Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino performing live on Druga godba festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 30 May 2015
Background information
Origin Lecce, Salento, Italy
Genres Pizzica, world music, folk
Years active 1975–present
Labels Ponderosa music&art
Website www.canzonieregrecanicosalentino.net

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (CGS), formed by writer Rina Durante in 1975, is a traditional music ensemble from Salento, Italy. The seven piece band and dancer perform a contemporary style of Southern Italy's traditional Pizzica music and dance. According to the group's website, it has performed with musical artists including Ballaké Sissoko, Ibrahim Maalouf, Piers Faccini, composer Ludovico Einaudi, and pop drummer (Stewart Copeland of The Police. CGS opened the Concertone of La Notte della Taranta in Melpignano in front of over 100.000 people.

Based in Lecce, the group performs concerts under the direction of fiddler, and drummer Mauro Durante. Durante took over as bandleader from his father, Daniele Durante, in 2007. Previously, Durante was the musical assistant to Einaudi, Maestro Concertatore of the La Notte della Taranta festival.

CGS has recorded 18 albums and performed in the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. In 2010, CGS was awarded Best Italian World Music Group at the Meeting of Independent Labels festival in Italy.

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Discography[edit]

  • 1977 – Canti di Terra d'Otranto e della Grecia Salentina
  • 1980 – Concerto 1
  • 1983 – Come farò a diventare un mito
  • 1985 – Concerto 2
  • 1988 – Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
  • 1991 – Concerto 3
  • 1994 – Sutt'acqua e sutta ientu navegamu
  • 1994 – Mamminieddhu Zuccaratu
  • 1997 – Ni pizzicau lu core
  • 1998 – Ballati tutti quanti ballati forte
  • 2000 – Canti e pizzichi d'amore
  • 2000 – Carataranta
  • 2001 – Pizzica pizzica
  • 2002 – Alla riva del mare
  • 2002 – Serenata
  • 2010 – Focu d'amore
  • 2012 – Pizzica Indiavolata
  • 2015 – Quaranta

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2010 – Best Italian World Music Band – MEI's confab
  • 2011 – Babel Med Music selection
  • 2012 – globalFEST NYC selection
  • 2012 – Womex selection
  • 2013 – SXSW selection
  • 2013 – Montreal International Jazz Festival selection
  • 2013 – Womad selection

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