The ensemble Al Qantarah was created in 1990 to develop a project on Sicilian music, based on the comparison between the medieval repertoire and the oral tradition still alive, and which also includes Arabian and Middle Eastern Music repertoires. The musician of Al Qantarah have considerable experience not only as musician but also musicologists and teachers. They are members of important medieval and ethnic music groups, with whom they have performed both in Italy and abroad, recorded numerous CDs and performed on radio and television.

From 1992 Al Qantarah have performed on tour in Italy and abroad (Germany, Austria, France, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Morocco, United States, Australia).

Noteworthy is their participation in prestigious events and festival such as:

In September 1999 the group was invited to give concerts and conferences at the prestigious Wellesley College (Massachussets, USA); in April 2003 Al Qantarah took part in Ten Days on the Island Festival (Tasmania – Australia).

In July 2003 Al Qantarah staged the play Lapilli in collaboration with the actor Leo Gullotta (performed in Rome, Ercolano, Terni, Nora Pula, Cento)

In August 2004 the group performed in the 5th International Festival of Volubilis (Morocco). In the same year Al Qantarah performed on a concert tour in the Baltic countries and took part in Dvigrad Festival (Croazia)

In 1999 Al Qantarah recorded for the italian label Fonč the CD Abballati, abballati – Songs and sounds of medieval Sicily

In 2006 the italian label Promo Music produced the CD Troparium de Catania – Feasts and songs of Norman Sicily

In 2007 Al Qantarah staged the play Amicu di cento anni conosciutu ora in collaboration with the actor Moni Ovadia, celebrating the sicilian poet Ignazio Buttitta (performed in Gibellina, Orestiadi)

 

FABIO ACCURSO

Fabio Accurso obtained his diploma in lute at the Conservatory Dall'Abaco (Verona) and at present performs with some of the most important early music groups in Italy. He enjoys intense concert activity, undertaking various concert engagements in prestigious theatres and musical events in Italy and abroad (Accademia Chigiana, World Festival of Sacred Music, International Festival in Istanbul, University in Paris). He has also made several recordings for radio and television networks, and for recording companies.

 

 

ROBERTO BOLELLI

Roberto Bolelli was born in Rome, and obtained a degree in Musicology, specializing in ethno-musicology and folk music. He has published of several books and taken part in important conferences on this subject. He has also worked in collaboration with the newspaper La Sicilia. At present he gives music therapy workshops in many medical institutions, in particular in the Casa dei Risvegli L. De Nigris in Bologna. As a singer, he enjoys an intense concert career together with numerous chamber orchestras and early and ethnic music groups touring all over Italy. He has made several recordings for companies (RCA, Arts, Fonč, Dynamic, Amadeus, Bongiovanni, Tactus) and networks (RAI-Radio 3, TVE-Spain, ORF1-Austria)

 

 

IGOR NIEGO

Igor Niego was born in Naples in 1973. He made researches in southern Italy about frame percussions and he has specialized in performing techniques of Campania region. Beside italian and middle-east percussions he has also specialized in several wind instruments (ethnic flutes and bagpipes). He has attended at workshops and seminars with Glen Velez and Djamchid Chemirani. He enjoys an intense international concert career with the group Musica Officinalis. He also collaborates with Gruppo Operaio "E zezi " and Theatrum Instrumentorum ensemble.

 

 

DONATO SANSONE

Donato Sansone gained his diploma in flute with full marks at the Conservatory “Cherubini” in Florence, and then undertook further university studies obtaining a degree in History of Music at the University of Pisa. He has also taught recorder at the Musical Institute “Boccherini” in Lucca. At present he is engaged in musicological and bibliographical research. He is working as a teacher and librarian in Mantua's academy of music. With various groups and as a soloist, Donato has taken part in prestigious musical events and played at the Accademia Chigiana, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Musicus Concentus, the Estate Fiesolana, for RAI (national broadcasting), at the University in Dortmund and at the International Festival in Babilonia (Iraq). He specialises in traditional instruments and ancient wind instruments.

 

 

SEBASTIANO SCOLLO

Sebastiano Scollo was born in Caltanissetta. He has studied lute with Jacob Lindberg and Paul Beier at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, and with Rolf Lislevand at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen (Germany). He is obtaining a degree at the University in Bologna (DAMS). He has enjoyed an intense concert caree in Italy and abroad; he took part at the firs italia performance of Bach’s Passio secundum Markum, Catania 1987); he has also recorded for Tactus and Arts. As a composer he presented his Missa Pacis at the national TV network in Spain in the occasion of the Holy Week of 1991

 

 

FABIO TRICOMI

Fabio Tricomi was born in Catania; he is obtaining a degree in Ethno-musicology at the University in Bologna and at present he is engaged in research on musical repertoires from the Middle Ages to present times, focusing on both popular and noble music. He performs as soloist and in groups, devoting himself in particular to the technical performing aspects of musical instruments from Mediterranean and middle-eastern countries. He has made several recordings for RCA, Folkstudio, Ricordi, Quadrivium, Arts, Gymel, Fonč, Tactus, Bongiovanni and has taken part in some of the most prestigious early music events in Italy and abroad. He also teaches ethnic-music and early music at the School of Popular Music Ivan Illich in Bologna.