Mauro Durante and Justin Adams interview on PopMatters
Posted on May 14, 2021
Mauro Durante and Justin Adams discuss making the new Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino LP, Meridiana, under Covid-19’s challenging conditions and suspended time.
George de Stefano – May 13, 2021
Like so many bands worldwide, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (CGS) were left stranded by the Covid-19 pandemic, unable to get together to record or perform concerts. For the Southern Italian ensemble, the forced respite brought a decade’s worth of intense activity to a halt. Their exhilarating shows had won them an international fan base and critical raves. They played folk, jazz, and global music festivals like WOMAD throughout Europe, North and South America, and Australia. They released a string of exceptional albums — Focu d’amore (2010), Pizzica Indiavolata (2013), and Quaranta (2015) — that mixed traditional material and new compositions rooted in tradition but attuned, lyrically and sonically, to the present.
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Songlines Music Awards 2018 Nominees!
Posted on April 7, 2018
Congratulations to two Riot Artists performers who have each been nominated in multiple categories for the Songlines Music Awards 2018!
Oumou Sangaré: Best Artist; and Africa & Middle East
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Best Group; and Europe
We wish them luck in the awards ceremony in October!