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GUEST,Marranzano World Festival, Catania, Sicily 11 Oct 09 - 07:43 AM
greg stephens 11 Oct 09 - 08:01 AM
Valmai Goodyear 11 Oct 09 - 08:48 AM
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Subject: Bagpipes and Drone Instruments festival
From: GUEST,Marranzano World Festival, Catania, Sicily
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 07:43 AM

Dear musicians and makers,

I write from Catania, Sicily, to announce the 3d edition of the
Marranzano World Festival: dedicated to folk musical instruments in
Sicily and the World.
This edition is dedicated to Zampogna (bagpipe) in Sicily and other
drone aerophones around the world. It will take place in various
locations of the historic center of Catania from 5th to 8th of

The full program will soon be online on the website

The highlights include obviously a vast representative of the Sicilian
bagpipes and their repertoire, with elder musicians carriers of
ancient traditions as well as young players focusing on
experimentation and innovations. The two main types of Sampogna in
Sicily are the very large "zampogna a chiave" from western Sicily,
used only for religious repertoire, and the smaller "ciaramedda a
paru" played in the provinces of Catania and Messina also for dances
and to accompany the singers.

We'll also have other types of italian bagpipes represented, and an
exposition of musical instruments hosted in the beautiful location of
the XIII century Castello Ursino.

As the project of the festival is that of creating musical crossroads
between traditions and cultures, we'll also have many other
instruments represented in concert and in workshops and seminars:
these include the sardinian Launeddas (three clarinets played with
circular breathing, basically a bagpipe without a bag), the East-
european Fujara, and the australian Didjeridoo, ancestral drone
instrument that will be broght to us by the elder Djalu Gurruwiwi,
considered the aboriginal authority on the traditional making and
playing of Ydaki (didjeridoo).

One concert will also be dedicated to the "Marranzano" in Sicily and
the different types of Jews'harps around the world, including guests
from Japan, England, and Russia.

The festival will end on sunday 8th november with a full day gathering
open to all musicians and makers of traditional musical instruments,
held in a beautiful XVIII century courtyard, including many workshops
on instruments making (double reeds, and jew's harps) musical
instruments techniques and repertoire (zampogna, tamburello,
marranzano) folk dance (sicilian traditional "ballittu" and others),
Musical instruments market, open stage, bagpipers gathering and "festa
a ballu" (folk dance party).

It is a great chance to visit one of the most beautiful and lively of
the Sicilian Cities, discovering at the same time the riches of
sicilian musical culture and traditions in an international setting.

If any of you would like to participate to the gathering/open stage
and/or with a musical instruments stand for the market, please let us
know in advance by writing at

I copy below a list of main guests, and a program.

Hoping to see many of you in Sicily,
happy music to all,
Luca Recupero

Main Guests:
Djalu Gurruwiwi (Australia)
Vladiswar Nadishana (Siberia)
Leo Tadagawa (japan)
Lucy Wright (UK)
Andrea Pisu (Sardinia)
Sostene Puglisi (Mili s. Pietro, Messina)
Fabio Tricomi (Catania)
Giancarlo Parisi (Messina)
Puccio Castrogiovanni (Catania)
Ipercussonici (Catania)
Sergio Bonanzinga (Università di Palermo)
Gaetano Pennino (Casa Museo Antonino Uccello, Palazzolo Acreide, SR)
Mario Sarica (Museo Cultura e Musica dei Peloritani, villaggio Gesso,

Concert for bagpipes and clarinets, with Ensemble Calamus, Carmelo
Dell'Acqua, Franco Barbanera, Sebastiano Sollazzo & Giancarlo Parisi

Gathering of bagpipers, with (among others): Sostene Puglisi, Pietro
Cernuto, Nunzio Famà, Ivan Calì, Salvatore Vinci, Felice Currò,
Michele Piccione, Margherita Badalà…and all musicians who want to

3° edition
"Branches that sing: bagpipe in Sicily and drone instruments around
the world"
Catania, 31 october - 8 november 2009
Castello Ursino
Sala Lomax
Monastero dei Benedettini
Chiostro San Giuliano (CGIL)

Sat oct 31    Castello Ursino
h 16,30               Presentation of the book: "La Zampogna a Chiave in
Sicilia" by ethnomusicologist Sergio Bonanzinga (Fondazione Buttitta,
Palermo 2009). Presentation by prof. Gaetano Pennino.
h 18                  Opening of Musical instrument Exibition.

Thur nov 5   Castello Ursino
h 19                 FESTIVAL OPENING inaugartion concert with the festival

Fri nov 6    University of Catania, Via Gisira
h 11                Seminar on Aboriginal culture and arts: "Yolngu people
and their relation to the Land"

h 21,30              Sala Lomax, Via Fornai
                  MARRANZANITE Concert for marranzano and jew's harps
                        Giorgio Maltese (Sicilia)
                        Lucy Wright (Inghilterra/Irlanda)
                        Leo Tadagawa (Giappone)
                        Puccio Castrogiovanni (Sicilia)
                        Vladiswar Nadishana (Siberia)
                        Fabio Tricomi (Sicilia)
                        ...and many others

Sat nov 7   University of Catania, Benedettini, Coro di Notte
h 10          Conference on Zampogna in Sicily and drone aerophones.
h 12               Concert for bagpipes and clarinets, with Ensemble Calamus,
Carmelo Dell'Acqua, Franco Barbanera, Tommaso Sollazzo e Giancarlo

h 21,30            Chiostro San Giuliano (CGIL), Via Crociferi
                  SICILY meets the WORLD Concert for bagpipes and
drone aerophones
                        Sostene Puglisi (ciaramedda a paru, Peloritani, Sicilia)
                        Djalu Gurruwiwi (didjeridoo, Australia)
                        Andrea Pisu (launeddas, Sardegna)
                        Vladisvar Nadishana (fujara, Siberia)
                        Giancarlo Parisi (zampogna a paru cromatica, Messina, Sicilia)
                        Tommaso Sollazzo (zampogna a chiave, Cilento, Campania)
                        Fabio Tricomi (marranzano e tamburello, Catania, Sicilia)
                      ... and others

Sun nov 8 Chiostro San Giuliano (CGIL), Via Crociferi
h 10 to 24 Gathering of Bagpipers and Closing Party
                 Musical instruments market, makers workshops, musical workshops,
dance workshops, open stage, bagpipes gathering, folk dance party.

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Subject: RE: Bagpipes and Drone Instruments festival
From: greg stephens
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 08:01 AM

Sounds fantastic, I wish I could be there. But it's too far. For those of us stuck in England who like this kind of thing, is the Audlem Bagpipe and Hurdy-Gurdy Festival happening this year?

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Subject: RE: Bagpipes and Drone Instruments festival
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 08:48 AM

Vicki Swan is doing an all-day smallpipes workshop in Lewes on Saturday 14th. November and performing with Jonny Dyer at the Lewes Saturday Folk Club in the evening. Here's a booking form .


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Subject: RE: Bagpipes and Drone Instruments festival
Date: 15 Sep 11 - 01:58 PM

what instruments have a drone???? x

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Subject: RE: Bagpipes and Drone Instruments festival
From: GUEST,999 -- let Dazbo know about this thread, p
Date: 15 Sep 11 - 02:19 PM

The site is presently closed, but the link will work when it's going again.

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Subject: RE: Bagpipes and Drone Instruments festival
From: Mo the caller
Date: 16 Sep 11 - 03:42 AM

Yes Greg, Audlem will host Bagpipes and Hurdy Gurdies on Nov 12th from noon, and as ever there will be lots of us playing all sorts from recorders to guitars (frogs and shaky eggs, even) pretending they are bagpipes and hurdies.

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