Ilħna Mitlufa – Lost Voices
What if we could relive and recapture the voices once heard by our grandparents and the stories told in song to our parents as children many moons ago? L-Ilħna Mitlufa (The Lost Voices) is show comprising a dramaturgy around an ensemble of local musicians playing a varied repertoire of traditional songs and folk chants. This music theatre project proposes new musical arrangements and contexts for theatrical performance of this age-old storytelling tradition called Għana. The ensemble aims to inspire with songs and ballads with the aim of giving a new theatrical relevance to poetic texts and songs whilst retaining the authentic character of the traditional voices so deeply rooted in our culture. The newly-formed group, is led by musician and musicologist Andrew Alamango who will be working with dramaturg Domenico Castaldo to celebrate the vocal traditions of Għana Tal-Fatt (ballad singing), il-Bormliża (high-pitched singing) and Għana Spirtu Pront (improvised singing).
“The ‘għana’ forms part of our Maltese cultural heritage with an ageing audience. The ‘għana’ tells a lot of stories. Stories that in the hands of these artists, we believe will make for very exciting musical theatre.”
Musical Director: Andrew Alamango
Dramaturg: Domenio Castaldo
Writer: Adrian Grima
Manager: Nicole Blackman