SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Hypnotic & Healing: Dance Music from Southern Italy


Date: 28 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 28 February 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Concert

Amaraterra is the first & only pizzica ensemble in London. U pizzicu is the poisonous bite of the tarantula spider: in rural Salento, the traditional exorcism for a bite is to dance relentlessly to the frenetic, hypnotic beat of the tambourine till a state of trance is reached and healing is achieved. This ancient musical expression has now been picked up by a London based group of passionate musicians and dancers: the ever present tambourines are accompanied by a variety of instruments – mandola, guitar, mouth organ, recorder, accordion, castanets, hypnotic singing, and the thumping of dancing feet!

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