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LA CANTIGA DE LA SERENA

La Cantiga de la Serena è un ensemble di musicisti e ricercatori pugliesi che da anni si dedica al recupero ed alla rielaborazione della musica antica e tradizionale del bacino del Mediterraneo, vero e proprio ponte culturale tra Occidente e Oriente. Un viaggio millenario nella musica del Mediterraneo tra i ritmi ipnotici della tarantella del sud Italia, le ammalianti melodie ebraiche, i tempi dispari della musica mediorientale.

Il trio esegue questo repertorio utilizzando strumenti che appartengono a diverse culture musicali, lasciando ampio spazio ai momenti improvvisativi, alla libera espressione del proprio modo di sentire questi antichi canti di amore e preghiera.

Con all’attivo gli album La serena (2016) e La fortuna (2019), il trio formato da Fabrizio Piepoli (voce, santur, shruti box, tar), Giorgia Santoro (flauto, flauto basso, bansuri, xiao, cimbali) e Adolfo La Volpe (oud, cetra corsa, bouzouki irlandese) si è esibito tra gli altri: Festival di Bir Miftuh (Malta), Le Trouillet ad Alboussière (Francia), Temple de Désaignes (Francia), Il Cammino Celeste in Salento, Suoni della Murgia ad Altamaura (Ba).

English

The Salento-based trio La Cantiga de la Serena recovers and reworks the ancient music of the Mediterranean basin, which has always represented a true cultural bridge between the East and the West.
The band’s repertoire is a refined mixture of: traditional music from Puglia (‘alla stisa’ songs, lullabies, tarantella, pizzica), which is sophistically rearranged; cantigas and sephardic romances, which are expression of the tradition of the Sephardic-Jews who experienced the diaspora from Spain and Portugal in the XV century; medieval pilgrimage and devotion chants (Cantigas de Santa Maria, Llibre Vermell de Montserrat); stunning melodies and chants from the musical heritage of Provence, Al-Andalus and Portugal.
It is a journey into Mediterranean music, through the charming and hypnotic rhythms of Southern Italy folk music, the sweetness of Sephardic melodies, the refined improvisational technique of Islamic maqam, the odd times of Middle Eastern and Balkan music.
Music represents an important example of how different cultures and religions can live together respectfully. This project tells of an era in which musical traditions of different peoples mingled and enriched one another in a natural way, in daily life.
The use of musical instruments belonging to different cultures and the space given to improvisation enhance the execution of the repertoire that celebrates the free expression of the musicians, their way of feeling and filter these ancient songs of love, prayer and joy.
La Cantiga de la Serena are Fabrizio Piepoli (voice, santur, shruti box, guitar, tar), Giorgia Santoro (flute, bass flute, bansuri, xiao, tin whistle, cymbals) and Adolfo La Volpe oud, corsican cittern, bouzouki, guitar.

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