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Unpublished verses: Madame.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The opening is an unpublished image that opens the doors of the Carmine church of the Agostiniani architectural complex in Melpignano, a shot that contains the message of the 2021 edition: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: https://www.lanottedellataranta.it/it/concertone/testi-canzoni-2021

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