Skanderband is the title of the first album of the orchestra-multicultural musical workshop Skanderband that sees the participation of Fanfara Tirana and a song signed by Ambrogio Sparagna.
The Skanderband was born from an idea by Michele Lobaccaro, musician and author of Radiodervish, with the intention of making the musical traditions of the two shores of the Italian Adriatic and Albanian interact.
12 traces that are a journey not only in geographical space but also over time, taking into account that some tracks have been jealously preserved for five centuries in the historical memory of the ancient Arberese communities established in southern Italy. In fact, historically the arrival and settling of the ancient Albanian migration of the fifteenth century, led by the great hero Skanderbeg, gave rise to the birth of the Arbereshe communities whose tradition, language, religion and music is still alive today.
That of the arbereshe is a story of integration and cohabitation that continues, curiously, with the recent Albanian migration. In particular, the one that, starting from the 1991, has generated new forms of cultural crossroads involving both Albanian musicians and Italian - Apulian artists, fascinated and curious about the rich Albanian tradition. In particular, a repertoire was collected in the laboratory, to which an original musical address was given, thanks to the participation of musicians who are custodians of the ancient poetic and musical tradition of Arbereshe, still alive and dynamic in San Marzano (Ta), Piana degli Albanians (Pa) and in the various other Arbereshe centers spread in the southern regions of Italy.
Albanian, Arbereshe and Italian musicians have come together and created an ideal journey that unites East and West starting from the roots of the musical tradition of southern Italy and moving towards the Balkans and Turkey.
The most significant passages are like islands linked by music that are the bridge between the different soundscapes proposed.
The female voices are by Eleonora Bordonaro, folk singer and researcher of texts and music of the Sicilian Arbereshe tradition and of Molise. Meli Hajderaj who, having arrived in Italy with the recent Albanian immigration, has given life to various multicultural experiences by becoming the bearer of the rich Albanian repertoire. Mimma Montanaro, singer of San Marzano, custodian of the ancient culture handed down in the Arberese families of his country.
The musicians who participated in the writing of the album:
Meli Hajderaj: Voice Eleonora Bordonaro: Voice Mimma Montanaro: Voice Anila Bodini: Violin
Marina Latorraca: Trumpet, Trombone Gianluca Milanese: Flute, Chalumeau Fatbardh Heads: Clarinet (4) (9)
Namik Cepele: Clarinet Guido Sodo: Oud, Celtic Harp Pierpaolo Petta: Accordion Max Però: Diatonic Accordion Domenico Virgili: Piano
Michele Lobaccaro: Bass, Guitar, Baglama Mimmo Gori: Congas, Udu, Bell Collar, Cajon
Goofy Ark D'Ambrosio: Tar, Bendir, Darbuka, Singing Bowls Francesco Corrado De Palma: Drums
The production of the album is by the Radiodervish label Cosmasola Edizioni Musicali and sees the artistic direction of Michele Lobaccaro.
The CD is made with the support of "PUGLIA SOUNDS RECORD 2016" "REGIONE PUGLIA - FSC 2007 / 2013 - We invest in your future".
From the 1998 the Skanderband, is a musical group as well as an Italian-Albanian laboratory that does research in the Albanian and Arbereshe tradition. This project, conceived by Michele Lobaccaro of Radiodervish, published a single "Doli Goca" which was included in the compilation of Kosovar Radio Contact of Pristina. In the 2014 and 2015 Skanderband has created an arbereshe musical laboratory - Italo - Albanese permanent which sees the participation of Italian and Albanian artists united by the common goal of making the rich musical cultures of the Mediterranean interact.