On 2 and 3 April on the stage of Womad in Chile, the official ambassadors of the pizzica in the world with verses by Nobel prize-winner Gabriela Mistral.


The Popular Orchestra La Notte della Taranta returns to Womad, Peter Gabriel's festival scheduled for 2 and 3 April in Recoleta, Chile. A leading group on the world music scene, the Orchestra returns after 17 years to pluck the Womad audience. The first time was in 2005 in Taormina with concertmasters Stewart Copeland and Vittorio Cosma.

Today the Orchestra with its unique and unmistakable sound presents its repertoire. A musical quantum leap recognised by the public and awarded by Womad.  In Chile, the masters of the Salento pizzica will be the protagonists together with a multicultural cast:  Inti-illimani (Chile), Estusha (México), Puuluup (Estonia), Dongyang Gozupa (Republica de Corea), Virgen Suta (Portugal), Bia Ferreira (Brasil), The Synaptik (Palestine), and Mauricio Redolés, Carmen Lienqued, Pascuala Ilabaca Y Fauna, Mano Stern, DJ Maxicat, Lataty, Newen Afrobeat, Chico Trujillo, Reptila and Foex & Paulopulus (Chile).   

This is a great recognition for the Popular Orchestra, which took over the artistic direction of the Melpignano Concert and won over audiences around the world with its contemporary vision of the 'pizzica' but still linked to the ancestral power of popular and tribal music of the tambourine rhythm, as evidenced by the 2020 DIOR planetary event,  "Reincanto" in 2021, the video concert broadcast by ItsArt the digital stage of Art and Culture in Italy, and the recent success at Expo Dubai, the first universal exhibition in the Arab Emirates that hosted La Notte della Taranta twice, on New Year's Eve and during Water Week in March.  

The masters of the Salento pizzica at the World of Music and Dance Festival, the event that promotes the sounds of faraway countries in a pop dimension, will be the stars on 3 April at 9 pm in the heart of the municipality of Recoleta, in the metropolitan region of Santiago. On stage: Stefania Morciano and Salvatore Cavallo Galeanda with Gianluca Longo, Alessandro Chiga, Nico Berardi, Giuseppe Astore, Valerio Combass Bruno, Antonio Marra, Attilio Turrisi, and dancers Mihaela Coluccia and Andrea Caracuta.  On 2 April at 4.30 pm, musicians and dancers will conduct a workshop on the pizzica.

The Popular Orchestra's participation in Womad Chile benefits from the prestigious collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute in Chile and the Italian Embassy in Santiago, and from the support of Puglia Sounds and Teatro Pubblico Pugliese.

The Foundation's video launch is a poetry camèo realised in collaboration with Pablo Forba George of Editorial Nascimiento, the first publishing house in Latin America that has published Pablo Neruda, Nicanor Parra, Vicente Huidobro and the Nobel Prize winner for Literature Gabriela Mistral. From Mistral's 'Ronda de los aromas' are the verses chosen for the promotion of Culture in the World:


Bailan atarantados/ Tarantolati dance

a la luna o al sol / to the moon or to the sun

flying cabezuelas / scattering petals here and there

talles y colour / and stems in colour.


"This is the story of a generation of artists and cultural managers who have changed Salento," points out Massimo Manera, president of the Foundation. "This is the story of the Notte della Taranta, which in 2005 landed in Taormina at Peter Gabriel's Womad as Stewart Copeland's ensemble and which today takes the same stage as the Popular Orchestra, bringing with it the story of a people who have found the future in their roots. The resumption of live concerts after two years of pandemic is an extraordinary source of energy for music. A great challenge also for us who are working for a Concertone, on 27 August 2022 in Melpignano, open to the public".