MAURO DURANTE voice, drums, violin
ALESSIA TONDO voice
SILVIA PERRONE dance
GIULIO BIANCO bagpipes, harmonica, flutes, local wind instruments, bass
MASSIMILIANO MORABITO organ
EMANUELE LICCI voice, guitar, bouzouki
GIANCARLO PAGLIALUNGA voice, tambourine

On the world music scene, there have been few success stories in recent years as gratifying – and unlikely – as Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. Around since the late 1970s, the band, from the Salento peninsula of Italy’s southern Puglia region, has been building an international fan base, appearing on countless stages over the years, from Womad in Australia via Womex and Sziget to some of the most prominent folk festivals around, including Celtic Connections in Glasgow. The core of the CGS sound is the pizzica taranta, a powerfully rhythmic, trance-inducing folk style that originated centuries ago in Salento as a ritual healing music. Pizzica taranta was played to cure the victims of tarantismo, a state of physical and emotional distress supposedly caused by the poisonous bite of a tarantula. While a small group, usually comprising violin, button accordion, and tambourines played and sang, the “bitten” danced themselves into a frenzy until they collapsed, purged of the spider’s poison. CGS play pizzica taranta as it should be played: with fire and a hypnotic passion at the meeting-point of the then and now. Led by violinist Mauro Durante, CGS create a wild spectacle, full of energy, passion and stunning dance, contagiously spreading the rhythms of Puglia round the world.

www.canzonieregrecanicosalentino.net

30 May • MKC Dancing Hall, 22:30