Le Recueil des Miracles, Open-air concert
Palazzo Butera, via Butera 8, Palermo
Le Recueil des Miracles is an ensemble. Drawing freely from the effects of a tarantella, the musicians engage us with a desire to listen together. Over the course of the concert, strangeness and discomfort are embraced, leading to a shared release. «First, there was a desire to look at sound and music and their role in possession rituals. We looked at Ernesto de Martino’s work on Tarentismo and the recordings made with Diego Carpitella in 1959. We discover how sound can be a real factor of social cohesion and how, should it be amputated, popular rituals would disintegrate, giving way to misunderstood follies and uprooted crises of madness. When it came time to attempt a performative form, we started with the idea of taking a first step and working exclusively with sound. We started with a very simple idea: to take the bagpipe, a traditional southern Italian instrument, and imitate its shrill timbre with different instrumentalists. We have since moved away from it, but this work has been the basis for anchoring the essence of the project».