Artist Profiles: A Filetta

A Filetta – Photo by Mara Bottoli

A Filetta was formed in 1978 in the northwestern city of Balagne in Corsica by adolescents united by their passion for Corsican polyphony. The group’s name means fern.

The repertoire ranges from traditional to sacred and profane songs. The ensemble has released numerous recordings and soundtracks.

For a number of years, A Filetta has exported its polyphonies abroad.

Discography:

Machja n’avemu un altra (1981)
O’Vita (1982)
Cun tè (1984)
Sonnii Zitillini and In l’abbriu di e stagioni (1987)
A U Visu Di Tanti (1989)
Ab’eternu (1992)
Una Tarra Ci He (Olivi, 1994)
Passione (Olivi, 1997)
Soundtrack “Don Juan” by Jacques Weber (1998)
Soundtrack “Himalaya – l’enfance d’un chef” by Éric Valli (1999)
Soundtrack “Le libertin” by Jacques Weber (2000)
Soundtrack “Le Peuple migrateur” by Jacques Perrin (2001)
Intanttu (2002)
Si Di Me (2003)
Soundtrack “Liberata” (2005)
Medea (2006)
Bracana (Deda, 2008)
Mistico Mediterraneo, with Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura (ECM, 2011)
Di Corsica Riposu (2011)
Castelli (World Village, 2015)

DVDs

“A Filetta, voix corses” by Don Kent (Éditions Montparnasse, 2002)
Trent’anni Pocu, Trent’anni Assai: a documentary by Cathy Rocchi and a concert at the Oratoire de Calvi (Harmonia Mundi, 2009)

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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