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This book and the research behind it were made possible by the collaboration and support of a number of people, to whom we are deeply grateful. In particular, Don Giuseppe Filardi, Biagio Labbate, Franco Volpe, Alfonso Vespe and Antonio Trivigno were of great help in every step of the work on Accettura. We thank Mimì Deufemia, Francesco Diluca, Rocco Giammetta, Francesco Laguardia and Lorenzo Scaldaferri for their collaboration on the research on the Campanaccio. We are grateful to Don Serafino La Sala and Don Antonio Lo Gatto for their opinions on the religious festivals in the Pollino area, and to Umberto Costantini, Enza De Salvo, Vincenzo Di Sanzo and Davide Leone for their help. The chapter on wheat festivals was made possible by the collaboration of Mimì Barone, Vincenzo Blumetti, Biagio Chiacchio, Franca Delia, Andrea Miraglia, Andrea Mobilio, Leonardo Osnato, Salvatore Palazzo, Enzo Peluso, Pietro Ragone and Mosè Antonio Troiano, in addition to the city council and public library of San Paolo Albanese. Heartfelt thanks go to Stella Scutari, whose willingness to give us access to the family archives made possible the ongoing research on Giuseppe Chiaffitella, which also relies on help from the late Maria Scutari, and from Rosalba and Rosita Scaldaferri. Teresa Magnocavallo Romano, and Marianne, Megan and Michael Grahlfs were crucial to reconstructing the American part of Chiaffitella’s biography. Alessandra Bellusci, papàs Antonio Bellusci, Susanna Blumetti, Domenico Chiaffitella, Rosetta and Vincenzo Carbone, Attilio Carrera, Anna D’Amato and Pasquale Scaldaferri provided further archival materials and accounts from their memories of Chiaffitella. Cecilia Gnudi, Lorenzo Pisanello and Anastasia Semenova worked on digitising Chiaffitella’s archive at the LEAV – University of Milan. Finally, Lorenzo Ferrarini would like to extend his gratitude to the Scaldaferri family in San Costantino Albanese, for providing friendship and hospitality throughout the years.

A number of colleagues provided comments and reflections on the themes of our research, adding depth to our understanding of the ideas presented in the book. Our gratitude goes to Nina Baratti, Stephen Blum, Francesca Cassio, Giovanni Cestino, Alessandra Ciucci, Angela Danzi, Filippo De Laura, Barbara Faedda, Eugenio Imbriani, Marco Lutzu, Peter McMurray, Ferdinando Mirizzi, Stanislao Pugliese, Amy and Louis Trotta, and Quirino Valvano. At the University of Manchester Jenna Ashton, Rupert Cox, José Luis Fajardo Escoffie, Paul Henley, Andrew Irving, Jérémie Voirol and Peter Wade provided useful comments. We also owe thanks to the editors of the series Anthropology, Creative Practice and Ethnography, to our commissioning editor Thomas Dark and to the Manchester University Press staff, for the way they supported the book’s specific needs in terms of design and audiovisual media. They provided us with the space to develop an ethnography as sound recording and as photographic images, in addition to text. Publication was generously supported by the Open Access fund of the University of Manchester Library and by a contribution by the LEAV at the Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment, University of Milan.

Some portions of chapter 5 have appeared in the article ‘Voice, Body, Technologies: Tales from an Arbëresh Village’ in Trans – Revista Transcultural de Música 18 (Scaldaferri 2014b), and we are grateful to the publisher for allowing us to reproduce a revised version. Stefano Vaja has collaborated with us on a number of occasions, and we are particularly grateful for his permission to include a sequence of his photographs from the Campanaccio in San Mauro Forte as part of chapter 2. Finally, we wish to thank Steven Feld, not simply because he gave us feedback on the book project from its inception, collaborated on the research whose outcome is presented in chapters 1 and 2, and contributed a soundscape composition track and a closing text to the book. He also provided constant inspiration by developing theoretical concepts, examples of creative research practice and publication formats in a lifetime of work in and about sound.

Sonic ethnography

Identity, heritage and creative research practice in Basilicata, southern Italy


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