Antonio Castrignanò - Fomenta
Ponderosa Music & Art - March 2014
Fomenta – Ilenu de Taranta, Castrignanò’s new recording project, is yet another turning point in his already eclectic artistic career. Together with Turkish DJ and producer Mercan Dede, the traditional Pizzica is regenerated and inspired by the sounds of today, creating an atmosphere comparable to that of electronic raves.
15 years ago, after a massive immigration wave that depopulated the region during the 50s, and facing the retracing of Europe’s borders, the nine villages of the Greek Salento region – a vestige of Byzantine domination and Ancient Greece – wished to reaffirm their identity. “This is where our traditional music gets back to its fundamental roots, providing us with a solution when facing the anxieties of globalization and the modern world”. This linguistic idiosyncrasy isn’t a barrier between Antonio and our society. On the contrary, In his music, traditional instruments coexist with technological innovations, while he seamlessly bridges the gap between the old and the new.
Singing in the Lecce’s dialect and also in Griko Salentino, Antonio Castrignanò keeps this traditional music alive, all, while lending it a new and modern environment in which to thrive, and Mercan Dede’s electronic mastery blends in perfectly with the album’s traditional roots.