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The a cantu a tenore was proclaimed by the UNESCO in 2005 "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity"
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Other recent international performances:
- July 2003 -- Participation in two important international festival in
two towns next to Brno, in the Czech Republic, Namest nad Oslavou and
2003 - Really
interesting collaboration with Hevia, the famous Asturian Bagpipes
player who involved the Sardinian group in his concert in Avilčs (
In the same month the group received good reviews from the important
foundation named after the greatest Sardinian
the musical event a careful and expert jury awarded the group and
performance for the section "traditions".
- November 2003 -They participate in the Festival
The group works carefully for the preservation of
this tradition by keeping courses in the school(on 1999 they have kept
Regional course for
trying to merge this traditional singing with other genres of
music as classical , on theatres ….
Directly from the heartland of Sardinia, the city of Bitti in the region of Barbagia, known for its polyphonic singing, which many experts find one of the most expressive forms of singing, the highest peak of vocal art - come Tenores di Bitti "Mialinu Pira", which is the nickname and the surname of the famous anthropologist Michelangelo Pira. When one hears the songs for the first time they might seem primitive and hard, like a voyage in the prehistoric age, when people imitated the sounds of nature. However, four man voices one of which chants the main melody and the other three accompany it in rhythmic pronunciation of syllables, together with the guttural emission of the voice which remind us of the primitive vocal music from Oceania and Africa, one achieves an unusual harmony and a pleasant singing.
The Tenores’ singing is one of the more ancient ways of singing in the Mediterranean area .Nothing about its origins is sure, but the historians maintain that this traditional polyphony goes back to 3000 years ago.
The singing is made by four male voices (oche, mesu oche, bassu and contra), the main feature of this polyphony is represented by “bassu” and “contra” because of their guttural and ancestral sound. The songs are profane poems speaking about the shepherds and their solitude in touch with the nature, or religious, referring to the popular world and its traditions.
All the members have been learning the traditional singing since they were children.
Below find a list of our main performances in concerts or event form 1996 ‘till 2005.
1996 october Monchengladbach Germany in the circolo “Eleonora d’Arborea”
1996 10 december Lecco
1996 11 december Bergamo “blob house”
1996 12 december Clusone (BG)
1996 13 december Longiano (FC) (teatro petrella)
1996 december concert “ a Cuncordu” Montreal Canada
1999 from september ‘till december of this years the Tenores di Bitti “Mialinu Pira” kept courses in schools to teach people how to sing ‘a tenore’.
2001 Umbertide (PG) “teatro dei riuniti”
2001 from 6 to 16 June they sing in Abu Dhabi (Emirates) at the theatre of the ‘Cultural Foundation”. The performance was recorded and broadcast by the National TV “Abu Dhabi TV SAT”.
2001 in August is the only Italian group to partecipate in the project “world of voices” during the the ‘Cultural Olympiad” in Naestved, Danemark. The result of this event was an extraordinary cohoperation of voices and instruments from many parts of the world : Maryam Mursal(Somalia), Maria Leshkova´s Choir il mistero delle voci bulgare (Bulgaria), Irene Becker, Sille Gromberg, Martin Seeberg, Morten Carlsen (Danimarca), Yu Jun (Cina), Dawda Jobateh (Gambia), Ayi Solomon (Ghana);
2001 in December partecipate in the traditional Christmas Concert in the Hall Paolo VI at the Vatican in the presence of the Pope Giovanni Paolo II with many other artists of international fame as Hevia,. , Randy Crawford, Terence Trent d’Arby, Russel Watson, per l’Italia Elisa,. Edoardo Bennato, Massimo Ranieri.The event was broadcasted in Italy by Canale 5 and RTL102.5, it was also in worldvision.
2002 In december they partecipated in the festival Olavsfestdagene in Trondheim, Norway. In this occasion they performed their own concert in the Nidaros Cathedral, but also togheter with the band “Enzo Favata Quintet” in Our Ladiy’s Church.The concert was broadcasted by Norwegian Broadcasting, the national radio.
2002 17 august Tagliacozzo (AQ) Chiostro S.Francesco “festival di mezza estate”
2002 18 august Pontremoli (MS) teatro della rosa
2002 12 december Moncalieri (TO) teatro civico matteoti
2003 28 july concert in Namest nad Oslavou (Moravia), Word Music festival Folkové prázdniny Cech Republic
2003 29 july concert in Uherske Hradiste (Brno), Festival Summer Film School Cech Republic
2003 The 7 September they were invited by the well known spanish player of the Asturian Pipes Hevia, met at the Christmas Concert, to partecipate as special guest in the event ‘Dia de Asturias, in the town of Aviles, near Oviedo. The Tenores performed with Hevia, the flamenco guitar player Juan Manuel Canizares and the traditional singer M Luz Cristobal Caunedo.
2003 On 21 Septe3mber the group received the award “Premio Maria Carta” as best performance within the section “Traditions of Sardinia”. The foundation “Maria Carta” is set in Siligo ,the town where Maria Carta, one of the best voices in Sardinia, was born. The organization was founded to promote musical traditions of Sardinia. More information can be found in the link www.fondazionemariacarta.it
2003 19 november Concert Utrecht (Olanda) Teatro RASA.
2003 20 november, Anversa DeSingel
2003 21 november, Mons chiesa di San Nicola
2003 22 november, Bruxelles Espace Senghor
2003 23 november, Eeklo Villa N9
This concerts were performed within the Festival Europalia Italia 2003.
This event is organised every second year since 1969 to celebrate and promote the culture of a country which is everytime different. That’s why this year, in coincidence with the Italian semester at European Parlament, exibitions, performances and other events in many cities in Belgium were celebrating Italian culture, History and art. Among many guests, the Orchestra Filarmonica La Scala with iuts director Riccardo Muti. The Tenores and Nuova Compagnia di canto popolare were the only Italian delegates for the traditional music.
2004 From 28 May to 1 June they were guests in the Festival Musica Sacra International in Germany, an event which celebrated the world sacred music since 1992. Tenores di Bitti were delegates for The Catholic Religion . Many artists for all religions partecipated in the event in the most important churces of Bavaria. For more info: www.modmusik.de
2004 Mira (VE)” tam tam festival suoni e culture dal mondo” 2 june
2004 3 september Petrignano d’Assisi (PG)
2004 10 september Concert in Luxembourg, organized in cohoperation with the Italian Embassy in the Italian Isitut of Culture of Luxembourg.
2004 8 october concerto Concert in Slovenia at Liubljana in the theatre Cankariev Dom, organized in cohoperation with the Italian Institute of Culture.
2005 6 January. They were guests in the broadcast “Affari Tuoi” in the national chanel RAI UNO, directed by Paolo Bonolis. In this successful TV broadcast the song “Milia Vattu sa trotta” became the Sardinian “National” Inn.
2005 21 march Concert in Piazza Navona for the Labour Union Gilda
2005 27-28-29 April concert in Cork (Irlanda) International Choral Festival. link
2005 31 may Mira (VE) ” tam tam festival suoni e culture dal mondo”
2005 2-3-4 june Concert in Graz (Austria) during an expo of Sardinian traditional products, in cohoperation with ‘Prosciutteria dall’Ava San Daniele”
2005 5 august Concert Pola (Croazia) Festival Etnojazz Istrionica
2005 21 august “Spoleto Estate” concert church of San Brizio www.spoletoestate.com
2005 from 22 to 30 august concerts in San Paolo Brasil collaboration with others 21 musicians for the project “ Orquestra Mediterranea”. For info clic here
2005 22 october concert Sarmeola di Rubano (PD) teatro “Opera della Provvidenza”
2006 6 Gennaio Concerto in Belgio ad Anversa, nella cattedrale di Saint Paul
2006 dal 12 al 15 Marzo, 2 concerti in Tunisia a Tunisi al teatro nazionale
2006 1 Aprile concerto a Lille in Francia , nella cattedrale. Collaborazione con Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Lille
2006 dal 23 al 27 Luglio, concerto al Festival Bartok di Debrecem in Ungheria
2006 dal 20 al 23 Settembre, invito al Festival “Pax et Bonum” a Vilnius in Lituania
23 Giugno ,
Salisburgo, Austria ospiti della Societŕ Dante Alighieri
ospiti della Societŕ Dante Alighieri
2006 9 settembre al Festival Internazionale di Organo e Strumenti antichi di Orte (vt)
2006 dal 15 al 20 Settembre, partecipazione al festival “Musikale '06” di Bilbao nei Paesi Baschi in Spagna
Belluno al festival Oltre le Vette
al festival Oltre le Vette
2007 31 Marzo, Belgrado (Serbia) al Sava Center, special guest al concerto della cantante serba Bilja Krstic
dal 30 Maggio
al 7 Giugno Tournée in Giappone. 1 Giugno Tokyo , 3
Giugno Mishima, 5 Giugno Kyoto
, 3 Giugno Mishima, 5 Giugno Kyoto
2007 8-10 Giugno
al XXI Festival corale di
Concerti a Savigliano, Cuneo e Saluzzo
2007 8-10 Giugno al XXI Festival corale di Savigliano (Cn). Concerti a Savigliano, Cuneo e Saluzzo
2007 14 Luglio concerto al Festival Stiryarte di Graz (Austria)
2007 15 Luglio concerto al Festival Petra Matrix di Matera
2007 Luglio registrazione della colonna sonora del film tedesco Meine schöne Bescherung
2008 10 Aprile Concerto al Teatro Sangiorgi di Catania stagione concertistica dell'Ame.
2008 11 Aprile Concerto al Teatro Annibale di Francia di Messina
2008 5 Maggio concerto nella Cattedrale di Vieste
2008 24-25 Maggio Festival Polifonico Bylisfonia di Bylis in Albania (Shqiptare)
2008 03-06 Luglio Festival Volkskulturfest OBWALD, Svizzera
2008 8 settembre Cagliari concerto in occasione della visita in Sardegna di S.S. il Papa Benedetto XVI° Joseph Ratzinger
2008 Novembre Concert in Terranuova Bracciolini (Arezzo)
2009 18 Aprile Concert in Milazzo (Messina)
2009 19 Aprile Concert in Misterbianco (Catania)
2009 Tournée in Belgium, Netherland and Luxembourg (six concerts), more...
2009 01 Agoust, concert at Festival Parco di Vulci (vt)
2009 08 Agoust, concerto in Abruzzo in for the "Protezione Civile" of Sardinia
2010 11 Marzo, concerto Palermo per la stagione Antonio il Verso, presso il Rettorato dell'Universitŕ
2010 12 Marzo, lezione concerto al Dipartimento "Aglaia" di Etnomusicologia dell'Universitŕ di Palermo
2010 23 Aprile, ospiti del Festival "Los sonidos de la biodiversidad" a Castellon de la Plana (Valencia)
2010 18 Settembre , Beograd (Serbia) at Sava Center, special guest in the concerto of the serbian singer Bilja Krstic
2011 16 Giugno, Festival "I luoghi sacri del Suono", chiesa di San Domenico, Modena
2011 17-18 Dicembre, Concerto a Parma presso la chiesa di Santa Cristina e la chiesa di San Giovanni. Circolo dei sardi Grazia Deledda di Parma
2012 21 Luglio, Concerto con Iva Bittova: Bittova & Bitti . Festival Folkové prázdniny a Náměšti nad Oslavo (Czech Repubblic)
2012 13 Agosto Festival LA NOTTE DELLA TARANTA concerto a Soleto con gli Arakne Mediterranea
2012 14-15 Settembre Festival del Taravo a Sollacaro in Corsica
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