Masters of the Taranta Spider Dance

Tamburellisti Di Torrepaduli - Taranta Taranta
Tamburellisti di Torrepaduli

Taranta Taranta (Italian World Music, 2009)

Tamburellisti di Torrepaduli is one of the finest performers of the wild Taranta Music or spider dance also known as Pizzica. Taranta Taranta is their most recent recording and it presents the band at its best, with its engaging vocals, one of the finest tamburello (frame drum) percussion sections and accordion.

The band hails from Apulia, a region in Southern Italy. The tip of Apulia is the Salento peninsula, which forms the heel of the Italian boot. The band line-up includes the legendary Pierpaolo De Giorgi (voice, guitar), Rocco Luca (tamburello, percussion), Salvatore Crudo (tamburello), Salvatore Nuzzo (accordion, tamburello), Serena D’Amato (dancer) and Valentina Cariulo (violin).

Taranta Taranta is an excellent introduction to the mysterious musical world of the taranta.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and 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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