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FERRANTE Massimo - U Ciucciu
U Ciucciu

Fy 8090
Dunya Records
1 CD

“Voices and sounds from Southern Italy” runs the subtitle of the debut album, from MASSIMO FERRANTE, an artist who, after a tough apprenticeship, has begun to win widespread popular and critical acclaim. The fruit of an assiduous quest for a sound striking a perfect balance between ancient and modern, U Ciucciu effortlessly spans the folk traditions of Sicily, Calabria and Campania stopping off in Abruzzo and even Greece along the way (by way of Salento's Greek immigrant culture on the song Klama). There's also room for an impassioned homage to the greats of Southern Italian folk music, especially Rosa Balistreri (on the celebrated "Mi votu e mi rivotu" and "Ch’è autu lu suli") and Otello Profazio (on "Mannaja all’ingegneri", "Amuri amuri", "U Ciucciu"), while of equal interest are FERRANTE's reworkings of a number of tunes salvaged from obscurity, eschewing fidelity to traditional forms in favour of a more creative revisitation. FERRANTE puts body and soul into his overhauls of everything from nursery rhymes and tammurriate to gangster tarantellas, fragments of 16th century erotic verse and work songs that evoke the hard life of peasant farmers. Not forgetting his occasional forays into politically and socially engaged song such as the CDs closing track, "Portella della Ginestra" with Ignazio Buttitta's magnificent lyrics (set to music by Otello Profazio) continuing to sound a powerful admonition not to forget one of the darkest and most tragic episodes in recent Italian history.
It's a highly accomplished debut album on which FERRANTE as well as singing also plays twelve string and Catanian guitar and is accompanied by musicians the calibre of Enrico Del Gaudio, Francesco Migliaccio, Auli Kokko, Daniele Sepe, Francesco Banchini, Nando Gandolfi and Massimo Cecchetti.
After U Ciucciu MASSIMO FERRANTE will no longer simply be known as "Daniele Sepe's singer".

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Massimo Ferrante voice, guitar
Antonio Critelli lira calabrese,
Carmine Bruno tammorre
Enrico Del Gaudio castagnette, percussion
Cristina Vetrone melodeom
Francesco Migliaccio accordeon, frame drums
Nando Gandolfi flute
Roberto Giangrande double bass
Adriana Buongiovanni voice
Auli Kokko voice
Cristina Florio voice
Franco Sansalone voice
Francesco Bianchini clarinet
Gino Evangelisti portoguese guitar, mandolin
Massimo Cecchetti bass
Daniele Sepe sax
Enrico Ferrante voice
Verruccia Ferrante voice
Franco Giacoia guitar
Lutte Berg electric guitars


from CD "Trallalero Levantìn"
20 October 2019 - h:17.00
Quintetto Nigra
Bioggio's Church
Via S. Maurizio 15
Bioggio - Ticino/Switzerland

24 October 2019 - h:19.00
Elva Lutza & Renat Sette
Albert-Raphael Theatre
Ramatuelle - France

25 October 2019 - h:20.30
Elva Lutza & Renat Sette
Auberge Roman
La Javie - France

26 October 2019 - h:20.30
Elva Lutza & Renat Sette
Eglise Saint Cassien
Tavernes - France

27 October 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree, Caitlinn nic Gowan, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh
Padova (PD) - Italy

27 October 2019 - h:17.00
Elva Lutza & Renat Sette
Eglise St. Martin
St Martin les Eaux - France

14 November 2019 - h:20.00
Birkin Tree
Frankfurt - Germany

14 November 2019 - h:21.00
Orchestra Bailam
Showcase new album "Trallalero Levantìn" and celebration of 30 years activity.
Teatro della Tosse
Piazza Renato Negri 6
Genoa - Italy

16 November 2019
Abdo/ Buda / Marconi(Karsilama)

- Chezy en Orxois


23 December 2019 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Piper's Night
Apricale (IM) - Italy

28 December 2019 - h:21.00
Paolo Bonfani & Martino Coppo
showcase new album "Pracina Stomp"

Rebora Festival
Enoteca di Ovada e del Monferrato
Ovada (AL) - Italy

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