Radicazioni Festival in Alessandria del Carretto
Radicazioni is a three-days music festival that sees on stage various groups inspired to folk music in Italy and abroad. Musicians perform on stage and later until early morning in the narrow streets of Alessandria del Carretto, a small village in northern Calabria, Italy. But it is also an important gathering for local musicians and young enthusiasts who mix and improvise at the sound of organetti and zampogne. This year in particular a group from France was present, the Escòla de Bodega de Villardonnel, was present: they play Occitan bagpipes that they were able to build after the last players disappeared thanks to an immigrant form Calabria who taught them the procedure to prepare the bags from a goat skin. I mainly followed the group from San Costantino Albanese, a nearby arbëresh village where I have been a guest of Nicola Scaldaferri. They played in the formation typical of the Caggiano area, two zampogne, a pair of ciaramelle and a soloist ciaramella. The masks that are normally used during the carnival in Alessandria were also around, dancing at the sound of an organetto.