“Taranta d’amore” the album byOPI Italian Popular Orchestra of Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone led by Ambrogio Sparagna was presented in 2009 at Womex Copenhagen 2009, guest of honor at the most important international folk festival. The album brings together a selection of songs from the heart of the oral tradition culture of central and southern Italy. Sparagna rediscovers and reinvents these rhythms through the typical instruments of the Italian folk music tradition: bagpipes, ciaramelle, accordions, tambourines, mandolins, violins, beating guitars, hurdy-gurdies, lyres, ocarinas and reed flutes.
This disc also opens a special window on the folk song of the Salento Grica area, a unique repertoire enhanced by the intrinsic musicality of an ancient idiom in which folk poetry, echoes of classicism and poignant authorial evidence by folklorists of the last century are mixed. And then, finally, the classic repertoire of Salento’s invocation, dance and courtship pizziche: the ideal soundtrack to a newfound sense of a new community of enthusiasts that is profoundly changing the Italian music scene.