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Italian Cultural Festival 2020 – SONU

Concert by Italian folk group SANTA TARANTA (Melbourne)

Sonu – Songs from the Homeland is a musical journey created by Melbourne-based group Santa Taranta that celebrates Italian folk music in Australia. Beautiful songs, stories and voices from the National Library of Australia’s collections come alive in this powerful, emotional and life affirming show.

Sounds (Suoni) that travel through space and time, songs that talk about migration, love and loss, hope and life in a new country. The project Sonu is based on selected field recordings archived at the National Library during the past 40 years. Composer and ethnomusicologist Salvatore Rossano has researched these stories and songs, arranging them along with his own new compositions, to create a vibrant experience of Italian Folk music with a fresh twist, revealing the richness of the past and the present of Italian music in Australia.

Santa Taranta is a Melbourne-based band playing a mix of original music and traditional music from southern Italy. The group has won over crowds at the National Folk Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, Piers Festival, Fairbridge Festival, as well as many concerts at prominent Melbourne music venues.

rossanoFounding member Salvatore Rossano, ethnomusicologist and polyinstrumentalist, has been playing the music of Southern Italy since adolescence. Francesco Bufarini also has a long and rich history with traditional Italian music and dance. Emiliano Beltzer is a fine guitarist and bass player from Argentina, with a history in classical, jazz, rock and folklore. Hayley Egan is a vocalist and linguist with a background in world music and traditional storytelling through song. Santa Taranta plays Pizzica, Tammurriata, Stornelli, as well as Polkas from the barbershop and the occasional serenata d’amore, with a contemporary, worldly flair.

Free entry. Limited seats.

Booking essential:

  • Organized by: Co.As.It.
  • In collaboration with: Istituto Italiano di Cultura