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Malmediterraneo (Forrest Hill)

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.

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Malmediterraneo
l'te te cunzulo
Bandera

Cantodiscanto is: Guido Sodo (guitars, mandolin, mandoloncello, oud and voice); Silvia Testoni (voice); Paolo Caruso (hand trap-set, darbouka, udu, berimbao, drums); Roberto Bartoli (double bass) and Guglielmo Pagnozzi (clarinet, alto sax). With guest artist Faisal Taher on vocals.

"Malmediterraneo is highly engaging, full of different influences and sounds that transcends the borders of Napoli. It contains a number of very individual and remarkably well-crafted songs, performed with verve by expert musicians. It's one of the best Italian records that I have heard this year, when good records have been plentiful." - Nondas Kitsos, RootsWorld

"Cantodiscanto are also from Naples but although the songs are mostly sung in Neopolitan and the roots of their music are in the Neapolitan traditions, most of the material on Malmediterraneo is written by members of the band. Pan-Mediterranean styles such as flamenco, Eastern European and Arabic music are intermingled with jazz, African, South American and even rap influences; surely Ma Ch'e' Fari has got to be the most relaxed rap performance ever recorded! The subjects of the songs vary both in tenor and scope from the Neopolitan themes of I' Te Cunzolo, Tu M'He Lassato and 4 Giorni Una Storia, through the poetic lines of Faisal or Scuorno, to the stern anti-war sentiments of Bandera and A Chi Vo' Guerra. The more serious topics are dealt with in a sensitive, authoritative way that avoids any pompous preaching and is supported by music that perfectly compliments the mood. The mixture of styles is unforced and has an organic quality, the wonderfully expressive singing is exquisite and the instrumental performances are superbly arranged and deftly executed. Malmediterraneo is a fascinating album that is packed with gentle surprises and is a pleasure from start to finish." - Michael Hingston, fRoots


Cantodiscanto has held concerts in Italy and abroad, participating among others in SognaBologna, the Busker's Festival in Neuchâtel and in Ferrara, the summer series Settembre a Somma (artistic direction by Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare), Musikalischer Sommer in Baden-Baden, and the series for Italian ethnic music Cap Sud held in Belgium. In 2001, the group participated, among others, in the Carpino Folk Festival, Notte della Taranta in Salento, the Festival di Montalcino-Val d'Orcia, and Le vie dei Canti in Milan. The group also toured Portugal with the Festival Sete sòis sete luas. In 2002, they participated in a performance commemorating the Pilastro massacre, entitled Le paure da riconoscere. In 1992 the group was awarded the Premio Nuovo Sud in Crotone, and in 1994 they won the Premio Città di Recanati, transmitted by RAI-2 and by Radio-RAI, contributing to the winners' CD entitled Nuove Tendenze della Canzone d'Autore V, produced by Musicultura and distributed by BMG-Ariola.

Cantodiscanto has been featured on radio programs Lampi, Mediterraneo, and Turnée (RADIO-3), and on television programs on RAI-2 and RAI-3 in Italy. Abroad, they have been featured on Swiss television programs and on the radio station Catalunya Musica heard via satellite in various European countries.

In 2001 they recorded the CD Medinsud for Forrest Hills, with the participation of Palestinian singer Faisal Taher. Cantodiscanto also contributed a song to the CD entitled Pizzica la Tarantula published by il Manifesto.

About the band (official bio)
Cantodiscanto has held concerts in Italy and abroad, participating among others in SognaBologna, the Busker's Festival in Neuchâtel and in Ferrara, the summer series Settembre a Somma (artistic direction by Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare), Musikalischer Sommer in Baden-Baden, and the series for Italian ethnic music Cap Sud held in Belgium.

In 2001, the group participated, among others, in the Carpino Folk Festival, Notte della Taranta in Salento, the Festival di Montalcino-Val d'Orcia, and Le vie dei Canti in Milan. The group also toured Portugal with the Festival Sete sòis sete luas. In 2002, they participated in a performance commemorating the Pilastro massacre, entitled Le paure da riconoscere. In 1992 the group was awarded the Premio Nuovo Sud in Crotone, and in 1994 they won the Premio Città di Recanati, transmitted by RAI-2 and by Radio-RAI.

Cantodiscanto has been featured on radio programs Lampi, Mediterraneo, and Turnée (RADIO-3), and on television programs on RAI-2 and RAI-3 in Italy. Abroad, they have been featured on Swiss television programs and on the radio station Catalunya Musica heard via satellite in various European countries.

About the musicians:
Guido Sodo (guitars, oud voice, mandoloncello) comes from Naples and graduated in classical guitar in Ferrara; he is the leader of the group. He has composed original music for several silent films restored by the Bologna City Film Library, which he performed live at their presentation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Pompidou Centre in Paris, in Madrid, in Bogota and elsewhere. He is also involved with the early music ensemble Acantus, with whom he has performed in concert at the Regensburg and Royamount Festivals, in the Temple Church of London and at the Sagra Musicale Umbra, a program of sacred music.

Silvia Testoni (voice) is from Bologna. She has studied vocal technique with Candace Smith and has specialized in contemporary music with Luisa Castellani. She performed with various groups and as soloist covering music from Renaissance to jazz and has recorded several compact discs. She has also sung with Ivano Fossati and with the composer Nicola Campogrande.

Paolo Caruso (tammorra, drums) is from Sicily. He frequented the Drummers' Collective of New York, has played with Vinx, Willy De Ville, Luca Carboni, the English group Urban Cookies Collective, Frontera, Funky Company, Sambahia, Mario Lavezzi, Stadio, Daniele Fossati, Gang, Alberto Solfrini, Nomadi, Paolo Rossi, Tosca, Vinicio Capossela, Vinx, Airto Moreira, Bob Moses, Frontera, Paolo Rossi, Tosca,.

Roberto Bartoli (double-bass) was born in Imola (BO) and took his degree, specializing in the double-bass, at Pesaro Conservatoire. In Siena he studied composition and arrangement under Bruno Tommaso. He has been active in the Italian jazz milieu since 1975, playing in the Tomaso Lama Trio, and working with musicians such as G.Basso, G.Baiocco, M.Urbani, D.Schnitter, S.Grossman, C.Davis, J.Walrath, P.Fresu, B.Berg, M.Stern and Dom Um Romao e altri. He worked for several recordings with the labels Splash and Y.V.P.

Guglielmo Pagnozzi (clarinet, sax alto) began studying as jazz musician and for several years he developed his interest in improvised music, klezmer, folk and Mediterranean traditional music. He composes music for theatre, the dance and cinema. He has collaborated and played with Gianni Gebbia, Roy Paci, Ernst Reijseger, Michel Godard, Antonello Salis, Lester Bowie, Famoudu Don Moye e and with theatral groups Teatro situazionautico Luter Blisset, Terzadecade, Amorevole Compagnia Pneumatica.

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