A Filetta

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A Filetta is an all-male singing group that performs traditional music from Corsica. This group was created in 1978 by Michele Frassati. He enlisted Corsican singers so that the traditional Corsican singing style (polyphony) would not be forgotten by everyone. To assert its Corsican identity, the group's name refers to a kind of fern that grows on the island of Corsica.

For over 35 years, A Filetta has been singing traditional polyphony but also knows how to innovate. The group does not hesitate to create, open itself to the world, to other cultures, to everybody. They have recorded extensively and performed around the world. In 2009, they performed in France, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Brazil, in the Baltic States, Belgium, Italy, and Austria. The year 2010 brought them, as example, to Japan, Korea, Réunion. They also recorded their latest CD "Mistico Méditerraneo" with Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura.

The group is currently composed of 6 singers:

  • Jean-Claude Acquaviva (since 1978);
  • Paul Giansily (since 1983);
  • Jean-Luc Geronimi (since 1994);
  • Jean Sicurani (since 1978);
  • Maxime Vuillamier (since 1989);
  • Ceccè Acquaviva (since 2005).

Discography[edit]

  • 1981 : Machja n’avemu un altra
  • 1982 : O'Vita
  • 1984 : Cun tè
  • 1987 : Sonnii Zitillini and In l'abbriu di e stagioni
  • 1989 : A U VISU DI TANTI
  • 1992 : AB’ETERNU (diapason d'or)
  • 1994 : UNA TARRA CI HE (choc du monde de la musique)
  • 1997 : PASSIONE (diapason d'or et choc du monde de la musique)
  • 1998 : Soundtrack "Don Juan" by Jacques Weber
  • 1999 : Soundtrack "Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef" by Éric Valli
  • 2000 : Soundtrack "Le libertin" by Jacques Weber
  • 2000 : Participation at the soundtrack of "Comme un aimant" by Kamel Saleh and Akhenaton
  • 2001 : Soundtrack "Le Peuple migrateur" by Jacques Perrin
  • 2002 : INTANTU (Deda), reviewed as a "remarkable CD" by The Independent[1]
  • 2002 : DVD : "A FILETTA, voix corses" by Don Kent (Éditions Montparnasse)
  • 2003 : SI DI MÈ
  • 2005 : Soundtrack "Liberata" France 3
  • 2006 : MEDEA
  • 2008 : BRACANÀ (Deda/Harmonia Mundi distr.)
  • 2009 : DVD "TRENT'ANNI POCU, TRENT'ANNI ASSAI" : a documentary by Cathy Rocchi and a concert at the Oratoire de Calvi, + bonus + a CD with songs. (Harmonia Mundi)
  • 2011 : MISTICO MEDITERRANEO with Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura
  • 2011 : DI CORSICA RIPOSU - Requiem pour deux regards with Daniele di Bonaventura

Awards[edit]

  • Grand Prix de l'académie Charles Cros (1995 et 2008)
  • Diapason d'Or (1993, 1997)
  • Choc du Monde de la Musique (1993, 1995, 1997)
  • César de la meilleure musique de film pour "Himalaya l'Enfance d'un chef" (2000)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Independent, January 24, 2010

Bibliography[edit]

"A Filetta - tradition et ouverture", by Jean-Claude Casanova - Colonna Editions, Ajaccio, 2009

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