This week our invitation is to let go, to loosen any inhibitory brake, to open the heart and feel your blood flow through your veins. This is the only way in which we can allow ourselves to listen to the folk music of a warm and passionate south. The music that the Giuliano Gabriele Trio offers us with the concert “Danze di Passione e Malavita” scheduled on May 2nd at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
The title alone warrants a second mention. Passion and underworld, two concepts that can only cross in the most authentic south, mixing ancient serenades with the procession that bows to the Boss, the pagan rituals of the man-animal with the code of silence that is omertà, the evil eye with set tables, the luminaries of feasts with the news stands of saints.
It is a music that opens the dances of a profound psychic distress, dances that unfold on the incessant rhythms of a frame drum, primitive percussion instrument whose origin is lost in the mists of time. Ancient ballads, tarantellas, pinches and serenades unfold on the vocal cords of Giuliano Gabriele, at times hardened and harsh, at others more gentle and sinuous. To soften the drum beats played by Eduardo Vessella, come the viola and the Calabrian lyre by Lucia Cremonesi, who together with the accordion create an intimate and intense concert.
It is a music that intends to sing of an ancient, primordial yet modern south, capable of remaining the same over the centuries, as if petrified by a basilisk. That south you meet at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, on the Aspromonte paths, between the banks of the Vucciria of Palermo, in the countryside of Ciociaria or among the centuries-old olive trees of Salento.
Giuliano Gabriele is considered one of the most interesting artists of the Italian music scene. His participation in the most prestigious European festivals, from the Moods in Zurich to the Dhow Festival in Qatar, from the European Jazz Expo in Cagliari to the Ravenna Festival, allow him to stand out due to the passion with which he knows how to engage his audience. In his curriculum he even boasts a collaboration as an actor and musician alongside the great choreographer, dancer and mime Lindsay Kemp in “Pathos, the tragedy of the Trojans, from Euripides to Seneca”. And it’s not a trivial matter.
His second album “Madre” enters the prestigious Top 20 World Music Charts Europe. He is considered, quite rightly, the leader of a new generation that has been able to revitalize the southern musical repertoire with great energy. And to put it in the words of Ernesto Assante … “an excellent protagonist of today’s revival of Italian folk, who looks forward boldly”.
Giuliano Gabriele Trio, Thursday May 2nd at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, via Pietro de Coubertin 30. Tel. 0680241281.
Photos by Rudy and Peter Skitterians.