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.
MARIA MAZZOTTA live at WOMEX 2021
WOMEX by MOON ▲ Maria Mazzotta - Scura maje (Live)
Maria Mazzotta & Bruno Galeone - "Scura Maje" I Live Néo Géo
MARIA MAZZOTTA - Scura maje
MARIA MAZZOTTA - Nu me lassare (Live)
MARIA MAZZOTTA - Amoreamaro
10 Dec 2022
LECCE, ITALIE - Duo voix et guitare électrique
13 Oct 2022
ZAGREB, CROATIE - solo
12 Oct 2022
TAMPERE, FINLANDE - solo
07 Oct 2022
RENNES (35) - Le Grand Soufflet
06 Oct 2022
AVIGNON (84) - Théâtre du chêne noir
24 Sep 2022
BARCELONE, ESPAGNE - solo
23 Sep 2022
NAPLES, ITALIE - 4tet
17 Sep 2022
LICH, ALLEMAGNE - Kulturzentrum Bezalel Synagoge
10 Sep 2022
SAINT EMILION (33) - Festival Vino Voce
07 Aug 2022
CAVALAIRE (83) - Bonporteau Festival
02 Jun 2022
AMSTERDAM, PAYS - BAS - Mezrab - Magic Carpet Sessions
01 Jun 2022
PAYS - BAS - Groningen
26 May 2022
BRUGES, BELGIUM - Parc de Kruisvest - Magic Mirrors
14 May 2022
PARIS (75) - Théâtre de Ville
07 May 2022
GÖTEBORG, SUÈDE - Skeppet GBG
06 May 2022
AARHUS, DANEMARK - Roots & Hybrid Festival
05 May 2022
COPENHAGEN, DANEMARK - ALICE Venue
25 Apr 2022
DUDELANGE, LUXEMBOURG - Boulodrome - Vernissage Exposition Moving Lusitalia
07 Apr 2022
GOUY-SOUS-BELLONNE (62) - Ferme de la Sensée
18 Feb 2022
BUDAPEST, HONGRIE - Müpa
24 Jan 2022
ALLEMAGNE - Fribourg
23 Jan 2022
ALLEMAGNE - Fribourg