Founded in 1978, A Filetta has produced 15 albums and is one of the leading choral groups in Corsica. Consisting of six male voices, this extraordinarily creative group perpetuates the island’s oral traditions while also exploring other areas of polyphonic song, particularly in the creation of contemporary works.
Their 35 years of existence have been rich in experience and encounters, in theatrical productions, film music and scenic creation.
Film music: many productions with Bruno Coulais (Himalaya, Le Peuple Migrateur, Don Juan...)
Operas for children (direction of Orlando Forioso) in collaboration with Gruss Circus.
Theatre: Seneca’s Medea, Marco Polo, Culomba, Don Ghjuvanni etc.
Music: Mistico Mediterraneo with Paolo Fresu (trumpet) and Daniele di Bonaventura (bandoneon). Collaborations with the amazing drummers of Kodo (Japan).
Dance: with the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui ("In Memoriam" with the Ballets de Monte Carlo and "Apocrifu" at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, "Puz/zle" on tour in 2012 & 2013).
** Label DEDA
Since 1996 the group has founded its own label distributed by Harmonia Mundi.
** A L'INIZIU C'ERA A VOCE / Les Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques de Calvi
Since 1989, each year in september, the group coordinates an international festival in Corsica focused on vocal polyphonies and vocal traditions from all over the world.
Standing close together, watching, sensing, their voices resonate. Finding the right balance, multiplying in intensity, they become one instrument, evoking centuries of polyphonic echoes across the Corsican landscape. A Filetta was founded in 1978 by the 13-year-old Jean-Claude Acquaviva and they have been bringing the passion, emotional fervour and beauty of this art to audiences around the world ever since. Like the fern from which they take their name, A Filetta are deeply rooted in the Corsican soil. Folk song and sacred hymns are part of their repertoire but with original compositions, film soundtracks, dance, theatre and opera collaborations, they are constantly carrying the traditions forward. In Corsica, when someone leaves the island and forgets his roots they say "S'e' scurdatu di a filetta" (he has forgotten the fern).