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Handala now

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   An exceptional musical project, an ever-evolving experience of musical blending: this is Hàndala.

   The band starting in 1989 within an international cooperation project, has been leaded, for more than 20 years, by its inspirer and composer David Petrosino, together with many musicians, both Arabs and Italians, that participated through the years, and made links of collaboration with various artists.

   The tale of the band Hàndala, for it’s nature of merger, for it’s human and artistic ‘blending’, is a chance to see Palestine and the middle-east from a different point of view.
At the same time the contaminated and contaminating nature of Handala’s work let them share this sight and this exchange in widely various sites: European Festivals, Schools, Clubsthe UN building in Geneve, the little ChurchSocial Centres, Theatres, the Campidoglio in Rome, Universities, Events, public Squares

   The band, leaded by David Petrosino, provides a peculiar formula of global contamination between Middle-eastern and Western musical traditions and intentions, a novel way of imagining a feasible world where different ideas, cultures, traditions join to give birth to something new.

   Hàndala have been active in Europe and they took part in many Festivals and concerts, always winning attention from public and critics.
   Arab voices floating an a sound born from the magic fusion of traditional middle-eastern and Mediterranean instruments (such as ud, bouzuki, doff, mismar, naj) and modern ones.
A show of great impact, enriched with clear melodies and obstinate rhythms.

   Hàndala have released six albums and a cd single and some of their songs have been included in many compilations, stating, with their music, the utopia needed for peace and understanding.

The band Hàndala now:

David Petrosino keyboards, guitar and vox
Cecilia Amici
Hakeem Jaleela
Pejman Tadajon
oud, tar, bouzuki
Stefano Ribeca
flutes, saxes
Gabriele Gagliarini
Simone Pulvano
Claudio Mosconi bass
Stefano Falcone – drums

Raimondo Moscisound & solutions
Terrence Briscoe
light & design