Lira sona sona – Ettore Castagna
Friske Academy – Cooling Project
Thanks to Didier Demolin, Ethnomusicologie, Université la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris.
Ettore Castagna an anthropologist, musician and researcher has been working on the lyre of Calabria since 1980. A pupil of the last masters of the peasant and pastoral world, he re-proposes, between philology and personal reworking, the most ancient modes of ‘sonu’ on this instrument. The lyre, the Byzantine violin, is a bowed chordophone widespread throughout the territory of the old Eastern Empire.