In this critical and complex year for live performances, the Marranzano World Fest returns to offer a rich calendar of events. In full compliance with all regulations and precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19, it provides a meeting point and a platform for researchers, enthusiasts of oral tradition music, and lovers of world music and contemporary musical cultures.
We believe that music and culture are fundamental tools to boost our immune defenses against the various health risks, both public and private. That’s why, turning necessity into a virtue, we have dedicated this edition to exploring the rich and varied heritage of musical cultures that Italy has to offer. We start with the popular repertoires of all those regions where a specific tradition related to mouth harps is still alive (including Piedmont, Sardinia, Marche, Campania, Calabria, Sicily). However, we do not overlook the diverse musical expressions of foreign communities from the Maghreb, the Balkans, and West Africa, who now live in Italy and contribute significantly to enriching the sonic landscape and cultural horizon of our beautiful country.
A journey through Italy that proceeds to the sound of mouth harps and traditional instruments but also through the countless forms of interaction and integration between different cultures and languages. These have always been an added value to Italian culture, thanks in part to the fundamental role of Sicily, a “melting pot” avant la lettre through which, over the centuries, numerous elements from Eastern and Mediterranean cultures have filtered into European culture.
This year, the festival renews its focus on environmental themes and stands out as a PLASTIC-FREE event. It provides an opportunity to meet many instrument builders from all over Sicily and Italy, participating in Vibrazaar, the musical market of the MWF.
Concert for Voice and Drums
ALFIO ANTICO (Sicily/Italy)
Presentation of the new album “Trema la Terra” (Earth Tremors)
ALFIO ANTICO QUARTET
With the extraordinary participation of CESARE BASILE (Sicily/Italy)
South of Mozart
with LE VOCI DEL SUD and ARIANNA ART ENSEMBLE
Eugenio Bennato voice, guitar
Vincenzo Lambiase guitars
LE VOCI DEL SUD
Letizia D’Angelo, Daniela Dentato, Laura Cuomo, Francesco Luongo, Angelo Plaitano, Edoardo Cartolano
ARIANNA ART ENSEMBLE
Francesco Colletti, Sara Bagnati violin
Giorgio Chinnici viola
Andrea Rigano violoncello
Marco Lo Cicero contrabass
Paolo Rigano archlute
Cinzia Guarino harpsichord
National Gathering of Jew’s Harps Players
Ribeba Trad Music (Piemonte, Italy)
Fratelli Piredda (Sardinia, Italy)
Paranzella Piceno Aprutina (Marche, Italy)
Angelo Daddelli, Fabio Tricomi, Giuseppe Roberto, Diego Panarello, Renato Miritello (Sicily, Italy)
And with the special participation of ETTORE CASTAGNA (Calabria, Italy)
SICILY MEETS THE WORLD
ABRAMO LAYE SENÈ & GAALGUI NGUEWEL (Sicily/Senegal)
feat. HI KEE (Jamaica)
ROMARABEAT (Italy / Balkans / Maghreb)
And with the special participation of MARIO INCUDINE (Sicily)
Album Presentation “Moviti Ferma”
with the participation of SAMBAZITA, JACARANDA, AGOSTINO TILOTTA, GASPARE BALSAMO
Saltarello Dance Workshop with Massimiliano Di Carlo and Mirko Guerrieri
The saltarello is the oldest dance still practiced in traditional festivals in the Marche, Abruzzo, and Molise regions. The workshop will focus on the dance of the Valle del Tronto and Valle del Castellano. This area is a transition zone between the Marche and Abruzzo, where sound and choreographic styles blend.
Ribeba Workshop with Alessandro Zolt
The ribeba is the jaw harp of the Piedmont valleys, whose history dates back to the 15th century. During the workshop, we will explore some dances and songs from the popular repertoire of Piedmont and the Western Alpine region.
Trunfa Workshop with Pietro Paolo Piredda and Patrizio Mura
The trunfa is the traditional Sardinian jaw harp. During the workshop, Pietro Paolo Piredda will present the phases of instrument construction, learned orally from various generations of blacksmiths in his family. The workshop will then focus on the repertoire of dances and, with the collaboration of Patrizio Mura, on accompanying singing in the traditions of Upper Gallura and other areas of Sardinia.
Ciambrogna Workshop with Massimiliano Di Carlo
The term Ciambrogna is used in Piceno to name the jaw harp. It is an instrument that was once widespread, now only remembered by a few elderly individuals who have transmitted the knowledge of this instrument to the present day. The Ciambrogna was used to accompany the singing of folk songs in Spinetoli, Appignano del Tronto, Castel di Lama (as documented by a recording made by Giorgio Nataletti in 1965 in Contrada Sambuco).