Ludovico Einaudi

Taranta Project

by Jonathan Frahm

11 June 2015

 
cover art

Ludovico Einaudi

Taranta Project

(Ponderosa)
US: 12 May 2015
UK: 4 May 2015

The southeastern-most corner of Italy contains a modestly sized region by the name of Salento, which annually produces a renowned music festival called La Notte della Taranta. Having taken over as the most recent director of the famous concert, composer Ludovico Einaudi brought his own innovative flair to the proceedings by introducing Turkish and North African musical influences to the mix. Bringing on expert musicians and singers from around the world onto the team to provide the performances for the festival, the end result is something unlike any other, given its vast and varied world influences and the bevy of talent introducing it to La Notte della Taranta. That end result has been recorded for international reception in Ludovico Einaudi’s Taranta Project.

An epic, worldly folk instrumental opens the show with “Introductio Ad Regnum Tarantulae”, featuring most prominently Leo Einaudi on banjo and Giulo Bianco on bagpipe. Electric guitar courtesy of Justin Adams takes the forefront on follow-up track “Taranta”, featuring a rock-flavored hook and a Middle Eastern flair best accentuated by a hypnotizing lyrical delivery courtesy of Alessia Tondo, Cinzia Villani, and Enza Pagliara. Lyricist Mauro Durante takes on a violin solo midway through the track, which best encapsulates the sweeping overall feeling of the collective work from right out of the gate. Classical and electronic Italian music meet African beats and Turkish melodies on the album, which paints a bright future for La Notte della Taranta with Einaudi fronting the ensemble.

Taranta Project

Rating:

//related
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Call for Music Writers... Hip-Hop, Soul, Electronic, Rock, Indie, Americana, Jazz, World and More

// Announcements

"PopMatters is looking for smart music writers. We're looking for talented writers with deep genre knowledge of music and its present and…

READ the article