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Notte della Taranta Brings Italian Folk to Boston Common

Music is the universal language, as was proven on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the first annual “Outside the Box” festival in Boston.

Mauro Pagani and La Notte della Taranta (photo courtesy of Ann Antonellis)

Mauro Pagani and La Notte della Taranta (photo courtesy of Ann Antonellis)

The festival was a collaboration of arts and music, with artists from all over the world converging on Boston Common for one solid week of culturally diverse experiences. Italy was represented with Mauro Pagani and La Notte Della Taranta — a group that brings to life the ancient sounds of Southern Italian folk music.

“For the last few years this music has seen a spurt of growth,” says Sandro Cappelletto, President of the Scientific Committee of La Fondazione La Notte della Taranta, a Foundation set up in Italy that supports the promotion of the Taranta and Pizzica music. Cappelletto is also the artistic director for the Concertone 2013.

“We often are asked why this music is becoming so popular and how can we further promote it?” says Cappelletto. In the Boston event’s case, the answer came from the Ministero degli Affari Esteri, in conjunction with the Consul General of Italy in Boston, who brought these magnificent performers to Boston for a concert that had people of many ethnicities dancing to the music.

“The “LA NOTTE DELLA TARANTA” Foundation began in August 2008, in part by the Puglia Region, the Province of Lecce, The Unione dei Comuni della Grecia Salentina and the “Diego Carpitella” Institute. It acts as a scientific, artistic and cultural think tank,” says Cappelletto.

“Every year the Festival’s final Concertone it is directed by a different Maestro, who it reinterprets its traditional repertoire working with well-known Italian and international artists. During the rest of year, it performs abroad and acts as a very powerful tool of cultural promotion and a fascinating ‘world within the world’.”

969892_10201674906664272_111920850_nThe music is deep — profound, as Cappeletto put it. It touches you in many ways, it taps into your soul and stirs something inside of you to make you literally jump up and dance. The Greek God Dionysius is the God of Dance. The dance was started over 2,000 years ago and has evolved throughout the ages, creating an element of spirit, soul and unity among people. It is one of life’s best methods to express oneself.

Four years ago Mauro Pagani and La Notte Della Taranta made its debut in New York City. Today, they are touring the United States and making their mark in some of America’s premier cities. However, the most anticipated event is The Concertone, which will be held during a festival at Melpignano that will take place between August 6-24. The Concertone (the final concert) will be on the 24th.

“Music talks to everyone,” says Cappelletto, encouraged by the support of the American public, who were seen jumping and dancing to the music at the Outside the Box Festival.

Mauro Pagani and La Notte della Taranta (photo courtesy of Ann Antonellis)

Mauro Pagani and La Notte della Taranta (photo courtesy of Ann Antonellis)

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About Lisa Cappuccio

Lisa is an East Boston resident who works in the area of media and public relations. She is President of Italia Unita Inc. of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that promotes Italian culture and heritage. Lisa worked and volunteered in the areas of public relations, community development, film, politics, and radio. Through Italia Unita, Lisa initiated the grass roots effort to have Comcast Cable add RAI television, which is now available as a premium channel. Lisa is the president of Boston Concepts, a full service marketing and public relations agency.