Jean-Claude ACQUAVIVA - François ARAGNI - Paul GIANSILY - Stéphane SERRA - Jean SICURANI - Maxime VUILLAMIER

Founded in 1978, this formation, whose principle objective was to participate in the preservation of the island's oral heritage, has largely opened up to the outside world whilst staying anchored in its homeland. The group is characterized by an inventiveness that is continually renewed and exacting performances.

The many collaborations along the way have stimulated the group's creativity and enriched its repertoire, and have led to involvement in theatre, film music and contemporary dance. 

"The group A Filetta was born in October 1978. Back then we did not know, and we still do not, if this was the dream of an outline or the outline of a dream. The sketch of a house that is always open, where intertwined souls can find refuge, who in their quest for eternity, weave and reweave the threads of this ancient way of sharing that is song. The dream of a ship without a port that has left nowhere to sail elsewhere, where immemorial lighthouses could perhaps, one day, tell it : 'it is there, among you, in the shared ephemeral, that vast stretches of eternal happiness are to be found.'" 

 

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A Filetta à la Maison de la Radio pour recevoir le Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros
L'ALBUM "DANSE MEMOIRE, DANSE" RECOMPENSE PAR L'ACADEMIE CHARLES CROS
C’est une grande fierté que d’être distingués par l'Académie Charles Cros pour la troisième fois. 
Lorsque nous avons commencé à réfléchir à ce projet consacré à ces deux penseurs lumineux qu’étaient Jean Nicoli et Aimé Césaire, il s’est trouvé dans notre entourage très proche des gens venus nous dire « Laissez tomber ! Nicoli et Césaire ça n’intéresse plus personne »… Cette récompense apporte aujourd’hui un démenti cinglant à ces propos, et nous voilà « rassurés ». 
Nous continuerons donc à croire que la parole souveraine des Césaire et Nicoli est toujours d’actualité à l’heure où l’Europe se couvre de honte en laissant mourir femmes, hommes et enfants au large de ses côtes. Plus que jamais, s’engager et avoir des convictions est fondamental et vital. 
Merci donc, de nous donner la force de poursuivre notre chemin 40 ans encore ; de notre côté, nous vous faisons la promesse que nous nous acharnerons à rechercher inlassablement cet agencement vocal  parfait qui n’en finit pas de nous échapper, tout simplement parce qu’il n’a jamais existé que dans notre géographie mentale.


À propos de Danse Mémoire, Danse :
Un travail musical et vocal ayant pour thème les regards croisés de deux hommes, deux insulaires, deux êtres d’exception ayant marqué le 20ème siècle : Aimé Césaire, écrivain, poète, dramaturge d’origine martiniquaise et Jean Nicoli, enseignant, résistant, exécuté en 1943 à Bastia par l’occupant fasciste italien. En commun, ces deux hommes ont leur engagement politique, leur humanisme notamment à travers leur jugement sur le colonialisme.
  
Corses et italiens, polyphonistes et jazzmen, tous musiciens enracinés, voix, trompette et bandonéon contribuent ici à mettre en relief les idéaux mais aussi les rêves de ces « princes des nuées » en proposant une musique métissée qui n’est celle de personne précisément parce qu’elle est celle de tous. 
 


L'album Danse Mémoire, Danse est déjà disponible en Corse.
Sortie nationale et internationale avancée au mois de septembre 2018.

 





Photos Armand Luciani / Casta Libre
"ULYSSE SANS TERRE" AU THEATRE DE BASTIA LE 22 DECEMBRE 2017
22nd of December 2017
Theater of Bastia
Stageplay by Orlando Forioso
Music by Jean-Claude Acquaviva
With Jean-Philippe Ricci, Fadia Tomb El-Hage, A Filetta, Diana Saliceti, Lea Antona, Marie-Pierre Nouveau



 




XXIXEMES RENCONTRES DE CHANTS POLYPHONIQUES DE CALVI DU 12 AU 16 SEPTEMBRE 2017
Tuesday 12 
18h PATRIZIA GATTACECA (Corsica) "Digénis Akritas – Creation inspired by an epic poem made in the beginning of the XII century, in the Byzantine Empire"
21h30 ANTONIO ZAMBUJO (Portugal)

Wednesday 13 
11h ENZA PAGLIARA & DARIO MUCI (Songs and Pizziche from South of Puglia – Salento) "Terragnula"
18h TAREK ABDALLAH & ADEL SHAMS EL DIN (Tribute to the revolutionnary, musical and poetic tradition from Egypt) "Dandana"
21h30 A FILETTA (Corsica)

Thursday 14 
11h ULYSSE SANS TERRE (Presentation of a show still in the making, which will be presented in December 2017, in Bastia) with Orlando Forioso, A Filetta, Fadia Tomb El-Hage, Diana Saliceti, Lea Antona, Jean Philippe Ricci
18h SUTARI (Poland)
21h30 CHOEURS ET SOLISTES DE LYON (Direction BERNARD TETU), "Petite messe solennelle de Rossini"

Friday 15 
11h ANDY EMLER (When a jazz pianist discovers a baroque organ) "Vox umana"
18h ASSURD (South Italy) "Nozze d’argento" - Special guest : ENZA PAGLIARA
21h30 RASSEGNA (How music travelled spread in Mediterranea and beyond, in the XVIth century) "Il sole non si muove"

Saturday 16 
11h Musical conference proposed by FRANK TENAILLE : "Earth Songs"
15h00 to 17h00 Cantu à l’asgiu : stroll in the citadel between music and historic heritage
18h LEA ANTONA (Corsica)
21h30 Calusgiule à l’ultimu : closing night - ENZA PAGLIARA, DARIO MUCI, TAREK ABDALLAH et ADEL SHAMS EL DIN, SUTARI, ASSURD, LEA ANTONA et NISTHIMAN PROJECT (Kurdistan : Iran, Irak, Turkey) "Kobane"

Each night, A FILETTA will welcome artists.
6pm and 9:30pm performances will take place in Calvi, in the Citadell (Saint Jean-Baptiste Cathedral).
The 6pm performances create a friendly atmosphere, and gives the opportunity to the audience to discuss with artists. These encounters are hosted by Philippe-Jean Catinchi (Le Monde).

Monday 11, Oratoire Saint Antoine, 9:30pm : "Un paese di Calabria" screening, in the presence of one of the directors, Shu Aiello

NEW : musical "aperitif", 11am, between a coffe or a glass of wine : wednesday 13 et thurday 14, Chez Tao, Friday 15 in the Cathedral
Saturday 16, Chez Tao at 11am : music conference by Frank Tenaille

Phase Shift : photo exhibition by Armand Luciani, la Poudrière 

Daily exhibition : pictures taken during the concerts of the day before (Jean-Marie Colonna, Silvio Siciliano and Natacha Manarin) and drawings (Philippe Antonetti, Batti, Bauer, Rodho)

Tickets :
- Free admission : screening, monday at 21h30 / music conference, saturday at 11h00 / Cantu à l’asgiu, saturday from 15h to 17h
- From Tuesday to Saturday, 21h30 concerts : 23 € - Students : 15 €
- 18h concerts : 15 € / Buying a ticket for the evening concert allows you to benefit from an advantageous price, 7€
- Musical "aperitifs" from 11h00, wednesday 13, thursday 14 and friday 15 : 8 €
- Season Ticket #1 : 18h00 concerts + 21h30 concerts : 115 € 
- Season Ticket #2 : 11h musical aperitifs + 18h00 concerts + 21h30 concerts : 130 €

Questions and bookings :
+33 4 95 65 23 57
resa.rpcalvi@gmail.com

 
PRESS

LIBERATION 

“… A FILETTA have become one of the premier groups in Corsican traditional music thanks to their tenacity, knowledge of Corsican polyphony, above all their constant renewal and the openness of their island repertoire to offshore influences...” 

LE MONDE 

“A show for eleven dancers, seven singers and a musician in which Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui returns to a visual sobriety centred on the dancing body, with a great deal of work on movement and rhythm. The work is also sublimated by the breathtaking majesty of the songs of Corsican vocal ensemble A Filetta and Libanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage. (...) The seven voices fill the space like gently blowing up a balloon. A penetration, full of finesse, with a limpid polyphonic texture and an elastic magnitude which takes in both the traditional Corsican and the oriental repertoires of the artists. 

L’HUMANITE 

“Far from fixing the score, the group's polyphony finds its force, on the contrary, in the life and emotions generated by work on the voice timbres of each of its members. Guttural sounds, nasal musicality in certain syllables, mix of intonations... All the art of A Filetta's singers is reinforced by a complex harmony of which only they have the secret.”

L’EXPRESS 

"A FILETTA's voices speak to the skin as much as to the ear... A Filetta sing the soul of their island with a universal talent.” 

LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR 

“They are one of the most sumptuous of Corsican polyphonic groups that can be heard... Without being untrue to themselves, A FILETTA have been able to open their immemorial art to other forms of expression, notably by working on film music with the composer Bruno Coulais…” 

LE FIGARO 

“A Filetta, or the Corsican universe”. “A Filetta conquer new aesthetic territories and invent new forms.” 

LA TERRASSE 

“Independent and creative, A Filetta reaffirm their refusal to let themselves be reduced to being the guardians of the temple of the island's vocal art, fixed and devoted only to heritage, but rather give life to an inspired ensemble, certainly rooted in their native land but all the better to keep their nose to the wind, or as is the case today, look to the sky like the fern from which they have taken their name.” 

MONDOMIX 

 “A Filetta, the open song”. “The seven Corsican singers of the polyphonic group A Filetta have pursued a demanding but open road since 1978, linking an ageless oral culture to written traditions, without forgetting to go out and meet the world."

 

 


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