Biography

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Officina Zoé starts in the early ‘90s.

It soon sparked off the revival of the Pizzica-Pizzica, one of the oldest and most fascinating /vibrant types of rhythm and traditional dancing in Salento.

Today Officina Zoe is the most popular expression of the Pizzica and Taranta also thanks to the film director Edoardo Winspeare’s successful movies "Sangue Vivo"(Fresh blood) and "Il Miracolo"(The miracle ") featuring Probo as an actor as well as Pisanello and Marzo as soundtracks writers.
Their soundtrack won them the prestigious award of Grolla d’Oro at the Saint Vincent Festival as well as the nomination at Nastro Argento

Officina Zoe have not only triggered off the revival of Pizzica, they have also broadened its repertoire of songs and music gallery with their original tracks which preserve the spirit of social dance in its traditional forms.

This is why they are rightly seen as the "healthy carriers" of an old style which still thrives and continously changes.

Officina Zoe today pride themselves in taking part in the most important national and intenational music events, such as Womex in Berlin, the Festival In Villa Ada in Rome (where they have taken part for 10 editions), the Premio Tenco in Sanremo, the Womad di Peter Gabriel in Palermo, the Festival "I suoni delle Dolomiti" in Trentino, and music essay "Voix de femmes" in Brussels, just to name a few.

Thanks to Officina Zoe the Pizzica dance has become popular in all the European capitals since before the "taranta-mania" boom).

Its popularity has stretched further beyond Union borders, landing in the States (Los Angeles,1998), in Corea (Tour 2006: Seoul and Nami Island) and even in Japan (Tour 2007: Auditoriun Tokyo, Auditorium Kyoto, Nagoya).

The Tour in Japan has been captured on the live album "Live in Japan" recorded between Tokio and Kioto, consisting of some great lyrics which better reflect the history of the band .

The album also contains some of their unpublished lyrics.

The 2009 produced the CD “Maledetti guai” : the suggestion of the indissoluble marriage between contemporaneity and references of tradition, and still feel rooted in the depths of his soul musicians.

2011 brings 2 great collaboration:

1.
with Mercan Dede, in a concert in the Notte della Taranta Festival, where the Tradition meets the elecrronic Music.

 

2.

with African big musicians: Baba Sissoko (Mali), Mamani Keita (Mali) and Sourakata Dioubate (Guinea), in the project Taranta Nera.
A very deep groove: people look very fascinating for that mix between Italian trance music and Malian trance music.

In 2012 there is the production af a CD work for the “Taranta Nera Project” with succesfully performances in Paris, Rome, Aosta and others.

Spring 2014 is the season for a new CD work of Officina ZOE’…

A nice Video on internet presents the group Offciina
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgu0bJI31fk

Officina Zoe ‘is composed of the following 6 musicians + 1 Sound Ingegneer:

Cinzia Marzo: Voice, flutes and percussion
Lamberto Probo: Percussion and voice
Donatello Pisanello: diatonic accordeon, guitar and Mandola
Giorgio Doveri: Violin and Mandola
Luigi Panico: Guitar and Harmonica
Silvia Gallone: Percussion and voice
Carlo Gentiletti: Sound Engineer

Performances in the past:
Tokio
Rome
Paris
Berlon
Amsterdam
Bruxelles
Il Cairo
Los Angeles
Split
Cyprus
Milan
Seoul
Genéve
… and so on ….

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