Vacanti sugnu china
The CD contains many different moments, both musically and emotionally;
subjects flow between the songs, alternate and converse with each other.
The CD consists of traditional songs and new compositions in Sicilian by Matilde POLITI. The tradition is approached in an immediate way, searching for the original sounds; the original songs are arranged with aesthetic freedom to follow the demands that the content arises, to explicate the best in music. Thus, each piece comes with its own characteristics: some are rich in colors, not properly Sicilians, but Africans and gypsies, Arabs or Neapolitans, always in dialogue with the Sicilian language which is the container.
Vacanti Sugnu China means, more or less, "empty I'm full," a very rare condition in which the balance between positive and negative emotions, the eternal seesaw of demons within the human being is in a magical balance where everything is harmonized, it is empty and full at the same time, it is the union of opposites in a little moment of bliss.
The CD contains many different moments, both musically and emotionally; subjects flow between the songs, alternate and converse with each other, the eternal conundrum of love, the human desire for freedom, to dream your own perspective, to build your own path free of territorial or conventional, legal or bureaucratic, economic or moral boundaries to migrate in search of better living conditions, free to stay where your own roots are to continue feeding with new plantings and new crops our land, the land that nourishes, the Mother Earth is hosting us all.
The point of view expressed is decidedly feminine, while placing the urgent need to rewrite the board of gender roles in today's society. The hymn to resistance, which explodes in Blatte (cockroaches), is dedicated and addressed at the same time to many of us: the ones who tries to survive, heroically or meanly, but without succumbing to illusions and false gods, just like cockroaches in a world adrift and severely at risk, open eyes and heart in the hand.
From a formal point of view, the CD consists of traditional songs and new compositions in Sicilian by Matilde Politi.
The tradition is approached in an immediate way, searching for the original sounds, not starting from the aesthetic form but from the research of the spirit of song, and of the concrete and magic function that it was intended to accomplish.
The original songs, however, are arranged with aesthetic freedom to follow, perhaps dramatically, the demands that the content arises, to explicate the best in music. Thus, each piece comes with its own characteristics: some are rich in colors, not properly Sicilians, but Africans and gypsies, Arabs or Neapolitans, always in dialogue with the Sicilian language which is the container, some characterized by a rather low technical quality in favor of the impromptu moment, a fragment of music, captured almost by accident, resonates inside the soundscape and the emotions generated it, so unique: it the be the shore or the silence of the room at night, rather than designed and arranged in a studio, with all the care that it takes so that the sound of each instrument remains faithfully and simply itself.
Born in Palermo, with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Sociology, the University of Rome in 1999, Matilde POLITI works in music and theater since 1992. The theatrical training takes place mainly at the Fondazione Pontedera Teatro, in the context of experimental theater. During the years she has pursued a path of self-training through seminars and workshops of various kinds, accompanied by a constant research and experimentation, and an intense series of performances with American, Spanish and Sicilian folk repertoire. Since 2000 she chose to devote herself mainly to the research work on the repertoire of Sicilian oral tradition, research that widens constantly refering to the traditional music of the Mediterranean area. Researches continue through trips to the Mediterranean and Africa lands, to learn about instruments and practices of other musical cultures. Since 2003, in Palermo, is also committed to the social integration of migrants through music, supporting the creation of multi-ethnic performances aimed at encouraging contacts between people and cultures.
Matilde Politi sings and plays several instruments (guitar, accordion, tambourine, percussion, jew's harp).
Matilde POLITI from Felmay Shop
Matilde Politi voice, guitar, accordeon, concertina, balafon, jew’s harp, tamburello, percussions
Simona Di Gregorio voice, accordeon diatonique, jew’s harp, tamburello, percussions
Enrico Tinelli - Teleborderline (music and guitar in Vacanti sugnu china)
Charles Ferris - trumpet and trombone in Blatte
Gabriele Politi violin, viola, mandolino, oud, chorus
Doudou Diouf flute tokhoro, voice, banjo, acoustic guitar, electric bass, djembe, percussions
Lelio Giannetto double bass, chorus