The Island of Sardinia is very rich in traditional song, music and dance of all kinds, and supports two distinct forms of polyvocal singing. The first is the secular sung dance-music Cantu á Tenores tradition, the second is the Coro or Cuncordu tradition of sacred ritual music, which in the quite recent past they were an integral part of numerous socio/religious rituals.
The Cuncordo does not use throat singing and is called caprizare “singing as a goat”. This style is one of the most archaic linguistic phenomena of an area that was isolated during a long time from more dynamic cultural centers. The traditional singing of Sardinia is transmitted orally from one singer generation to another.
The singers have a sacral role within the community: the songs are a mirror of the singers’ spirit and the singers represent the soul of the community. In 2005, this artform has been proclaimed as “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Humanity” by the UNESCO.
The “Cuncordu de Orosei” ensemble are masters of this rare way of singing. In the broad field of sacred music in Sardinia, this ensemble undoubtedly occupies a prominent position protecting their rich patrimony. Yet, none of them reads music or has a musical background. The back-drop for the story into the music are the lives of the group members in the village of Orosei and the Baronia region. This visually stunning area on the central east coast of Sardinia is home to the “Cuncordu de Orosei” ensemble.
World-renowned Viola da Gamba player, conductor and composer Vittorio Ghielmi (who appears with orchestras such as Il Giardino Armonico, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra or the London Philharmonic Orchestra) has been on a lifelong quest to find and create authentic interpretations of ancient-classical music. Fighting the status quo as a young man he is now revered as a master of the field. The “Cuncordus” will join Vittorio Ghielmi and his ensemble “Il Suonar Parlante” to explore new terrain with ancient sounds. A historic encounter of truly extraordinary artists takes place in this inspiring environment.
The film documents a special and unique way of making music that contributes to the vitality of rural life and thus provides a closer picture at Sardinia off the beaten tourist tracks. The sound track as well follows untrodden paths: the fruits of this collaboration reward the audience with music never ever played before.