Join the greatest "festa di paese" of Southern Italy in Australia
SEGMENTO TARANTELLA FESTIVAL 2023
Segmento Tarantella Festival includes a series of events, workshops and musical activities for 4 weeks, from 8th November to 3rd December 2023.
Check the program for more details on dates, locations and tickets.
Meet the Performers
Artists from all over the world will perform at Segmento Tarantella Festival.
Concerts, workshops, and off-stage roving performances will be held by selected artists.
A multi-instrumentalist, one of the most successful musicians who worked with Le Muse del Mediterraneo and the Kilombo Quartet.
Grosso highlights the results of his research
on the evolution of the folk-popular genre,
and was the first in Calabria to re-evaluate the role of the accordion. His compositions demonstrate his outgoing attitude to play both classical and diatonic accordion.
A new songwriter, popular with a younger audience, Davis is a multi-instrumentalist who plays all traditional instruments and more. Raised on bread and popular music, already a musician with Ciccio Nucera, Antonio Grosso, Calabria Orchestra, Lisarusa, and more, Davis is now leading is own band around the world with great success. His hit “FIURI” is now played by different tarantella groups. Organ, Nugget, bagpipes, sax, guitar, Calabrian lyre.
Salvatore is a musician, ethno-musicologist and composer of Italian origin. His career has so far united the passion for musical research and performance. He has travelled, played and conducted field research in Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Australia. Since 2018 he has been conducting research among the communities of migrants in Australia for the National Library. He's the founding member of Santa Taranta.
GABRIELE GNAWA MACRÌ
Since he was a child, Macrì has been performing on the most important stages and, thanks to his passion, he is able to play any traditional instrument. After completing his classical studies, focusing on the lyre technique, he debuted as soloist and now plays with great personalities of the caliber of Mimmo Cavallaro and Ciccio Nucera, and was also alongside Nour Eddine Fatty, well-known musician from Morocco.
Actress, author, TV presenter.
Annalisa trained at the Academy of Dramatic Arts of Calabria, dedicating to classical theater in her early years.
Later she moved to the television and cinema world, which she engaged with in an almost exclusive way. She finally returned to theater with self-written acts as "Reality shock" and "Painless manipulation", of which she is also director and performer. She was reporter for Italian TV Rai Due program "il Verificatore", by Roberto Giacobbo.
The "king" of Calabrian Tarantella, with over 40 years of experience and successful tours around the world.
A virtuoso accordionist and tambourine player of very high profile, with a long experience of performing at festivals collaborating with many artists and with the Calabria Orchestra since 2014.
Ciccio has launched the project “The Tarantella is addictive”, a musical performance of great impact and success that has received an enthusiastic response from the public. Accordion maestro from Reggio Calabria, singer, tambourine player and dancer.
Originally from Fuscaldo, Calabria, she's a singer, guitarist, bassist, drummer and dancer. She is one of the pillars of the group 'Le muse del Mediterraneo', and is well known in Calabria for her many activities in the panorama of popular music. She has been collaborating with Calabria Sona from the beginning of her professional career, and has been teaching music to children since she was 16 years. Maddalena plays the guitar, bass, drums, vocals, bagpipes, sax, guitar, Calabrian lyre.
Santa Taranta is a group of talented musicians from the Australian folk and jazz scene who have teamed up to reinvent the folk music of Southern Italy, giving it a local accent.
Inspired by this mission, the music of Santa Taranta is contagious: their goal is to bring new energy into the local music scene, creating new bridges and points of contact between different cultures.
THE RUSTICA PROJECT
Melbourne band who focuses on the execution of Calabrian folk music with a twist of contemporary pop. The music produced by The Rustica Project is innovative and engaging, pulsating with irresistible rhythms and characterized by
traditional instruments such as the Calabrian lyre and the diatonic accordion. The band consists of 5 members: Felice Paone, Elvira Andrioli, Fulvio Cabrera, Tony Villella and Anthony Stalio.
And there's more
All the activities carried out at the Festival, including storytelling, workshops, shows and exhibitions, aim to present the history, the music and dances of the Tarantella and the Pizzica as a source of knowledge, values and identity, a generational bridge and element of connection between ancient cultures like the Greek and the Italian ones.
During the Festival, three sets of artistic activities will be performed:
MUSIC & DANCE SHOWS
Songs and dances will be accompanied by Southern Italian traditional musical instruments. The professional dancers will invite the audience to dance with the artists during the performances, recreating the atmosphere of "festa di paese" of Southern Italy.
MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTIONS
The multimedia exhibitions will highlight the works of Australian artists of Calabrian origins. They will explore the notions of belonging, cultural identity and migration experience, and will be held during the workshops, at the press conference, at the opening ceremony and during all concert activities of the Festival.
Community dance workshops and sessions by instructors will be held over the days of the Festival during shows and performances, in designated areas or in front of the stage.
PRE FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS
From 1st to 30th November there will be a series of workshops at primary schools, at the Italian Social Associations and at the Assistance Centers for elderly people. Pre-Festival Workshops and other cultural activities will be implemented in bilingual elementary schools and in elderly centers located in areas with a high density of Italian citizens or citizens of Italian origin. Participating organizations – coordinated by Co.As.It of Melbourne - include: Fitzroy North Primary School, Footscray Primary School, Brunswick South Primary School, S.Carlo Elderly centre.
The artists of The Rustica Project will conduct a workshop to teach the basic steps and training of the dance retracing its origins and cultural values.
David De Santi by Zumpa will be holding a music workshop to teach children the main features of Tarantella music and how to play a traditional song using various tools.
Elvira Andrioli presents a singing workshop where she will teach the audience words, rhythm and melody of a traditional song of Southern Europe. She will guide the participants in exploring the lyrics of the song and the traditional polyphonic way of singing.
Michele Pacelli, Italian dancer and percussionist, presents the basic percussion techniques based on the rhythmic signature of the more traditional sounds of the Tarantella.
ECHOES OF TRADITION: THE TARANTELLA JOURNEY
A SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Segmento Foundation is about to launch a new exciting project: a documentary on the importance of cultural traditions and folklore in an increasingly modern, multicultural, lively and diverse world.
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