The group ENERBIA explores the connection between traditional, ancient and contemporary music in the extraordinary soundscape of the Quattro Province, the mountain border between Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Lombardy and Piedmont, a land of original instruments such as the piva, the Apennine bagpipe and the magical traditional oboe called piffero.
Enerbia’s musical journey begins in the rural courtyards of the plains along the Po River and then ascends the Apennine valleys along historical routes such as the Vie del Sale (Salt Roads) and finally reaches the Mediterranean Sea. The concert will revive the atmosphere of the dance party with the performance of the repertoire of original dances from the Four Provinces together with moving songs of love and travel. Wonderful popular waltzes will alternate with ancient group dances in a circle, such as jigs, alessandrine and monferrine, still today a symbol of this territory.
The group was portrayed by the writer Paolo Rumiz in his famous travel books, but also provided the music for the scenes along the river Po in Ermanno Olmi’s film ‘I cento chiodi’ . ENERBIA has also collaborated with other directors including Marco Bellocchio, Gianfranco Pannone, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Alessandro Scillitani , Francesco Paladino and with writers such as Michele Serra and Luca Scarlini.
Maddalena Scagnelli violin and voice
Carlo Gandolfi piffero ( traditional oboe ), piva ( two-barreled bagpipes ) and straight flute
Nicola Rulli guitar and mandolin
Franco Guglielmetti accordion
ENERBIA has been invited to major Italian cultural festivals and has collaborated with Ater Teatro Emilia-Romagna , Serate Musicali – Milano, Fondazione Garrone – Genova , Teatro Municipale – Piacenza , Fondazione Entroterre – Bologna, Fondazione Invernizzi – Milano, Suoni della Murgia- Bari, Adriatico Mediterraneo – Ancona , Zampognarea – Catania, MITO settembre Musica -Torino .
In recent years, productions related to art and literature have been hosted at the S. Agostino Museum in Genoa, at the Oratorio San Filippo Neri-Fondazione Monte in Bologna, at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan, at the Museo del Novecento in Milan, at the Auditorium Santa Cecilia in Rome, at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan, at the Museo Verdiano Casa Barezzi in Busseto -Parma.
Maddalena Scagnelli lives and works in Val Trebbia, one of the wild valleys of the north-western Apennines , in the province of Piacenza ( Emilia-Romagna ) She plays and sings in the group Enerbia as well as being the artistic director of the Appennino Festival
At the Appennino Festival one can listen to peculiar bagpipes, like the piva and the piffero, dance traditional dances in a circle and sing wonderful folk songs in small country inns together with musicians . Appennino Festival, however, is not just an exhibition of local music but also explores connections with other music repertoires and art forms, in particular contemporary art and literature . Last but not least Appennino Festival hosts the most important protagonists of the Italian world music scene