the work that has been done “made possible in recent years to give the Taranta a recognizable and now spread in an even broader context of national borders: evidently, this music touches the sensitive points of the human being, and sensitive points have no borders. ”
The Notte della Taranta is a traveling music festival that takes place in various locations of Salento, to flow into the great spectacle of the final concert of Melpignano. The idea of the festival is born in the late nineties with the main intention of promoting the traditional music of Salento, intent that has been integrated over the years with a view to the enhancement of many cultural elements and local identity. Perspective which in turn has been inserted in a complex project – which is unprecedented in Italy – to promote the area and the development of a cultural economy that is bringing great results. In fact, says the president of the Puglia Region, “is not folklore, but the announcement of another development system. Experiment that demonstrates how material wealth can not be derived from another except by the immaterial, through an ordinary reconstruction model of civil life”. It is not a trivial matter, not only because it is the announcement of a special program in relation to the cultural heritage, which is perceived as a set of elements that can acquire a commercial value. But rather because it is already in place structuring and coordination of a range of competencies and politico-cultural programs involving public and private entities, scholars, and administrators, whether local or not, which work in order to develop an innovative model that has much success abroad.
It is no coincidence, in fact, that the Orchestra Popolare Notte della Taranta – an ensemble of about thirty musicians – is engaged throughout the year in concerts all over the world. As stated in the website “is the powerful tool of cultural promotion of a fascinating world in the world”, which only in recent months has crossed the stages of Boston, New York, Carthage.
At the same time the Orchestra Popolare is the backbone of the Concertone of Melpignano – a bit ‘as the Orchestra of the RAI for the festival of San Remo – at which relies on a master conductor which usually changes every year. For the year of 2013 the manager was the cellist Giovanni Sollima, which for the occasion has set to music the “Antidotum tarantulae”, a text written in the seventeenth century. by Athanasius Kircher, one of the first analyst of the phenomenon of tarantism.
As stated, the closing event of the Notte della Taranta is called Concertone. It is no coincidence. Beyond, in fact, of musical genres that intersect and cultural perspectives or policies pursued by the organizers and creators, Concertone is a great event for the names of the artists participating and the number of spectators who come from all over Italy. This year it was held last Saturday, August 24 and, according to estimates of the organizers, has attracted about 130,000 spectators. It was attended by artists of modern music and was broadcast live on television, on radio and streaming.
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