The meridiana (=sundial) shows us the time by using sunlight and the shadow it casts. Meridiana, the new album from Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (CGS), is the tale of our own relationship with time. 12 tracks like the 12 hours marked by the sundial. 12 songs where past and present overlap, time dilates and contracts, until it disappears. A synaesthesia of voices with an ancient color, that sounds fresh and makes you travel far.
The themes of the album revolve around the vast concept of time. Starting with the peculiarity of this kind of music: CGS translate for today a music and a dance that comes from the past. And many are the inspirations, from folklore to news, to the reading of various texts about time, touching disciplines like philosophy, physics, sociology, mythology and fiction.
Meridiana projects 12 songs, 12 lines of light and shadow, contemporary storytellers of today’s Italy.
The website Meridiana is an immersive experience, with multidisciplinary contents: music, images, texts, educational videos and contemporary art pieces linked to the concepts of the album.
The different contents have been curated by important artists and personalities. Visual works, photos and videos will be entrusted to three artists from Salento, showing CGS’s desire to open and interact with the main realities in their territory: visual artist Luca Coclite, photographer Francesco Sambati, filmmaker Gabriele Surdo.
Scientific educational videos, regarding different sides of the speculation about time, will be taken care of by experts of philosophy, ethnomusicology, anthropology, physics.
Formed by writer Rina Durante in 1975, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (CGS) is regarded as Italy’s leading and longest-standing traditional music ensemble, hailing from the Salento, the heel of the Italian boot, in Puglia.
Italy’s fascinating dichotomy of tradition and modernity come together in the music of CGS: the seven piece band and dancer are the leading exponents in a new wave of young performers re-inventing Southern Italy’s Pizzica musical and dance traditions, said to cure the Taranta spider’s bite with its frenzied trance dances for today’s global audience.
CGS shows are a life explosion: full of energy, passion, rhythm and mystery, they bring the audience from the past into modernity, and back.
Leadership of the ensemble was handed down to bandleader, fiddler, and drummer Mauro Durante by his acclaimed father Daniele, in 2007. CGS has revitalized the tradition and continues to innovate and energize, bringing decades of experience playing with global artists like Ballake Sissoko, Ibrahim Maalouf, Piers Faccini, contemporary classical composers Ludovico Einaudi, and pop mavericks Stewart Copeland of The Police.
Critically acclaimed with 20 albums and countless live performances throughout USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, in 2018 CGS was awarded Best Group at the Songlines Music Awards.
Mauro Durante: violin, frame drums, vocals
Giulio Bianco: zampogna (Italian bagpipes), harmonica, recorders, clarinet
Massimiliano Morabito: organetto (diatonic accordion)
Emanuele Licci: vocals, guitar, bouzouki
Giancarlo Paglialunga: vocals, tamburello, bendir
Silvia Perrone: dance
Alessia Tondo: vocals, castanets, daf, tamburello
Francesco Aiello: sound engineer
a project by Mauro Durante
visual project by Luca Coclite
photos by Francesco Sambati
Music videos direction and concept by Gabriele Surdo
Vernissage curation by Laura Perrone
web design by OPS Studio
Philosophy by Maura Gancitano and Andrea Colamedici from Tlon
Physics by Domenico Licchelli from Osservatorio Astrofisico R.P.Feynman
Science by Roberto Vacca
Ethnomusicology by Gianfranco Salvatore from Unisalento
Music Anthropology by Massimiliano Morabito from Conservatorio di Musica T. Schipa di Lecce
Human rights by Francesca Corbo from Amnesty International Italia
Mauro Durante: frame drums, violin, vocals
Giulio Bianco: recorders, whistles, clarinet, harmonica, zampogna
Emanuele Licci: vocals, bouzouki, guitar, battente guitar; tamburello in Ronda
Massimiliano Morabito: diatonic accordion
Giancarlo Paglialunga: vocals, tamburello, calebas
Alessia Tondo: vocals, castanets; tamburello in Ronda
Silvia Perrone: dance
Sunny Jain - dhol, effects
Lynn Ligammari - soprano saxophone
Sonny Singh - trumpet
John Altieri - sousaphone
Enzo Avitabile: voice and pentarpa in Tic e Tac
Justin Adams: electric guitar
Giacomo Greco: synth, sound design; additional production on Balla Nina, Pizzica Bhangra, Lu Sittaturu and Ninnarella
Valerio “Combass” Bruno: electric bass
Antonio “Dema” De Marianis: additional percussions in Tic e Tac
produced by JUSTIN ADAMS & MAURO DURANTE
mixed by Francesco Aiello at Boombox Recording Studio
Mastered by Tim Oliver at Top Cat Studios
executive production by Titti Santini
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all our families. rina durante, daniele durante, rossella pinto and all the artists who were part of CGS since 1975,
justin adams, sunny jain and red baraat, giacomo greco, enzo avitabile, valerio bruno, dema, titti santini and ponderosa, gabriele surdo, puglia sounds, claudia sergio, ludovico einaudi, vincenzo de pinto, luca coclite, laura perrone, renato colaci, stefano manca, francesco del prete, claudia pedone, carlo rovelli, gianfranco salvatore, carlo alberto ratti, massimo armeni, roberto vacca, jovanotti, maura gancitano, andrea colamedici, domenico licchelli, riccardo noury, francesca corbo, amnesty international.