Marranzano World Fest

4° Edition | 2012

The Marranzano World Festival is a biennial event that celebrates the marranzano as a metaphor for everything typically Sicilian yet widespread throughout the world, for everything with ancient roots but reaching towards the future. It is a multidisciplinary event aimed at promoting the idea of Sicily as a land of music, fostering generational exchange and a culture of tolerance and cooperation. Musical instruments serve as a sonic bridge between the local and the global, ancient traditions and new experiments. The festival aims to rediscover Sicilian musical and artisanal traditions through interaction with distant cultures.
Starting from the first edition in 2005, entirely dedicated to the Jew’s harp and throat singing, each edition has focused on a type of musical instrument that, while representing Sicilian musical and artisanal tradition, can also claim connections to instruments and traditions from distant countries and cultures. This includes the tamburello and frame drums in 2007, and the bagpipe and continuous wind aerophones in 2009. The fourth edition, presented in 2012, was dedicated to plucked string instruments, aiming to narrate the long history connecting the Sicilian mandolin with the Iranian setar, the Arab oud, the African kora, and many other plucked string instruments along the Silk Road and beyond.

In all editions, amidst musical instrument exhibitions, conferences, workshops, screenings, parties, and concerts, there has always been, of course, a space dedicated to the marranzano in Sicily and to Jew’s harps worldwide. This has made the Marranzano World Festival a regular event for enthusiasts of this instrument in Italy and abroad, significantly contributing to the renewed attention of musicians and builders to the possibilities of this small yet vibrant-spirited instrument.

Programme

PREVIEW

24 april

17:00 • Monastero dei Benedettini

Presentation of the program and the multimedia organological exhibition
SULLE ORME DEI SUONI
Curated by S.A.C. Cultural Association (Palermo)

21:30 • ZŌ, Centro Culture Contemporanee

Stringed instruments along the Silk Road and beyond
SICILY MEETS THE WORLD

Alfredo D’Urso and Alessandro Russo (Sicily)
Maurizio Cuzzocrea (Calabria)
Karim Alishahi (Iran)
Said Benmsafer (Morocco)
With the special participation of Etta Scollo (Sicily)
And with the contribution of Carlo Muratori and Gabriella Grasso (Sicily)

00:00 • ZŌ, Centro Culture Contemporanee

Open Stage & Vibrazar
AFTER CONCERT
Open stage for impromptu performances and unprecedented musical encounters

COLLABORATIONS

MWF @ BASULA FEST

25 april

16:00 • Parco di Cosentini (Santa Venerina, CT)

RITUAL CIRCLE DANCE

17:00 • Parco di Cosentini (Santa Venerina, CT)

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
With the Participation of MWF Guests on the Basula Fest Stage

MWF @ VALLE DEI TEMPLI

26 april

10:30 • Museo archeologico regionale di Agrigento, C.da San Nicola

SCHOOL LECTURE-CONCERT for Music-Oriented Schools in Agrigento

Screening of the Documentary DVD
SULLE ORME DEI SUONI
Curated by S.A.C. Cultural Association (Palermo)

18:00 • Museo archeologico regionale di Agrigento, C.da San Nicola

Concert with Sicilian and International Guests
SICILY MEETS THE WORLD 2

Alishahi Abdol Karim (Iran)
Said Benmsafer (Morocco)
Spiridon Shishigin, Nadeza Potapova and Kim Borisov (Yakutia, Russia)
Fabio Tricomi (Sicily)
With the extraordinary participation of Etta Scollo (Sicily)

FESTIVAL

27 april

21:30 • Palazzo della Cultura

Concert dedicated to the Marranzano in Sicily and the Jew’s Harps around the World
MARRANZANITE

Nadeza Potapova, Spiridon Shishigin, Kim Borisov (Yakutia, Russia)
Danibal (Netherlands)
Mathias Esnault (France)
Fabio Tricomi, Puccio Castrogiovanni, Giorgio Maltese, Pippo Giacca, Luciano Occhino, Pippo Di Stefano (Sicily)

… and other surprise guests

28 april

19:00 • Complesso Fieristico “Le Ciminiere”

Award ceremony for the contest
A LOGO FOR MWF
curated by Zenzero Design

20:00 • Complesso Fieristico “Le Ciminiere”

Projections and presentations of documentary projects on musical instruments

Musical interludes by Duo da Barba (Sicily)

Multimedia documentary
SULLE ORME DEI SUONI
Curated by S.A.C. Cultural Association (Palermo)

On the recovery of ancient crafts and traditional intangible culture
A PIECE OF IRON THAT PLAYS
Short film made by young people from the municipality of Resuttano and neighboring villages

From Sicily to Yakutia, the road to rhapsody
JEW’S HARP
A hypnotic journey into the world of the jaw harp. The director/producer Diego Pascal Panarello introduces the film, telling the adventures of a movie that is preparing for its final scene in Yakutia (Siberia)

29 april

10:00 • Palazzo della Cultura

Musical Market of the Marranzano World Festival
VIBRAZAR
Open space for artisans and builders of musical instruments, with the participation of blacksmiths Giuseppe Alaimo (Resuttano) and Carmelo Buscema (Monterosso Almo)

Recycled shadow and music theater for young and old
THE STORY OF TOGU AND ANANKE
With Stefano Spoto, Parakeelya Chiara Jemma and Simona Di Gregorio (Sicily)

21:00 • Palazzo della cultura

CONCERTO E FESTA DI CHIUSURA
Antenna Tony Monorail (Svizzera)
Compagnia Faciti Rota (Sicilia/Marocco)
Nakaira (Sicilia/Mediterraneo)
AfroBougna Band (Senegal/Sicilia)
Con la partecipazione speciale di Rita Botto, Alfio Antico e Puccio Castrogiovanni e de Ipercussonici

 

CLOSING CONCERT AND PARTY

Antenna Tony Monorail (Switzerland)
Faciti Rota Company (Sicily/Morocco)
Nakaira (Sicily/Mediterranean)
AfroBougna Band (Senegal/Sicily)
With special participation by Rita Botto, Alfio Antico, Puccio Castrogiovanni and IPERcusSONICI

Labs

Jew’s Harp and Vocal Techniques from Yakutia

 

with Spiridon Shishigin, Kim Borisov and Nadeza Potapova (Yakutia)

 

 

Eastern Jaw Harps

 

with Mathias Esnault (France)

 

 

Frame Drums

 

with Alfio Antico (Lentini, Siracusa, Sicily)

 

 

Marranzano (Traditional Sicilian Jew’s Harps)

 

with Fabio Tricomi (Catania, Sicily)

 

 

Jew’s Harp and live-looping

 

with Danibal (Netherlands)

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Contacts

Infos about Festival
and parallel activities:
info@marranzanoworldfest.org

Artistic production e direction
MoMu Mondo di Musica
info@mondodimusica.it
www.mondodimusica.it

Esecutive production and administration
Associazione Musicale Etnea
info@ame.ct.it
www.ame.ct.it