They are regarded as Italy’s leading and longest-standing traditional music ensemble. Nowadays, the seven piece band and dancer are the leading exponents in a new wave of young performers re-inventing Southern Italy's Pizzica musical and dance traditions for today's global audience.
The tens of thousands who often congregate for this Lecce-based band’s concerts in Italy know: Bandleader, fiddler, and drummer Mauro Durante and company can make an audience shimmy with the energy of the ancient ritual of pizzica tarantata, said to cure the taranta spider’s bite with its frenzied trance dances.
CGS shows are a life explosion: full of energy, passion, rhythm and mystery, they bring the audience from the past into modernity, and back. Critically acclaimed with 18 albums and countless live performances throughout USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, in 2010 CGS was awarded Best Italian World Music Group at Italy's MEI confab.
Mauro Durante - voice, frame drums, violin
Giulio Bianco - Italian bagpipes, harmonica, recorders
Massimiliano Morabito - diatonic accordion
Emanuele Licci - voice, guitar, bouzouki
Giancarlo Paglialunga - voice, tamburrieddhu
Silvia Perrone – dance
Alessia Tondo OR RAchele Andrioli OR Enza Pagliara- voice
Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Eastern Europe, Switzerland, Scandinavia