7:00 p.m. SERBATOIO ACQUEDOTTO PUGLIESE in CORIGLIANO D'OTRANTO ALTA.
PIZZICA IN SCENE by the TARANTA DANCE BODY.
SALENTO FUNK ORCHESTRA
8 P.M. DE MONTI CASTLE
Pizzica workshop organized by the Taranta Dance Corps
9 P.M. VICTORY SQUARE
FARAUALLA in Sind!
EUGENIO BENNATO in Vento Popolare
ALLA BUA in Non Solo Live
The touring festival "La Notte della Taranta" starts on Aug. 1 from Corigliano d'Otranto, as per tradition. Onstage in Piazza Vittoria will be the first three concerts of the Ragnatela with vocal quartet FARAUALLA and their journey SIND!, EUGENIO BENNATO's new Vento Popolare and the overwhelming Non Solo Live of the Salentini ALLA BUAThe 2023 edition of the La Notte della Taranta Festival, will cross from August 1 to 27, as many as 25 villages and towns in Salento, the Torre Guaceto nature reserve and the iconic bay of Sant'Andrea, with more than 400 guests including musicians, dancers, actors, writers and philosophers. An editionthat promises to be extraordinary and that confirms La Notte della Taranta as the largest Italian touring festival that promotes popular music as a score of emotions born from the dialogue between the arts, interweaving and creating reflections and insights with dance, theater, literature, philosophy and will lead, stage after stage to the Concertone on August 26 in Melpignano (Le), to the long night with the concertmaster FIORELLA MANNOIA.
The evening kicks off with Pizzica in Scena, the performance of the Taranta Ballet Corps with choreography by Mattia Politi: appointment at 7 p.m. at the Acquedotto Pugliese Reservoir in Corigliano d'Otranto with dancers Serena Pellegrino, Mihaela Coluccia, Lucia Scarabino, Laura Boccadamo, Cristina Frassanito, Stefano Campagna, Fabrizio Nigro, and Andrea Caracuta. The event is part of the project The Humanity of Water in collaboration with Acquedotto Pugliese. In fact, the music of the Salento Funk Orchestra will follow, connecting the majestic work dating back to 1932 to the ancient village of Corigliano. As in the Apulian band tradition, the brass front-line of the Salento Funk Orchestra will accompany visitors to the Castello de Monti. Contamination and boiling groove are the artistic coordinates of the explosive Salento formation, It is music with legs, that of the Salento Funk Orchestra, which walks on parade surrounded by people, co-stars of a show in which a not at all secondary importance assumes the choreographic aspect.
A not-to-be-missed and eagerly awaited event for pizzica fans, the pizzica workshops, curated by the Notte della Taranta Dance Corps, return. Taranta dancers welcome guests in large inclusive and open circles accompanying the audience to discover the rhythm of the tambourine and the different expressions of the pizzica: courtship pizzica, pizzica tarantata and pizzica fencing. The workshops will be held at 8 p.m., in the atrium of the Flying Castle of Corigliano d'Otranto.
From 9 p.m. Piazza Vittoria will be lit up with a succession of concerts featuring: Faraualla In Sind!, Eugenio Bennato in Vento Popolare and Alla Bua In Non Solo Live.
FARAUALLA in Sind!
The vocal quartet Faraualla was born in 1995. After having individually deepened the study and practice of vocality in various musical fields, the four singers found a common interest in researching the use of the voice as an "instrument" through the practice of polyphony and knowledge of vocal expressions from different ethnic groups and different historical periods. The suggestions of a journey through cultures so distant from each other merge into an original synthesis in which the group's cultural roots strongly emerge. Faraualla's concert for vocal quartet and percussion tackles a journey through vocality, taking cues from a traditional repertoire and landing on original pieces. The vocal quartet was formed in 1995. After having individually deepened the study and practice of vocality in different musical fields, the four singers found a common interest in researching the use of the voice as an "instrument," through the practice of polyphony and knowledge of vocal expressions from different ethnic groups and different historical periods. The outcomes of this work can be found in the Faraualla repertoire, in their original compositions. The suggestions of a journey through cultures so distant from each other merge into an original synthesis in which the group's cultural roots emerge strongly. Puglia, for centuries a land of encounter and passage of peoples, is present in the "sound" that connotes the Bari-based formation, in the percussion instruments that accompany the performance, in the group's very name. Faraualla is one of the deepest karst cavities on the Murgia plateau, northwest of Bari.
EUGENIO BENNATO - VENTO POPOLARE
"In the 1970s, as a boy, I invented the Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare, a musical band that started from the models of unknown southern singers and began touring the world. Then came the brigands of southern history, then came the Mediterranean migrants, then came Taranta Power, which marked the entry of Italian ethnic music into World Music. Always a music of minorities, a music that counts for little in the business of global civilization. My latest work is entitled Vento popolare. I find in it my starting point, the belief at the time that music can help counter the logic of profit with the logic of beauty and human contact." Eugenio Bennato founded Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare in the 1970s, and Musica Nova in 1976. In the 1990s he initiated, with Taranta Power, a movement that imposed Italian ethnic music in the international network of World Music. The most significant record releases are Brigante se more (1980), Taranta Power (1998), Che il Mediterraneo sia (2002), Sponda sud (2007), Questione meridionale (2011), Canzoni di Contrabbando (anthology 2016). "Da che Sud è Sud" is his latest record work, released in winter 2017. 2018 sees him play in the great capitals of the African Arab world: Tunis, Rabat, Cairo, Algiers, Tangier, Oran. He participates in the 7Sois7Luas festival in Portugal, and is invited by the European Parliament in Brussels to play on the occasion of the day dedicated to human rights. On December 1, 2018, he celebrates 20 years of Taranta Power with a big festival in Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples. In 2020 he releases a new album, "Someone on Earth," and the single "W Who Counts for Nothing." "Popular Wind" is the title of the new work, due out in 2022. In the summer of 2022 he releases the new single Welcome to Naples, which becomes the anthem of the events of Naples city of music. Also in 2023 he creates the soundtrack for the docufilm on Massimo Troisi, thirty years after his death, produced by Raiuno. Eugenio Bennato - vocals, classical guitar, mandola, beating guitar Ezio Lambiase - classical and electric guitar Mujura - acoustic guitar, bass, vocals Sonia Totaro - vocals and dance Francesca Del Duca - percussion, vocals Mohammed Ezzaime El Alaoui - vocals, viola.
ALLA BUA in Non Solo Live
"Not Only Live" is Alla Bua's 2023 project that emphasizes the importance of live music, music "played" for real and with real and indigenous musical instruments. But "not only live" is much more: more than 30 years of career for Alla Bua always committed to telling through their songs the protection of the territory, the defense of the environment and the love for an Earth that has given us so much but to which we always give too little. To all this the Alla bua reach us in their long path of musical and artistic activity starting from the awareness and 'attention paid to the changes of the territory that inevitably lead to change our daily life, all issues addressed and reported in the songs and lyrics of the Alla Bua then proposed in their live performances.
The Ragnatela della Taranta continues Aug. 2 Calimera and then Aug. 3 Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve (BR), Aug. 4 Sogliano Cavour, Aug. 5 Nociglia, Aug. 6 Racale, Aug. 7 Cursi, Aug. 8 Alessano, Aug. 9 Ugento, Aug. 10 Sant'Andrea - marina di Melendugno, Aug. 11 Carpignano Salentino, Aug. 12 Nardò, Aug. 13 Galatone, Aug. 14 LECCE, 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 Patrols.
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 that will be 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, and 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 touring 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.
The Notte della Taranta Foundation would like to thank the Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve and the municipalities of Corigliano d'Otranto, Calimera, Sogliano Cavour, Nociglia, Racale, Cursi, Alessano, Ugento, Melendugno, Carpignano Salentino, Nardò, Galatone, Zollino, Galatina, Castrignano de' Greci, Cutrofiano, Aradeo, Martignano, Soleto, Sternatia, Martano, Melpignano and the city of Lecce.
Main Sponsor: DMJ - DE MARIANI Group
Sponsor: ACQUA ORSINI
Official Carrier: SOUTH EAST Railways
Cultural Partner: ACQUEDOTTO PUGLIESE
Social Partner: FRATRES, L'INTEGRAZIONE, L'ADELFIA, OLIVAMI
Technical partner: BUSFORFUN, APOS
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