violin, viola, schalmei
chitarra battente, bass guitar
putipu, crumhorn, recorder
chitarra battente, lute, bass guitar, colascione
The I Villani ensemble was formed in 1984 by the Italian
singer and teacher Luigi Maiello, who was born in Naples
in 1984 and now lives in Palatina, Germany. Under his
leadership the young artist has brought new life to
the early canzone, music composed in the 15th, 16th
and 17th century in Venice, Florence and Naples.
The ensemble consists of 10 members, each of whom play
a number of instruments and/or sing in the original language
(Italian, Venetian and Neapolitan).
The central theme
of the repertoire of the ensemble is the “Villanella”.
The programme is made complete by the use of moorish
or jester songs),
humorous ballet dances and sad madrigals, by wonderful
tales in song with imitations of animal sounds or also
pure instrumental pieces, such as tarantelle or sarabands.
The musicians appear in costumes of the Italian renaissance
period, with animal masks or masks of the “Commedia
I Villani began performing concerts in South Western
Germany in 1985. Within a short period of time they were
performing further afield throughout Germany. They now
receive invitations to Italy, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia
The ensemble has already performed in the most famous
concert halls of Europe such as the Berlin Philhamonic
Hall, the Old Opera in Frankfurt, and the Barock Theatre
in Schwetzingen. The young musicians have been invited
as guests to a number of venues such as: Ludwigsburger
Schlossfestpiele, Rheinisches Musikfest des WDR, Musikalischer
Sommer Baden Baden, Arolser Barockfestspiele in Meran,
Internationale Tage Ingelheim, Schloss-festpiele Heidelberg,
and Tage Alter Musik in Salzgitter.
Numerous TV- and radio recordings
(e.g. SWF, ZDF, NDR, SFB,WDR, Radio Brandenburg) have
been made documenting
the work and artistic achievement of the ensemble.