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.