Pizzica and Taranta at the IIC
Come and find out about the Pizzica, an engaging music and dance style from Puglia, the beautiful heel of Italy's boot!
Following their performance at the SFJAZZ Center (Thursday, June 20, 7:30pm), the Italian music masters from Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino are offering a fun and engaging workshop about the Pizzica--learn about the dance, the music, its history and instruments, and the mysterious ancient rituals of "Tarantism" believed to cure the taranta spider's bite with its frenzied trance dance. The workshop will take place at the Italian Cultural Institute on Friday, June 21, 6:30pm.
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
With a “few peers in contemporary world music” (New Yorker), Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino has been bringing the uproarious music and dance of Southern Italy to new audiences for over four decades. Founded by journalist, author, and Salentine musical scholar Caterina “Rina” Durante in the mid-1970s, CGS spearheaded a revival of the ancient folk music form pizzica tarantata that was born in Puglia’s Salento region, infusing it with a contemporary sensibility and rambunctious energy.
Friday, June 21, 5:30-7:00pm | Italian Cultural Institute
601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite F (Opera Plaza)
Free Admission | REGISTRATION CLOSED
Violinist and percussionist Mauro Durante, nephew of Rina Durante and son of founding bandleader Daniele Durante, has performed with the band since age 14 and took over as leader in 2007, enlisting a new crop of prodigiously talented young vocalists and instrumentalists to take the legacy of CGS and the pizzica tradition into the 21st century. A collaborator with Italian superstar composer Ludovido Einaudi and Balkan bandleader genius Goran Bregović, Durante has expanded the reach of pizzica to embrace influences from around the world and welcome collaborators including French-Lebanese quarter-tone trumpet virtuoso Ibrahim Maalouf and Police drummer Stewart Copeland. The band’s newest album, Canzoniere (songbook), features contributions from songwriters Michael Leonhart (Bruno Mars, Steely Dan), and Joe Mardin (Aretha Franklin, George Benson) – son of legendary Atlantic records producer Arif Mardin.
Mauro Durante: violin, percussion, & vocals
Giulio Bianco: recorder, bagpipes, & harmonica
Emanuele Licci: bouzouki, guitar, & vocals
Massimiliano Morabito: accordion
Giancarlo Paglialunga: percussion & vocals
Alessia Tondo: vocals
Silvia Perrone: dance