We have announced several times that the project has the merit of raising the people’s music to a higher level without a doubt than the traditional one. But above all because it brought to the attention of the general public the work and programmatic intentions of so many players operating in a traditionally coveted niche. It is “iWorld. Festival of contemporary music “, a two-day meetings and concerts organized – according to the formula and deepening entertainment – at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and the MUSA, the Museum of Musical Instruments of the Academy of Santa Cecilia. As is evident, the places that have welcomed the event are the most important places for music in our country. The first because it has long been the framework for international artists, who perform in the beautiful spaces designed by Renzo Piano, in the context of a tight program, and of the highest quality profile, oriented by the Fondazione Musica per Roma. The second because it is the point of convergence of the studies on oral tradition music of Italian regions, in which were settled archives and finally found a space, configured as a place of confrontation, those working in the sector. The organizers of the festival have (among other things) also wanted to promote this form of communication, this necessary connection between research and the show, including the promotion and study, the music economy, the recording industry and the interpretation and revived the oral tradition repertoire. The leader of this project is iCompany, a young company (with “iWorld” celebrated its first year of operation) that deals with discography, concerts, events and that, among the most flattering activity which can boast, from care ‘last year the program of the concert on May 1 St John’s Square in Rome. The artists who performed at the Petrassi Hall on Friday evenings 5 and Saturday, February 6 have been carefully selected among those capable of representing some of the best popular music of our country, on the one hand, and have developed a coherent vision of processing and transformation of the most recognizable codes of the expressive traditions of their areas of origin. The show on Friday – presented and conducted by Valerio Corzani, historical voice of Radio Three and musician with some of the most interesting formations of our newly independent music history, like Mau Mau and Mazapegul – he was inaugurated by Gabriele Giuliano, winner of the Prix Andrea Parodi 2015. The Lazio musician has proposed a set full of good ideas, oriented to popular songs and original, accompanied by a band consisting of drums, violin and lyre, guitar, bass guitar and traditional percussion. He followed the spectacle of the Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Salento band among the best known abroad, who received the award “Choice Blogfoolk / MEI” for best world music album of the year for “Forty album”, delivered at the historical group (founded by Rina Durante in 1975) directly from Salvatore Esposito and Ciro De Rosa, respectively managing editor and head of Blogfoolk director. The final part of the set has been entrusted to the resounding performance of Tarantolati of Tricarico. The evening of Saturday, has instead seen alternating on stage Petrassi of the Italo-Greek singer Marina Mulopulos, Mimmo Cavallaro and the Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio. The latter, especially, has been able to synthesize a large part of the spirit of the event, which can be reflected, without forcing, in the encounter and cultural extra testing of musical expressions of different origins. As said, the show has been integrated with the deepening. Of this integration have dealt Blogfoolk – the most coherent and structured newspaper in Italy in the field of world music – and imbalances, the publisher of popular music and of both historical and contemporary studies on them. The meetings were held at the MUSA (in the room which is accessed after the splendid museum of the instruments) on the basis of an effective rule, which may be described as follows: we look at the popular music of yesterday and we analyze, we study, we record, we spread, we transform popular music of today. Besides, through the choice of the adjective “current” inserted in the title of the exhibition has wanted to sign a definitive orientation of many studies and interpretative intentions. Namely, first of all, the will to overcome a dualism, not only formal, which stiffens the same repertoires: namely between tradition and innovation. And then the need to perceive these musical forms as contemporary and as current most widespread. Which, in hindsight, respond often, if not the same, many dynamics affecting popular music. This is one of the more sharply by afternoon sessions on Friday and Saturday emerged data. On the one hand through the presence, around the same table, scholars, journalists and musicians. The other through the performance of extraordinary artists, like French singer Sylvie Genovese researcher who presented her new album “Strings Migrants”, and multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Molise Giuseppe “Spedino” Moffa, accompanied by Alessandro D’Alessandro to ‘ organ and Gian Michele Montanaro to frame drum. On the other side through two meetings. The first focused on the presentation of the book, published by imbalances, “Traditional Music of Umbria. Recordings of Diego Carpitella and Tullio Seppilli (1956) “, which was attended by Piero G. Arcangeli – author with Valentino Paparelli – Lucilla Galeazzi, Sandro Portelli and Maurizio Agamemnon. The second meeting took place on Saturday afternoon on the theme “From historical recordings to contemporary music.” They have discussed Vincenzo Santoro, Maurizio Agamemnon, Valerio Corzani, Ciro De Rosa and Salvatore Esposito.
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