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The work of Enerbia, one of the liveliest among the Italian groups playing traditional and ancient music, is mainly focused on the developement and support of North Western Appennines' repertoire.
The river Po, in its flow between Lombardy and Emilia Romagna, is the northern gate to a land which expands southward through the Appennines' valleys. These valleys, since time immemorial, connect continental Europe to the Mediterranean through the Old Salt Route and the many variants of the Via Francigena.
Along the Appennines, the phisical landscape matches a sound landscape created by popular oral tradition still alive today. At the same time, the ancient tradition is traceable in musical manuscripts coming from extremely important historical archives, such as those once owned by Bobbio Monastery, today preserved in Tourin, Rome and Milan.
Both movies and television have taken an interest in the work of Enerbia. You can find their music in the soundtrack of Ermanno Olmi's "I cento chiodi" ( 2007 Cannes Festival), in the RAI broadcast television documentary "Un Paese chiamato Po" by Giuseppe Bertolucci, featuring Edmondo Berselli, and in the soundtrack of Marco Bellocchio's "Sorelle Mai" (2006 Rome Film Festival).
Paolo Rumiz, maybe the most famous among Italian travel writers and columnist for Repubblica, has mentioned the group in his book "La leggenda dei monti naviganti" (Feltrinelli Editore), a stunning reportage on the Italian Appennines.
The beauty of this repertoire is not lacking in vitality. In fact, it is composed by a variety of dances - for groups or couples - (Giga, Piana, Alessandrina, Monferrina, Valzer, Mazurca) and moving songs, both for soloist and choir. Moreover, it is characterized by the sound of some peculiar musical instruments, such as the "piffero", an ancient oboe from the Appennines.
Indeed, the instruments used in this kind of music are extremely varied and, together with the piffero, you will hear the violin, the bagpipes, the accordion, the guitar, the double bass and the hurdy gurdy. The ancient repertoire -both sacred and profane - is played using the gothic harp, the psalter, the percussions and the hurdy gurdy as well.

The group is formed by Maddalena Scagnelli, voice and psalter - she is also responsible for musical research and arrangements; Franco Guglielmetti, accordion; Gabriele Dametti, piffero; Massimo Visalli, guitar; Claudio Schiavi, double bass.
In the ancient music productions, the group is enriched by the participation of Adriano Sanguineto at the gothic harp, Paolo Simonazzi at the hurdy gurdy and by the support of the vocal ensemble Eudaimonia.
In February 2008, the group has been invited in Rome to the UNESCO and Italian Cultural Ministry supported meeting "L'Italia delle Tradizioni", aimed to foster immaterial cultural heritages.
The group has been invited by some important radio stations, such as Rai Radio Tre and Radio della Svizzera Italiana. It also counts numberless participations in literature and music festivals (Festival della Poesia di Genova, Festival Internazionale della Poesia di Parma, Festival MITO di Milano) and television shows. Many have also been the collaborations with Universities and cultural institutions.
In 2011, during the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Italian unification, Enerbia has been awarded as "group of National interest" for its activity in the field of traditional music research. On that occasion, a special show - Partire, partiro- was created, entirely focused on the Risorgimento repertoire.
Since 2002 Enerbia is responsible for the artistic direction of Appennino Festival. Enerbia's latest CD "Per Viam" was presented in the magnificent Milan's Biblioteca Ambrosiana and reviewed by Repubblica.
On the 14th November 2013 , Enerbia will be opening the Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo retrospective at the Museo del Novecento in Milan.

The new album PER VIAM is an ideal winter journey along the paths of the Appennines. It includes one traditional love song (track 1. Ti ricordi quelle sere ), three ancient vocal pieces from a medieval manuscript called Antifonario di Bobbio (tracks 2. 3. 4. Vernans Rosa, Beata es Maria, Hodie fit regressus ), three christmas songs (tracks 5. 6. 7. Puer natus, Gesu bambin l e nato. Dormi dormi). During the 2014 Enerbia will record the complete edition of Antifonario di Bobbio F.I.4.

Tribu italiche Emilia Romagna EDT
Las Musicas de Italia FNAC ESPANA (compilation)
Cosi lontano l azzurro EDT
Soffi d ancia Radici Music Records (compilation)
La Rosa e la Viola - Vie del Sale
Per Viam Viaggio d inverno Le Vie del Sale

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