Sergio Torsello, the artistic director of the La Notte della Taranta, died a few days ago died of a heart attack. The world of music and popular culture is in mourning because Torsello – along with some scholars and other enthusiasts of the popular culture of Salento – represented the new course of the cultural policies of our country. That in Salento has witnessed the affirmation of a new dynamic, centered on the enhancement of popular musical expressions (and, in general, the culture of oral tradition) as flying concrete and alternative economy, within which, over the past few years, numerous initiatives have taken shape, that made the Salento one of the most popular destinations from the flows of cultural tourism and more. Torsello was artistic director of La Notte della Taranta – the largest European event dedicated to popular music – since 2001 and in recent weeks was busy planning the next edition, which was presented in Rome on 27 March to the Hall of the foreign press. For the 2015 edition of the “concertone” in Melpignano (Lecce) will be coordinated by the British guitarist Phil Manzanera, who will play the concert master, like many great artists have done before him, representing the best not only traditional but also international profile of the event: from Joe Zavinul to Steward Copeland, up to Ludovico Einaudi and Ambrogio Sparagna.
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