Maria Mazzotta

Folk, World Music

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Maria Mazzotta's unique versatility is what makes her one of the most important voices of the
music scene in the Apulia region of Italy and, more generally, of world music towards which she
has an extremely respectful approach, backed by meticulous research into vocal characteristics of
the area which highly differentiate the various cultures found within it. She moves in a natural,
seamless way from the sounds of Southern Italy to the inflections of balkan music, and
captivates the audience with her sincere interpretation as she carries them along while immersing
them into the cultures of the songs interpreted.
She started studying the piano very young (for 7 years, then the harp (for 3 years) at the “Tito
Schipa” Conservatory in Lecce, and in 1998 had her first encounter with the songs of the Salento
tradition through listening to the original sources and by actively participating in the revisitation
and revival of these songs.
From 2000 to 2015, she was part of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino; a band she recorded 6
albums with, participating in some of the most important international world music festivals.
She attended several workshops and master-classes to deepen her awareness of various vocal
techniques; with Sayeeduddin Dagar, one of the best known Indian Dhrupad singers, and with
Bobby McFerrin, who chose her to do a duet with at the 2008 edition of “Bari in Jazz”.
She started looking towards the east and got passionate about balkan music and, at just age 21,
began her musical research through various Eastern musicians of different nationalities (Greeks,
Albanians, people from Macedonia and Croatia, Romanians, and Bulgarians and Gypsies whom she
met during her numerous concerts). From here, the partnership with the albanian cellist Redi
Hasa first started up, which was made complete by the merging of a musical-cultural symbiosis
from which the “Hasa-Mazzotta” duo came about.
In 2006, she was part of the Notte della Taranta Orchestra directed by M° Ambrogio Sparagna.
From 2011 to 2014, she was the soloist voice of the same festival under the direction of M°
Ludovico Einaudi, M° Goran Bregovic, and M° Giovanni Sollima.
Since 2013, she has been working as a singer with the dance company of Miguel Angel Berna,
performing the shows “Mediterraneo”, “La jota e la taranta”, “Cardia” and “Dos Tierras” in various
theaters around the world, including the Olympic Theater in Rome, the Petruzzelli Theater in Bari,
the Canal Theater in Madrid, and at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv.
In 2015, she participated as a singer in the new film by Carlos Saura “La jota”.
Maria Mazzotta can boast numerous collaborations with national and international artists,
including: Bobby McFerrin, Ibrahim Maalouf, Rita Marcotulli, Ballake Sissoko, Piers Faccini, Justin
Adams and Juldeh Camara, Mannarino, Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio, Hysni (Niko) Zela and Fanfara
Tirana, Eva Quartet, Klapa Otok, Bojken Lako, Raiz, Roy Paci, Roberto Ottaviano, Raffaele
Casarano, Bijan Chemirani, and Mario Arcari.



2020 //  Amoreamaro
2017 // Novilunio


MARIA MAZZOTTA - Nu me lassare (Live)
Maria Mazzotta & Bruno Galeone - "Scura Maje" I Live Néo Géo

Upcoming concerts

17 Nov 2021
ALLEMAGNE - Francoforte
Maria Mazzotta
18 Nov 2021
ALLEMAGNE - Saarbrücken
Maria Mazzotta
20 Nov 2021
Maria Mazzotta
03 Dec 2021
ITALIE - Torino
Maria Mazzotta

Archived concerts

09 Oct 2021
PESSAC - Pessac
Maria Mazzotta
24 Sep 2021
MARSEILLE - La cité de la musique
Maria Mazzotta
22 Aug 2021
Maria Mazzotta
21 Aug 2021
Maria Mazzotta
20 Aug 2021
Maria Mazzotta
18 Aug 2021
FRANCE - Magrie
Maria Mazzotta
12 Aug 2021
Maria Mazzotta
24 Jul 2021
VILJANDI , ESTONIE - Folk Festival
Maria Mazzotta
23 Jul 2021
VILJANDI , ESTONIE - Folk Festival
Maria Mazzotta
22 Jul 2021
PORTUGAL - Sines Fest
Maria Mazzotta
17 Jul 2021
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - Festival Radio France
Maria Mazzotta
30 Jun 2021
ITALIE - Lecce
Maria Mazzotta
19 Jun 2021
MARTIGNY, SUISSE - Festival des 5 Continents
Maria Mazzotta
16 Jun 2021
ROUMANIE - Sibfest
Maria Mazzotta
15 Jun 2021
ROUMANIE - Sibfest
Maria Mazzotta
08 Jun 2021
BUDAPEST, HONGRIE - Mupa, - Double W Festival
Maria Mazzotta
06 Jun 2021
MACEDOINE - OFFest of Skopje
Maria Mazzotta
15 May 2021
CAGLIARI , ITALIE - Premio Parodi
Maria Mazzotta
14 May 2021
CAGLIARI , ITALIE - Premio Parodi
Maria Mazzotta