Antonio Castrignanò, a native of Galatina (Puglia, Italy) defines himself as an author, composer and musician. He approached the folk music of Salento in its early days and, instead of mimicking this phenomenon that was growing around him, he marked a turning point in the exaggerated "pizzica" fever unleashed by the ancestral dance so called that attracted tourists and all kinds of audiences, and chose to experiment with the contemporary in a very personal style.
After more than a decade of work as a musician in Italy and internationally, in 2010 he released his first solo album (Mara la fatia), a collection of evocative songs, a fusion of tradition and innovation that is a manifesto of the author's musical poetics.
In 2014 he released his second solo album (Fomenta), in which his great attraction for both Salento tradition and contemporary music form a perfect and extremely balanced blend. This tendency, typical of Castrignanò's style, is also present in the subsequent EP, also produced by Ponderosa, Aria Caddhipulina.
Antonio Castrignanò has collaborated with artists such as Stewart Copeland, Ludovico Einaudi and Ballakè Sissoko and has created soundtracks for film projects. He performs on the stages of prestigious national and international festivals and has become an important reference for the rediscovery of the traditional music of Salento from a contemporary perspective.
Antonio Castrignanò (voice and tambourine), Rocco Nigro (accordion), Giuseppe Spedicato (bass and mandola), Gianni Gelao (bagpipe and bouzouki), Luigi Marra (violin), Maurizio Pelizzari (guitar and mandolin).
Header photo: Salvatore Coluccia