Anna Cinzia Villani & MacuranOrchestra

Anna Cinzia Villani & MacuranOrchestra

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Anna Cinzia Villani is one of the most representative female voices in Salento, Southern Italian region, today.
Singer, musician and mindful researcher she is able to link the breath of her ancient land with the contemporary musical idioms, revealing the possibility of a balanced synthesis between tradition and modernity. “Anna Cinzia Villani, a major voice in European folk, world music, or whatever else you want to call it” I.Anderson - fRoots

Biography

Anna Cinzia Villani is one of the most representative female voices in Salento, Southern Italian region, today.

Singer, musician and mindful researcher she is able to link the breath of her ancient land with the contemporary musical idioms, revealing the possibility of a balanced synthesis between tradition and modernity.

As a singer who has been performing  for fifteen years, she has never stopped researching and learning from styles and techniques from master singers and dancers, hidden in the most inaccessible places and sometimes unapproachable themselves. Anna Cinzia discovered and preserved ancient secrets which without her warm smile and her friendly and respectful attitude would have been lost and forever forgotten.

Anna Cinzia starts her career in the early 90 singing and performing with several folk bands from Salento becoming known from the early starts thanks to the unique timbre of her voice, her ancient voice.  Besides her professional activities she starts searching for her roots and she finds them by talking to the woman next door. Anna Cinzia starts travelling thrughout the tinyes and lost villages of the Salento region and meets the elderlies who still sing like they use to do in their childhood, with their families, neighbors and friends while working in the fields, during their families celebrations or their villages fairs.

Canti a stisa, Canti di lavoro, Arie dei tranieri o delle tabaccare, Stornelli, Serenate: poliphonic singing or a cappella. In one word, music without music.

DISCOGRAPHY

Ninnamorella Anima Mundi 2008 Ninnamorella is able to be at the same time traditional and modern, extreme and enjoyable, full of live memories but still able to communicate to the contemporary restless sensitiveness. One of the most valuable works in the folk Salento  panorama of the last  years Vincenzo Santoro

Fimmana, mare e focu Anima Mundi 2012 Anna Cinzia Villani is able to understand the human value of all those men and women who make a living working the land, honoring both the beauty and the spirit in every artistic gesture. The feeling of the ordinary women , who still live in the quiet streets of Salento, is the leitmotif of Woman, sea and fire! old traditional songs and new compositions in constant balance to continue a journey, started with Ninnamorella, and which will take us further deeper in this mysterious land. Flavia Gervasi



Discography

• Aldo Nichil Trio, Nichil (dodici lune, 1999);
• Tarantule, antidoti e follie (Ensemble Terra d’Otranto, Provincia di Lecce,
Museo Catromediano di Lecce, 1999);
• Carataranta (Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Salento altra musica Edizioni,
2000);
• Canti e pizzichi d’amore (Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Salento altra musica
Edizioni, 2000);
• Il mare di lato (Ciuma, Tombesi, Salvi, Finisterre 2001);
• Mila mila dodeka (Ensemble Terra d’Otranto, Cd Calssica, 2003);
• Chorè! (Nistanimera, Alfa Music, 2004);
• Nuove ronde (Vito De Lorenzi, Gas Tone, 2005);
• Danzare col ragno (Brizio Montinaro, Argo, Lecce 2007);
• Kalos irtate (Melodiko Karavi, 2008) ;
• Ninnamorella (Anna Cinzia Villani, AnimaMundi & AFQ produciton, 2008);
• Tradizionale (Mascarimirì, Dilinò, 2010);
• Memorie della terra (Edizioni Squilibri, 2010);
• Salento in dub Insintesi (AnimaMundi, 2010);
• Il ritorno della taranta (Vincenzo Santoro, Edizioni Squilibri, 2009);
• La Notte della Taranta 2010 (Ponderosa, 2011).