Taranta Talk ANGELO MELLONE in This only I can give you

10 P.M.

SCIACUDDHUZZI in Pizzica Melodica

ENZO PETRACHI & FOLKBAND23 in Gioia e Veleno

ON Aug. 13, the journey of the traveling festival "La Notte della Taranta" makes a stop in Galatone. It starts at 8:30 p.m. in Piazza San Sebastiano with Angelo Mellone's Talk in Questo solo ti posso dare. At 10 p.m. the music kicks off with concerts by Sciacuddhuzzi in Pizzica Melodica followed by Enzo Petrachi & Folkband23 in Gioia e Veleno.


Taranta Talk ANGELO MELLONE in This Only I Can Give You

Eight years after the last chapter of the so-called "southern trilogy," Angelo Mellone returns with a reading that, after Addio al Sud, Acciaiomaree Meridione a rota, constitutes a completion of his poetic meditation on the Mezzogiorno. In the case of this monologue, the roots of a spatriate, become prologue to a question that lacerates the author's soul: when I am gone, what will be left of me? What can I do not to be forgotten like a puff of dust? The question immediately takes on the face of challenge because it is not thrown into the void but addressed directly to the author's three children. Ideally, Mellone meets them in October on the low wall of a seafront promenade, among the few autumnal inhabitants of Castellaneta Marina, in the province of Taranto, one of his heartlands. They all sit looking out at the sea, eating something, observing their surroundings, gazing at the sea and the contours of the industrial town that lies to their east, the town where the author was born and at a very young age buried his father, one of the first Tarantines to be hired to build the great steel plant.With Marianna, Jacopo and Elena, Mellone weaves dialogue, and to each of them he conveys memories, fears, anxieties, confidences, in a courageous acknowledgement of weakness, a laying bare of father eternally grappling with a sense of inadequacy that, however, does not prevent him from recovering the violent and lyrical tone of his earlier civil orations, as when he flogs southerners obsessed with metropolitan life or when he claims his youthful militancy "on the right" for the sake of making a scandal and becoming a man in his own way. But it is above all the theme of fragility and, in the end, the fear of disappearing even in the eyes of his children-to whom Mellone strives to tell the soul of the Meridione, precisely to them born elsewhere-that animates this writing, this acting, this obsessive journey to dozens and dozens of places, where his words mingle with the notes of guitarist Salvatore Russo, double bassist Camillo Pace and accordionist Francesco Longo, the trio (MEDITERRANIMA TRIO) with which Mellone sets up on stage to accompany the audience in a little over fifty minutes inside a journey that weaves polemically, poetically and with a great sense of melancholy the South, belongings, forgetfulness, fatherhood, loss, inheritance, tradition and, in the end, death and love.


Sciacuddhuzzi - "Pizzica Melodica" Project

The ethnic music group Sciacuddhuzzi is an ensemble of acoustic instruments (voice, violin, accordion, guitar, double bass and tambourine with rattles) of mainly folk extraction. Specializing in a repertoire whose retrieval is the result of extravagant and passionate ethno-musicological investigations, the Sciacuddhuzzi ensemble currently lives from the experiences made in direct contact with a specific folkloric entourage, that of Salento. Founded and directed by the late Francesco Attanasi, and carried on over the years by his brother Giuseppe Attanasi and his friends, the ensemble experiments with a self-managed teamwork, primordially tested within the cultural activities promoted by the Faculty of Musicology of Cremona, which, if from an academic point of view represents the cradle of its professional training, from a purely artistic point of view it is configured as the furnace in which spontaneously the ensemble itself was forged. Dense with researched contaminations with other popular musical traditions and more innovative genres (rock and jazz), the "Pizzica Melodica" project aims to rearrange and rewrite the songs of the Salento tradition enhancing and enriching the melody, while preserving the original narrative line and atmosphere: contaminating ... without dirtying.



His career was born following in the footsteps of his father, Bruno. Always close to the heart of the people. Appreciated abroad as well, to date he has produced 23 record works, each telling a period of Lecce history in ironic characters, involving ethnic rhythms and dance steps. Enzo is the author of many of his songs, as in the record "folk salentino" and writes lyrics and music for "AHI PAPA' MIU," the third song dedicated to his father Bruno, where the Lecce singer-songwriter, explains a unique and unbreakable bond, encapsulating his inner richness. Today he embarks on a musical journey alongside the FolkBand, starting with Bruno Petrachi's much-loved songs from the 1970s/80s, symbols of the Salento tradition and the city of Lecce, offering a fun and dynamic concert.

The Ragnatela della Taranta continues Aug. 14 LECCE (SAN CATALDO), Aug. 16 Zollino, Aug. 17 Galatina, Aug. 18 Castrignano de Greci, Aug. 19 Cutrofiano, Aug. 20 Aradeo for the first time included in the Festival, Aug. 21 Martignano, Aug. 22 Soleto, Aug. 23 Sternatia, Aug. 24 Martano, Aug. 26 CONCERTONE DI MEPIGNANO, Aug. 27 Galatina - Night of the Roundabouts. FREE ENTRANCE.

The theme of this 26th edition is IDENTITY, inspired by Italo Calvino, the writer whose centenary since his birth falls this year: "Identity is a bundle of divergent lines that find in the individual the point of interest," Calvino wrote in "Civilizations of Machines." A theme-world to interpret current reality addressed in lectio magistralis by philosopher Umberto Galimberti guest in Martano on Aug. 24, by Tlon philosophers Maura Gancitano and Andrea Colamedici on Aug. 21 in Martignano, by criminal judge Maria Francesca Mariano on Aug. 19 in Cutrofiano, by journalist Marcello Veneziani on Aug. 23 in Sternatia, by theologian Vito Mancuso on Aug. 8 in Alessano, by writer Stefano Massini on Aug. 17 in Galatina, by journalist and writer Angelo Mellone on Aug. 13 in Galatone.

Festival 2023 is dedicated to Luigi Chiriatti, the recently deceased artistic director, who worked until the end of his days on the Taranta Itinerante program.

The Itinerant Festival is a cultural project of the Notte della Taranta Foundation funded by REGIONE PUGLIA and PUGLIAPROMOZIONE with the contribution of Unione dei Comuni della Grecìa Salentina and the Ministry of Culture and the collaboration of the Diego Carpitella Institute.

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