Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino


Founded in Puglia in 1975 by writer Rina Durante, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is the first and most important popular music Salentinian group. The fascinating dichotomy between tradition and modernity is what characterizes the CGS’s music: the group reinterprets in a more modern key the traditions that are typical of the famous ritual of the pizzica tarantata, which in ancient times had the power of healing from the bite of fearsome tarantula through music, dance, and trance.

In collaboration with Ponderosa Music & Art, they published Quaranta/40 (2015) and CANZONIERE (2018).





Canzoniere is a “collection” of twelve songs (eleven originals and a traditional one) that consecrated the band’s international dimension. Mauro Durante conceived an ambitious and innovative album, with Salentinian lyrics, sounds, and soul, but with an international aspiration. Alongside his exceptional bandmates (Giulio Bianco, Emanuele Licci, Massimiliano Morabito, Giancarlo Paglialunga, Silvia Perrone, and Alessia Tondo) he confronted new musical styles and personalities, without ever losing their own unique style and authenticity. In Canzoniere the pizzica meets the world with vigor and maturity.


Quaranta (40) was produced by Ian Brennan (Bill Frisell, Jovanotti, Flea, Lucinda Williams), winner of one Grammy Award in 2012 for Tinariwen’s album Tassili and – as often happens with the Canzoniere’s records – it saw the participation of prestigious guests: pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi wrote – together with Mauro Durante – the music for the song “Taranta”, for which he also played the piano; French songwriter Piers Faccini penned the lyrics for “I love Italia”, the album’s only track in English; Valerio Combass played the bass in a few tracks.


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