Galanìas presents a repertoire of tipical female songs based on Sardinian tradition revisited in polyphonic and innovative key by Valeria Pilia, leader of the quintet.
"Galanìas in Sardinia means beautiful and precious things and Actores Alidos dedicates its musical project to the cultural preciousness of the Sardinian women’s song. The project was born thanks to the passion and care for research, respect for tradition and the need to watch the horizon" writes Gianfranco Angei, Actores Alidos’ Artistic Director.
Women singing, appreciated for its harmonic and interpretative beauty and especially for their social role inside the community, goes with all stages of life from birth to death. Sardinian women didn’t sing in order to show theirselves, rather because of profound needs: to rock children, to celebrate religious rites, to protect against diseases, to accompany dead people during their last journey, but also in order to give rhythm to their jobs, to drive away the fear of loneliness, to entertain children, to evoke love and lighten daily activities with humorous verses.
Valeria Pilia’s polyphonic arrangements are performed a cappella by five voices (the same Pilia, Elisa Marongiu, Manuela Ragusa, Roberta Locci and Valeria Parisi) and they are sometimes embellished by the sounds of traditional instruments (launeddas and accordion of the musician Orlando Mascia) or with ancient domestic tools.
In 2005 Actores Alidos recorded its first CD named "Songs of Sardinian Women" produced by Finisterre which had a great success on the international stage attracting attention and flattering critiques in European magazines: FOLK ROOTS put the CD "Songs of the Sardinian women" in its Top Ten, the French magazine FOCUS MAGAZINE gave it "5 Etoiles", TRAD MAGAZINE its "Bravo", FB-FOLK BULLETIN conferred to it the label "Fbis" for the quality and originality of the product.
The concert "Songs of Sardinian Women" circuited in the most important World Music Festival in over twenty countries, such as Womex in New Castle, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Manresa Fira Mediterranea in Barcelona.
Actores Alidos had also several awards, at national level (Maria Carta Prize) and international too (First Prize at the Festival of Malzhaus Folkherbst Plauen- Germany), and it has been featured in many italian Radio and Tv Shows (live concert on Radio Rai 3, two times at the TG2, guest in the cultural show RAI 2 “Mizar” and "Resounding Italy" on RAI 3) and other countries.
It worths noting also the participation of Actores Alidos in 2011 at the Vinicio Capossela’s tour “Marinai, Profeti e Balene” (which means “Sailors, Prophets and Whales").
After the projects "Laras de Coraddu" and "Su Pitzinneddu" the new Concert Galanìas debuts at the end of 2015 and, in 2016, the CD “Galanìas” (with the participation of big international artists like Sainkho Namtchylak, Ambrogio Sparagna, Raffaello Simeoni, Redi Hasa, Orlando Mascia and Bitti’s Tenores) is distributed by Felmway throughout Europe and Japan, produced by Finisterre.