time the Taranta has healed me, it has healed me". And the recontextualisation of traditional texts initiated by Daniele Durante in his last years as artistic director continues in 2021.

Enza Pagliara has written new verses on Fimmene Fimmene, a song of work and protest by women abused in the fields: "Fimmine fimmine (in Torchiarolo diction ) ausamula la uce, e pe sta terra ca sta chiede pace. Fimmine fimmine sta canzune ha cangiare. La terra è mamma nu se po bbandunare. Intra le campagne nun c’ete chiui nisciunu. Sulu lu fuecu la face te patrunu." Fimmine Fimmine ausamula la uce e pe staterra ca sta chiede pace - Women women this song must change. The earth is a mother and cannot be abandoned. In the countryside there's no one left but the fire is the master. Women, women, let's raise our voices for this land that is asking for peace.

The nursery rhyme "Pinguli pingulo Giuvacchinu" interpreted by Stefania Morciano lights up the grand finale on the Melpignano stage with Pizzica of Galatone.

"There is a great teamwork, commented the coordinator of the Popular Orchestra Gianluca Longo. We have composed and written together with Maestro Melozzi and Madame the songs of the concert with the energy of those who find the audience in presence and our wish is to return in 2022 in the great square of Melpignano".

Dance is also the protagonist, with choreography by Thomas Signorelli, performed by the Taranta dancers and academic dancers: "I have included the chairs of the small festivals in the villages of Salento and the stairs of the olive pickers, but also mirrors to rediscover the wonder of the other lost during the long months of lockdown".  The set design, a mix of looks at the 16th-century architecture of the Carmine church illuminated by director of photography Marco Lucarelli and the futuristic vision of a 3D spider, was created by Marco Calzavara. The stage is surrounded by 35 monoliths of Salento's Mariano Light illuminations and by some luminous totems on which images of Puglia have been projected: Lago di Lesina, Castel del Monte, Bari, Brindisi, Taranto and Lecce.

An Apulian brand was chosen to dress the Orchestra, the dancers and Madame: IJO'.

The Concertone, directed by Stefano Mignucci, with texts by Marco Zampetti and executive coordination by Cristiano D'Agostini, will be broadcast by RAI 1 on 4 September at 23:30. "It is a challenge that we have accepted with enthusiasm", commented the deputy director of RAI 1 Angelo Mellone.


The Orchestra Notturna Clandestina is an independent symphony orchestra born in 2016 from an idea of maestro Enrico Melozzi. 32 elements on the stage of La Notte della Taranta.  On violin: Valentina Del Re, Monica Vacatello, Alessia Rancitelli, Grazia Neri, Dina Guetti, Mariacarmela Li Pizzi, Maria Agnese Sielli, Francesca Colombo, Elisa Agosto, Francesca Bottini, Sabrina Floccari (France), Gabriele Liscia, Alessia Rosini.
On viola: Davide Oltra, Chiara Ciancone, Valentina Calicchia, Tatiana Veloccia, Valentina Negroni. Cello Riccardo Giovine, Sara Ciancone, Francesco Maria Mattacchione, Francesca Lovotti, Claire Briand (France).
On flute:Francesca Raponi. On ottavino: Ludovico D’Ignazio. On clarinet:Carmelo Maria Colajanni. On trumpet: Alessandro Fresu e Iacopo Gozzo. On cornet: Vincenzo Parente, Francesco Massimiani, Francisco Rodriguez (Panama), Enrico Imperioli. On trombone: Stefano Coccia, Edward Jesus Arosemena Rodriguez (Panama), Augusto Ruiz Henao (Colombia). Edgar Alberto Dutary Barrios (Panama) On tuba and timpani Fabrizio Candidi and Paolo Quattriglia.
All the texts of the 2021 edition can be consulted here:

La Notte della Taranta is a project of the Fondazione Notte della Taranta supported by the Region of Puglia, the Union of Municipalities of Salento, the Diego Carpitella Institute in collaboration with Puglia Promozione.

Main sponsor of the event D.M.J. Gruppo De Mariani.

Playlist of songs:
Nanana - Al Bano
Calinitta - Il Volo
Marea - Madame
Area de li trainieri - Giancarlo Paglialunga
Pizzica di San Vito - Voci dell’Orchestra Popolare
Fuecu – Orchestra Popolare La Notte della Taranta
Taranta di Lizzano - Salvatore Cavallo Galeanda
Pizzica di Lizzano - Voci dell’Orchestra Taranta
La Luna - Enza Pagliara
Pizzica di Torchiarolo - Voci dell’Orchestra Popolare
Aremu - Voci dell’Orchestra Taranta
Rondinella – Madame
Lule Lule – Consuelo Alfieri
Pizzica di San Marzano – Voci dell’Orchestra Popolare
Aria della Cecilia – Alessandra Caiulo
Dici can u me voi ca su piccinna – Madame
Splendore in aria – Antonio Amato
Pizzica di Aradeo – Voci dell’Orchestra Taranta
Amara terra mia – Al Bano
Pizzica della Liberazione – Voci dell’Orchestra
Fimmine Fimmine – Voci dell’Orchestra Popolare
Pinguli Pingolo Giuvacchinu – Stefania Morciano
Pizzica di Galatone – Voci dell’Orchestra Popolare   



Guests: Al Bano, Madame, Il Volo

Popular Orchestra and Orchestra Notturna Clandestina conducted by maestro Enrico Melozzi.

Choreography by Thomas Signorelli

The Taranta to the rock sound of "Pizzica della Liberazione" returns to enchant the most eagerly awaited Apulian Night of the Italian summer and opens the doors, for the first time in the history of the event, of the Church of the Carmine lit up to its altar.

One thousand spectators represented the return to the applause and chants of the audience in Melpignano in front of the facade of the former Convent of the Augustinians, where usually, for each "Concertone", the Salentine pizzica involves a river of people.

A show between memory and vision, tradition and innovation: the three tenors of Il Volo sang one of the songs in Grico, symbol of the Salento tradition, Calinitta.

Madame, the concert master  together with Enrico Melozzi, the orchestra director, dressed in white, charmed the audience with "Rondinella", her hit "Marea" arranged in a pizzica key and "Dimmi ca nu me voi ca su piccinna", a song in which she expressed in her poetic language all the beauty of being "small" in love. She danced Madame wrapped in the white of the clothes woven with the ancient looms of Salento and created for her by Annalisa Surace of IJO' Design. She spoke of love and understanding. A strong message against all forms of division. Like her, Al Bano also spoke of the strong bond with the land. Of the bond with his roots, with his land. He paid homage to Modugno with "Amara terra mia" and gave the audience a rock version of "Na Na Na".

Two orchestras were on stage: the Orchestra Notturna Clandestina, a guest of the Orchestra Popolare della Taranta, which took over the artistic direction of the Concertone after the death of Daniele Durante and is the official ambassador of the pizzica in the world. The theme of the 24th edition was the value of freedom. In Melozzi and Madame's reinterpretation, traditional folk songs took on a new look.

 The Concertone opened with the Pizzica della liberazione, composed by the  concert master  Enrico Melozzi. Fimmene Fimmene, a song of  female pain recontextualised by the voices of the Orchestra, closed with the verse "Fimmene fimmene ausamula la voce e pe sta terra ca sta chiede pace. Fimmene Fimmene sta canzune ha cangiare! La terra è mamma non se po po abbandonare. In the countryside there is no one. Women women let's raise our voices for this land that is asking for peace. Women women this song must change The land is mother and cannot be abandoned. In the countryside there is no one left, only fire is the master".

Dance is also the protagonist, with choreography by Thomas Signorelli, performed by the Taranta dancers and academic dancers. Pictures of great emotional impact that introduce into the Fuecu scene the chairs of a popular feast set on fire at the end by the warmth of the community and the ladders of the olive pickers to recall the work and sacrifice of the peasants of Apulia.

The set design, a mix of looks at the 16th-century architecture of the Carmine church illuminated by cinematographer Marco Lucarelli and the futuristic vision of a 3D spider, was created by Marco Calzavara. The stage was surrounded by 35 monoliths of Salento's Mariano Light illuminations and some luminous totems on which images of Puglia were projected: Lago di Lesina, Castel del Monte, Bari, Brindisi, Taranto and Lecce.

An Apulian brand was chosen to dress the Orchestra, the dancers and Madame: IJO'.

Three original dresses were created for the maestra concertatrice, the one for "Rondinella" measuring thirty metres in length.

A hymn to sustainability, also embraced by Aquedotto pugliese, which installed dispensers for the free distribution of public water.

The Concertone, directed by Stefano Mignucci, with texts by Marco Zampetti and executive coordination by Cristiano D'Agostini, will be broadcast by RAI 1 on 4 September at 11.15 pm. "It is a challenge that we have accepted with enthusiasm", commented the deputy director of RAI 1 Angelo Mellone.

To ensure access to the disabled, the Integrazione Onlus Abil Festa has welcomed those who have booked to participate in the event.

The Notte della Taranta is a project of the Fondazione Notte della Taranta supported by the Apulia Region, the Union of Municipalities of Salento, the Diego Carpitella Institute in collaboration with Puglia Promozione. Main sponsor of the event D.M.J. Gruppo De Mariani.


Al Bano Carrisi will be the narrator of La Notte della Taranta 2021.

The Apulian singer will accompany the viewers of Rai 1, on 4 September at 23:15, on the musical journey of the Melpignano Concert.

In dialogue with the concert masters Enrico Melozzi and Madame, he will help the audience to discover the ancestral power of the pizzica and the beauty of Apulia.

Al Bano will conduct the programme, which will be held in the square of the former Augustinian Convent on 28 August, and will not fail to amaze with his voice, interpreting a song in the Cellino San Marco's dialect.  

It is a show that promises to be full of surprises and important messages entrusted to the writing of the Popular Orchestra, which in recent months has been working on the introduction of contemporary verses into traditional songs that photograph the current situation in Salento.

Dance will play a major role. Choreographer Thomas Signorelli, together with Annalisa Surace's IJO brand, has created the performance by Madame, who will dance the pizzica together with the Taranta Ballet Corps. Yesterday, during the Soleto Festival, Madame surprisingly took the stage with Enrico Melozzi, and to the rhythm of the tambourine began to dance with the Taranta dancers on the song Fuecu.

The Concertone will open with the Pizzica della Liberazione written by maestro Enrico Melozzi to wish the resumption of all cultural activities in the presence of the public. In Melpignano, due to the health emergency, one thousand people from all over Italy will be attending, who have booked access through the platform activated by the Foundation.



Super guests of the final concert in Melpignano (LE), on 28 August, the trio IL VOLO.

Already backstage guests in 2018, when they had the opportunity to share behind the scenes the emotions of the long night dedicated to the pizzica and the meeting of cultures, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, return to Salento in Melpignano this time to perform on the stage of Melpignano's Concertone, at the Notte della Taranta, one of the best known and most appreciated popular music events in Italy and Europe.

An exciting challenge for the artists of IL VOLO, who will sing the anthem of the Taranta, Calinitta, in Greek, the minority language of the Hellenophone area of Salento.

Ambassadors of "bel canto" and Italian music in the world, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca have worked closely with maestro Enrico Melozzi who, as announced, will present a Taranta in a rock key. There will be no shortage of surprises with Madame, the young concert master, who will use her fluid and poetic language to perform some traditional pieces.

The Melpignano Concert will be broadcast on 4 September for the first time by RAI 1 at 11.15 pm.



With the Popular Orchestra of La Notte della Taranta, on the stage of Melpignano on August 28 there will also be the Orchestra Notturna clandestina, a symphonic orchestra founded by Enrico Melozzi, in 2016. The music of the traditional Salento will meet the melodies of classical music. Enrico Melozzi, concert master, together with Madame, of the 24th edition of the Melpignano concert, in fact promised: "it will be a taranta rock. Salento's popular music has a sacredness like classical music". Hence the meeting and the mixture of musicians was a natural path to follow to enrich the long night of Melpignano that will be broadcasted for the first time by Rai 1 on September 4 at 23.15.

Not only the Orchestra conducted by Melozzi in Melpignano in the most awaited night of the Apulian summer together with the musicians of the resident Orchestra.  In fact, there will be important additions to enrich the cast of artists and make the Melozzi-Madame taranta even more rock. Guests of the Popular Orchestra La Notte della Taranta will be:
Giovanni Boscariol, Alberto Barsi, Alessandro Lunedì and Carmelo Maria Colajanni.

Giovanni Boscariol keyboardist, composer, arranger, producer, is a musician of great importance of the Italian music scene; keyboard, fisa and programming in several editions of the Sanremo Festival, he has joined Ramazzotti, Patty Pravo, Cremonini in their tours. Alberto Barsi and Alessandro Lunedì, respectively first and second electric guitar at the Concertone, will be the artists who with their instruments will contribute to give a rock imprint to La Notte della Taranta 2021. Among the guests there will also be Carmelo Maria Colajanni, a member of the Orchestra Notturna Clandestina (clarinet), who on this occasion will play ethnic winds. A remodulation wanted to contribute to the contamination and the meeting between different sounds and melodies with a strong reference to the Mediterranean tradition.

The Orchestra Notturna Clandestina is an independent symphony orchestra, founded by Enrico Melozzi in 2016, which will perform in Melpignano with a staff of 38 elements, with the aim of transmitting the universal values of classical music to as many people as possible, taking into particular consideration young people and less affluent audiences. Formed by musicians convinced that the objectives of classical music are absolutely popular and not elitist.

The Orchestra Notturna Clandestina, whose name is inspired by the Clandestine Theatre of Kantor (Polish playwright who decided to found this kind of theater during Nazism, which prohibited free cultural manifestations), has recorded for major labels such as DECCA (alongside Giovanni Sollima, godfather and co-founder of the orchestra), and has been invited to participate in prestigious festivals such as Riccardo Muti's Ravenna Festival, the D'Annunziano Festival, the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, the "Musica a Palazzo Venezia" Festival in Rome, the Concerts of the Quirinale at the Cappella Paolina broadcast live on Radio3, the Macerata Opera Festival at the Sferisterio, and many others, thus becoming one of the reference points of national classical music. In the summer of 2020 it was the protagonist on RAI5 of a documentary produced by RAI CULTURA, entitled "Sinfonie di Rinascita" in which it appears alongside famous orchestras and historical institutions on the national and international scene (Orchestra Filarmonica di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Cherubini, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera), in a focus on music after the lockdown and the importance of culture in such a difficult period as the one we are living today.

The Orchestra includes in its staff also very young musicians under 20 and under 30, flanked by the major professionals of the capital and boasts an important multi-ethnic vein, as there are young musicians from various parts of the world (Brazil, Argentina, Iran, Russia, Spain, Poland, Puerto Rico, Colombia).  This multi-ethnicity is fundamental in the work of research of a totally new sound that is in fact immediately usable by a varied audience: the highest and refined music of the classical repertoire reaches the most heterogeneous spectators, creating in fact a sort of cultural community composed by musicians and listeners, in constant development and exponential growth. In May 2021, the orchestra expands with the foundation of a second Orchestra Notturna Clandestina based in Milan, composed of musicians who gravitate to the Milanese hinterland, who share the same founding principles of the Roman group, becoming in fact the first widespread orchestra in Italy.


It will be IJO'design, an Apulian brand emblem of sustainable luxury fashion, to dress the artists on the stage of La Notte della Taranta 2021 Concert, on August 28 in Melpignano.

The festival, now in its twenty-fourth edition, is aired this year, for the first time, on RAI1, September 4 at 23 P.M.  IJO'design clothes will help to mark the turning point announced by the artistic direction of the festival, visually recounting the theme of the value of freedom, not only through the unique and exclusive design, but especially through the story that since 2001 the brand lets tell the fabric, the undisputed star of the collections, the result of work on ancient looms, skillfully recovered in their tradition and launched in a challenge of Sense and Style.
On the Concertone's stage we find the free Voice of the italian emblem of the italian music, Generation Z's symbol, Madame, Concert Master of this edition. The same role will take place by Enrico Melozzi, director of orchestra who hit the jackpot on Sanremo with the band Maneskin.


To move the threads of the dance will instead be Thomas Signorelli, choreographer of high fame, known for his choreography thanks to Mahmood at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Elodie, Dolce e Gabbana, Italia's Got talent and The Voice. Free, rock, fluid. A bit like the philosophy, fashion and art that the brand, pioneer since 2001 of slow fashion, gives us through the story of a past of high quality craftsmanship, hands, threads and patience, projecting itself towards avant-garde forms and styles, as the engine of sustainable fashion Made in Italy. Twenty years of hand weaving, poised between tradition and innovation, find new life, giving the garments an adding value thanks to the history they contain. Quality, Design and Sustainability have always moved the brand in every phase of the production chain, from the choice of "natural and certified" fibers, to the recovery of the ancient art of Apulian weaving, based on the hand production of all collections on traditional olive wood looms.

"We feel deeply ours the theme of this edition" - says Annalisa Surace, founder and designer of the brand - "since the birth of IJO'design, in 2001, our project weaves fluid and moving plots between the historical beauty of tradition and the fascinating power of innovation. Therefore, we are thrilled to be working for the 2021 concert, as rock, free and fluid as our brand."

After Meltin Pot, Silente, Gaudiomonte and, last year, the international fashion brand Dior, the Foundation returns to choose the quality of production born in Salento that enhances the ancient art of Apulian weaving. "With IJO' Design, we started a collaboration, explains Massimo Manera President of the Notte della Taranta Foundation, starting from the theme of 2021 "the value of freedom" and dialoguing with choreographer and concert masters on the message that also the brand's creations will convey to the audience. The Puglia of excellence will once again be the protagonist on RAI 1". 




Thomas Signorelli is the choreographer of the twenty-fourth edition of the Concertone La Notte della Taranta on august 28, 2021.

Thomas Signorelli is an Italian television and theater choreographer who has been working in the entertainment world for many years. He is a modern-contemporary teacher and collaborates with some of the most important Italian and European dance centers.

In his career, Signorelli has been choreographer in programs such as Italia's Got Talent, The Voice Of Italy, Sanremo, Telethon, Eurovision Song Contest, And Then There Is Cattelan, The Voice Senior. In the world of fashion, he collaborates with Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and Valentino. Signorelli has signed Mahmood's choreography for Eurovision, Elodie in Sanremo 2020 and Malika Ayane.

In the last period he was guest choreographer on the program Amici and also of the program "A single hour I would like to have you"  by Enrico Brignano.



Thomas Signorelli will take his charge on La Notte della Taranta's stage. "Energy is what holds a group together, what makes a dance troupe a single center in which individualities are at the service of others. This is dance, pure energy. Going back to choreographing for an audience, and not just for a TV studio, makes me enormously happy. La Notte de la Taranta, explains Signorelli, is one of my dreams come true. I have already had the opportunity to speak with the concert masters, Enrico Melozzi and Madame, and I find in them the same power I want to bring to the stage. It will be an exciting Taranta with engaging choreographies ”. Signorelli, who in these days met the Corps de Ballet of the Taranta composed of Serena Pellegrino, Mihaela Coluccia, Lucia Scarabino, Cristina Frassanito, Stefano Campagna, Andrea Caracuta, Fabrizio Nigro, Marco Martano, Mattia Politi, will return to Salento on August 16th, for the final rehearsals in view of the Concertone scheduled for August 28 in Melpignano.

The choreographer of the 24th edition of La Notte della Taranta was announced last night, during the first stage of the traveling festival which, from an established tradition, opens in Corigliano d’Otranto. After the pizzica workshop, which took place at the Flying Castle of the Grica town, the evening was concentrated in Piazza Vittoria. Started with the performance of Pizzica in Scena, it saw the dancers of La Notte della Taranta as protagonists. Right after the announcement of the new choreographer, the president of  La Notte della Taranta Foundation Massimo Manera, the mayor of Corigliano d’Otranto Dina Manti and the artistic director of the traveling festival Luigi Chiriatti have spoken.

The president of the Manera Foundation underlined how in this particular period, many efforts have been put in place to overcome the difficulties of the moment, in order to garantee a festival in total safety. On the other hand, Manera continued, it was important to send a message of hope, to restart the complex organizational machine behind a festival and an event of this type, because the workers, the artists must be supported in order to kick-start a circuit that has always been a flagship of our country. On the same wavelength is the message of Dina Manti, the first citizen of Corigliano, who welcomed the spectators of the crowded Piazza Vittoria. The artistic director of the traveling Festival Luigi Chiriatti illustrated some peculiarities of this festival in which traditional music meets the words of culture. Like Sternatia's appointment with Aldo Cazzullo, in "A riveder le stelle", a novel about the Divine Comedy and the birth of our national identity, made on the occasion of the seven hundredth anniversary of Dante's death, which will also see the reading of verses in Grico, the minority language of the Hellen-speaking area of Salento. In Castrignano de 'Greci, Moni Ovadia with "Without borders-Jews and gypsies", a recital of songs, music, Roma, Sinti and Jewish stories. These are just some of the events in which the mixture of our host land and other cultures, not just musical, mingle, in moments where sounds and words create new identity paths made of meeting and sharing.

Notes and words that met last night, in the sign and in the memory of Daniele Durante, the recently deceased genius of pizzica. The ethnomusicologist and eclectic guitarist has also been the artistic director of the Popular Orchestra La Notte della Taranta since 2016. Yesterday's concert by "his musicians" was dedicated to him.

Daniele Durante was a farsighted and avid researcher never willing to compromise. Music was his life. Until the last day he worked on the Reincanto concert, which includes 15 pieces by 15 concert masters, available for free on ItsArt, the digital channel dedicated to culture of the ministry of cultural heritage. One of Maestro Durante's goals since his appointment as artistic director has been to provide the orchestra with its own recognizable sound, also drawing from other territories, from San Vito to Lizzano, from Torchiarolo to Ostuni. The memory of Luigi Chiriatti was moved. He underlined: "if today the pizzica is a distinctive sign of this land, a music loved and appreciated by tourists from all over the world is thanks to the research work of musicians like Durante who have stubbornly defended this land and its tradition. In the early years in which this musical genre was proposed, there was a wall around traditional musicians. The rejection of this music was a rejection of the poverty that had characterized the people of this land for years. Today that refusal has become Pride ”.

Gianluca Longo, currently coordinator of the Popular Orchestra La Notte della Taranta who is jointly entrusted with the artistic direction, also recalled the figure of Daniele Durante to whom he had approached almost with awe in a first meeting as a child, when he began to experiment with popular music and then meet him again after many years and work with him. “His guitar is here among us, in tonight's concert, and it always will be,” said the musician Longo before starting the concert as a tribute to the maestro.


MADAME, the new free voice of Italian music, Generation Z's symbol and ENRICO MELOZZI, the conductor who won Sanremo with Måneskin, are the concert masters of La Notte della Taranta 2021.

Madame and Melozzi will direct the show scheduled for August 28 in Melpignano, in the region of Puglia, which will be broadcast for the first time by RAI 1, on September the 4th at 10:30 pm. A new musical research challenge for La Notte della Taranta Foundation which for 24th edition of the Concertone aims at mixing popular language and urban rock, which is why it determines gender parity on the podium, bringing traditional songs in search of inclusion and fluidity.

The topic of the Concertone 2021 is the value of freedom.

Madame, with her debut album, has become an innovative breaking point in the urban scene for the originality of her style, committed to build a unique musical path, demonstrating that it is neither age nor genre that define the talent of an artist. Madame, the winner of the 2021 Tenco award for best first work and best single song, is today the emblem of the renewal of Italian pop.

Enrico Melozzi, defined as the new Hector Berlioz, the protagonist of a very successful artistic partnership with Giovanni Sollima, in 2012 gave life to 100Cellos, a revolutionary and visionary project. Creator of the innovative format "Rave of Classical Music", he founded the Clandestina Night Orchestra in Rome which in 2021, in full lockdown, became the first "widespread orchestra" in Europe.

Stories of creative, artistic, and cultural freedom that mix with the founding vision of the Notte della Taranta: promoting innovative musical paths.


Here are the reasons to choose the Notte della Taranta Foundation:

Madame is the symbol of a fluid generation, able to synthesize the most disparate themes and influences in a personal way, reflecting itself in a deliberately broken mirror in which to discover a new image of oneself each time. The dialogue with her will bring the Popular Orchestra to confront the beauty of her music and her language in the balance between poetry and reality.

Madame's words chosen by Taranta: “I looked for my answers in the books. I love words, they are a cure and also a blade, so much so that it makes me more proud to be an author than to go on stage. I like to choose the words and create something like the chef does with the ingredients for a dish. I fish from the extraordinary Italian culture that has been at the center of the world for centuries. Dante is a rare talent ”.


Melozzi is one of the most qualified conductors in Italy. In its activity, it has favored the open stage, shared projects with companies, artists, operators, independent spaces to experiment with participatory planning in training and self-training places, such as the Valle Theater, where access to knowledge and quality are guaranteed. to everyone.

The words of Melozzi chosen by Taranta: “We make wooden theaters, even warehouses, as long as they are spaces dedicated exclusively to culture. Music, theater, cinema, art in all its forms makes the difference between living and surviving. It is in moments of serious crisis that the greatest cultural movements in history have exploded. Let's take culture as the first step towards restarting ”.


The artistic direction of Concertone 2021, after the death of Daniele Durante, was entrusted to the Popular Orchestra.


The Concertone Notte della Taranta is a cultural project of the La Notte della Taranta Foundation, Union of Municipalities of Salento Greece, Diego Carpitella's Institute with the support of the Puglia Region, Puglia Promotion, Pugliese Public Theater, Apulia Film Commission.

Official hashtags: # taranta24 #WeAreinPuglia






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The Notte della Taranta itinerant Festival returns to the squares of Puglia.

From 4 to 26 August it will host more than 400 artists, 35 concerts, and the party for the thirtieth anniversary of Sud Sound System.

It starts on 4 August from Corigliano d'Otranto with the homage of the Popular Orchestra to Daniele Durante, and then Nardò, Alberobello, Alessano, Sogliano Cavour, Cursi, Taranto, Calimera, Carpignano Salentino, Lecce, Nociglia, Racale, Ugento, Cutrofiano, Zollino, Castrignano de 'Greci, Galatina, Martignano, Soleto, Sternatia, and on 26 August it will close in Martano.

The Festival chooses the suburbs of two large cities to bring music into the beauty of the desires of thousands of people who live there. The protagonist will be the ORCHESTRA POPOLARE NOTTE DELLA TARANTA which will be in Lecce on 13 August in the heart of zone 167, in via Novara, and on 10 August in the market area of ​​the hamlet of Talsano in Taranto. "Let's go back to meet the public, despite the times are not entirely favorable, to support the popular music sector hard hit by Covid and fill up with positive energy, the primary source of popular creativity, commented Luigi Chiriatti, artistic director of the Festival. . One of the most anticipated appointments of the Apulian summer, the Festival which also lands in Taranto and Alberobello, confirms itself as the great widespread stage for the promotion of Italian popular culture and a growth tool for young talents.






The Other Canvas of Women is the section of the Festival dedicated to the contribution of women in popular music and will host NADA, TERESA DE SIO, LUCILLA GALEAZZI, MARIA MAZZOTTA, ELENA LEDDA, ​​FARAUALLA. A female musical journey focused on the search for Mediterranean popular music that creates a communication channel between past and present, mixing together cultured and popular suggestions.



La Notte della Taranta celebrates the thirty years of activity of the SUD SOUND SYSTEM, the leading reggae formation in Italy. In Nardò on 5 August in Piazza Salandra, music with strong contents arrives that over the years has contributed to the awareness of environmentalism, immigration, and sharing in Salento. Guests in four editions of the Concertone in 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2011, Sud Sound System returns to meet the public of the Taranta.


DANTE 2021.

In the year of the seven hundredth anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, the festival proposes on August 21 in Castrignano de 'Greci, the musical project by AMBROGIO SPARAGNA and DAVIDE RONDONI, La Bandadante - Commedia dei Vivi, dei Morti e dei Tipi Danteschi with the soloists of 'Italian Popular Orchestra of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.The show is a tribute to Dante and his journey of love and mystery using the triplets of his poetry in the concert and singing them in the style of the popular tradition of the Apennines. On 25 August in Sternatia, ALDO CAZZULLO will present the novel about the Divine Comedy and the birth of our national identity at "Riveder le stelle". The evening will be opened by the reading of verses in Grico, the minority language of the Hellenophone area of ​​Salento.


In Castrignano de 'Greci on 21 August the festival hosts Senza Confini - Jews and Gypsies by MONI OVADIA. A recital of songs, music, Roma, Sinti, and Jewish stories that resonate with the common vocation of the peoples in exile. Moni Ovadia on the
stage with Paolo Rocca (clarinet), Albert Florian Mihai (accordion), Marian Serban (cymbal) and Petre Naimol (double bass) perform a show which in its form is inscribed in music and civil theater, in the arts representative and communicative.


MAKING CULTURE IN THE SOUTH is the theme of the debate, scheduled in Martano on the 26th August, between MASSIMO BRAY, Councilor for culture, protection, and development of businesses, cultural, tourism, tourism business development of the Puglia Region and ANGELO MELLONE, writer and deputy director of RAI 1.


DE FINIBUS TERRAE - TERRA FINESTRA is the title of the study proposed by the Festival in Alessano on 7 August, in collaboration with the Diocese of Ugento - Santa Maria di Leuca. The national director of Migrantes Don GIANNI DE ROBERTIS, la Head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Niger ALESSANDRA MORELLI and the bishop Msgr. VITO ANGIULI, will meet the KILLEH family from Aleppo. VINCENZO CORRADO the CEI director of social communication will moderate the meeting.
On August 16 in Racale with Homer in Italy. Myths and heroes of the times that Greece was in Puglia, and vice versa, DARIO VERGASSOLA and DAVID RIONDINO who take us to the Magna Grecia. Ulysses, Achilles, the fantastic voyages of Luciano's sailors, return to classic texts between readings and ironic comments in a show where the words are protagonists of ironic readings and comments, in a new and rich narrative improvisation.
Space for poetry in the stage of Soleto on August 24 with FRANCO ARMINIO. Defining himself as a “landscape scientist”, ARMINIO will describe the small villages by describing them with extreme reality is the situation especially in southern Italy.


The installation Lu Tamburrieddhu miu jè de Nociglia - The tambourines of Mesciu Ninu, will introduce the public to some percussion instruments made by the craftsman of Nociglia for many years the most sought after by traditional singers. John Sancesario was one of the most emblematic personalities of the popular world Salento, the last custodian of an ancient knowledge that still traveled on the paths of orality. An exhibition that tells a century-long story, from tamborra to tambourines, passing through the sieves. From the first tambourines made when Mesciu Ninu was still a kid, in the 40s, up to the last ones built by listening to the artistic needs of the players.


With Pizzica on stage, the Corps de Ballet Notte della Taranta will propose 2 interventions unpublished works created for the natural outdoor scenery in the heart of the historic centers: a Corigliano d’Otranto on the terraces of the Castle and on the balconies of Nardò. Unpublished it Pizzica Pizzica dance show scheduled in Ugento with choreography by MATTIA POLITI.
The Festival in 2021 offers 9 pizzica workshops open to the public in the stages of Corigliano d’Otranto, Galatone, Ugento, Alberobello, Taranto, Carpignano, Lecce, Martignano, Galatina. These are workshops entrusted to the dancers of La Notte della Taranta.


There is also space for Il Cibo della Taranta, the section dedicated to the recovery of resources traditional farming and the role of local community economies. In the stage of Zollino in-depth study of ancient grains, flours, and traditional bread with GINO L. DI MITRI, NUNZIA MELCARNE, and FRANCESCO GIANNACHI.


All the necessary measures will be prepared to guarantee the safety of the public, artists, operators.
Public access to the evenings of the traveling Festival will take place in absolute respect of the anti-Covid rules. Only those with Green will be able to access PASS or negative buffer certification, carried out within 48 hours previous. In all squares, seats will be set up, spaced at least one meter, which can be accessed until they are exhausted.

The Festival is a project of the La Notte della Taranta Foundation, Puglia Region, Municipalities of Salento Greece and the Diego Carpitella Institute.
Festival artistic direction: Luigi Chiriatti

Official hashtags: # taranta24 #WeAreinPuglia






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