Festa italiana, with Nando Citarella
Le voci magiche del Mediterraneo, with the vocal ladies ensemble B’net Houariyat (Morocco)
LUCILLA GALEAZZI is an Italian singer born in Terni, Italy. Lucilla is from the central Italian region of Umbria, and during the 70's and 80's of the 20th Century is considered one of the most known players in the folk revival along with Giovanna Marini. Lucilla has devoted her studies to Italian, especially Umbrian, and has worked on the bases of this influence in many different projects through-out her musical career in addition to being a writer and researcher of folk music. She has consistently earned her place in the Mediterranean music scene, proving her stylistic versatility amongst her contemporaries which include Carlo Rizzo, Juán José Mosalini and Gianluigi Trovesi. She began singing at the age of 15 with a pop group formed together with friends, only becoming interested in folk music a little later on, when she worked alongside researcher Valentino Paparelli, an expert on the musical traditions of Umbria, and in particular the area of Valnerina. In 1977, Giovanna Marini, impressed by her voice, asked her to be part of her ensemble, Quartetto Vocale which reached popularity both at home and abroad in a few years. With Quartetto Vocale, Lucilla performed in some of the most important theatres of Europe. Singing the original and complex music of Giovanna Marini helped Lucilla to develop an impressive technique and refined musical sensitivity. From 1986 onwards she sang in some of the works of Roberto De Simone, whom inspired Neapolitan movements such as the Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare with the examples being: Stabat Mater and Carmina Vivianee from 1987 in addition to Mistero e Processo di Giovanna D’Arco and Requiem per Pier Paolo Pasolini from 1990. During this period she also worked with several jazz musicians and composers with whom she made some interesting recordings, appearing on Paolo Damiani's Anninnia and Giancarlo Schiaffini's Per Devozione. In 1987 she completed a long tour of France as part of the company Tango, Memoria di Buenos Aires, which saw the participation of some of the most important Argentinian musicians. In this period she also set up her own recital of Italian songs of the 60's, Un sogno così, where she interpreted a series of important tracks from those years by Domenico Modugno and Paolo Pietrangeli, among the others. During the early 90's, she begins her career as a soloist but does not neglect her collaborations with other musicians which include Ambrogio Sparagna once again, in addition to many other artists such as Claude Barthélémy, Carlo Rizzo and Philippe Eidel.
In 1990 she performed at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples in Requiem per Pier Paolo Pasolini, through which Roberto De Simone pays homage to this great poet and writer. Of the same year is the show Cantata profana per 4 voci with Quartetto Vocale of Giovanna Marini (Silex 1990) and she was among the winners of Recanati Festival with the song Il Canto magico delle sirene. In 1991 she started the European tour of Cantata profana, while in 1992 she was soloist in the show Giofà, il servo del re by Ambrogi Sparagna, produced by the Festival di Musica Mediterranea in Ravello (Bmg, 1993). In 1993 in Perpignan she was one of the interpreters of the show Sud with music by P. Eidel (Mammas/Bmg, 1997). In autumn she was in Paris in the show La vita al di sopra e al di sotto dei 1000 metri (Silex, 1994). In 1994 created her project Cuore di terra with Massimo Nardi playing guitar, Carlo Mariani playing Luneddas (triple clarinet) and Nicola Raffone playing percussion (Micocci Dischitalia, 1997). With this show she participated in the Festival dei Popoli in Florence, the Jazz Festival in Ravenna, the Total Vocal in Paris and the Festival de la Canción Mediteránea in Palma de Mallorca.
The album was published also in France. In 1996 she took part in the Donaueschinger Musiktage, a Contemporary Music Festival, with the Banda di Ruvo of Puglia and she live recorded the album La Banda by Pino Minafra (Enja, 1996); the concert was broadcasted on the radio in Germany and the album won the prize of the German critics. In 1997 she took part in Vercelli at the show Transitalia, in which the best interpreters of Italian folk music were engaged with arrangements by Riccardo Tesi and production by Moni Ovadia; it had an extraordinary success. In 1998 she participated in the Berlin Biennale with the saxophonist Michael Riessler’s work Honig und Asche for two soloist voices and thirteen musicians, among which the composers Markus Stockausen, M. Ambrosini, Jacques Di Donato, C. Rizzo, R. Garcia-Fons, Elise Caron, J. Luis Matinier (Enja, 1998).
She came back with Cuore di terra together with new interpreters: Massimo Carrano playing percussion, Guido Benigni playing bass (in 1999 replaced by the cellist Antonio Ramous), Salvatore Zambataro playing accordion and clarinet and Massimo Nardi playing guitar. In France she created the show Terras di Canto with the Sardinian singer Elena Ledda, the Portuguese Amelia Muge and the soloists Carlo Rizzo (percussion), M. Palmas (mandolas), C. Anacleto (cello), Riccardo Tesi (barrel organs) and L. Audemard (wind instruments). The following show was Il viaggio di Sigerico, which had great European musicians and was produced by Ethnosuoni with the Banda Osiris’ direction. In 2000 she was invited to hold a conference about the popular vocality at the international congress of voice teachers in Lyon. In the same year she sang the Folk Songs by Luciano Berio with the Orchestra da Camera in Umbria, under the conducting of the Maestro Marco Gatti. She was among the interpreters of Sergio Rendine’s work Passio et Resurrexio with Nando Citarella, Enzo Gragnaniello, Maria Rosaria Omaggio and Mariano Rigillo as acting voices, performed in Rome, L’Aquila and Chieti in occasion of Jubilee Year. In 2010 her CD Lunario came out and her group went on national and international tours (Greece, France, German, Spain); she was invited in Barcelona by the great singer Maria del Mar Bonnet and took part in the Festival Banlieu bleu in Paris, the Fête de la Musique with the National Jazz Orchestra in Paris, the Folk Festival in Dranuter and the Pina Bauch’s Festival in Wuppertal.
In 2002 she began her collaboration with the baroque group Arpeggiata, founded in 2000 and conducted by Christina Pluhar, with whom she recorded the album La Tarantella, winner of the prize Awards 2003 for the classical music. She sang in the CD Renaissance by Philippe Eidel with Vinicio Capossela and Lucio Dalla. She created the show Sirena dei mantici with Ascanio Celestini and La Fisorchestra Fancelli, conducted by the Maestro Marco Gatti. She produced also the project for the Christmas show Celeste tesoro, in collaboration with Nando Citarella and Enza Pagliaro. In 2003 she recorded the album All’improvviso with Arpeggiata and Trio Rouge, with Trio Rouge comprising of Godard - tuba - and Vincent Courtois - cello.
She was also soloist in Orchestra per la pace which took place in Jerusalem and Bethlehem; the concert was broadcasted worldwide on Christmas morning. She held concerts in Sanah (Iemen) with Luigi Cinque and Mauro Pagani. In 2004 she created the Easter show Correte sorelle with the vocal quartet Faraualla, with whom she participated in the Festival of Church Music in Fez (Morocco). In 2006 Amore e acciaio came out and it won the Tenco Plaque and the Prize Loano Town as the best album in dialect of the year. She was also invited at the Notte della Taranta in Melpignano, Lecce. In 2007 she created the show Maggio Maggio è capitano performed with great success for 10 days in Rome at the Theatre Il Vascello. Following the tours in the East, Middle East, and Australia with Arpeggiata.
She was engaged in Palermo in the show Buon Compleanno Rosa with Clara Murtas and Fausta Vetere and she went on tour with her group. In 2008 the European tour with Arpeggiata arrived in Sweden and Holland with the shows Tarantella, All’improvviso, Los Impossibles e Via Crucis. In the same year she did an Italian tour with her group and the Trio Rouge; she held concerts in Friuli Venezia Giulia with the show Canzoni di Confine, together with Mario Incudine and Lino Staolino. In 2011 she founded the vocal ensemble LEVOCIDORO comprising of Susanna Buffa, Chiara Casarico, Sara Marchesi, Marta Ricci, Susanna Ruffini and Nora Tigges. With this project completely female she performed a polyphonic repertoire inspired to the Italian Maggio, the regional traditional singing and the ritual songs of the festivities.
At the same time she began the collaboration with Moni Ovadia for the show Cantiamo, cantammo e canteremo. Canti per l’uguaglianza: a collection of social and political songs that alternate with the Ovadia’s narration on the stage and give the repertoire back its civil function.
In 2013 she started her collaboration with the Moroccan female vocal ensemble B’net Houariyat: five singers and percussionists of Marrakesh with whom she organized a show of songs and dances for voices and drums, by creating the project Le voci magiche del Mediterraneo.
In September 2013 her last album Festa Italiana came out, a project linked to the ritual songs of the Maggio and the Carnival festivities.