Zampogna

In the second part of my article on zampogna, I will say a little about the process of making one and introduce my contribution to plastic reed technology, the “Parr spine”. Bet you can’t wait. I will also explain the title of the article, “Full Circle”, which will lead us on nicely to the extraordinary experience of the zampogna festival in Scapoli. I’m conscious that there was a slightly hysterical, overwrought tone to Part One and I will try to be a little more sober in Part Two.

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Full Circle - First Steps on a Zampogna journey Dec 2014 in Chanter 2014 Winter

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Invasion of the Zampognari Dec 2011 in Chanter 2011 Winter

In the Autumn 2010 issue of Chanter Julian Goodacre drew our attention to a couple of previously unspotted entries in the nineteenth century diary of the Reverend Francis Kilvert describing Italian bagpipers turning up in his parish near Hay-on-Wye in the Welsh Marches: in July 1872 he writes of a “wild swarthy Italian-looking man, young, with a steeple-crowned hat, and full of uncouth cries and strange outland words” (Plomer, 1938: 375) playing his pipes to the delight of a group of dancing children, whilst on Midsummer’s day the following year he records hearing the “drone of the Italian bagpipes advancing” before “two men … came playing through the village” (Plomer, 1939: 217).

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The Zampogna and Ciaramella in Venice Dec 2005 in Chanter 2005 Winter

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The Zampogna Revisited Nov 1987 in Newsletter 1987 November

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Medieval Music in the Dales Jul 2016 in Chanter 2016 Summer

2nd- 4th September 2016, Bolton Castle, Wensleydale - Box Office Now Open! Medieval Music in the Dales is the new medieval music festival being organized by medieval minstrels, Trouvere. Bagpipes are a really important part of the event and we are immensely grateful for the support of The Bagpipe Society, who are funding Danilo Turchetti (Musica Inspirata) to exhibit his magnificent medieval bagpipes at the festival. It was our first bit of funding and cheered us on enormously as we planned the event!

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Zampogna made by Marco Ciancaruso of Chiasso, Switzerland, in 2006. The chanters are both G to D but an octave apart, the bass chanter runs G, A, Bb, B, C, D and the top chanter has the additions of an F# lead in and C#. The single drone is D, same note as the D on the bass chanter. The instrument is set up for use with bellows, not included.

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Bagpipe Gallery Jan 0001

Estonian Torupill played by Sandra Sillamaa Matt Seattle, playing the border pipes Gaita, Valencia, Spain zampogna, Italy zampogna Marco Cignitti Cabrette players - Auvergne, France Yan Cozian et Martin Lassouque Lefteris Grigoriou Denise Quail “I was playing at the RSPCA Pirate Day in Derby!

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