MASCARIMIRI' at WOMEX Stands Puglia Sounds 2.34 2.35 2.36

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Mascarimirì - Gitanistan
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Salento's Tradinnovation
Mascarimiri, the historic band that revolutionized the sound of
Pizzica Pizzica Salentina

MASCARIMIRI' at WOMEX Stands Puglia Sounds 2.34 2.35 2.36

The new live performance includes a mix of sounds that merges the concept of Dance Hall- typical of Sound System- and Salento traditional festive celebrations. It carries on the musical language of Tradinnovazione (tradition&innovation), an idea that characterizes the music of Mascarimirì since 1998.

Claudio “Cavallo” Giagnotti - voice, tamburreddhu (frame drum)
Alessio Amato - voice, programmaming, synth
Dario Stefanizzi – voice, woodwinds
Gabriele Martino – voice, mandolin
The project Mascarimirì took shape between the Fall of 1997 and the Winter of 1998, when Claudio ‘Cavallo’ Giagnotti and Cosimo Giagnotti (two brothers of Roma origins) chose to end their experience with Terra de Menzu, one of the first bands that, at the beginning of the 1990s, contributed to the resurgence of Salento traditional music. Between 1999 and 2003 the musical project got stronger and more mature. Vito Giannone (mandolin) and Beppe Branca (bass) joined Claudio ‘Cavallo’. Branca’s entry in the group, with the introduction of the bass line in the groove of pizzica pizzica, represented the out-and-out turning point towards Tradinnovazione. “Punk-Dub Tarantolato Salentino” was the definition used to underline the experimental vocation of the band that inserted into the traditional musical heritage some techniques not used, until then, in the traditional music style of Salento. When Beppe Branca left the band, Alessio Amato, a very young musician, joined it. Following the lead of Beppe Branca, in the last 10 years Alessio Amato has been promoting and combining the sounds and styles of electronic music. With 8 studio-recorded albums, and a first-class concert activity, the band from Muro Leccese represents, today, the most innovative expression of Pizzica Pizzica Salentina.

Australia, Cina, Tunisia, Francia, Spagna, Italia, Svizzera, Belgio, Germania, Grecia, Ungheria, Polonia, Irlanda .

Festa della Musica (Parigi, Francia), Carnevale di Adelaide (Australia), Festival TD 21 (El Jam, Tunisia), Festival des Langues & Cultures Minorisées e Latcho Divano(Marsiglia, Francia), Total Festum (Nimes, Francia), Estivada (Rodez, Francia), Notte Della Taranta festival (Grecia Salentina, Lecce, 19 edizioni), Womad (Palermo), Cous Cous Festival (Trapani), Villa Ada (Roma), Extra Festa (Milano), Tarantella Power (Reggio Calabria), Biennale Musica di Venezia, Womex-Womex Off (Salonicco, Grecia), Bastia Les 27émes Musicales de Bastia(Francia), Pechino(Cina) Istituto di Cultura Italiano, Dublino(Irlanda)WeareinPuglia; Varsavia(Polonia) Warsaw Cross Culture Festival; Paleariza Festival, Roma Auditorium Parco della Musica, Bari (Italia) Medimex, Manresa(Spagna) Fira de Manresa, Ariano Irpino(Italia) Ariano Folk Festival, Novoli (Italia) Focara Festival, Budapest(Ungheria) Sziget Festival .
Collaborations and projects with:
Joe Zawinul, Buena Vista Social Club, Les Negresses Vertes, Massilia Sound System, Dupain, Lo Cor de la Plana, Manu Theron, Nux Vomica, Bombino, E’Zezi, Eugenio Bennato, Marcello Colasurdo, Daniele Sepe, Luigi Cinque, Mauro Pagani, Ludovico Einaudi, Goran Bregovic, Bombino e i salentini Sud Sound System, Uccio Aloisi, Cesare Dell’Anna.

It is a DJ/LIVE SET by Mascarimirì where Salento ethnic music changes its way. From being a music played in traditional festive celebrations, it moves to clubs and to much more innovative events, using the Sound System as a dance language, in the name of the circularity which connects the Tamburreddhu from Salento, the vinyl and the CD today. Ballati!!!

Gitanistan Orkestra is a project born from the Mascarimiri’s CD “Gitanistan”. It’s a work that starts from a personal research (considering ROM origins of Claudio “Cavallo” Giagnotti) and even a cultural, artistic research, oriented to discovering Rom/Salento families. The traditional salentinian dance music meets the virtuosistic electric melodies and contemporary rhythms but for the occasion it joins to brass and percussions belonging to the “banda” tradition. The project is a kind of reflection about how Mediterranean dance musics and Rom culture influenced each other during their historical path. The idea about an “orkestra” starts from the desire to meet and understand, even by artistical residencies, how evolved customs and traditions of the Rom families from the Mediterranean.

This project, directed by Claudio ‘Cavallo’ Giagnotti (Mascarimirì) and Louis Pastorelli ( Nux Vomica), aims at merging different forms of music-playing in the Mediterranean within the artistic concept of “Latin Arch” (realized by Nux Vomica in February 2010 in Nice, France). The live performance is thought as a big popular celebration, where local instruments such as the ‘Tamburreddhu’ from Salento, and ‘lu Fifre’ from Nice represent the main characters, although reinterpreted within the concept of Tradinnovazione and the Sound System tradizional (traditional).

article posted by:Claudio Giagnotti, Arra Produzioni Mediterranee