Unaddarrè is a project involving musicians coming from different backgrounds and origins, although they share the same passion for traditional Sicilian music. The band was created by Maurizio Catania, who was Nidi D’Arac drum player and percussionist from 2004 to 2007.
Their songs are about the Mediterranean Area, and in particular about Sicily, which is an island of strong traditions and contradictions, and they take
us through a journey based on lyrics, sound and rhythm.
Unaddarrè’s main features are its trance rhythms, stringed lyrics full
of visions, multiethnic instruments and ancient voices, which have been perfectly mixed to create the new electro world sound from Sicily.
This project originally started in the year 2000, although it came to life
in 2005. Unaddarrè have been highly appreciated throughout Italy and Europe and they have recorded two albums with Megasound record company: Kalsa (2007) and Aqua Virgo (2008).
These works represent a perfect balance between the world of acoustics
and the one of electronics, thanks to perfectly combining contemporary digital sounds with the traditional Mediterranean and Sicilian musical culture.
Kalsa (Megasound, 2007) is titled after a popular suburb of Palermo, founded during the Islamic domination. This album has been acclaimed as one
of the most interesting works within both Italian and foreign world music. Since June 2007 “Kalsa” has also been distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Since September 2007, it is also available on digital version
on iTunes. This CD has been reviewed by the most relevant music magazines, such as fRoots, Songlines, Sing out!, Folker, World Music Magazine, Musica
e Dischi, World Music Central, Music Club.
World Music Magazine has defined Unaddarrè as “one of the most interesting emerging bands within the recent Italian musical scene”.
The tracks from “Kalsa” are being broadcasted by both Italian and foreign radios specialised in World Music, such as Radio Rai, Life Gate, BBC UK, Radio Multikulti, fRoots Playlist, Deutschland Radio.
Aqua Virgo (Megasound, 2008) is the reinterpreted and remixed version of Kalsa.
In this cd, Unaddarrè’s Sicilian sound and electronic moods are “contaminated” and reinterpreted by the unique style of different artists, such as Tonj Acquaviva from Agricantus[/artist[, Gavino Murgia, Raffaello Simeoni, Ashtech (Uk), Aqua Azul (Usa), Dj Keir, Goodphellas, Rodrigo D’Erasmo, Andrea Piccioni, Rossano Baldini and Mauro Pandolfino.
After its first launching in Castel Sant’Angelo (Rome) within a dream-like atmosphere, Aqua Virgo has been highly acclaimed both by the critics and the public. In fact, it has been reviewed by the most important musical publications, as well as being often broadcasted over the main national and local radios (Radio Rai, Lifegate, Radio Città Futura and Radio Rock).
“Aqua Virgo is new music from ancient sources. The Mediterranean soul of timeless melodies has been brought back to life thanks to the impeccable union of ancient traditions and electronic moods, with the addition of constant references to the oriental culture, reggae rhythms, dub, pop, ,funky , house, all of the above “topped up” with the musicality of Sicilian lyrics.”
COLLABORATIONS AND CONCERTS
Unaddarrè have been performing in concerts and festivals since 2007. Their debut concert was in Palermo, in Palazzo Bonagia, within an event called “Terrazza alla Kalsa”. Ever since, they have been performing both in Italy and abroad (Rome - Terme di Caracalla/Castel S. Angelo, Roots Colours Festival - Tuscania (Vt), Fondi incontra il mondo, CulturArt -Terni, Castello Reggae - Alvito (Fr), Giovani Suoni – Naples).
In May 2007 they received the honour of being the first Italian band to perform at the Berlin Carnival of Cultures, where two million people gathered.
Unaddarrè have also collaborated with the Sicilian Regional Ministry of Cultural and Environmental Heritage for the recording of the soundtrack of a documentary on traditional Sicilian markets. Their songs have also been aired on several TV channels; in particular, “Cannavati” has been selected as the jingle for “La7” horoscope programme, which is broadcasted on a national scale. Unaddarrè’s tracks have also been included in the following compilations: “Si reggae forte”, published by “Il Manifesto” and “Contestarockair” by CNI. They have also written and performed the soundtracks of the following documentaries: “Terra di Leontio” by Vincenzo Marra, “Le serre di Vittoria” by Michelangelo Ricci, “Cannavatari – L’oro segreto” and “20.000 schiavi” by Enzo Rizzo.
In September 2007 they were among the most important artist to perform in Rome Rebibbia prisons
at the event called “Aspettando la Notte Bianca”, which was included within Rome “Notte Bianca” main gig. This concert was a gift by the Mayor of Rome to Rebibbia prisons inmates. It was also organised thanks to the effort of this prison music groups and the actors belonging to “Compagnia Stabile Assai”.
Unaddarrè are currently working on the launching of their cd Kalsa which, since September 2007, has also been distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Their track “Terrarussa” is part of a documentary called “Ricerche di Mercato”, which was designed
by Istituto CLCT Broadcasting of Palermo; furthermore, their track “Musica e Ballu” has been included in the A.A.P.I.T. (Palermo Agency for the Promotion of Tourism) compilation to represent Sicily at the World Conference on World Music, which took place in Seville (Spain) in 2007.
In 2008 they participated to different festivals all over Italy (Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, Villa Ada
in Rome, Diso Folk Festival of Salento, Lithos in Siracusa, Sagra dell’Agorà in Bergamo).
Many Aqua Virgo tracks are part of the soundtrack of “Il passato è il mio Bastone”, a documentary by Antonio Rezza and Flavia Mastrella which was included in a collection of short films in black and white called “Ottimismo Democratico”. They have also been chosen as the soundtrack of several radio and TV programmes.
Maurizio Catania (voice, percussions, marranzano, programming)
Valentina D’Accardi (voice and guitar)
Gabriele Caporuscio (oud, saz, sitar)
Gianluca Ferrante (basso and chorus)
Flaviano Vitulli (guitar)
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