Orlando’s Journey

Bizantina - Orlando Tarantato
Bizantina – Orlando Tarantato

Orlando Tarantato (Italian World Music, 2009)

Orlando Tarantato is the music created by bassist and composer Michelangelo Zorzit for a theater show which is based on the medieval Teatro dei Pupi Siciliani (Sicilian Puppet Theatre). For this album, Zorzit selected the best pieces for the show and recorded them with Bizantina. Orlando Tarantato is one of the first releases on the new Italian record label Italian World Music.

The beautifully packaged and illustrated album relates the ‘forbidden’ love stories of two defenders of Christianity, a knight named Orlando who falls in love with the beautiful infidel Angelica and the female warrior Bradamante who burns with love for a Muslim man named Ruggero. The plot thickens with the involvement of the sorceress Morgana and the political intrigues of the time. Musically, Bizantina combines the best of Italian traditional music with Balkan and Middle Eastern influences and the fascinating result is what the band calls a Byzantine style.

Bizantina made the music for Orlando Tarantato incorporating the vocal styles of ancient Italian street music, the folk traditions from southern Italy, such as tarante, pizziche and tammurriate; the saxophone driven influences of the Balkans and the rhythms and melodies of the Middle East.

The members of Bizantina include Michaela D’Astuto on vocals; Susanna Crociani on saxophones and clarinet; Ilaria Innocenti on accordion and vocals; Michelangelo Zorzit on bass; Marcello Melighetti on guitars, bouzouki and mandola; Michele Lovito on percussion; Federico Piras on vocals; and Mauro de Lilla on drums and keyboards.

Bizantina has created a mesmerizing musical work that is inspiringly detailed and combines the best of Italian folk music, global traditions and Medieval street musical theater.

Buy the album from italymusic.net or musicshoponline.com

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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