In October the Museo Italiano (Co.As.It., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton) will host two free events devoted to the oral musical tradition of Southern Italy.

Wednesday 16 October 6.30pm – The Italian “tamburello”. Introduction to the Italian frame drum. Workshop with Salvatore Rossano (only 15 active participants can be accommodated; registration essential)

Saturday 19 October 5.30pm – Santa Taranta in concert with Rosa Voto (The Melbourne School of Tarantella). Traditional music and dances of Southern Italy  (RSVP essential)

RSVP:; (03)93499021

Salvatore Rossano

On 16 October Salvatore Rossano, an ethnomusicologist and musician from Apulia will give an introductory presentation (theory and practice) on the Italian frame drum. Widely used especially in Southern Italy within dance music, the frame drum is one of the key instruments of the musical tradition of that area. The workshop will present the structure and functioning of the instrument, the contexts in which it is used and the various regional techniques used to play it. Salvatore Rossano holds a degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Bologna and a Master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Music from the University of Valladolid (Spain), where he is currently a PhD candidate.

In his career Salvatore brings together his passion for both musical research and performance. He has worked extensively as a musician in Europe, where he produced and took part in many recordings. He has also participated in various research projects and international conferences; his research has been published in Italy, Spain and Argentina.

Salvatore’s musical education is diverse: in parallel with an academic musical training, he has always been inspired by the instruments and techniques of the oral tradition. He has familiarised himself from an early age with the traditional instruments of his region, and has been taught and mentored by Tonino “Lu Marenare” the charismatic frame-drum maker in his hometown, Ostuni.

Currently living in Australia, Salvatore is working as a musicologist on two research projects at the University of Melbourne and is the founding member of the Southern Italian music band Santa Taranta.

 Santa Taranta

On 19 October the young group Santa Taranta, in collaboration with the Melbourne School of Tarantella, will perform a concert during which the audience will be introduced to the diverse music and dances of Southern Italy. Founded only a few months ago, it has attracted the attention of Australian audiences performing at events such as the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Folk Alliance Conference, the Darebin Feast. Santa Taranta has recently started an active collaboration with the Melbourne School of Tarantella, showing the beauty of popular dances of Southern Italy such as, for example, the Apulian pizzica-pizzica.

Santa Taranta artists are:

Salvatore Rossano: accordion, voice, frame drums

Emiliano Beltzer: guitar, voice

Nara Demasson: mandolin, guitar, voice

Davide Ierardi: diatonic accordion, voice, ciaramella, harp, frame drums

Rosa Voto: dance

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