Hailing from Puglia, Italy, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino takes on Italy’s ingrained dichotomy of tradition and modernity with explosive performances full of vibrant energy, infectious rhythm and undeniable passion. The seven-piece group creates a colorful soundscape with their rich layers of propulsive frame drums, accordion, fiddles, synthesizers, harmonica, Italian bagpipes, bright classical guitar, bouzuki and soaring vocals (complemented by a fiery dancer). Regarded as Italy’s longest-standing traditional musical ensemble, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino was founded in 1975 by acclaimed author Caterina Durante as part of a new wave of young performers re-inventing Southern Italy’s pizzica musical and dance traditions for a modern global audience. Traditionally, pizzica music was originally not only a source of entertainment but also of healing, used to sooth the physical and emotional wounds of Italian medieval workers. The power of music to heal continues to be a central theme of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino as leadership of the ensemble was handed down to Mauro Durante by his parents in 2007. Today, the group continues to delight audiences across the world with their fresh perspective on traditional Southern Italian song and dance.
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino has received coverage from outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, The Independent and National Geographic. They’ve shared the stage with renowned artists like Ballake Sissoko, Ibrahim Maalouf and Piers Faccini and collaborated with contemporary classical composers like Ludovico Einaudi and such pop mavericks as Stewart Copeland (The Police). They’ve performed at high-profile festivals including SXSW in Texas, Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada, Womex in Berlin and Womad in Australia. In 2010, the group was awarded “Best Italian World Music Group” at Italy’s MEI confab. Their latest album, Canzoniere, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.
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