Traditional Music and Dance from Northern Italy
2013 - Dates to Follow
Barre, Vermont

Featuring - direct from Italy:

PLACIDA "DINA" STARO (dance instruction)
One of Italy’s leading ethnomusicologists. Dr. Staro received her laurea with highest honors from the University of Bologna in ethnomusicology, being mentored by one of the leading Italian ethnomusicologists of the 20th Century, Prof. Roberto Leydi. Her post-graduate research and publications (books, articles, CDs, films, video, and television and stage collaborations) include anthropological and ethnographic studies of music and dance traditions in every region of northern Italy. As a nationally-certified teacher in the schools, she has helped many communities retain their music and dance traditions. After her decision to not accept tenure, and therefore be unencumbered by the constraints of the University of Bologna, Dr. Staro’s thesis, Traditional Dances in Bologna’s Appenines, resulted in her relocation to the Savena River Valley, where for over 30 years she has been the catalyst for the local communities’ continuing their centuries old traditions of music, song, and dance. She has documented these traditions and has been the driving force to have the dances, songs, and melodies of the Savena Valley transmitted by the carriers of those traditions by creating the local center for traditional music and dance, E Bene Venga Maggio. She has completely incorporated the montanaro style of fiddling imparted to her by the late great fiddler Mechiade Benni. Dina, who is fluent in English, has toured the U.S (grant funded) in 2000 and 2002 teaching dances of the Savena and Resia valleys and guest lecturing at UCLA and Georgetown University. Dina's husband Massimo Zacchi will assist as her dance partner.

(The Cold Water Players)

Dina Staro: Fiddle, voice

Elisa Lorenzini: Fiddle, accordion, voice

Massimo Zacchi: Cello, voice

Bruno Zanella: Guitar, voice

Gabriele Roda: Bass, voice

MUSIC AND DANCE: Participants in this weekend set of workshops and concerts will experience dancing, singing, and playing music for dance from all of the regions of northern Italy as still played and danced today in the Alps and Apennines by artisans and farmers, with an emphasis on the dances & music from the Savena River Valley in Emilia Romagna, and including the unique dances of the Val Resia in Friuli. The weekend will include 18 hours of dance instruction (partners of mixed gender not required), 3 hours of singing instruction (including some harmony), 3 hours of instrument instruction (accordion and fiddle (including Val Resia)), 4 evening parties (2 bands) with live music from Italy (Suonatori d’l’Acqua Fredda), 4 days of meals at the local Italian club, Il Mutuo Soccorso, and the Labor Hall, 4 nights lodging in private homes, 4 tours of Central Vermont (incl. local cemeteries/meeting with local sculptors).



VENUE: Enjoy New England at its finest weekend of the year. Thousands flock to Central Vermont the first weekend of October to see mother nature’s maximum color display. Barre, at the beginning of the 20th century, was the center of U.S. immigration for Italians from Northern Italy. Almost ten percent of Central Vermonters trace their ancestry to the immigrants who built the Socialist Labor Hall to serve as the center of their social life. These emigrating Italians came from every region of Northern Italy to work as sculptors and stonecutters in the granite industry. Until 1994, the Labor Hall had fallen into disrepair. The Barre Historical Society acquired the building and has renovated it so that again it provides a place for Barrites to have a suitable place for the social life of all ethnic groups in the metropolitan area of 15,000. Today, artisans still sculpt memorials for cemeteries and public buildings both locally and across the USA.

To see some examples of the types of dances and music that you will experience throughout the weekend, click here for a list of videos.

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