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Approved: Ludovico Einaudi – Taranta! at the Barbican

By | Published on Friday 24 June 2011

Ludovico Einaudi

If you haven’t heard any of Einaudi’s work before, then this weekend could be the time to put that right, because this show looks particularly interesting.

The classically inspired composer will team up with his La Notte della Taranta Orchestra to make music that has its roots in wild dances performed to ward off the effects of a tarantula bite. Apparently this will entail singers, a mandolin, tambourines, percussion, an accordion, strings, horns, organ and guitar, together creating a sonic smorgasboard of delight that can, apparently, overcome the bite. Well, at least that rhymes.

Joining him in creating this aural melee will be Turkish multi-instrumentalist Mercan Dede, DJ Savina Yannatou and award winning Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko. As well as his ‘Taranta’ escapade, Einaudi will be performing a few of his own pieces, including the theme from his recent ‘Nightbook’ album. All in all, a real treat for the ears. Oh, and FYI, Einaudi also releases a compilation of his works entitled ‘Islands’ on Decca on Monday.

Saturday 25 + Sunday 26 Jun, Barbican Hall, London. EC2Y, 7.30pm, £25-£35, press info from the Barbican or Serious Productions, more info here.