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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino


The original brain child of the writer Rina Durante, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is the foremost traditional music band from Salento, in Puglia. The longstanding band came together some 35 years ago. In 2007, the lead passed from the original founder of the band, Daniele Durante, to his son Mauro (already a highly regarded frame drums player and violinist) who has played with numerous artists, such as Ludovico Einaudi, Piers Faccini, Ballake Sissoko, Ibrahim Maalouf, Stewart Copeland, and La Notte della Taranta. At the age of 26, Mauro Durante is the musical assistant to Ludovico Einaudi, Maestro Concertatore of La Notte della Taranta. Canzoniere performed live in front of more than 100,000 people to open the Concertone of La Notte della Taranta in Melpignano. 

With a range from the energetic pizzica pizzica, to the tenderness of songs of love and longing, from the festa-like exuberance of a local band, to an ironic glance towards modernity, Canzoniere provides an intense and atmospheric spectacle. Canzoniere’s live concerts are a life explosion: full of energy, passion, rhythm, and mystery. With 16 albums and numerous performances in Europe, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States, Canzoniere have always evoked an enthusiastic response from audiences and sensitively admiring reviews from the music press.

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Video 1/6/2012: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

The seven-piece band performs traditional Italian music, song, and dance ranging from tender love songs to pagan rites marked by the frenzied dance, pizzica tarantata, bringing 21st-century life to the beautiful folk music of Italy’s past.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino