Up In The Valley

A documentation of the local/regional chants I recorded in Presegno (Valle Sabbia, Brescia, Italy) during the patron saint’s festival, San Lorenzo, 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 words translation process.