“In Portuguese, the word ‘Maresia’ means the sea foam that vaporizes in the air when the wind whips the crest of the waves. It is the sweat of the sea playing as it tries to chase itself. It is a race with open arms embodying a waltzing, tarantella-like gait, which communicates a wingspan sense of expansion and an oceanic joy. Maresia is the incessant mixing of languages, stories, and people of the past, the present, and the future. My song is a dream and maresia.”
Beyond being a presentation, or a programmatic manifesto of composition and inspiration, Fabrizio Piepoli’s words are poetry, paths, and visions. His new album Maresia (Zero Nove Nove – Self / Believe) is a Mediterranean itinerary, a project in which his versatility as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, as an author and scholar of musical traditions of the Mediterranean, and as a bewitching interpreter emerges definitively. Ten pieces that perfectly represent Piepoli’s musical horizons – known in particular for his steady collaboration with La Cantiga de la Serena, Raiz, and Radicanto, as well as for other, numerous collaborations – of which he states: “These songs are part of a fluid history that expresses something new each time. I gathered sounds, words, gestures, and memories into my hands, threw them in the air, then they fell back onto me, all mixed up. My past, the part that continues to speak to me even now, I chase after and disintegrate, mixing it with other elements like voices in the streets of a market, and then it reappears again, telling me things I still do not know yet.”
Maresia is a work that explores popular and original songwriter music from Puglia and Southern Italy with a Mediterranean attitude and a meticulous search for sound, which have always been the hallmarks of the musician from Bari. Fabrizio Piepoli’s voice is a flowing universe, with a strongly ‘melismatic’ style that allows several notes to be sung to one syllable of text. His light tenor voice allows him to dip down to the low, baritone register sounds while also reaching up to the acute mezzo-soprano ones. He has a sophisticated voice that continuously plays with its own identity, with the masculine and the feminine, and with the East and the West. The battente, or ‘beating’ guitar typical of Southern Italian tradition, the Arab oud, and the Turkish saz, often filtered through effects and loop machines, are the instruments that accompany Fabrizio Piepoli’s singing. All this put together with the passionate tale of his roots is what breathes life into a new sound: the TARABTELLA, where Apulian tarantella meets the tarab of the Arab melody, the joy of dance, and the ecstasy of listening. The rhythmic, three-note gait of the tarantella, the rediscovery of Marisa Sannia and Amalia Rodriguez, and the dialogue between the Gargano tarantella and Portuguese fado all animate and define this valuable, intricate album made up of melodic pathways. What further embellishes it is research into the Carpino singers and a love for traditional Arab and Turkish instruments, as well as the Arbëreshë tradition and migration songs.
Languages like musical instruments are permeable creatures. The need for storytelling and narration pushes them to change, to adapt, and to evolve. Piepoli’s music goes in search of these sound grafts, essential for expressing his personal vision. Maresia is the symbol of the crossed destinies of people, stories, languages, and songs that have moved and fertilized history, making it hybrid and kaleidoscopic. A past that hovers in the present and inspires the future.
2. Melagranada ruja
3. Ave Maria fadista
4. Stella d’ori
5. Ninna nanna di Carpino
7. Occhi de monachella
Fabrizio Piepoli | Voice, Chitarra Battente, Oud, Saz, Guitar, Bass, Shruti Box, Dayereh, Daff, Sajat, Moorchang
Fabrizio Piepoli | Recording, Mixing, Mastering
Guglielmo Dimidri | Additional mixing and mastering
Gabriele Vitale | Photo
Giulio Rugge | Artwork