Short bio TRANSALENTO
ANDREA PRESA didjeridoo, facebass, percussion, electronic beats.
KAVITA SONI vocalist and classical Odissi dance.
TRANSALENTO: A FUSION EXPLOSIVE OF WORLD FUSION-NEW-AGE MUSIC BORN THROUGH A SENSORY JOURNEY BETWEEN THE MYSTICISM OF INDIA, THE BREATH OF AUSTRALIA AND THE BEAT BUTTON OF SALENTO’S PENNISULA.
TranSalento, born from an idea by Andrea Presa, Salento’s musician. Twenty years in London, experiencing the richness of differences. “Every part of the world jealously looking its difference; the comparison between these differences is the real resource”. He studied percussion with various African musicians; He is passionate about the role of rhythm in the traditional music and the repertoire that have always accompanied the rituals related to human life. At the same time he begins to take part in projects in which the modern soundscape is contaminated with the ancient musical heritage and processes of originals. While he plays with Gaudi, Dark Moon, Orchestral World Groove, and discovers, also in London, the DIDJERIDOO, the instrument which will become his great passion.
He travels to Australia to become the land of his musical , human and spiritual research. He knows several tribes’and acquires a new conception of breath, a new song with the YIDAKI, traditional technique of intense spirituality. Under the guidance of master Gumarroy (from tribe of Bundjalung), discovers the possibility to mix traditional techniques with contemporary sounds.
In 2002, he begins to merge the techniques of percussion, the music of southern Italy and the rythm of the didgeridoo and so it was born “TRANSALENTO”. He plays with different musicians from Puglia, Italy and recorded his first album “Bunda”. Musical experimentation led him to India, where he met Pavel Mikhailuk, artistic director of Goatika Creative Lab and other internationally renowned musicians with whom he devoted himself to music creation, production of new recordings, the realization of evenings and performances inspired by the atmosphere enchanted from India. In 2007, he makes “Natural Trance”, the second album, a live, large gatherings, and emphasizes the universal music of ecstasy, rapture of the sound.
In 2008 Andrea decides to incorporate melodies that belong to the repertoire of “pizziche” by Salento. A striking adaptation, in the sense of hypnosis rhythmic and spiritual transport: all passed through the electronics filter. In 2013 the meeting with Kavita Soni, classically trained singer and Hindustani Drupad, consolidates the Indian part of TRANSALENTO’s project. In a short time become a musical duo creating songs of devotional mantra loads, protest songs, psychedelic groove, love songs and much Soul of which some present last record album called “Kali Mirch”. The idea is to carry around for festivals around the globe, our dancing and dreaming energy.
Discography as a leader
– “BUNDA” , TRANSALENTO, 2006
“NATURAL TRANCE – live in Goa” , TRANSALENTO, 2007
“KALI MIRCH” – TRANSALENTO, 2013
Discografia as sideman
KUNDALINI AIRPORT – “PEACE OF MAGIC”, 2007
GOATIKA CREATIVE LAB – “LIVE BEAT”, 2007
UNADDARE – “KALSA” , 2007
SARABA – 2007
GOATIKA CREATIVE LAB -“ELEFUNK” , 2005
TAX FREE – “CORE” , 2005
“PATHAAN’S GLOBAL SUNSET” , 2004 (Compilation con Massive Attack,Transglobal Underground, Nusrat Fathe Ali Khan)
05 DI CONTRABBANDO – “Live at SiKula Raggae Festival” , 2002
ORCHESTRAL WORLD GROOVE – “DIDJERIDUB” , 2001