Boston, USA – The latest release form the Alan Lomax collection is Italian Treasury: Puglia: The Salento, on Rounder Records.
In 1954, Alan Lomax and Diego Carpitella set out on a yearlong voyage of discovery that resulted in an exhaustive documentation of Italian folk music. “It was a mythic time. None of us suspected that that world – made of music, songs, poverty, joy, desperation, custom, violence, injustice, love, dialect, and poetry, formed over the course of millennia – would be swept away in a couple of years…by the voodoo of ‘progress.'” -Vittorio De Seta.
Songs of love and disdain, erotic and satiric songs, work songs and funeral laments – sung in dialect and Griko. Instrumental and vocal polyphony from the Salento, one of the most beautiful regions of Puglia, the southeasternmost tip of Italy’s heel, a crossroads between the East and West and the home of a unique heritage of traditional music.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.