Dominic Galea u Centrestage Choir
8:00PM - 8:30PM
Maestro Dominic Galea presents a project that brings Maltese poetry to life, through musical pieces interpreted by the Centrestage Choir.
With a rich collection of Maltese poetry that includes works from Dun Karm Psaila, Gorg Pisani, Anton Buttigieg, Karmenu Vassallo and Dun Frans Camilleri, the project aims to enrich students and children's understanding and appreciation for these poets and their works through music.
The Centrestage choir will animate and sing these poems while accompanied by Maestro Dominic Galea on piano. Parts of this project will continue to be released throughout the coming year.
8:45pm - 9:20pm
L-Ilħna Mitlufa is a trio of musicians, who recently got together after being inspired by traditional and popular chant songs featured in the Lost Voices collection. Excited by the idea of the reinterpretation of traditional repertoire, the trio have selected a series of songs from the collection and are proposing new arrangements on għana and other popular styles found in the collection.
Accompanied by a series of short stories and anecdotes, the 40-minute performance features a selection of varied music styles featured in recordings from the 1930s recordings. From more lyrical serenades and waltzes to upbeat foxtrots, humorous makkjetti and għana tal-fatt, the ensemble presents a unique repertoire blending the old perspectives and flavours with the new.
Through performance, L-Ilħna Mitlufa musicians investigate ways of performing traditional għana, instigating the need to look deeper into our vocal tradition, whilst proposing new musical arrangements on tradition, new poetic contexts and new ways of being together in song.
Mariele Zammit - Voice,
Andrew Alamango - Voice and Guitar,
Alex Vella Gregory -Voice and Keys.
9:30pm - 10:45pm
Skald is a band formed by five musicians with a passion for the Maltese language. Through their use of acoustic and electronic instruments, Skald manage to create a spectrum of various types of sounds, ranging from modern to upbeat.
Through different styles and unique combinations of instruments such as violins, guitars, bass and percussion, Skald boast a unique and distinctive repertoire. With powerful lyrical messages, Skald portray vivid personal experiences and comic tones, while also conveying a deeper meaning for the listener.
The group was formed in 2017 with the aim of adapting poems from the National Poet Dun Karm Psaila into songs for an activity organised by the Committe for National Festivities. After which, the group was approached by Festivals Malta to continue evolving their repertoire in efforts to commemorate traditional Maltese music, particularly Għana, in a performance for Għanafest 2018.
This performance sparked a three year project that, with the support of Festivals Malta, saw the band compile their work in their first studio album.
The album was to be launched during Għanafest 2020, however, this was not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the launch had to be postponed to the 2021 edition.
Bertu Aquilina - Percussion
Jesmar Bezzina - Classic Guitar
Simon Bezzina - Bass Guitar
Aaron Debattista - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Gabriel Gauci - Violin
26 June 2021
Pjazza Teatru Rjal
8:00pm - 10:45pm
General Admission: €10
Price is inclusive of VAT.
Children under the age of 12 enter for FREE but still require a ticket.
Tickets will only be available online. No tickets will be sold at the door.
All necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of patrons, cast and crew are being taken. Masks must be worn throughout the entire performance and social distancing must be respected at all times. Temperature will be taken at the entrance and sanitisation stations will be available.