JUSTIN ADAMS & MAURO DURANTE
9 June • National Opera & Ballet, 20:00
JUSTIN ADAMS guitar, vocals, percussions
MAURO DURANTE violin, frame drums, vocals
Master musicians from different backgrounds, Justin Adams and Mauro Durante are united by their deep connection to ancient trance music. Justin Adams, guitarist, producer and composer, started his career in the days of post-punk but has since infused his playing with old blues, Arabic and African music, folk and more, working along the way with artists like Jah Wobble, Tinariwen and Robert Plant, being a chief collaborator in his band, the Sensational Spaceshifters, co-writing a series of 4 albums and touring the world. His production on landmark albums by Tinariwen and Rachid Taha highlight his feel for North African groove, while his award-winning projects with Gambian maestro Juldeh Camara linked griot tradition with raw blues spirit. His recent solo album of guitar atmospherics, “Ribbons”, was cited amongst the top 50 albums of the past decade by Songlines magazine. This new collaboration with Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino violinist/percussionist Mauro Durante stems from a concert led by Ludovico Einaudi, the Notte della Taranta in Puglia, where the two first played together, recognising kindred spirits in the trance rhythms of Taranta. Together they create a raw, stripped-back sound that moves and mesmerizes, simple melodies and haunting repetitive patterns equally suited to dancing and daydreaming. Their beautiful debut “Still Moving” was recorded in one session, straight to tape, between 2020 lockdowns.