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Sounds of Terra Madre

Now in its second edition, following the great success of its debut, the Sounds of Terra Madre returned to Turin in October 2010 as an integral part of the Terra Madre program.
Once again musicians and dancers from food communities and elsewhere performed in the spirit of a shared philosophy.
The Sounds of Terra Madre 2010 featured traditional performances as well as acts by professional musicians who have tastefully developed their own artistic style through interpreting and reinventing oral idioms.
Terra Madre was once again the wonderful setting for sounds and voices which are inseparably connected to the land and food, and like land and food are part of human life.

All the concerts were held on the stage between the Lingotto and the Oval, accessible to Terra Madre delegates and all visitors to the International Salone del Gusto.

Artistic Directors: Azio Citi and Raffaele Pinelli

List of groups:

1) MUSETTA – Piacenza Apennines

The Musetta are a well-established group from the Piacenza Apennines who play traditional Italian music. This area, known as the Quattro Province, has maintained its heritage of music, dances and songs intact. The group’s music ranges from old traditional dance tunes (Alessandrina, Monferrina, Giga, etc.), to more recent forms such as the polka, mazurka and waltz. They bring a repertoire of songs marking important events in rural life (religious, conscription, baptisms and weddings). The group uses traditional instruments: the piffero and bagpipe. The combined use of the two instruments is called a musetta.
Friday October 22, 1.30 pm

2) LOU JANAVEL – Piedmont

A shared passion for the music of the Occitan troubadours and minstrels and love of the land which stretches from the Piedmontese Alps to the Gulf of Lyons and Bay of Biscay, have led these musicians to perform its ancient songs and ballads. Avoiding a rigid purist approach to music, their ironical style is reflected in the name “Janavel” (barn owl).They use traditional Occitan instruments: melodeon, tambourine, guitar and hurdy-gurdy.
Friday October 22, 5.30 pm


The group promotes awareness of the music of some Eastern European ethnic minorities, particularly the Rom gypsies and the Yiddish world of Central Europe and the Balkans.
While adopting a free and creative approach tempered by a modern sensibility, the group is always careful to respect the roots of the music, recognizing the cultural values it embodies. The program is taken from the group’s six CDs, from “Ziveli” and the recent anthology "Ghetto Klezmorin".
Sunday October 24, 11.30 am


Sandra and Mimmo research and reinterpret traditional Bergamasco folk songs; with Dudù Kouate, a Senegalese griot musician, keeper of traditional Wolof and Bambarà knowledge, their performance presents traditional stories and songs, children’s games and nursery rhymes. It is a successful fusion, reflecting on current trends where the meeting of cultures is a shared effort to promote “active integration” and “humanity living together”.
Sunday October 24, 10.30 am


This group from Galati Mamertino, a village in the Nebrodi Park, consists of senior citizens belonging to a long-standing prestigious “mutual help society”, with assistance from artistic director Antonio Smiriglia, a well-known author and exponent of Nebrodi word music. The singers present a program of traditional songs expressing the fatigue and frustration of harsh working conditions, the excitement of rural festivals, and tenderness of courting. Their songs may be traditional but they remain topical as work and love are constant human experiences. In their songs it can be seen how the human presence gives a historic context to the impressive landscape.
Saturday October 23, 3.00 pm

6) SALTAMARAN – Veneto (Gruppo di Ballo)

For the Saltamaran, dancing portrays the memory of agricultural communities near Vicenza where Marano corn has long been grown. Through harmonious body movements and gestures, their dances symbolize the celebration and conclusion of work in the fields; the expressive performance given added meaning by the prowess of the Saltamaran dancers. The choreography has been carefully researched by Dott. P. Coluzzi, costumes by Dott. A. Savio and music by M.Brian and D. Zamboni, enabling the past to be recreated and made timeless.
Saturday October 23, 5.00 pm


The Petri che addumunu (the name given to sulfur in the Sicilian interior) began their artistic careers in 1999; in 2008 they formed the cultural association “The Caminanti Sicilian Center for Popular Culture”. They carried out research and presented educational activities to increase knowledge of Sicilian musical traditions. Performing as traditional traveling singers, the Petri have gone on tour with lauds and lamentations in Holy Week, serenatas in summer and novenas in December. The group’s research has been extended to include the songs of migrant peoples in the Mediterranean basin. Their artistic commitment and painstaking research has been recognized with recordings and appearance on radio and TV.
Saturday October 23, 10.30 am

8) LA MALINTESA – Piedmont (Dance Group)

The group performs traditional old dances and music from the Occitan valleys, expressing the pleasure of conviviality through gestures, body movements and the sounds of traditional instruments. The dances are performed to mark agricultural and rural celebrations: the awakening of the bear, the festival of the Sambucana sheep, the San Giovanni bonfire, the celebration of rye and other events which invite people to rediscover and value local products. They are accompanied by skilled instrumentalists playing the hurdy-gurdy, percussion, melodeon, semiton, double bass, bagpipes and wind instruments. Each dance is preceded by a short presentation.
Sunday October 24, 2.00 pm

9) CORO INGRATO – Lombardy

The group includes three researchers, is active in social singing and is currently involved in researching, collecting and presenting authentic propitiatory songs based on rural traditions. These pieces describe the relationship between work and producing food, daily effort and social struggle, and are presented in their original version, in Italian or dialect (mainly Lombard). The repertoire includes traditional songs of spinning and of emigration.
Friday October 22, 2.30 pm

10) SANCTO IANNE – Campania

The nucleus of this group came together in 1995, creating original music deeply rooted in the culture and traditions of their local Sannio Beneventano area. Specialists have called their engaging style “distinctive neo-folk with a wonderful audience appeal”. It naturally merges rock beats and blues music, Arabic sounds and Balkan rhythms, melancholy ballads and hypnotic tammuriatas. The Sancto Ianne have produced three CDs under the FolkClub Ethnosuoni label and have played at major festivals in Italy and abroad to great acclaim from critics and public alike.
Saturday October 23, 11.30 am

11) RAVIOLE AL VIN – Piedmont

The accordion and voice of Luigi Barroero are the backbone of this group while Carla is the sole female singer. Barroero, a passionate supporter of his Langa homeland, is also a composer and writer of songs eliciting feelings that range from compassion to indignation. Always present at Slow Food events when music is played, they are also "Honorary Teachers" of song traditions at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo.
Friday October 22, 11.30 am

12) ARTEDDECA – Southern Italy (Dance Group)

In the Salerno area "Tene Arteddecca”, is the name for a very active person. The members of the group are all keen to rediscover their roots through music, songs and dance: they research sources, study sonority and style. They perform songs of work and love, Salento pizzica folk dances, with their hypnotic rhythms; Campania tammuriatas, a magical blending of tammorra, singer and dancers; Calabrian tarantellas, an exuberant rhythm with the “round” guided by the dance leader; tarantellas and songs from the Gargano and Irpinia. A group seeking an endless source of sensations from music
Sunday October 24, 3.00 pm


Songs for many or single female voices, transmitted orally from mother to daughter while they worked in the fields. The performers have not formed a fixed group and vary according to family or work commitments. They are all working or retired farm workers, except for two who now sell bread baked in a wood-fired oven after working in the fields for over thirty years. Their repertoire includes work songs, paraliturgical songs with a religious background (such as for the passion of Christ or Thanksgiving), festivals (from Ciociaria), weddings (toasts, songs to the bride) and poetic (the same melody and meter as used by poets relating happy or sad love stories in ottava rima form).
Friday October 22, 10.30 am

14) LA FRASCA & LA GREGNA – Campania

The musical group “La Frasca & La Gregna”, created for Terra Madre Campania 2009, is a union of the cultural association “La Frasca” with the group “La Gregna”. “La Frasca” is a well-established group of young men started about ten years ago in Bisaccia, a small village in Irpinia, whose members are keen to seek out folk traditions. “La Gregna” was formed in Scampitella with members from an older generation, who perform traditional folk songs, part of a disappearing world they still remember. The integration of people with different ages and life experiences has enriched the success of the merger.
Saturday October 23, 4.00 pm


The Milanese Orchestra presents a program of popular traditional songs from the city. They include pieces by Danzi, Fo, Carpi, Jannacci, Gaber, Della Mea, Svampa-Brassens, Strehler as well as songs sung in local bars. The singers are Anna, Paolo and Angelo Bissolotti, with a quintet comprising Gigi Marson (piano) Ciaccio De Rossi (violin), Gianni Cannata (double bass), Vincenzo Caglioti (melodeon), Gi Marchesi (guitar). The result is an entertaining and lively performance, containing light-hearted portrayals and quirky tragicomedy enacted in Milanese musical and linguistic idiom.
Saturday October 23, 2.00 pm


150 children from around the world present their music as an instrument of peace, tolerance and culture. This international association based in Turin was founded by Sabina Colonna-Preti in 2004. The numerous patrons include Claudio Abbado and Carlin Petrini. The performances of the pequeñas huellas encourage children and young people from different cultures and life experiences to come together, while their music and stories help to bring important issues and serious humanitarian emergencies to public and media attention. They performed for the opening concert of Terra Madre with music from five continents.
Thursday October 21 – OPENING CONCERT


This is a permanent youth orchestra created through the support of the Moxa association for international cooperation and developed as part of the network of intermediate schools in Modena. An ensemble using ethnic and conventional instruments, it not only focuses on performance but also aims to fulfill an educational role, encouraging intercultural relations so young people can positively interact with each other through playing music.
Friday October 22, 3.30 pm


Through songs and narration, brings her music of places and flavors to the stage, imbued with the colors of the desert, the red of the earth and blue of the sea.
"BIYO", Saba’s new album recorded in Ethiopia and Italy, is an intense journey across contrasting countries and landscapes. Different languages—Italian and English, Amharic and Somali—which are the languages of cultures in contact in the historic past and also in our modern present-day society. They are the languages of Saba’s personal story, which after the international publication of her debut album "Jidka – The Line", now uses visionary energy to examine blue gold, the water of current emergencies and future wars. Water which unites and water which divides.
Saba sings to the Earth: "Mother, Don't I hurt you if I slowly dig into the well and drink from your sacred bosom? My face will be wet bright with pearls like notes of love". Accompanying her on stage are Cheikh Fall playing the kora and djembé, Taté Nsongan on the guitar and Martino Roberts on the bass.
The concert forms part of the final event of the program for Migrant Women for Development in Africa, organized by IOM (the International Organization for Migrations) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Friday October 22, 4.30 pm


This artistic project, created following an idea by Raffaele Pinelli and Remy Boniface, for the first time brings together some of the youngest and most successful melodeon players in Italy (R. Boniface, S.Bottasso, F. Gambetta, R. Pinelli), assisted by an unusual rhythmic accompaniment provided by the percussion of the OrchestrAniké (K. Diarra, M. Giovinazzo and M. Gino), the electric bass of M. Inaudi and the voices of three exceptional guests: Maura Susanna, Alberto Visconti and Saba Anglana. The heart of the ensemble is the melodeon: this folk instrument from the industrial age, now spread throughout the West, has in the last thirty years gained significant acceptance beyond the confines of traditional folk music to make successful inroads into the very different musical genres of rock, jazz and singer-songwriting. The project, which gave its very first performance at Terra Madre 2010 during the closing ceremony, ranges from traditional music, reinterpretation and new compositions, in a constant dialog between past and present.
Sunday October 24, - evening – CLOSING CONCERT

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