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The love songs of Southern Italy and the traditional pizzica woven into the fabric of a hypnotic blues guitar.
In the year when movement was restricted as never before, two musicians whose travels had been their lifeblood, managed to get together to make an intense and intimate record Still Moving. Justin Adams, whose post-punk approach has been enriched by a passion for Arabic and African trance/blues, and Mauro Durante, a visionary inheritor of the Taranta roots of his native Puglia, recorded live in the studio, without overdubs. Together they found what was essential to their common sound, reaching into tradition from Italy and America. Original songs find common ground between the wild pizzica rhythm of Southern Italy and trance boogie. Together they create a raw, stripped-back sound that moves and mesmerises.
Justin Adams, guitarist, producer and composer, has been a chief collaborator with Robert Plant in his band, the Sensational Spaceshifters, co-writing a series of four albums and touring the world. His production on landmark albums by Tinariwen and Rachid Taha highlight his feel for North African groove, while his award-winning project with Gambian maestro Juldeh Camara, JUJU, linked griot tradition with raw blues spirit. His recent solo album of guitar atmospherics, Ribbons, was cited amongst the top 50 albums of the past decade by Songlines magazine.
Mauro Durante toured the world for many years with Ludovico Einaudi playing violin and frame drums. He is one of the leading players in the pizzica style of Southern Italy and leads Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, who have played great festivals all over the world. Last year CSG were featured in their own concert at the BBC Proms (with Justin Adams) and won Best Group in the Songlines Music Awards.
A thrilling, spontaneous affair, switching between the laments and love songs of southern Italy and the gritty blues of North Africa and North America. Adams is an astonishing player... a bravura performance. THE OBSERVER
Adams’s guitar burns like a torch in the dead of night. Mauro’s singing channels ancestral voices. THE TIMES
Thoroughly unpredictable and profoundly meditative” THE TIMES