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Note di tarantella

Piccioni e Compagnia | Giancarlo Paglialunga trio
Saturday 1 October 2022 - 20h00
Molière Theatre - Galerie de la Porte de Namur, 3 Square du Bastion, 1050 Bruxelles
SAT 01/10

The Note di tarantella brings together the best of the traditional music from southern Italy for a double concert of celebration, ritual, trance, and reunion!

Piccioni e Compagnia is the new project by master percussionist Andrea Piccioni (Masters of Frame Drums, Tesi-Vaillant-Piccioni) together with Italian singer Gabriella Aiello and the duo Nisia (Emanuela Lodato and Vincent Noiret). This ensemble goes back to the origins of the extensive and little-known repertoire of the Southern Italian oral tradition. Against today’s trends, the quartet goes back to the earlier, inseparable bond between voice and tambourine, the special melodies and their ritualistic, festive, hypnotic, uninhibited, purifying and sometimes even mystical character. They highlight this repertoire through the masterful use of the voices of two singers. The voices intertwine and merge and are supported by the male voices of the two other group members, by the driving percussion and double bass, and by the unique and catchy sound of the chitarra battente, the typical instrument for the south of Italy. Original arrangements breathe new life into the songs, respecting their deep character.

Then the younger generation comes into action, confirming in a way the revival of Salento’s musical traditions. Accustomed to international stages as a member of the Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino project, Giancarlo Paglialunga lends his voice and frenzied percussion to a personal project that exudes heritage. With his trio he regales us with songs and pizzica starting from Capo di Leuca and ending in dall’Arneo, sharing their traditions with a vocal and sound energy that has distinguished them for years on the national and international stages of traditional music.

Afterwards there will be a jam with the artists and musicians so don’t hestitate to stay a bit longer to enjoy this spontaneous musical party!

  • Gabriella Aiello: singing, castanets, tamburello
  • Emanuela Lodato: singing, tamburello, tammorra muta
  • Vincent Noiret: singing, contrabass, chitarra battente
  • Andrea Piccioni: singing, tamburello, tammorra, tammorra muta, sgnacchere, marranzano (jaw harp)


  • Giancarlo Paglialunga : tamburelli, singing
  • Giuseppe Anglano: accordion, singing
  • Massimiliano De Marco: guitar, singing

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