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Faraualla is the deepest karstic cavity of the Murgian upland in Apulia. This chasm opens among fields of wheat, pastures and farms, a silent isle that has inspired popular believes.The origin of this name remains obscure but its pronunciation fills the mouth with voice. As when a word forgets its meaning to be, once again, sound: pure, crude and mighty. This new perception strengthens vocality and makes the voice give back the instinct of singing. So, pieces of voices and stories are handed down, multiplying.

An old habit of listening marks the imaginary world of Faraualla. In our ears the plait of song and stories is History and "Sound Game". The quartet Faraualla was born in 1995. After making a careful study of vocality in different precincts of music, the four singers have found a common interest investigating the use of the voice as an instrument, practicing polyphony and going into vocal expressions of different ethnicities and different times.The outcomes of this work are collected in the repertory of Faraualla, in original compositions that often develop from an improvised matrix, as in traditional songs.The suggestions of an iter through cultures so far between themselves melt together into an original synthesis in which cultural roots of the group strongly emerge.The presence of Apulia may be found in the "sound" of the quartet, in the percussion instruments that accompany the performance, and in the very same name of the group.


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Faraualla : Sind' : 1 CD :  : 1302

Faraualla : Sind'

Review: "Sind'" is the second album of Apulia's (Southern Italy) Faraualla, and is the "organic development of it, a real chapter two," as described in the liner notes. A photo of the group shows a total of seven musicians now, 5 women singers and two male percussionists; not surprising with the emphasis on strong percussion in the group's first recording. This emphasis is even greater on "Sind'. Gabriella Schiavone once again has written most of the group's original material, including "Domina De Miseria," "Arecuriurie," a co-writer on "Uarandero," "Masciare" the joyous "Orangutan" and the rhythmic "Maat Dance," the title tune and "Ninnage." Schiavone also arranged the Russian folk-flavored "Popoff." The album finishes strongly with the traditional Albanian song "Viktori" and a remixed, throbbing "Masciare Witch Mix." Faraualla impresses us again with another energetic, rhythmic winner!

Songlist: Domina, Arecuriurie, Uarandero, Masciare, Sind', Popoff, Ninnage, Maat Dance, Orangutan, Viktori, Masciare With Mix

9841c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella

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