March 13, 2013
Start Time: 7pm
Italian guitarist virtuoso and ethnomusicologist Salvatore Villani will perform March 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Boilerhouse. The event is free and open to the public. Villani is an Italian ethnomusicologist, ethnocoreologist and musician based in Rignano Garganico, Puglia. He trained as a classical musician and opera singer before entering DAMS, the esteemed arts program at the University of Bologna. While there he became an acolyte of ethnomusicologist Roberto Leydi, who inspired him to return to his small, mountainous community and found the Center for the Study of Folk Traditions of Gargano and the Capitanata to document the rich vocal, instrumental, and dances traditions that have flourished in the remote villages of the "spur" of Italy's boot. He promotes festivals and concert performances by traditional musicians and publishes his research, which is particularly focused on the chitarrabattente and the regional tarantella styles of Puglia. Villani is currently working in Mexico on a research fellowship, where he is investigating the parallels between southern Italian music and the musical and instrumental styles of Chiapas, Mexico.
This event is made possible by the Fine Arts Department.
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