The Night of Taranta has reached the eighteenth edition. This year began on August 3 by touching the various countries of the Grecìa and of Salento. It will finish with the most anticipated event, which is also the most important in Italy and not only in this area: the now famous Concertone in Melpignano, which will be held the evening of 22 August. Those who follow the news about the popular music in our country, will have noticed not only a rich and differentiated program of high-profile artists. But also the presence of established critics, who often converge on the same subjects, although every year is enriched with interesting ideas. What year it seemed noteworthy over another it was a kind of disappearance of the object of criticism. The fact that is that little or nothing is discussed on popular music and the various forms which these take in social and political contemporaries, to the benefit of a series of observations on the process of organizing the event – comments which, of course, are often constructive because in each case define a conversational flow that falls and is reflected in the production of expression production, or at least in those in Salento are selected for this important festival. As every year, the element that more than any other attracts the attention is the master conductor. Since 1998 have followed the great artists to “drive” the orchestra, giving way to the thousands of spectators to broaden their listening experience and, above all, to experience the more original highlights that traditional Salento repertoires can radiate. This year it’s up to Phil Manzanera, extraordinaire guitarist and composer, who takes the baton, veering sharply from the traditional flow of “classic” played by the Popular Orchestra de La Notte della Taranta (made up of about thirty musicians from Salento), by Giovanni Sollima. From interviews to British guitarist (who has worked with many groups, including Roxy Music), it showed the intention to insist on rhythm and on the most crucial of the recorded tracks in the countryside documentary made by Alan Lomax in the fifties. In addition to directing the Orchestra, Manzanera has also chosen some guests, who will speak during the evening in the moments that, by tradition, are the most anticipated. These include Ligabue (certainly unexpected by most of the public) and Tony Allen, the father the Afro-beat.
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