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Domenico Graziano plays the Calabrian chitarra battente.

Chitarra battente – Southern Italy

"What Makes It Italian?" Gli Strumenti

November 1, 2022
6:00 pm

“What Makes It Italian?” is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on the Zoom platform and is open to everyone.
Participation is free.
The group is led by Gina Crusco, who guides listening at Bard LLI and Riverdale Y, and who has been music instructor at The New School and director of Underworld Productions.
Please email to confirm your attendance and receive an invitation link.

Once the genteel Baroque five-course guitar, nowadays the “beating guitar” thumps out the rhythm of regional music in Calabria, Apulia, Basilicata, and Campania.

This Fall we listen to music played by the instruments of Italy – and the vocalists they inspire – visiting regions from Sardinia to the Tyrol. Many of these instruments have been preserved in their early forms by isolated traditional cultures, and only recently have come to light for us to enjoy.