The Ocarina Septet
History of an Italian Tradition
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Earth! Earth that sings. A simple sound, linear, ancestral, that instantly charms. An instrument symbolically produced by the folk culture of the farmers of Emilia Romagna, precisely those who are accustomed to working the land, to grasp the mood, the sighs almost. A sound that fully expresses the 'playful' side of music, of lullabies and nursery rhymes, singsong, songs accompanying games, and dance music so candidly ‘childish’. The purest clay recalling the profile of a goose without a head, l’ucareina, and whose distribution in the East (Korea and Japan in particular) almost makes us proud for its success as a natural and powerful instrument for cultural dialogue between Europe and Asia, or at least between countries so distant and different. Furthermore the fantastic story of a group (Gruppo Ocarinistico Budriese - GOB) that has been around for almost 150 years, of an instrument that still today for its materials, its form and performance practice, is rapidly evolving, of its inventor, and all those who have been able to imagine the future. As John Cage wrote: “To whom it may concern.”