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Riccardo Tesi,Galeazzi,Ledda, di Marco, Biolcati, Salvadori, Lega - Bella Ciao
Fifty years ago, 'Bella Ciao' was a profoundly important show mounted by the Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano. The program highlighted the burgeoning research into folk song over the period 1954-1964, and as such, it was poised to help further the Italian folk revival. The new album version of Bella Ciao, supervised by accordionist Tesi, celebrates the 50th anniversary. Tesi gathered together major Italian folk and political artists for this event, and the musical component of the songs has been updated to include guitar, accordion, clarinet, bass, and percussion.

Riccardo Tesi and Banditaliana - Maggio
From the RootsWorld review: 'Riccardo Tesi always escapes easy pigeon-holing. He is idiosyncratic without being abrasive, cutting edge without the hard edge. He is a gentle fusionist, bringing together new and old worlds so that's it's hard to know where one starts and the other ends. On Maggio, his latest with Bandtaliana, the sound is vintage Tesi: a refinement of traditional music that has the well-aged, heartfelt soul of folk music, but is as assuredly lovely as a classical wind quartet. Underneath the overall gentle spell that Tesi casts are shades and layers of sophistication.'

Addosso agli Scalini - Slossa Somossa
The band is from Bari, Southern Italy and their music is influenced by the traditional sounds of that area but creates a strong, moving piece of 'ethno-rock' music. Addosso agli Scalini (literal translation = on top of the steps) means, using the words of the band, 'to take an uncomfortable position or stand, to stay on top of or right on the music, the lyrics, the reality of our homeland and the vestiges of our past in order to lead us to echo the music of other cultures that have helped form the people we are today.'

Eugenio Bennato - Taranta Power
New roots music from Italy by one of taranta's most powerful performers

Ghetonia - Mari e Lune a Est Del Mondo
Music of the Grecìa Salentina, Salento, perfomed by one of the most repsected new ensembles reviving this griko (Greek-Italian)+R[28]C cultural tradition. This is a short 31 minute CD in a simple slip-case. No notes, just 7 fine pieces of music.

Alephra - Sands
Italian composer and musicans presents new music for ud, duduk, percussion and some electronics.

Edison Studio and Mahamad Ghavi-Helm - Zarbing
Music for electronics and Persian percussion - The electronic musicians of Edison Studio join Persian percussionist and vocalist Mahammad Ghavi Helm in an exploration of commonalities and conflicts between ancient and modern tools, ideals and philosophies.

Stefano Valla, Dani Scurati - Music Of The Apennins
Piffero, accordion and vocals, nothing more. This disc features songs and melodies for listening and dancing. Stéfano Valla and Daniele Scurati present the traditional repertoire for these two instruments.

Andrea Capezzuoli / Francesco Nastasi - ...per far legria ai siuri de Milan
A long time ago, before the accordion spread across the musical landscape, the ancient duo of piffero and musa was the king of parties and folk dances in the area called “4 provinces” of Northern Italy. Now, for the first time in more than 50 years, Nastasi and Capezzuoli recreate the musical and emotional atmosphere that might have been enjoyed at a party at the beginning of the last century.

Banda Bassotti - Amore e Odio
Heavy ska, roots and rock from an Italian band of guitars, bass, drums and horns - they're political, passionate and loud (think Negu Gorriak, Les Negresses Vertes and The Clash). If you have a 'need for speed,' this is the band for you.

Various Artists - La Zampogna Lucana
The traditional bagpipe music of Lucania, Italy, the zampogna - the bagpipes and the wind instruments of the pastoral tradition: a rich archaic repertory of song and dance executed with various types of keyed zampogne, surdulina, ciaramelle, flutes, and clarinets. Recordings from 1981 to 1991.

Tandarandan - Adalgisiana
The return of Tandarandan, two years after their marvelous 'Epata, music of the seasons' and focused on music for dancing in an homage to all the old musicians who they have met along the way.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino - Quaranta [40]
Founded in 1975, the band spearheaded the revival of pizzica tarantata, an ancient folk music born in Salento, the southernmost part of Italy's Puglia region. Pizzica originally was played in rituals meant to cure peasants of tarantismo, an illness purportedly caused by tarantula bites. In the healing rites of tarantismo, music, dance, and colors all were employed to relieve the distress of the afflicted. (From George De Stefano's RootsWorld interview) With a new generation, the band continues to embrace its legacy while forging new ground. This CD celebrates 40 years of continuous exploration and innovation in Italian music. This CD was donated by Ponderosa Records and the artists, as an offer of their generous support of RootsWorld magazine and radio. All proceeds support RW.

Epifani Barbers - Marannui
Mimmo Epifani and his ensemble of singers and musicians pay tribute to the soul of the taranta and the region of Salento of Italy.

Dou Dou M'Diaye M'Bengue - Thiato Thiate

Giovanni Nuti and Co - les voix des femmes
A song-cycle focused on the voices of Lucia Lippi, Rossella Ruini and Emanuela Berti and arranged by Riccardo Galardini. Nuti has merged classical, popular, jazz and traditional vocal styles in a set of songs, accompanied by guitar, charango, mandolin, acoustic bass, flutes and violins.

Dire Gelt - Sevastopol
Naming themselves after a well-known Yiddish song (Rent Money), this Bologna Italy based kelzmer band has its own unique sound, steeped in the eastern European traditions but with a decidedly personal flair.

63 Strings, feat. Manomanouche - 63 Strings
A group of Italian musicians executes a musical raid into French Gypsy Jazz territory, joined by the well known Italian Gypsy ensemble Manomanouche and American harpist Park Stcikney. Nunzio Barbieri (acoustic guitar), Dino Contenti (upright bass) and Luca Enipeo (acoustic guitar) take on the obvious (Django Reinhardt) and some less well known turns as well (Domenico Modugno, Romane).

Elena Ledda - Incanti
2003 release from the incredible Italian singer offers another excellent merging of ancient roots and modern sonorities.

Livio Guardi and Wilson Montuori - Diomedee
Guitar and vocal duo from Florence mixes Tuscan roots with many contemporary guitar styles, accompanied on some tracks by percussion, flute, bass, harmonica, mandolin and bouzouki

Lu (Luisa Cottifogli) - Rumi
Italian singer and composer Cottifogli returns in 2006 with a new solo project that expands on the explorations started in her superb (and sadly, out of print) Aio nene. Innovative arrnagements that delve into the 21st century via ancient roots are executed by a fine ensemble of piano, percussion, chitarra battente, guitars, flutes, electronics, reeds and strings, all focused on one of Italy's finest young voices. A heavier emphasis on samples and electronics is balanced by chorale vocals, classical strings and a total awareness of the roots of the music, be they sacred or profance. This is a unique and challenging recording that offers new rewards with each listen.

Gigi - Garage Tango
An evocation of bellows instruments (accordion, bandoneon, etc) are blended with pop-dance arrangements in an unusual and surprisingly satisfying montage. In this CD, the first 'virtual accordion' (Roland V-accordion) was used; its physical sound modelling technology enables the musicians to express their creativity to sweep unexplored musical genres. Luigi Bruti, who's responsible for Roland's musical laboratory, is also the author of this musical instrument.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino - Focu d'amore
Regarded as Italy's leading and longest-standing traditional music ensemble, they come from the Salento, the heel of the Italian boot, in Puglia. The seven piece band and dancer are the leading a new wave of young performers that are re-inventing southern Italy's pizzica traditions for a modern audience, not by fusing it into a familiar dance beat, but by makig the old rhythms and melodies explode with contemporary energy for a new audience.

Antonello Paliotti - Coppola Rosso
The Red Cap is, as the artist puts it, "an autobiographic record which takes its name fron a theatre play with the same title. The play represent the world to which I have been a witness: the world I inherited from my ancestors, the world of war and poverty as experienced at home - unbelievable as it may seem - of those wanting to live and who found the strenght to laugh without second thoughts. Technically, Coppola Rossa is a study of the song as a musical form. It can be interpreted from at least two viewpoints: at first hearing, that of folk tunes, traditional or not. At a second, more in-depht approach, that of the classical processing of material taken from the popular tradition, or at least from my personal tradition: that of somebody in his forties, who grew up with Schoenberg, The Beatles, Debussy, Canfora, Mingus, Berg, Mina, Rota, Chaplin, Satie, Iviani, Brecht.... And so, Coppola Rossa is a tribute to these monuments, which, although intheir death throes, I still feel alive."

Antonello Paliotti - Musica Obliqua
As the artist writes, this is "a record that presents the peaceful (and sometimes less peaceful) coexistence of my musical thoughts about ballet, cinema or simply about dreams." Performed by the Orchestra Collegium Philarmonicum directed by Gennaro Cappabianca.

Banda Brisca - Io ballo brisco
The first official CD by an Italian dance band that has been out there for 15 years, a live CD by a band whose mission is to play live and let people dance, everywhere they go.

Meikenut - Rev
A great new band that mixes tradition and innovation. The record presents Piedmontese traditional melodies in new arrangements

Raffaella De Vita and Roberto Cognazzo - Macario, Parole E Musica
Macario, Words and Music presents the comic music of Turin-born singer Macario, called 'the comic who fell from the Moon.' These are songs taken from stage revues and films from 1938-1954, performed by vocalist De Vita and pianist Cognazzo, accompanied on some songs by guitarist Silvano Biolatti.

La Lionetta - Arzan
La Lionetta, a band that mirrors the multiethnic nature of their home in Turin, returns after many years with another roaring, rousing mixture of Italian folk (on accordion, bagpipes, bouzouki and more) and trans-European brass band music.

La Lionetta - Ottoni and settimini (ES5306
La Lionetta has long been one of the most popular and appreciated among the Italian folk -revival bands, as well as the less orthodox. Their first album, Danze e ballate dell'area celtica italiana published in 1978, was warmly welcome both by critics and public. A couple of years after their second work Il gioco del diavolo, the band reduced its activity until it stopped. La Lionetta was formed again in 1995 starting anew their repertoire which is characterized on one hand by autonomous composition of music and texts and on the other hand by strengthen and unconventional attitude towards tracks.

La Furlancia - La Furlancia
La Furlancia is a rather new group but its three musicians have a long experience in playing traditional music. They base their repertoire on traditional dances and songs from Liguria, but they also draw some inspiration from the music of Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto or Emilia Romagna, all regions which share a common musical language. In the past, traditional songs and dances were strongly related to their meaning in a society which had a different organization; that is why the band decided to change something when they built up and arranged the music, in order to approach the musical tastes of today's listeners.

Piccola Bottega Baltazar - Canzoni in forma di fiore
The 2004 recording by this sophisticated ensemble from Padua, Italy features Marco Toffannin on accordion, Giorgio Gobbo on guitar and vocals, Sergio Marchesini on painao and accordion, Antonio De Zanche, aka 'the Mayor' on double bass player and Massimo Aiello on drums and percussion, with some interesting guest coloration like duduk, saxophone and such. The songs are all original this time around, but they maintain a dream-like quality of time passing and the mellowness of a proper aging.

Michela Musolino - Songs of Trinacria
A collection of Sicilian folk songs, accompanied by Wilson Montuori opn guuitar, and on one track, the Sicilian musician Alfio Antico.

Daniele di Bonaventura and Alfredo Laviano - Transumanza
Daniele di Bonaventura, bandoneon and Alfredo Laviano, percussion

La Banda Improvvisa w/ Sepe and Kokko - Lesamore
The remarkable Italian 'municipal orchestra' in a concert that is nothing like you have heard on your town square. Powerful performances by excellent musicians, and joined by two legendary guests, saxophonist is joined by Daniele Sepe and singer Auli Kokko. It's challenging, romantic, funny and great fun.

Various Gypsy Artists - Gypsies - i nostri zingari
music by Kocani Orkestar and Harmonia Ensemble / Taraf de Haidouks / Note Manouche / Cortjzo- Torna a Kocani Orkestar and Harmonia Ensemble / Taraf de Haidouks / Note Manouche / Cortjzo

Eugenio Bennato - Da lontano
Taranta power returns on this 2005 release by one of Italy's best-known roots innovators. The band is, as always, stellar: Bennato on vocals, mandola and classical guitar with Erasmo Petringa, cello, lute, mandolincello and guitar; M'barka Bentaleb, vocals and percussions; Zaina Chabane, vocals; Roberto Menonna, guitare battente and vocals.

Pietra Montecorvino - Napoli Mediterranea
Produced by Eugennio Bennato, this Neopolitan singer offers a rich look at the music of Naples and the Mediteranean. Neither strictly folk nor overtly 'pop,' they skirt a lot of boundaries seeking a new context for the old musical styles.

Luigi Cinque Tarantual Hypertext O'rchestra - Tangerine Café
fRoots says: 'definitely deep Mediterranean, even though it draws elements from further afield... staggeringly well integrated and arranged through all its different layers and levels... Wow!'

Cantodiscanto - Medinsud
Already a house favorite, the sinous, slinky Mediterranean sound of this Italian ensemble is rich and personal, with great musicians, great singers and great ideas.

Cantodiscanto - Malmediterraneo
The 2003 release by this splendid Italian band offers an even deeper look into the broad spectrum of Mediterranean music that they mine to find gems for their for their powerful and beautiful musical devices.

Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare - la voce del grano
This Italian ensemble writes about their work: 'The voice of the grain is the voice of all the spirits and the forces that once populated nature. The popular culture knew how to distinguish the good spirits from the bad ones, knew how to recognize and to deal nature like as one vital individual. Subsequently man, educated with reason and science, has separated the nature of the anima, throwing to the wind the fairies, the spirits, folletti and gnomi that the once populated their dreams. In the end the 'voice of the grain' is a metaphor that it tells the irrenounceable need of man for poetry and fantasy, evoking images and myth, a new sense of natural things.' Instrumentation includes vocals, guitar, violin, lira pontiaca, cajon, bongos, sonagli, piatti, uans, bass, soprano sax and lots of vocals.

Aranis - Roqueforte
The basic Aranis line-up is enriched with percussion. This gives the music a rough edge, but also adds a certain sens of beauty to it all. Dark melodies exchange with threatening rythms, raw solo pieces contrast with complex improvisations. With guest musicians David Kerman (percussion), Stefan Wellens (viola) and Pierre Chevalier (piano). For people who love classical, jazz, folk, world, film and rockmusic and everything in between, this ensemble offers adventure and confusion.

Urbalia Rurana and Maurizio Martinotti - Territoris amables (ES5318
The best band from the Pais Valencian (Spain) and the leader of the well known group La Ciapa Rusa (Piedmont/Italy), involved together in a new project.

Stefano Valla, Attilio Rocca, Ettore Losini - Tilion
An uncommon birthday present for a very uncommon person: Attilio Rocca is known as 'Tilion,' one of the fathers and keepers of the folk tradition in the area of the Four Provinces. Young at the age of 70, Tilion has his etrenal friends gather around to celebrate his life with a glass of Gutturnio, a salami of Varzi and plenty of good music to accompany his accordion.

Quartetto Tamborini - Quartettino Giocoso (ES5307
This work collects compositions by the so-called minor authors of the cultivated music of the Eighteenth century in Piedmont. Indeed, these composers played roles which were not minor in the Piedmontese music panorama, their compositions being played in the major theatres and concert halls all over Northern Italy. Drawing from this repertoire, the band re-proposes in a very original way the compositions transcribed for the most classic among the classic kinds of ensemble: the string quartet. Quartetto Tamborini is born from an idea by Bruno Raiteri, violinist of La Ciapa Rusa.

Quartetto Tamborini - Ël giardin dl'amor
This Italian folk-string quartet is back with their 2006 recording. Already appreciated for their interpretation of music that spans classical and folk traditions, the ensemble dedicates this latest disc to some Piedmontese composers of the XIX and XX Centuries.

Carmelo Salemi - Hybla (ES5320)
The Mediterranean music comes to its highest level in this debut album for a virtuous player of friscaletto, a particular kind of flute typical of the sicilian tradition. Guitars and many percussions provide the arrangements of this hot CD, giving more than an eye to the Arabian sound. Listen!

Pinti, Zambruno, Cardinali, Biollati, Malafatto - noi siam nati chissa quando chissa dove
Noi siam nati chissà quando chissà dove is music from a film commemorating the 60th aniversary of liberation from the viewpoint of the province of Piacenza. Four great artists join together to make this musical history come to life: the voices of Betti Zambruno, Pier Carlo Cardinali and Donata Pinti, and Silvano Biollati (guitar) and Gianpiero Malafatto (tuba, flute and trombone).

Enrico Negro - Rosso Rubino
A sound classical training and long-standing activity in folk music are the basic elements of this refined Piedmontese guitar player. Compagnons Roulants, Tendachënt, Dòna Bèla are just some of the musical projects where the sound of his guitar isevident. For his solo debut, Negro gathered round him several friends, all of them well-known folk musicians, to bring his vision into reality.

E.Y.F.O. - Enfants terribles
The European Youth Folk Orchestra are the 'Enfants terribles'. This is a live recording of the first European youth orchestra of traditional music.

Epinfrai - Cercando (ES5310
Epinfrai is the project of four young musicians working on the repertoire of piffero, a sort of oboe used in the musical tradition of the northern part of Apennines, in the area called of the four counties. Starting from a deep knowledge of the development in the tradition of piffero in the last two centuries, once played with the Musa (a sort of bagpipe), then with the Italian accordion, Epinfrai is trying to give a new life to the tradition with the use of stylistic solutions taken by jazz, language that belongs to the musical training of some members of the band.

Ariondassa - In Cerca di Grane
Traditional music and songs of the Piedmont by an ensemble whose musicians have played with some of the most important bands of the region (Tre Martelli, Ombra Gaja, La Kinkerne, La Ciapa Rusa)

Moncef Ghachem, Biagio Guerrera and Pocket Poetry Orchestra - Quelli che bruciano la frontiera
Those who burn the border is a recording of extraordinary news, dedicated to the plight of North African immigrants who seek their fortune on the coasts of Sicily, the crossroads of a revolution that will leave an indelible mark in the history of the Mediterranean. Refined work, constantly torn between reading literature and music, poetry and civil protest songs. A sea, two great poets and a musical ensemble of exceptional quality make a recording of great depth.

Lino Davide and Viamedina - Uno lune e Monte
Five years after the publication of the debut CD, Lino Davide returns with his band and with a new project of folk songs, traditional musicand international influences. Ten new original composition, created in the collaboration of some of the most experienced musicians on the Neapolitan scene. It sticks to a mostly acoustic environment, including plectrums, traditional woodwinds, percussion, strings and some great vocals.

Trigomigo - Scuzà-ou aquì
In Varaita Valley, Southern Piedmont, many songs end with 'scuzà-ou aquì! (excuse me!) to thank the audience for its patience. Trigomigo would also like to thank the audience for the patience awaiting for this recording. Their extensive long research, transcriptions, corrections and careful comparisons, has produced versions of traditional lyrics extremely respectful of the sources, re-dressed in the band's personal re-arrangements. Patrick Vaillant is their special guest on a few of the tracks.

La Moresca Antica - Migrare
Here's a new chapter in the research into traditional maritime music: following 'Marinaresca' and 'Li Turchi alla marina,' the leaders Umberto Mosca and Angelo Maffezzoli along with their artistic crew give us a fully ripened work with the themes of men and music and migration by sea. Special guests include Lucilla Galeazzi and Jack Coutts.

A3 - Trasudando
This work has roots deep in the tradition, in the culture where women and men, elders and children, briganti and cumpari have all told their stories. This band from the Province of Bari, with their maiden discographic voyage, sails along the infamous A3, the motorway connecting Salerno and Reggio Calabria, one of the most conspicuous symbols of a cultural and territorial panorama that clashes with the pride and the desire for redemption of southern Italy.

Ensemble Sinigaglia - La crava mangia ij more
Enrico Negro, Mario Cosco, and Ignazio Viola are three skilled guitarists from Turin, already known by classical-music enthusiasts as Trio Vivaldi. But since music has no strict borders, it was not difficult for themn to trespas into the folk repertoire. Their guitars' melodies intertwine with Paola Lombardo's perfect voice to pay tribute to Leone Sinigaglia, the great father of the traditional Piedmontese patrimony of songs.

Esprit Follet - Où Vont les Vieilles Lunes
According to Alpine legends, the name esprit follet was given to spiteful goblins that tied the chains of the cows each other, made milk crudle, and turned everything upside-down in the stables at night time. Rinaldo Doro and Sonia Cestonaro, the protagonists of this new project, are not true goblins but enjoyed themselves in messing around in the world of folk music, with a cheerful and energetic CD: waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and scottisches dating from the start of the 20th century, together with curentas and monferrinas from the Canavese, the area surrounding Ivrea, Piedmont.

Coro Bajolese - O Maria béla Maria
This CD continues the thirty-year career of the celebrated choir of Bajo Dora, characterized by experimental hints, aiming at an even deeper knowledge of the oral culture of the people from Canavese (the area surrounding Ivrea, Piedmont). This new work is entirely dedicated to Piedmontese ballads drawn from the Nigra collection, which are performed in the typical suggestive way of this cult folk choir conducted by Amerigo Vigliermo.

Domenico Torta e I Musicanti di Riva presso Chieri - Saré l'uss e buté fòra 'l gat!
Following over ten years of activity, here it is at last their maiden-voyage CD: the fruit of one of the most creative Italian folk group astride music and drama well seasoned with humour. Marcette, one-step, fox-trot, waltz, mazurka, polka, brando, curenta, beguine, tango, and popular tunes from the flourishing Italian tradition alternate in a most longed for CD. Leaded by histrionic Domenico "Tasché" Torta, the eight multi-instrument Musicanti are able to studio reproduce the same cheerful but keen atmosphere of their live performances.

Laura Conti and Eivador - Nòse amor
Laura Conti and Eivadòr prsent music of Piedmont, Italy, with Maurizio Verna, a refined guitarist and arranger who gives a very personal touch to the tradional melodies of the region.

Trovesi and Coscia - In cerca di cibo
duets for clarinet and accordion. Italy (ECM-2001)

Gianluigi Trovesi Ottetto - Fugace
The Italian reed man in an all-Italian octet that celebrates the spirit of early jazz in a thoroughly contemporary context.

Nando Citarella - Mozart....al chiaro di luna
Mozart's Don Giovanniis re-explored in traditional folk music and popular theatre with serenades, pazzarielli, tammorre, moaning songs, tarantelle, pizziche and lazzi. The CD contains a video track. Listen 1 | Listen 2

Pamunt Rom Group - Pamunt Rom Group
The Pamunt Rom Group includes Ionut Gugulan (accordion and vocals), Florin Barby (guitar and vocals) , Adrian Nan (stand-up bass), Castel Ciortan (accordion), and Laurentiy Dinca (clarinet), with Ciccio Merolla (percussion) and Riccardo Veno (soprano saxophone). The trademark sound is the furious interplay between the two accordions, or the accordions and the reeds.

Klezroym - Sceni
This outstanding klezmer ensemble is based in Italy, and they forage into the world of Jewish music, tinged with contemporary jazz, deeply rooted in Eastern European and Mediterranean musical traditions. The group plays musicthat crosses borders and mixes different cultures effortlessly, and on this recording they are graced with two guest musicians that complete the circle: the Arab artists Karam Abdelmagid (oud) and Abdullah Mohamed (darbouka).

soundtrack - Le Rose del Deserto
Soundtrack to the film by Mario Municelli features Almamegretta, Nidi d"arac, Solar Orchestra, Tricarico, Mario Crispi and others

Nidi d'Arac - Taranta Container
This 2010 release includes 7 songs from previous recordings that have been rearranged and newly recorded with a modern shape and sound much closer to the bands liver performances.The band says, "The best way to make a song live is to play it. Performing since '98, it has become important to us to restyle our old tracks through the interpretation of the musicians and their instruments that over the years have given birth to our concerts in Italy and abroad ." The CD also includes 5 remixes from 5 representative artists, DJs and producers: Gaudi from London, DJ ClicK from Paris, DJ MPS Pilot from Amsterdam, the Portuguese Mr Tos and Piers Faccini, the Italo-English singer and advocate of the music from Salento.

Gabriele Coen and Atlante Sonoro - Alhambra
Gabriele Coen is one of the founders of Klezroym. This is his second solo album with the Atlante Sonoro project.Featuring Pietro Lussu on piano, Marco Loddo on bass and Luca Caponi on drums, Gabriele Coen (soprano and tenor sax and clarinet) is exploring fascinating places the border lands between the sunny landscapes of Mediterranean music and contemporary jazz. This project also includes Lutte Berg on guitar, playing on two different tracks. The different pages of this Atlante Sonoro are Hebrew music from eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, various European jazz traditions and the arabesques of Alhambra.

Marco Beasley with Guido Morini - La bella Noeva
Italian singer Beasley and accordionist Morini interpret 17th and 18th century 'broadsides,' popular songs of the time that often competed with opera in terms of popularity and success. Accompanied by a small ensemble of violin, viola, théorbe and archiluth (lutes) and Baroque guitar.

Archedora - Descalso
Rachele Colombo (voice, guitar, percussion and keyboards), and Corrado Corradi (bandoneon, English concertina, percussion and voice) return for their second duo recording, joined by a small ensemble of flute, reeds, bass strings and voices, a string quartet and other guests for a new exploration of the music and life of Venice and the Veneto region of Italy. This is dense, classy music, with lush arrangements (think classic Brazilian), very contemporary and yet very old sounding.

Fortunato Giordano - Verso la Notte
Musica di Sicilia Vol 1: Cantastorie

Various Artists - Portella della Ginestra 1947-1997
Published on the the 50th anniversary of one of the most bloody massacres of the Italian Republic, this document gives various viewpoints of the event, by a number of composers and performers including Taberna Mylaensis, Pino Veneziano, Francesco Giunta.

Rosapaeda - In forma di Rosa
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Rosapaeda - Facce
The ten songs in this recording make use of various dialects from Southern Italy (Sicilian, Calabrese, Greek from Salento, Neapolitan, from Lucania) to generate a musical fire in both traditional and original songs by singer Rosapaeda.

Opa Cupa - Live
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Trouveur Valdotèn - Cromozome: Musique Traditionnelle des Alpes Occidentales
Following its path of deep ethno-musicological research in the Western Alps, the ensemble tries to give a live, contemporary dimension to the cultural expression of the region and a defense of the special nature of Valle d'Aosta, a Francophone region in the Italian state.

Squadra Di Canto Popolare Valpolcevera - Trallalero: Genovese Polyphony
one of the eldest team of this kind of polyphonic vocal music in the Genoa area

Ambrogio Sparagna and La Bosio Big Band - Vorrei Ballare
The Italian accordionist explores 'Tarantelle e serenate dagli Appennini' in his own compositions and traditional songs and ballads, joined by a BIG banda organetti (melodeons - I count about 15-20?) with percussion, harp, voices, bass, ciramella and chitarra battente. It's quite a sound!

Daniele Sepe - Anime Candide - War and Love Songs
Another masterful work from the mad Neopolitan world of saxophonist/composer Sepe.

La Piva Dal Carner - La Pegra A La Mateina La Bela E A La Sira La Bala
Songs and dances of Emilia, Italy

La Moresca - Senza Cchui terra
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Jacopo Martini - i nuvoli: jazz manouche
Italian guitarist Jacopo Martini is joined by Nico Gori on clarinet and accmpanied by a small ensemble of violin, accordeon (the amazing Antonello Salis), vibes, guitars and bass.

Tre martelli - Semper Viv
Culling the best tracks from their previous five (no longer available) albums of the music from the tradition of southern Piedmont. On the scene for some 25 years now, the TRE MARTELLI have patiently reconstructed the folk music heritage of the geographical triangle between Monferrato, Langhe and Alessandrino, gathering together a huge repertoire of drinking songs, ballads, instrumentals and dance music from walzes to polkas.

Tre Martelli - Car der Steili
Songs and dances from the Italian Peidmont

Piero Brega - Fuori dal Paradiso
One of the most beautiful voices of Italian popular music, winner of the Ciampi Award in 2005 with his debut record "Come Li Viandanti", is back with his second work, "Fuori dal paradiso", a record of original songs written by Brega and Martire, arranged by Mark Hamlyn and produced in collaboration with the Gianni Bosio Club. The record, twelve tracks, expresses the origins and the relevance of Brega's music, who, since his beginnings in the '70's with the Canzoniere del Lazio, has always loved the contamination of the tradition with the driving force of the rhythmic instruments. Also in "Fuori dal paradiso" music and words flow in a series of tales and colours, moving from waltzes to ethnic suggestions. Brega is in love with Rome and with its dialect, and gives us a well-balanced record in which personal stories mix easily with fantastic tales.

Filippo Gambetta - Andirivieni
The Italian accordionists 3rd recording exoplores his Ligurian traditions as well as Nordic, Balkan, Celtic, French and classic music with Claudio de Angeli (acoustic guitar) and Riccardo Barbera (bass) and various assembled guests.

Circo Diatonico - La banda
A funambolico, a musical adventure with many references to Italian popular music, the Balkan, Neapolitan song, jazz and the great tradition of the country band, to evoke the special magic of a circus, the poetry of traveling in a caravan, the bravado of the trapeze, the chaos of the juggler, melancholy of the clown, the elegance of the high wire balancer. A sarabanda of voice and percussions surround the organetto of Clara Graziano, leader and composer of the group, making musical atmospheres of illusion, equilibrium and excitement of a day with the circus caravan. Listen to the music of the new circus: organetto, fanfare and jugglers!

Ambrogio Sparagna - Fermarono i Cieli
In the middle of the 18th century Alfonso Maria de' Liguori and his Redemptorist priests introduced hymns both in the local dialect and in Italian, based on popular songs, to teach the basics of Christianity. Many of the songs were related to Christmas-tide celebrations, as well as lullabies, pastorales for the zampogna (Italian bag-pipes), alms-seeking chants, and others. Sparagna preserves the original spirit of these traditional folk prayers with Peppe Servillo and a female vocal quintet, accompanied by the eclectic instrumentalist Erasmo Treglia and an trio featuring a giant zampogna (bagpipe), along with harmonium, tamburelli, organetto (accordion), ciaramella, ghironda, oboe barocco, violino and more.

Antonio Paolo Pizzimenti - Adagio
Unlike his previous recordings, which were both sountracks for film or theater works, this is an original work conceived as a multimedia piece (the CD includes a video 'story'). All the music is composed and performed by Pizzimenti, with the voice of Simona Barbero punctuating some of the tracks. It is all stark, moody and cinematic, as Pizzimenti's work always is.

Lou Dalfin - Gibous, Bagase e Bandi
Originally released in 1995 Listen

Municipale Balcanica - Road To Damascus
This group from Puglia offers a rich and ingenious synthesis of Eastern Europe sounds and Mediterranean flavors, expressed with inventiveness and energy and full of instrumental precision, always arranged with an attentive eye to jazz and improvisation.

Francesco Banchini - Baqshish
Banchini's previous works have taken him from the study of classical and Medieval music to music therapy to southern Italian folk music to the traditions of Balkans and the Mediterranean. This is a CD bursting with colour and flavour, where original compositions blend with traditional Mediterranean songs and melodies. As well as various types of clarinet he plays nay, flute, chalumeaux, piano, while his own voice broadens the sound further. Accompanying him on the record are a group of fine musicians including Davide Della Monica (guitar), Cristiano Della Monica (percussion), Francesco Migliaccio (accordion) and Manuela Salinaro (darabouka, cajon, frame drums).

Teatro Settimo - Uccelli
The soundtrack of the theatre version of Aristophanes' "The Birds" presented at the Spoleto Festival in June 1996 as performed by Banda Osiris, Aringa and Verdurini, Paolo Pizzimenti, Anna Coppola and many other singers and musicians from the Italian music world.

Fabrizio Poggi and Turututela - La storia si canta
Singer, guitarist and harmonica player Poggi is back with new of songs, accompanied by Roberto G. Sacchi on accordion, Marco Rovino on guitar and mandolin, backing vocalist Odette Lucchesi and a great group of guest musicians, , offering an homage to rice pickers, factory workers, migrants, soldiers, the people who built 20th century Italy but whose names are absent from the history books. In reworking standards such as 'Bella ciao' (orignally dedicated to female rice pickers), 'Saluteremo il signor padrone' or 'Mamma mia dammi cento lire,' he helps rediscover the spirit of a time gone and forgotten. It's as romantic as it is determined. Listen

Elena Ledda - Sonos
Sardinian vocalist uses folk roots to forge a daring new acoustic music

Tuscae Gentes - Viva Faliero!
Songs, sounds, stories around Val di Bisenzio and Tuscany, an homage to Val di Bisenzio and its poets, leading us in unexplored territories of folk songs.

Tuscae Gentes - Quando Il Merlo Canta
Songs and sounds on the seasonal migrations in Tuscany across the Apennines, the Corsican and Maremma areas. Listen

Tancaruja - Isettande
This is music refreshing, rhythmically interesting and musically well played. This ensemble from Sardinia has found their path by abandoning the electronics in favor of more wood and sinew. It has one truly treacly moment, but otherwise, I think the music speaks strongly for itself.

SOS - Cammenann
They blend Mediterranean sound and Neapolitan lyrics, and as they put it, 'contaminations melt down to create a half-caste and strange rock.' They start the journey in a Naple's neighbourhood, taking inspiration by the' 'Neapolitan Sound' of the 80's (Pino Daniele, Avitabile, Senese, E' Zezi and Almamegretta) and add Egyptian, Nigerian, Senegalese and Algerian influences to make a melting pot of styles, races, cultures and traditions.

Daniele Sepe - Truffe and other sketches
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Daniele Sepe - Totosketches
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Daniele Sepe - Spiritus Mundi
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Daniele Sepe - L'uscita dei gladiatori
1997 recording by one of Italy's most aggressively innovative roots musicians.

Daniel Sepe - Lavorare Stanca
This contemporay collection of music by Italian composer/musican Daniele Sepe is as diverse as it gets. Traditional polyphonic singing, jazz, theater music, folk music and reggae all merge harmoniously in this rich, colorful and often disturbing portrait of a culture.

various Artists (soundtrack) - Amnesia (a film by Gabriele Salvatores)
Includes original music for the film by Daniele Sepe, and songs by Macaco, Leonard Cohen, Corporate Avenger and Ojos De Brujo

Nidi d'Arac - Ronde Noe
Nidi D'Arac is the sound of a revolution in Italian music. Led by Alessandro Coppola from Cecce, a young sociologist and ethnomusicologist who is an expert in the music from Salento, Nidi D'Arac weds traditional Italian sounds to the electric sound of Italian dance clubs. Sweet woodwinds and strings wrap themselves around breakbeats and didjeridoo like long lost family, and the bass frequencies here are low and spine-shaking. Folk purists may shrug their shoulders in dismay, but Coppola never obscures the past; hence, a tarantella rests comfortably alongside the other wild dance songs here, and it sounds just as modern. Ronde Noe is an album full of Neopolitan sophistication and warmth, and Nidi D'Arac get stranger and creepier sounding as their vision unveils itself over the course of the CD. The soundscapes are dark affairs, with Italian voices and laughter often echoing far back in the mix. Coppola's gorgeous voice soothes and strokes Nidi D'Arac across the pastoral rural/pulsing urban influences that abound here, making Ronde Noe a bold statement of neotribal roots music. - Lee Blackstone in RootsWorld

Vito Ranucci and Napoli Est - Il giardino delle delizie
Neopolitan arranger, composer and saxophone player Ranucci is joined by the large ensemble Napoli Est for his 2007 work.

Radicanto - Lettere Migranti
The Italian band explores the issues and stories of emigration in a series of contemporary songs based on the tradition. Taking the traditions of Puglia and merging them with a trans-Mediterranean modernity has made radicanto one of the most stunning bands in southern Italy. Their recording Terra Arsa was one of our records of the year in 2001, and this recording follows closely behind it for its strong mix of contemporary pop and jazz with an undying local sensibility.

Radicanto - La Corsa
Now truly a rock band with a Salentine heart, Radicanto's 2005 excursion explores the sound and fury of sourthern Italy with an ear to the global pop music scene.

Jessica Lombardi and Silvio Trotta - Passi Verso Nord
Together they have a formidable reputation as members of Fiamma Fumana, Musicanti del Piccolo Borgo and other ensembles that have forged interesting paths in new Italian roots. This is an acoustic project from 2002 by the duo. Listen

Neaskene - Apologia Di Un Canovaccio
The debut (2006) by a young band from Ravenna, Italy. Fronted by singer Sara Cicognani. Neaskenè work within and without the tradition, mixing jazz, ethnic music, other national idioms and original writing. Tammorre (traditional drums), fretless electric bass, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and other local and global instruments are merged to create a distinctively "pop" sound with a real edge and solid roots.

Riccardo Joshua Moretti - Il canto di Israele / The song of Israel
Performed by the Midrash Music Ensemble. Italian composer Moretti explores Jewish and klezmer music from a deep and unusual perspective, looking to classical roots for inspiration, but also at home in the worlds of Rota and Morricone. An unexpected revelation.

Isola - Mundis Imaginalis
Lots of poetic license in this recording of Sicilian music by Iolanda Vacalebre (vocals), Nicola Rustica (guitar and vocals) and Giovanni Crispino (violin, violoncello and guitar).

Enzo Favata Tentetto (featuring Tenores di Bitti) - The New Village
Sardinian musician and composer Favata has been roiling the roots-jazz of Italy for decades now, recording Cds and playing more than 2,000 concertsaround the world. He fuses tradition with a contemporary sense, forging a new music form folk, jazz and avant garde elements that are strictly original. He has studied classical and jazz saxophone, plays the soprano, sopranino and tenor sax, and the bass clarinet, as well as other ethnic wind instruments from Sardinia and elsewhere. Adding Latin, African and middle eastern influences, he has come up with a creative and original new sound that pays homage to the jazz greats while being beholden to no one. This recording features the incredible Tenores di Bitti, who offer not only their voices, but the inspiration of their melodies that are infused into the very core of Favata's new compositions.

Napoli MandolinOrchestra - Serenata Luntana
Led by master musicians/composers Antonello Paliotti, Mauro Squillante and Leonardo Massa, this large string and percussion orchestra from Naples will absolutely surprise you with their strong and passionate mix of old and new, played out on a large stage with a lot dynamics and energy.

Raffaello Simeoni - Mater Sabina
Singer from Lazio, Raffaello Simeoni on vocals, dizi, saz, hurdy-gurdy, melodeon, F recorder, cuatro, samples, sinth, tarota, binju and organetto with Gabriella Aiello on vocals. The artist writes 'This is the story of Mater Sabina, from the tradition of my native region, the crossroads of myriad pathways, set in the very heart of Italy. Here pipers and fifers, migratory sheperds, impromptu rhymers, wandering songsters have tread this land, dragging their strains with the voices and tunes of our women, with the breath of Saint Francis. I follow their footsteps ... and carry on.' Guests include Hevia, Arnaldo Vacca and Isola Quartet.

Various - Bonasera Bbona Ggende
Canti e musiche dall'Abruzzo Li Sandandonjirë, Volume 2 in Taranta's Ethnica Symphonia series.

Various Artists - Saltarella Dell'alta Sabina
The Alta Sabina, a part of the Abruzzo region for centuries, conserves still today traces of an original pastoral tradition with influences from the regions of Lazio and the southern Marches due to centuries of transumation The pride of the amatriciana area is the vivacious saltarella, which is danced to the sounds of the organetto, the hand organ, the tamburello, and a particular type of zampogna, the ciaramella, which has only two sound pipes. Ballo del canto, ballo della sala and quadriglie complete the panorama together with the valzer, mazurke, and marcette. Recordings from 1988 to 1993.

Denanni, Porcu, and Matzau - Boghes e chiterra (Ethnica 29)
Canti a chitarra del Logudoro (Sardegna) presents Sardinian singers and guitarists Gianni Denanni, Antonio Porcu and Tore Matzau in ten traditional songs from the island.

Giovanni Avantaggiato - M'oli tin passiuna - Suoni e canti di Corigliano d'Otranto
In Corigliano d'Otranto, one of the most important towns of the Greca Salentina of southern Italy, there are several families or individuals who have cultivated a particularly intense musical heritage and who are reference points today for their fellow townspeople and for scholars. One of the most notable is Giovanni Avantaggiato, a musician with a lively personality, over 80 years old, who with his hand organ and his voice, is one of the most important repositories in all of the Greek-influenced area of the Salento.

Various artists - Tomma Tommë
Musiche e canti dalla Murgia dei trulli - Le tradizioni musicali in Puglia Vol. 4 is the 24th CD in the exceptional Taranta Ethnica series.

various - Pizzica Taranta: Le Tradizioni Musicali In Puglia, Vol 3
Recorded in Lecce (with a few from Brindisi), this edition from the Ethnica series looks at the social, spiritual and dance music of the region. The pizzica pizzica, pizzica tarantula are performed the tools most expected for this music: vocals, percussion (tambourine, castenets and friction drum), harmonica and organetto. Quadrilles, schottishes, polkas, and marzukas are offered on mandolin, violin, and guitar.

Various Artists - La Tarantella Del Gargano: Le Tradizioni Musicali I Puglia - Vol. 2
The traditional music of Puglia. Vol 2. - An ample collection of songs for serenata and tarantella in the fascinating melismatic style of the peasant culture of the Gargano, to the sounds of the chitarra battente, chitarra francese, castagnole, and tamburo. There are also pieces from the artisan world (tarantella, quadriglia, valzer fiorato) with mandoline and violin. Recordings from 1980 to 1988.

Various Artists - Organetto E Tarantella
The traditional music of Lucania includes 34 tracks of the real roots, field recorded folk music from Italy. The organetto, the hand organ, in Lucania is the direct descendant of the zampogna . Produced by the small semi - artiginal industries of central Italy, it has gradually taken the place of the zampogna since the mid 19th century: The hand organ offers richer and more definite tones and harmonies, has a vivacious timbre, is easily transportable, and is always in tune and ready to use. Various tarantelle, quadriglie and older dances from the 19th century are woven with interesting vocal pieces. Recordings from 1979 to 1991.

Various Artists - Tarantelle E Maschere: Balli E Canti Tradizionali In Irpinia
The region of Irpinia, in the province of Avellino east of Napoli, is the area in Italia with the greatest intensity of carnival rituals, including processional dances. Lengthy and spirited tarantelle dances with traditional masks weave their way through villages. The disc also presents other dances (batticulo, quadriglio, valzer, polka, and marzurka) and various songs performed with the hand organ. Recordings from 1984 to 1999

various - Musica Da Ballo In Sicilia
A mix of music for dancing performed in the last 80 years in various parts of Sicily. In addition to the performances recorded during recent research, the album presents historic recordings produced by immigrants in America from 1916 to 1939. Contraddanze, quadriglie, tarantelle, scotis, balleti, valzer, polke, and mazurka present an initial inventory of the many ethnic traditions of Sicily.

Various Artists - Balli Popolari In Abruzzo: Vol 2 - La Saltarella Del Teramano
Ethnomusical anthology of popular dances from the northern Abruzzo, an area which conserves the most prestigious and difuse tradition of the du' bottë, the Abruzzese double base hand organ still produced by several workshops. Together with the saltarella, other ethnic dances appear (laccio d'amore, ballo dell'insegna, denzë, polka figurata, ballo della sala, ballo del merlo, etc). There is also an exemplary selection of valzer, polka, and marurka of local origins. Recordings from 1982 to 1998.

Simona Barbera - Mirto
A powerful and inspired Italian singer, born in Genoa and residing in Sicily, Barbera offers a daring reinvention of 'an imaginary Sicily' that is rich in tradition but far from traditional. Performed a capella or accompanied primarily by percussion or piano, these songs lit, roar and shreik across the imagined landscape, reinventing old themes as contemporary art.

Daniele Sepe - Una banda di pezzenti
A full-blown modern jazz recording from the Neapolitan saxophonist and musical revolutionary and his ensemble of musicians and singers. There are the usual Arabic, Mediterranean and Italian roots, the requisite Sepe-reggae, but they are sumblimated on this recording, serving the larger goal of making a sometimes terse, sometimes lush contemporary jazz sound with an edge of social/political commentary.

Daniele Sepe, Ensemble Micrologus, Und Rote Jazz Fraktion - Kronomakia
Neopolitan arranger, composer and saxophone player Sepe, joined by two ensembles, takes on the early music of Italy in his usual shocking style, seamlessly joining jazz, classical and early art music into a beautiful whole.

Satyricon Circus - Satyricon Circus
A rich new musical production, the work of composer Gabriele Coen (Klezroym), Mario Rivera (Agricantus) and Vito Ranucci, with participation from Barbara Eramo, Gabriel Zagni, Maria Letizia Gorga, Federica Vincenti and Gianni Santucci.

Radicanto - Terra Arsa
Music that holds the heat of Salento, in southern Italy, and translates that energy into a uniquely personal statement.

Teresa De Sio - Villanelle popolaresche del '500'
1978 recording of traditional songs by the Italian singer, directed by Eugenio Bennato

Giovanna Marini - Il Salento di Giovanna Marini
Giovanna Marini is a popular singer of Italian folk music. This recording is the result of research into the traditional music of Salento, the south of Puglia, which has very ancient roots and goes back to the ancient Greek habitation of the region.

Mimmo Epifani - Pe' i ndo
Mimmo Epifani, a mandolinist and singer from Salento, has established himself not only as a virtuoso instrumentalist but also as a leading interpreter – and re-interpreter -- of Salentine music. This is his 2013 release. Read an interview in RootsWorld.

Enzo Avitabile - Black Taranta
The master of Italian roots-pop is joined by a cast of artists from around the world including Pino Daniele, Raiz, Francesco Guccini, Daby Tourè, Enrique & Solea Morente, Idir, Bob Geldof, Co' Sang, Franco Battiato, David Crosby, and Toumani Diabate & Mauro Pagani

Daniele Bonaventura - Suite per bandoneon e orchestra
The bandoneon master performs two new major compositions, a suite for bandoneon and orchestra, and Piccolo Requiem for Solo Bandoneon.

Banda di Avola - A Banna!
A HUGE band of horns, reeds, woodwinds and percussion from Sicily offer a series of spirited, tongue-in-cheek marches from the 1920s, capable of captivating both players and audience alike. For those who enjoy Banda Ionica, here is a different look at the Sicilian brass band tradition, more raucous, more abandoned and wild.

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