was born in 2010 for fun and entertainment, with the aim to revive the traditional music of southern Italy and Sicily. This region has historically served as a crossroads in the Mediterranean basin, the great ”boiling soup” in which the musical ”ingredients” have been cooked for centuries by people sharing a similar fate and tradition. The four musicians come from well-known world music groups like Nakaira and Oi Dipnoi, and are united by folk-singer Maurizio Cuzzocrea, who has built his career over the years by participating in major folk festivals in Italy.
Although the instruments are mainly used in a traditional way, the performance of the songs is not strictly philological, but leaves room for personal interpretation. It reflects the process of permanent settlement and re-creation, which is a strong characteristic of any oral tradition, especially the rich repertoire of the tarantella. Here the “protagonist” is the friscalettu, a typical small Sicilian cane-flute, which was brought to us by the ancient Greek civilization. The songs and serenades tell stories of historical moments and of ancient musicians, who played in a peculiar sound and sung in their indigenous language. This sound and language had been inherently present in Sicily and Calabria long before Quartetto Areasud appeared.