Folk Songs from Sicily

Folk Songs from Sicily

by Matilde PolitiMatilde Politi


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Singer and multi-instrumentalist Politi has spent almost a lifetime investigating the music of her native Sicily. The results -- both traditional and original compositions -- are here, all very raw and percussive. While some seem very basic, others have a more contemporary, jazzy touch. But throughout there's a sense of rootedness that typifies all regional material, in this case very Mediterranean, which means some Arabic influences underpinning rhythms and melodies. She's a powerful vocalist, but one also capable of subtlety -- just listen to the inflections on "Rucairuci," for instance. Her small band produces a large sound, but also knows when to hold back (credit Politi for the arrangements). What's especially interesting is that the new material sits very easily alongside the traditional songs, which often sound surprisingly modern (witness "Ringo," which is not about the Beatle). This style has passed out of fashion, as is the case with so much folk music, and resurrecting gives us a vital link to the past.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/2009
Label: Arc Music
UPC: 0743037222624
catalogNumber: 2226
Rank: 91743

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matilde Politi   Primary Artist,Guitar,Accordion,Castanets,Concertina,Vocals,Bells,Bendir,Frame Drum,Tamburello
Lelio Giannetto   Double Bass
Gabriele Politi   Violin,Viola,Oud
Guido Politi   Choir, Chorus
Simona Di Gregorio   Concertina,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Organetto,Tamburello
Dimitri Voutsinas   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lajos Zsivkov   Bells,Darbouka,Djembe,Dun-dun
Guido Politi   Vocals
Lajos Zsivkov   Bells,Djembe
Simona Di Gregorio   Concertina,Vocals,Organetto,Frame Drum
Dimitri Voutsinas   Vocals
Gabriele Politi   Violin,Viola,Oud

Technical Credits

Nazare Pereira   Composer
Diz Heller   Liner Notes,translation
Traditional   Composer
Ute Entwistle   translation
Alex Stokes   Cover Design
Jeannine Blanpain   translation
Matilde Politi   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Valeria Cimo   Composer,Lyricist
Mirko Genduso   Cover Photo
Di Gregorio   Composer
Pessoa   Composer,Lyricist
N. Pereira   Composer
Simona Di Gregorio   Composer
Cimo   Composer
Arcimiccica   Producer,Audio Production

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