The Popular Orchestra La Notte della Taranta was born in 2004, with Ambrogio Sparagna as an eclectic cultural witness, active all year in our country and around the world. A formidable tool for cultural promotion of a fascinating "world in the world".
Grown over the years, the Popular Orchestra "La Notte della Taranta" is now made up of pizzica and popular musicians from all over Salento's land.
The final concert of the Festival is conducted each year by a different Maestro Concertatore, with whom it revisits the traditional repertoire collaborating with well-known Italian and international artists.
The Popular Orchestra has hosted and collaborated with the great artists of the Italian and international music scene: Luciano Ligabue, Giuliano Sangiorgi, Lucio Dalla, Francesco De Gregori, Gianna Nannini, Caparezza, Clementino, Vinicio Capossela, Fiorella Mannoia, Enzo Avitabile, Franco Battiato, Roberto Vecchioni, Massimo Ranieri, Emma, Alessandra Amoroso, Boomdabash, Nada, Tosca, Federico Poggipollini, Luciano Luisi, Antonella Ruggiero, Alessandro Mannarino, Max Gazzè, Niccolò Fabi, Alfio Antico, Sud Sound System, Vittorio Cosma, Simone Cristicchi, Eugenio Finardi, Après La Classe, Morgan, Ginevra Di Marco, Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, Eva Quartet, Piero Brega, Radiodervish, Gavino Murgia, Mario Arcari, Peppe Servillo, Lucilla Galeazzi, Piero Pelù, Davide Van De Sfroos, Giovanna Marini, Giovanni Lindo Ferretti, Francesco Di Giacomo, Gianni Maroccolo, Raiz, Nabil Salameh, Enzo Gragnaniello, James Senese, Elisa, Gué Pequeno, Enzo Avitabile, Alessandro Quarta, Maurizio Colonna, Diodato, Mahmood.
Dall’estero: Salif Keita, LP, Stewart Copeland, Tony Allen, Paul Simonon, Gregory Porter, Concha Buika, Suzanne Vega, Noa, Dulce Pontes, Bombino, Yael Dechelbaum, Jerry Leonard, Tim Ries, Pedrito Martinez, Lisa Fischer, Buena Vista Social Club, Andrea Echeverri, Anna Phoebe, Raúl Rodríguez, Roby Lakatos, Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara, Joji Hirota & The Taiko Drummers, Mercan Dede & Secret Tribe, Diego El Cigala, Ballaké Sissoko, Savina Yannatou, Mercan Dede, Les Tambours Du Burundi, Taraf De Haïdouks, Mira Awad, Z-Star, Angélique Kidjo, Richard Galliano, Badarà Seck, Dhoad Gypsies from Rajasthan.
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 in the Italian music scene; keyboard, fisa and programming in several editions of the Sanremo Festival. In their tours, he has joined Ramazzotti, Patty Pravo, Cremonini. 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.