- function: bandleader
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- WOMEX 2017
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- WOMEX 2013
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- WOMEX 2011
- WOMEX 2010
Mauro "had no choice". Not only because his father put him on the stage when he was a little child, side by side the best international musicians invited in Salento, but mostly because he soon realized that in his veins flowed blood and music. Being a musician was inevitable.
Nuovo Quotidiano di Puglia, 1/5/2010
At the age of fourteen, Mauro Durante began playing the frame drums and the violin in the Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. In 2007, he became the leader of the band, succeeding his father Daniele.
Since 2000, in La Notte Della Taranta, Mauro has been performing duets with prominent musicians from all over the world, including Stewart Copeland, Trilok Gurtu, Richard Galliano and Zohar Fresco, and has shared the stage with all the famous artists taking part in that great event. In 2010, at the age of 26, he was the musical assistant of Ludovico Einaudi, Maestro Concertatore of the 2010 edition of La Notte della Taranta, and worked with him in the creation and artistic production of that spectacular performance.
Mauro Durante has played in some of the most important theatres and festivals in the world.
He has developed his musical education by playing in concerts and studying ethnic music, violin and frame drums at the musical conservatory. He specializes in the various techniques of pizzica salentina and is now a real virtuoso in the field. He has collaborated with several famous international artists, including Ludovico Einaudi (Nightbook tour, over 80 dates all over the world), Piers Faccini, Ballake Sissoko, Ibrahim Maalouf, Accordone; he also recorded with Universal, Ponderosa music and art, Egea, Parco della Musica Records, Velut Luna, Arcana, Felmay, Salento Altra Musica.