Giancarlo Paglialunga


Giancarlo plays the ‘tamburello’ with great temperament, he has an archaic voice tone and he’s one of the most important figures around in popular music in Salento.
He fell in love with the music of his homeland, Salento. He studied singing and traditional ‘tamburello’ through the elderly and by participating in all the most genuine events deriving from the traditions, like the ‘ronde’ and the popular festivals. He developed his own approach, floating somewhere between tradition and modernity.
He can boast many collaborations with local and international artists, among whom there are Juju (Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara), Officina Zoé, Ambrogio Sparagna, Salentorkestra, Raffaele Casarano, Bandatriatica and all the musicians with whom he shared the stage of the “Notte della Taranta” festival, and the ones he met during his years with the CGS.
In 2010, he took part in a giant tour performing all around the world with the Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino.
In the 2010-11 edition of the “Notte della Taranta” festival, conducted by Ludovico Einaudi, Giancarlo was the leading singer.
In 2011, his first solo album, called “T’amai” (I loved you) came out.
In 2012, he took part in the “Notte della Taranta” festival conducted by Goran Bregovic as ‘tamburello’ player and singer.