Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: A Musical Taste Of Italy15:37

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is one of Italy's longest standing traditional music ensembles, hailing from the region of Salento — the heel of the boot of Italy. They originally formed in 1975, but today, most of its members are younger than the group itself. Together, they are breathing new life into the ancient ritual of "pizzica tarantata" — a frenzied dance believed to cure the bite of a poisonous spider.

The group's performances have been described as fiery, electrifying and passionate, and tonight, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino brings the tradition of "Pizzica" to Johnny D's in Somerville.


  • Mauro Durante, violin & vocals
  • Maria Mazzotta, vocals
  • Giulio Bianco, bagpipe & flute
  • Massimiliano Morabito, accordian
  • Emanuele Licci, vocals & guitar
  • Giancarlo Paglialunga, vocals & tamburrieddhu

Photos In Studio:


Here's the official video for Nu te fermare:

Here's Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino in La Notte della Taranta:

This segment aired on February 7, 2013.