Labirintomare, released on the occasion of Venice roots group Calicanto's twentieth year of existence, is dedicated to Venice's historic relations with Dalmatia and Istria on the Adriatic, and the wider Mediterranean. Calicanto collaborate here with a large group of guest musicians from Dalmatia (today part of Croatia), Istria (today belonging to Slovenia and Croatia), Bulgaria, Turkey, and Spain. Together, and in various combinations, they expose us to a wide variety of pan-Adriatic and pan-Mediterranean styles and sounds.
The variety presented on Labirintomare is truly amazing, and the instrumentation and vocals consistently strong. Calicanto display not only an encyclopedic grasp of the myriad styles and rich musical history of Venice and its cultural interlocutors, but also an admirable cosmopolitanness and cultural openness. At a time when Italy is governed by a center-right coalition, which fuels a growing antipathy to Italy's new immigrants, Calicanto's embrace of cultural plurality is a refreshing tonic. - Ted Swedenburg
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Audio: "Marionette a Zara"
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