Up In The Valley

This work presents some of the chants that I recorded in Presegno (ValSabbia, Brescia, Italy) during the night of San Lorenzo (aka “the night of the shooting stars”), 10 august 2013.

What emerges from the recordings is the vital energy of the voices that take part in the singing. The voices communicate a strong feeling of togetherness and collective excitement. Singing is an expression of joy that enhances social cohesion and contributes to the formation of a certain atmosphere of shared enthusiasm and self-empowerment.

The english translation of the chants plays with the intraducibility of some local expressions and dialects. Rather than providing the full meaning of the chants, the speaker tries to guess and give some hints, thus emphasizing the constructed nature of the translation process.