Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Award-Winning Italian World Music Group

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

JUN 11–23 | 37th San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 20
Miner Auditorium

Please note: Dance floor is General Admission standing room only. If you would prefer seats, please select a different level for this show.

With “few peers in contemporary world music” (New Yorker), Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino has been bringing the uproarious music and dance of Southern Italy to new audiences for over four decades. Founded by journalist, author, and Salentine musical scholar Caterina “Rina” Durante in the mid-1970s, CGS spearheaded a revival of the ancient folk music form pizzica tarantata that was born in Puglia’s Salento region, infusing it with a contemporary sensibility and rambunctious energy. Violinist and percussionist Mauro Durante, nephew of Rina Durante and son of founding bandleader Daniele Durante, has performed with the band since age 14 and took over as leader in 2007, enlisting a new crop of prodigiously talented young vocalists and instrumentalists to take the legacy of CGS and the pizzica tradition into the 21st century.

In 2010 CGS was awarded Best Italian World Music Group at Italy’s MEI confab, and most recently, the band was crowned Best Group at the 2018 Songlines Music Awards in London. The group has also collaborated often with Ludovico Einaudi, including most recently on his highly-acclaimed 2015 Taranta Project.

A collaborator with Italian superstar composer Ludovido Einaudi and Balkan bandleader genius Goran Bregović, Durante has expanded the reach of pizzica to embrace influences from around the world and welcome collaborators including French-Lebanese quarter-tone trumpet virtuoso Ibrahim Maalouf and Police drummer Stewart Copeland. The band’s newest album, Canzoniere (songbook), features contributions from songwriters Michael Leonhart (Bruno Mars, Steely Dan), and Joe Mardin (Aretha Franklin, George Benson) – son of legendary Atlantic records producer Arif Mardin.

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"Crowned 'Best Group' at the 2018 Songlines Music Awards."

A collaborator with Italian superstar composer Ludovido Einaudi and Balkan bandleader genius Goran Bregović, Durante has expanded the reach of pizzica to embrace influences from around the world and welcome collaborators.

WITH SUPPORT FROM

Italian Consulate of San Francisco Istituto Italiano Di Cultura San Francisco

Puglia

A band rooted in the past but thoroughly contemporary…both of the moment and timeless.

PopMatters

A band rooted in the past but thoroughly contemporary…both of the moment and timeless.

PopMatters

Personnel

Mauro Durante violin, percussion, & vocals
Giulio Bianco recorder, bagpipes, & harmonica
Emanuele Licci bouzouki, guitar, & vocals
Massimiliano Morabito accordion
Giancarlo Paglialunga percussion & vocals
Alessia Tondo vocals
Silvia Perrone dance

Traditional music has rarely sounded more intense, mysterious and urgent.

The Independent

Personnel

Mauro Durante violin, percussion, & vocals
Giulio Bianco recorder, bagpipes, & harmonica
Emanuele Licci bouzouki, guitar, & vocals
Massimiliano Morabito accordion
Giancarlo Paglialunga percussion & vocals
Alessia Tondo vocals
Silvia Perrone dance

Traditional music has rarely sounded more intense, mysterious and urgent.

The Independent

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