I Cantori di Carpino
directed by Eugenio Bennato
La Tarantella del Gargano
One of Italy's most enthusiastic supporters of the music directs a real roots adventure on this recording of the taranta music of Italy, leading an ethnic band in the driving rhythms of battente guitarist and vocalist Sacco Andrea (born in 1911), accompanied by two other elderly singers (Maccarone and Piccininno) and by a group of 5 young people from Carpino (between 13 and 20 years old) who accompany their grandfathers in the style of Carpino. This is the real deal.
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Eugenio Bennato Taranta Power
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The record label says:
The Tarantella of Carpino is the most up-to-date form of tarantella: here the old ritual purpose of this traditional dance has been surpassed and it has been distempered with sublime forms of poetry and song which can still be heard today in the serenades sung around the village in the evenings.
The 'Tarantella of Gargano' has in the meantime gone beyond the boundaries of its birthplace, transported by some of the best interpreters of the modern folk revival, and the echo of international recognition of this genre has had an effect on Carpino, where today the new generations are bestowing unprecedented recognition on the great masters of the local tarantella traditions. Sacco Andrea with his fabulous battente guitar, Piccininno, Maccarone and others continue writing and inventing new music, so that the tarantella keeps the essence of its pure roots and at the same time takes on an extraordinary contemporary feeling.
The 'Tarantella of Gargano' is in fact an extremely vast repertoire of songs and sonnets which were used as serenades in the village of Carpino (Foggia), brought to the streets and house windows by the old singers, using vocals, battente guitar, 'French' guitar and tambourine. Songs of love with a slow tarantella rhythm, in the so-called 'Montanara' forms (from Mount St Angelo, in minor), "Rodaniella" (from Rodi Garganico , in major) and Viestesana (from Vieste, in both major and minor).
The dean of these songs, the prophet of these tarantellas is the extraordinary Sacco Andrea, born 1911, vocals and battente guitar, who since last year, with practically the same enthusiasm a young boy would have, has been touring Italy, bringing his concert on stage, accompanied by two other elderly singers (Maccarone and Piccininno) and by a group of 5 young people from Carpino (between 13 and 20 years old) who accompany their grandfathers in the unmistakable fantastic style of Carpino.
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