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Amaraterra - Pizzica di San Vito

Amaraterra
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Region: Europe    Genre: Italy
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Formed in London in 2011 by a group of passionate expats from the Salento, Amaraterra has grown into a multi-national ensemble, offering its audience a joyful and energetic selection of pizzica and roots music from all over the south of Italy, and adapting its style of music to the vibrant and cosmopolitan world music scene without weakening the links to its traditional musical canon.

Pizzica is the folk dance of Salento, a farming region deep in the South-East of Italy. Pizzica’s timeless roots go back to the Dionysiac festivals and the pagan myth of the tarantula spider, once a common presence in the sun-scorched fields all over the Mediterranean coast.

According to popular belief, the “pizzicu” (bite) of the spider induces an altered state of mind that can only be healed by a frenetic dance to the relentless beat of the tambourine, until trance is achieved and the mind liberated.

Amaraterra’s songs and dances speak of love, happiness, longing and passion in a simple, energetic way that gets its core message through the linguistic barrier by sheer force of rhythm: Embrace life with pure joy and abandon yourself to the dance that heals!


Simona de Leonardis (Vocals, dance)
Carla Pandarese (Vocals, dance)
Massimiliano Passante (Tamburello, vocals)
Federico Tommasi (Tamburello, vocals)
Antonio Fersini (Guitar, vocals)
Alfredo Giani (Mandola, guitar, vocals)
Cassandre Balbar (Recorder, bagpipes)
Stelios Katsatsidis (Accordion)
Daniele Rizzo (Tamburello, dance, harmonica)
Mark Glanville (Baritone)
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