La Macina, Group Research and folk song, became a kind of cultural heritage of our country. For longevity and, in general terms, for the way it led and developed his experience as a revival group, which runs through the various stages and the “territories” of the musical expressions of oral tradition since 1968. As Roberto Leydi wrote in 1998, on the occasion of the presentation of the album “Je se vedea le porte dell’affanno… Canti satirici e liceziosi della cultura orale marchigiana”, “among the many groups that, in recent years, have tried to animate the second Italian folk-revival [… ] the Macina occupies a special place and to my knowledge, unique. Leydi was probably referring to the most important feature of this group. The fact to be able to identify and fill a space in the balance between the spectacular reinterpretation and the study, analysis – often conducted with scientific rigor – of the repertoires of oral tradition of the Marche. Besides, the experience of many formations – hand in hand with the reflections of scholars who, in addition that repertoires, have focused on the analysis of the phenomena of revival – suggests the need to know the oral heritage of the areas to which it refers, and, above all, to acquire the appropriate interpretive tools to understand the meaning of the verbal content, but even those music and performance practices. In this way the experience of revival becomes more inclusive and – in the wake of a more detailed representation of the project, which could lead to even moments of analysis and comparison among scholars, enthusiasts, cultural operators, traditional singers and musicians – are often the same groups that organize exhibitions and musical and cultural events. This is the case of Monsano Folk Festival, the event this year is the twenty-ninth edition, which will take place in Monsano August 2 to 16. The organizer is Gastone Pietrucci, the founder and coordinator of La Macina, and this year has added to the program very interesting proposals, among which there are also events dedicated to the repertoires of Umbria. The first of these events is planned for Thursday August 7 and Saturday, August 9, at the Cloister at Villa Nappi. The title of the show is “Voices of Umbria. And the stars of heaven are ‘forty” and will be curated by Barbara Bucci, Gabriele Russo and Marco Baccarelli, three components of Sonidumbra, the most famous group that revival the popular repertoires of Umbria. The evening of the twenty-August will also turn of the new Brigata Pretolana, Umbrian group of Pretola (Pg), who will be performing in the show “Street Brigade pretolana / The tradition continues … Stories of village life sung and told with words and pictures”. The show will be held at the Cloister of St. Francis at 22. Among the many events we mention, finally, another that, even if indirectly, interested Umbria. It’s “Bella ciao 50″, a show of Gaston Pietrucci, Lucilla Galeazzi and La Macina celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the show premiered at the National Festival of Due Mondi in Spoleto in 1964. The event is scheduled at the opening of the festival, the August 2 in the Piazza dei Caduti.
The full program of the event can be found here.
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