searching for melancholy through the Balkan & Mediterranean

July – September 2022

A quest for melancholy

This summer, Belgian violonist and composer Wouter Vandenabeele travels to the Balkans, Greece, South Italy, Catalonia, Andalusia and Galicia, searching for the melancholic soul in music. During three months he and other travel companions will reach out to local musicians and get in dialogue with minority groups.

Melancholy connects people throughout the ages and cultures. Its ambivalent nature is characteristic: sorrow accompanied by comfort or hope, pain accompanied by beauty or joy. In this Hiraeth project, we are therefore floating on the melancholy that can be found as an atmosphere in just about all musical cultures, but which is mainly characteristic of the southern European musical cultures (Saudade, Flamenco blues, Balkan music, etc.). This music refers to a bittersweet longing for something hopeful that is absent and can never be fully present.

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Lule Lule

Lule Lule, the original! Song by the great Arbëreshë musician Francesca Manoccio.

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Ninna Nanna

CantaCunti – Gianni Vico, Roberto Bascià, Maria Rosario Coppola – play Ninna Nanna, Il Martirio di Otranto.

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hiraeth

[hɪraɨ̯θ, hiːrai̯θ]
noun, origin Welsh

a homesickness for a place you can no longer return to, or that was never was; a feeling of nostalgia or yearning for something that no longer exists

The journey

Ghent

Ghent (Belgium)

departure
Sunday 26 June 2022

 

Tübingen

Tübingen (Germany)

Monday 27 June 2022

 

Slovenia

Slovenia
Kranj - Ljubljana - Lasko - Šišan

Monday 27 June - Wednesday 6 July 2022

 

Croatia

Croatia
Pazin - Pula

Wednesday 6 July 2022 - Tuesday 12 July 2022

 

Bosnia

Bosnia
Mostar - Sarajevo

Tuesday 12 July - Sunday 17 July 2022

 

Albania

Albania
Gjirokastër - Durrës - Sarandë

Sunday 17 July - Saturday 23 July 2022

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki (Greece)
Pélla - Xanthe - Stavroupoli - Nea Filadelfeia

Saturday 23 - Tuesday 30 July 2022

 

Puglia

Puglia (Italy)
Manduria - San Marzano di San Giuseppe - Lecce

Tuesday 30 July - Friday 5 August 2022

 

Sicilia

Sicilia (Italy)
Frazzanò - Barcellona-Pozzo Di Gotto

Friday 5 - Sunday 7 August 2022
Sunday 21 August -

 

Calabria

Calabria (Italy)
San Marco Argentano - Firmo

Sunday 7 - Wednesday 10 August 2022

 

Napoli

Napoli (Italy)

 

Sardegna

Sardegna (Italy)
Talavà - Torpè

Saturday 13 -  Saturday 20 August 2022

 

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