Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Originally formed by writer Rina Durante in 1975, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is regarded as Italy's leading and longest-standing traditional music ensemble, hailing from the Salento, the heel of the Italian boot, in Puglia. Italy's fascinating dichotomy of tradition and modernity come together in the music of CGS: the seven piece band and dancer are the leading exponents in a new wave of young performers re-inventing Southern Italy's Pizzica musical and dance traditions for today's global audience. This album celebrates the band's 40th anniversary.
Personnel: Mauro Durante (vocals, guitar, violin, Moog synthesizer, frame drum); Emanuele Licci (vocals, bouzouki); Maria Mazzotta (vocals, Moog synthesizer, castanets, cymbals); Giancarlo Paglialunga (vocals, tapan, percussion); Giulio Bianco (whistle, bagpipe, clarinet); Silvia Perrone (dancer).
Audio Mixer: David Odlum.
Liner Note Author: Erri DeLuca.
Recording information: Tenuta Monacelli.
Photographer: Vincenzo De Pinto.