Arianna Art Ensemble
The Arianna Art Ensemble, founded in 2007 by lutenist and composer Paolo Rigano and harpsichordist Cinzia Guarino, promotes the dissemination of the Renaissance and Baroque vocal and instrumental repertoire through its own performances with period instruments, the choice of correct historical performance practice and the rediscovery of unpublished manuscripts, in particular by authors linked to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The ensemble also promotes the experimentation and performance of contemporary music with period instruments.
The members of the Arianna Art Ensemble also collaborated with various ensembles such as: Il Giardino Armonico, the Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Italiano, Cappella Gabetta, Zefiro Ensemble, Modo Antiquo, Ensemble Elyma, Studio di Musica Antica Antonio Il Verso, the baroque orchestra Les Elements, and the ensemble of ancient instruments of the Conservatorio Alessandro Scarlatti in Palermo. They have also recorded for several labels, gaining positive critical acclaim.
The ensemble is the winner of numerous prizes in prestigious competitions, including in 2010 the first prize in the 'Ancient Instruments' section of the 7th edition of the National Arts Prize organised by the Ministry of High Artistic Education.
To date, the Arianna Arte Ensemble has performed in the most important concert seasons in Italy and in various festivals and reviews in Europe such as: Ravenna Festival, Malta International Festival, the festival Les incontres baroques in Alsace, the festival Nuove Settimane Barocche in Brescia and the festival l'Invenzione e l'armonia in Mantova, the Festival Alba Fucens in Albe, for the Amici della Musica in Udine, Unione Musicale in Turin, the Teatro Regio in Parma, the Amici della Musica in Pesaro, the Barattelli in L'Aquila and Amici della Musica in Palermo, the Associazione Musicale Etnea, the Season of the Associazione Antonio il Verso.
The ensemble collaborates regularly with important artists such as Enrico Onofri, Avi Avital, Giovanni Sollima, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Gemma Bertagnolli, Andrea Inghisciano, Marcello Gatti, Chiara Zanisi, Eugenio Bennato, Tiziano Bagnati and Giovanni Antonini. The ensemble is involved, together with the association MusicaMente of Palermo of which it is a founder, in the realisation of the International Festival of Ancient Music of Gratteri now in its 16th edition and has been promoting a concert season of ancient and baroque music in Palermo for 11 years, with the participation of important musicians of national and international renown.
With Giovanni Sollima, they recently recorded the Sonatas and Symphonies of Giovanni Battista Costanzi for the Glossa record label; in 2017, the ensemble revived the unpublished manuscripts of the sacred works of Antonino Reggio, an 18th-century harpsichordist and composer born in Aci Catena.
In 2021, he released the CD Cimbalu d'Amuri with the Almendra Music record label, a work inspired by 17th century Sicily, where music was used for therapeutic purposes, as a therapy for tarantism, a religious rite that allowed music and dances to cure the ailments caused by the bite of a dangerous poisonous spider. In 2022, he recorded the CD 'Musiche per arciliuto e clavicembalo' for the record company Tactus.