Artist Profiles: Actores Alidos

Actores Alidos
Actores Alidos

Actores Alidos is a Sardinian group that specializes in female polyphony. The group performs songs of love, sacred songs, lullabies, popular dances, funeral laments and serenades.

The polyphonic quintet features the female voices of Alessandra Leo, Roberto Locci, Valeria Parisi, Manuela Sanna, led by the deep voice of Valeria Pilia.

Accompanying the quintet is Sardinian music maestro, Orlando Mascia, an expert of traditional Sardinian music and a virtuoso of traditional musical instruments such as the launeddas (flute with 3 reeds), the sulitu (traditional flute), the trunfa (jew’s harp) and the organetto (accordion) which he uses to dialog with the voices of the group.

Musicians:

Valeria Pilia – boghe sola
Alessandra Leo – boghe de punta
Manuela Sanna – boghe de punta
Roberta Locci – boghe mediana
Valeria Parisi – boghe de suta
with Orlando Mascia – launeddas, sonetu, trunfia, triangle, sulitu, tumbarinu

Discography:

Galanìas (Finisterre)

Canti delle donne sarde (Finisterre)

[Biography adapted by World Music Central from an original by Giovanna Marini. Courtesy of Felmay].

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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