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Mediterranean folk ensembles
27 January 2014 08:00
28 January 2014 01:00
12 February 2014
CC Muziekcafe'
Rustenburgerstraat, Amsterdam

Once a month, CCMuziekcafe’ will open its stage to folk music from Mediterranean,with the event : ‘Mediterranean Folk Ensemble, a musical journey across southern Europe and northern Africa”, a music & dance project, under the artistic direction of dancer, choreographer & event promoter Isabella Ruggiero.


Doors open: 19:30
Workshop: 20:00-21:00
Concert: 21:00-23:30
Jamsession: 23:30-01:00

Danzeasud production presents

La Tammurriata, a dance around the Vesuvius
Traditional southern Italian folk dance workshop

with Isabella Ruggiero, DANZEASUD, certified advanced teacher and dancer ( )
After that great music with:

Musica Vinicola
Pure southern italian sound

There will be a food tasting of Italian traditional food in between the dance workshop and the concert.

The entrance is of 3 euro only for the concert
5 euro for workshop and concert and food.

La Tammurriata in the southern Italian musical tradition: ritual and myth

La Tammuriata is a music tradition lived in the rural areas around the volcano Vesuvius, in the South of Italy. Throughout the transformation of seasons, the tradition connects the existentiality of the local population with their everyday social lives and work, the earth and the elements of nature, and with their ancestors and spirituality. With utter devotion and care, la Tammuriata has been passed on as a strictly oral tradition over many generations. It exists today an intriguing tradition transcending the limits of everyday space and time in a powerful ritual to cleanse up the social and metaphysical tensions that obstruct the eternal progression and repetition of life’s cycles.

Isabella Ruggiero, experienced dancer and choreographer, will introduce the participants to the cultural background of Tammurriata – a combined form of music, canto and dance – as well as to the basic techniques of dancing and drumming.

La Tammurriata belongs to the wide family of Tarantella dances, spread all over the south of the Italian peninsula. Names such as ” Tarantella” or “Ballo sul tamburo” were, indeed, also used to refer to Tammurriata but they have been falling into disuse.
In the inner parts of region Campania, north Apulia, Calabria, Basilicata the folk dance is still called Tarantella.

The workshop will be structured in two parts:

Part 1 – dance technique, dance etiquette, practical skills and theoretical knowledge on the rhythm of the drum Tammorra,verses, rhymes, jokes and the conventional expressions and the metrical structure of the canto.

Day 2 – Styles. We will examine the style known as “Dell’agro Nocerino-Sarnese”, area in the province of Salerno, Campania, Italy.

There will be live music with instruments of the tradition ( Tammorra, Putibu’, Castagnettas en more ).

Isabella Ruggiero (Napoli, Italy) is dancer, researcher and choreographer of traditional dances from the South of Italy, Egypt and the Middle East. Isabella is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and organizes cultural events ( lectures, music festivals, dance workshops, concerts ) in the Netherlands with the aim of creating a bridge between Mediterranean and local culture and to spread Mediterranean music and dance culture abroad.

About Musica ViNicola

Musica ViNicola traditional music which embodies the power and the vibes of our ancient cultural heritage and demonstrates the passion of the Southern people. It’s a journey into our authentic soundscapes with the aim to preserve fundamental musical elements in danger of disappearance. Musica ViNicola draws in audiences with its powerful yet simple groovy rhythms and the distinct sounds of our voices towards the trance – a final condition of freedom for the body and spirit. Vincenzo Castellana: Tamburelli, Sicilian Flute, Moutharp, Voice; Nicola Scagliozzi: Chitarra Battente, Castagnette, Voice; Our concert is performed on traditional acoustic instruments handcrafted by Southern Italian masters and includes spoken interludes in English, engaging and informing the audience about the music during the performance.