Radicanto / Lettere Migranti
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Lettere Migranti

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.

Enzo Granella -voice, guitar
Fabrizio Piepoli - voice, bouzouki, percussions
Giuseppe De Trizio - mandolin, guitar
Adolfo La Volpe - electric guitars, loops
Vittorio Gallo - soprano and tenor saxophones
Pierpaolo Martino - double bass, electric bass
Daniele Abbinante - drums, percussions

Tracks (click for audio samples)
  • 1. La penna
  • 2. Pupa di cera
  • 3. Tondo viaggio
  • 4. Letteri che t'ammanne
  • 5. La malatedda
  • 6. Soleils couchants
  • 7. Controvento
  • 8. Migranti
  • 9. Stella pianeta
  • 10. La rantella grezza
  • 11. Favonio
  • 12. Soffia nel campo*
  • 13. Re del silenzio*
  • 14. La casa delle donne*
* from the soundtrack for La casa delle donne
Radicanto manifesto:
Radicanto's song is a translated song. A song which goes through different languages and different cultures, with no certain centre. Their music is a vague memory of a vague tradition, which is memory itself, uncounted stories and uncounted spaces. It is music of our time which translates tradition (that of Puglia and of the Mediterranean), making it sound in the present with the sounds of the present. In this sense, folk sound, a sound which does not belong to anybody, meets contemporary sound, the sounds of the other (heard by the instrument of the other) giving birth to a writing which reminds us of other writings, where what is told is just a pretext for telling itself. It is a writing built upon ironic and melancholic quotation, and upon improvisation, the essence of jazz, but it is not just jazz .

This music stands as a bridge between past and present, with an unlimited opening towards what is new. This music is rhythm which speaks directly to our body.

Poetry and laughter, melody and parody, feed a song which resembles a thousand songs, a form that is a thousand forms, immaterial matter which rewrites itself continuously. This writing lives in the concert time, an uncertain time, creating uncountable translations, uncountable interpretations of an exceeding and inexhaustible tradition. This music tells an endless tale which questions the time of history. - Pierpaolo Martino, Radicanto

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