Author Topic: Not your grandfather's tarantella: or Gentlemen/women do play the accordian  (Read 290 times)

Offline rpf

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There's been a revival and expansion of tarantella - which is thought to have its roots in Dionysian rites of over 2000 years ago - in southern Italy over the last couple of decades. Other musical styles and instrumentation have recently been incorporated into it also, making for some great, interesting music.

The instrumentation is highly eclectic with - traditionally - various types of tamborines, accordions (button and piano), guitars (chittara battente, spanish, classical), mandolins, ouds, fiddles, lira, shawns, flutes, clarinets (and sometimes horns), castanets, and bagpipes utilized. Piano, bass and modern drum kits have also sometimes been added, and some instruments are often electrified.

The dancing is not usually the circle type seen at weddings in this country but rather a single or couples (of any gender) dance with fairly intricate steps and a lot of grace and expressiveness. The music often builds in intensity (tempo, dynamics) and/or complexity (additional instruments and voices, pitch changes, ornamentation, and major/minor mode shifts). The vids range from very lyrical to very rhythmic in emphasis (at best, both at the same time).
No phones, no tinny laptop/iPad speakers please: decent earbuds at least - or you'll probably miss some of the instruments and lines.

Mimmo Cavallaro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnWdE9V-0yQ

Le Briganti di Terra d'Otranto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjmNWAXQeFw

Le Muse del Mediterraneo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGahWhpHx4k

Eugenio Bennato
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgPbOGmTAB8

I Beddi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gX77h23gB4&start_radio=1&list=RD6gX77h23gB4

Notte della Taranta
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPfmzobjdVQ

Tamburellisti di Torrepaduli
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8tBkewq21Q

Karadros
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvWlV-MIrvg

Alla Bua
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHk7JQzddkw

Taran Project
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhF6leskxkQ




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Offline Nick B

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There's been a revival and expansion of tarantella - which is thought to have its roots in Dionysian rites of over 2000 years ago - in southern Italy over the last couple of decades. Other musical styles and instrumentation have recently been incorporated into it also, making for some great, interesting music.

The instrumentation is highly eclectic with - traditionally - various types of tamborines, accordions (button and piano), guitars (chittara battente, spanish, classical), mandolins, ouds, fiddles, lira, shawns, flutes, clarinets (and sometimes horns), castanets, and bagpipes utilized. Piano, bass and modern drum kits have also sometimes been added, and some instruments are often electrified.

The dancing is not usually the circle type seen at weddings in this country but rather a single or couples (of any gender) dance with fairly intricate steps and a lot of grace and expressiveness. The music often builds in intensity (tempo, dynamics) and/or complexity (additional instruments and voices, pitch changes, ornamentation, and major/minor mode shifts). The vids range from very lyrical to very rhythmic in emphasis (at best, both at the same time).
No phones, no tinny laptop/iPad speakers please: decent earbuds at least - or you'll probably miss some of the instruments and lines.

Mimmo Cavallaro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnWdE9V-0yQ

Le Briganti di Terra d'Otranto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjmNWAXQeFw

Le Muse del Mediterraneo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGahWhpHx4k

Eugenio Bennato
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgPbOGmTAB8

I Beddi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gX77h23gB4&start_radio=1&list=RD6gX77h23gB4

Notte della Taranta
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPfmzobjdVQ

Tamburellisti di Torrepaduli
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8tBkewq21Q

Karadros
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvWlV-MIrvg

Alla Bua
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHk7JQzddkw

Taran Project
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhF6leskxkQ


Wow, Iím exhausted watching them dance. The ladies and their twirling and the huge crowd that looked like a rave (not that Iíve attended one). The intensity does indeed build as you say. Interesting blend of instruments and that horizontal accordion was quite interesting to see. It would be fun to see in person, but Iíd be watching and not participating 😁
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