La Notte della Taranta brings pizzica to Boston

Jun 20, 2013 1079

by Briana Palma

A little bit of Salento, Italy, is coming to Boston.
As part of the Year of Italian Culture, La Notte della Taranta is bringing its unique, Southern Italian sound to the Outside the Box festival. Slate for July 13 to 20, it is the largest free entertainment event in the city this summer, with more than 200 performers participating.


Not just an orchestra but also a foundation and festival, La Notte della Taranta is dedicated to preserving pizzica, a type of music in the tarantella family. "It is a genre of music once used to cure people — above all women — bitten by a poisonous spider called taranta," Artistic Director Sandro Cappelletto explains. "Characterized by the constant rhythm of drums, it's made to inspire dancing, and captivates the body and all the senses."

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Fonte: Bostoniano

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