We talked a few weeks ago about the city of Loano Prize for popular music, on the occasion of the announcement of the winners of the various categories. Here we return to talk about it because 20 to 25 July, right in town, there will be a series of events that will celebrate the music, dances and, in general, the various phenomena associated with the expressions of oral tradition, collected in a survey that will see the participation of some of the most iconic names in the Italian world music scene.
As was announced on the Facebook page of the organizers (who a few days have also published the story in pictures of the prize) the festival – whose spirit is obviously represented by the slogan that stands on the poster “The deep roots do not freeze” – will be the opportunity to follow many concerts, to meet many members of the traditional music of our regions, to participate in moments of reflection and analysis on dances and folk songs. It will also be the occasion for the official delivery of the prizes to the winners: the prize was awarded to “Terra ca nun senti”, the album by Rita Botto and Banda di Avola (will be delivered July 25) , the Lifetime Achievement Award to Peppe Barra (will be delivered on July 22), the premium Cultural Reality 2014 to Mauro Balma, researcher and scholar of popular music from Liguria (will be delivered July 23).
The two more “important” musical events propose the Mediterranean connotations of the music of southern Italy. On July 23, will perform Mimmo Cavallaro, Calabrian artist, founder of several popular music ensemble (Folia, Taranta khan, Taranproject), a member of Taranta Power of Eugenio Bennato and an integral part of CalabriaSona, project about promotion and coordination of music initiatives in Calabria. The concert (entitled “Meeting with Mimmo Cavallaro”) will be the occasion for the presentation of the last album of the multi-instrumentalist and researcher of Locride, titled Sacro et Profano, in which it is merged with a selection of over thirty songs of devotion and secular repertoire of Calabria. July 24 – after a meeting entitled “The award meets the voices of the city” on the theme of women’s experiences in popular song, coordinated by Enrico De Angelis and John Vignola – will perform the mandolin virtuoso Mimmo Epifani. A native of San Vito dei Normanni, Epifani has distinguished himself in the international music scene for playing with the technique of originality mandola “barber”, which was taught in the barber shop by Costantino Vita and “Master” Peppu D’Augusta.
The full program can be found here.
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