Odio l'estate festival di Villa Carpegna
22 - 25 July and 30 July - 5 August

Rome Tarantella Festival


Roma Tarantella Festival 2011 hosts the Little Orchestra Canto d'Inizio was founded in 1975, preferring popular music from central and southern Italy in its repertoire. The pieces proposed in the concerts are the result, both of research carried out in the field, and of the revival of well-known pieces of the Italian popular tradition. Participation in important events is included in the group's curriculum. The repertoire includes pieces from the Lazio living tradition such as saltarello and ballarella still widespread and danced in many regions of central Italy (Lazio, Abbruzzo, Marche, Umbria), stornelli as well as other melodic pieces. The repertoire of southern Italy also includes pieces such as tarantella and tammurriate. This is followed by pieces of the Apulian tradition and in particular from the Gargano and Salento, with which the big chapter on Tarantism opens. The roots of tarantism go back to the Middle Ages, the period in which the phenomenon was born. The bite of a small arachnid, the tarantula, carried the victim to non-ordinary states of consciousness, where the tarantolate seemed possessed, manifesting motor hyperactivity, abdominal pain and generalized malaise that regressed completely after dancing, sometimes for several days, to the sound. della pizzica, popular dance of Salento, performed mostly with guitar, violin, accordion and tambourine.

Edoardo Morello, swing guitar, mandola, mandolin, barrel organ, Vincenzo Barbalarga voice, Luigi Toppi accordion, guitar, mandoloncello, Stefano Todarello voice, classical guitar, acoustic, bagpipe, gaita, flutes, mandolin, Francesco Riggio voice, swing guitar, Bruno voice Rosati, percussion, Giorgio Crusafio effects, frame drums, Andrea Grassi voice, frame drums, birimbao, Zahira Silvestri effects, frame drums, surdu Tiziano Zanarini, accordions, Laura Bombelli voice, chestnuts, Laura Riti voice, Ilaria De Rosa voice , voice Arianna Consoli, voice Andrea Sgobba, violin Sergio Marini, bass Giovanni Tribuzio, Calabra lyre, frame drums, bagpipe a paru, accordion, voice.


The Sciarabballo Company guest at the Roma Tarantella Festival 2011 offers moments of entertainment and entertainment with the most sanguine and fascinating dances of Central-Southern Italy and in respect of what is shared in tradition. The animation includes a wealth of popular instruments, dresses such as bustiers and long and colorful skirts, foulards and castagnette (wooden accessories that resemble castanets and in the hands of the dancers they carry the rhythm of the sonata and ballad). "Jackal" is a term that derives from the French char'a bancs, and indicates the chariot with benches with wooden seats that was used in ancient times for the transport and travel of people and goods and for the pilgrimage to sanctuaries loaded with goods such as baskets , food, musical instruments to animate community moments. Also associated with street artists, jesters and actors. For us the "jackal" means a means of transport for people and things that arrive from other places, which bring something new and different, colorful, imaginative, dancing. The SciaraBballo with his coming removes, even if only briefly, the tiredness and sacrifice of the day as well as the dullness and dullness of everyday life to refresh souls with the cheerful and carefree sounds of popular instruments and the ballads of the company. The history of the company is linked to the various activities undertaken by Antonella Potenziani for several years with the collaboration for the musical part of Giovanni Tribuzio operating in the music and folk dance sector with several groups and dance companies at local and national level.

D. Kinzelman - tenor sax, clarinets, vocals
A.Santimone - plan
J.Rehmer - bass, vocals
S.Tamborrino - drums, vocals


Scialaruga is an "open" project by FabIo Macagnino guest at the Roma Tarantella Festival 2011 which was born in Calabria in the Locride region in 2008. The guitarist Francesco Loccisano is also initially part of the project, who will make a fundamental contribution with his battente guitar to the realization of the two CD. In 2008 ScialaRuga in collaboration with the Scarfò brothers directs and composes the soundtrack of the film “Liberarsi. Children of a minor revolution ”, directed by Salvatore Romano and published by Loading Production. The soundtrack is an opportunity for ScialaRuga to experiment and develop a sound that moves between tradition and innovation. In 2010 he began his collaboration with Vincenzo Oppedisano who made an essential contribution to the sound of ScialaRuga.

Fabio Macagnino, voice and classical guitar Antonio Moscato, bass and double bass Vincenzo Oppedisano, Raffaele Pizzonia electric guitar, Martin Abel Cagnotti drums, guitars.

JULY 9th

special guest Bungaro at the Roma Tarantella Festival 2011

It is not possible to speak of Calabrian tarantella except as a geographical denominator that fits into a widespread and jagged universe. Here the myth of the taranta has generated music and dance that in each country takes on precise and different connotations, manifests itself in a variety of versions and styles linked to a history of cultures, exchanges, settlements that have acted in a diversified way. in every province, in every valley and in every village. The differences between one area and another are reflected everywhere in an overall way on the structures of the melody and rhythm and therefore on the dance, the style of the steps, their amplitude, the figures and the speed. Mimmo Cavallaro becomes a means for the expression of this articulated musical language expressing himself through ancient sounds, rhythms and instruments of the Calabrian tradition. The Calabrian tarantella is thus projected into contemporary European ethnic music, without however betraying its origins.

Special guest BUNGARO The Bungaro project takes its first steps around the eighties. With RCA he recorded four albums: "Sulla Punta della Lingua", "Singing is more good", "We get lost in many", "All in one breath". Four discs in perspective different from each other where research and experimentation are the main features. In 2004, "L’attesa" finally came out, a disc / event, where there are clear signs of the great tradition of the songwriter. The international and quality collaborations such as Youssou N’dour, Daniela Mercury and the great French director Patrice Leconte are proof of this. He has written and collaborated with Pino Romanelli, Vincenzo Cerami, Stefano di Battista, Antonella Ruggero, Ornella Vanoni, Gianni Morandi, Niky Nicolai, Syria, Eramo Passavanti, AishaCerami, Patrizia Laquidara, Grazia di Michele, Tosca, Manuela Zanier, Tinkara, Kay McCarthy , Daniela Mercuri, Fiorella Mannoia. In 2010 his album titled “Arte” was released which sees the participation of Fiorella Mannoia, the Cuban musician Omar Sosa and Lucilla Galeazzi. The album includes "Il fate injured", an unpublished text by Sergio Endrigo set to music by Bungaro. Alongside his activity as a songwriter and author for various Italian and foreign artists, he is also the author of soundtracks for films and short films, as well as that of artistic producer and organizer of composition workshops for young songwriters.

Mimmo Cavallaro, guitar battente, Calabrese lira, voice Cosimo Papandrea, accordion, Calabrian lira, voice Giovanna Scarfò, tambourine, dance, voice Andrea Simonetta, classical guitar, battente guitar, mandola, choirs Gabriele Albanese, soprano sax, pipite, harmonic flute, ocarina, dance Carmelo Scarfò, electric bass Alfredo Verdini, frame drum, percussion.


He began his guitar studies at the age of nine. At ten he forms his first group with which he plays an intense concert activity throughout Southern Italy. Following a research and composition activity with various musicians from the Calabrian folk music scene (Quartaumentata, Mimmo Cavallaro, Arlesiana Chorus, Tarankhan) he approaches some of the traditional instruments (tambourine and battente guitar), with particular attention to the battente guitar. Thus he begins a research work that allows him to make structural changes on the instrument, developing a personal style of composition. In 2005 he joined Eugenio Bennato's Taranta Power with whom he carries out an intense concert activity as a swing guitarist and arranger. In his concerts, original compositions for battente and classical guitar are performed in which a journey is undertaken through the artist's musical and personal experience.


Mujura è il progetto solista di Stefano Simonetta, musicista e cantautore calabrese. Il disco d’esordio omonimo è stato prodotto da Eugenio Bennato & Taranta Power e distribuito da Luky Planets. Il disco segna una nuova strada nella dimensione del cantautorato e del folk italiano. Undici brani, che raccontano in testo e musica, nella forma canzone, un intreccio di mondi diversi. Ci sono elementi presi in prestito dalla musica popolare calabrese, nell’utilizzo di strumenti tradizionali (chitarra battente, tamburello), della lingua (un calabrese ricercato a tratti ostico ma scelto con un’attenta ricerca sulla componente musicale e ritmica del suo suono) e dei ritmi, che convivono assieme ad elementi della musica folk rock contemporanea.