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SKALD – 7PM
I am Willow – 8pm
Claire Tonna – 9:15pm
Etnika – 10:30pm
Vinicio Capossela – 11:45pm

Folk seems to resist a clear definition but the word itself can be traced back to the term ‘folklore’, which was coined in 1846 by English antiquarian William Thoms. However, folklore and indeed folk music, still defy an exact definition.

Be that as it may, we are happy to host a very special lineup including four local acts as well as top international artist Vinicio Capossela for this year’s main folk stage. Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Malta’s previous Royal Opera House, is a venue that constantly provides a diverse programme of the highest calibre and which has become Malta’s most sought after open air performance space.

Vinicio Capossela  is an award-winning Italian singer-songwriter whose website describes him as “Singer-songwriter, poet, writer and phantasmagorical entertainer”. His main influences are traditional Italian folk music. For his highly original lyrics, Capossela is often inspired by literary sources as diverse as Geoffrey Chaucer, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.   

Exclusively for Notte Bianca 2018, Capossela is creating an especially conceived gig around the theme of Mercy. “Misericordie” is a concert that pays tribute to the beheading of  St. John the Baptist by Caravaggio. Capossela will give a special concert with a repertoire that revolves around the biblical figures and popular religious imagery from “the night of Saint John” and “the angel of light”, a passage inspired by “the works of Mercy” by Caravaggio, pio monte of Misericordia, Naples.

The repertoire will also include some of Michelangelo’s rhymes, set to music by P. Eidel, and by Capossela himself, and other pieces inspired by Caravaggesque subjects, and the theme of Mercy in relation to current emergencies in the Mediterranean. Mediterranean understood as a cradle of resonance of cultures, in which the island of Malta has always occupied a central position.

Since its inception etnika has followed a trail of fascinating archival and field research, unearthing and rescuing long forgotten instruments, exotic melodies and genres from the verge of extinction. Enchanting melancholy echoes over complex rhythms, old Maltese instruments find their way into the sizzling current soundscape on a fascinating musical journey of Malta and the Mediterranean. Expect a few detours, expect the unexpected, this port-cabaret band has a big heart.

Singer songwriter Claire Tonna has a voice that is referred to as a celebration of human emotions. Her music has developed with her and she loves performing live. She might not be tall but her personality is nothing short of remarkable. She never goes anywhere without a smile and all she wants to do is “to make people feel themselves and awake their beauty in Life” .

Skald is a quintet formed recently to breathe life into Maltese literature and culture with its own blend of original music. The name ‘Skald’ derives from the Maltese word ‘skalda’, meaning ‘splinter’, however, it is also the ancient Scandinavian word for a composer, who recites poems and hymns honouring heroes and their accomplishments.  The band has come to life from the foundations of Malta’s musical heritage and aspires to invigorate it with innovative musical vision.

London based but hailing from Valletta, I Am Willow is more than your average singer/songwriter. Her outstanding live performances have the power to move the audience, including Annie Lennox, with her vocals and her songwriting. Songs such as the transcendental ‘Hearts in the Night’ and ‘Oceanful,’ which “reminds us never to choose someone else’s ideals over your own,” showcase her talent to perfection.

 

 

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Notte Bianca is Malta’s biggest annual arts and culture festival. For one special night every October, Notte Bianca lights up the Valletta cityscape with a spectacular celebration that is open to the public free of charge.

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