As Holy Week begins, there isn’t much going on, gender-wise. It’s all dude-bro stuff. Jesus washes the feet of the disciples, which yields the traditional hymn/ chant Mandatum, “Commandment”, as in “a new commandment I give you, that you love one another.” If you’re in the mood for that, you could do a lot worse than the Peter Latona version. Then there’s the Last Supper, with its betrayal theme and Judas sneaking out early with the 30 pieces of silver. Doesn’t really resonate, does it, unless you work for the part of the Foundation that deals with harassment.
The tagelharpa, or jouhikko, is a sort of 3-string bowed lyre. If you want one, you pretty much have to make it yourself, but fortunately there are plenty of DIY plans on etsy and youtube. The keys I believe are tuned DGG, and horsehair is often recommended over nylon fishing line, but you can google that too if you really want. There is also some really horrible video of people playing the thing, but if you can start with a video of A Tergo Lupi — as in “A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.” or “A precipice in front, wolves behind” — the thing should just keep autoplaying that group, and you should be okay. The group is a total red link, btw, with no internet presence whatsoever.
A Tergo Lupi was born in 2018 with the meeting of the three members, each with a different musical background but with the same vision for the future.
A Tergo Lupi is about ancient dark sounds, tagelharpa, bouzouki and ritual drums, and is about guitars, electronics, industrial distortions.
Working on the first album.
They seem to belong to some sort of Nordic or perhaps Italian metal genre, but are easier to listen to than Wardruna or Forndom with their frankly weird rain and drums stuff, or the simply unmusical Cookie-Monster-meets-rap Amon Amarth.
Camilla M. Ferrari. is on “Break the breath”. She is apparently an Italian archeologist and luthier. Here she is soldering the preamp to a hammered dulcimer. This is better, “Tagelharpa & Ritual Drum”:
Luca Villa is there, and is apparently a rather hairy Italian surveyor. The third one seems to be Fabio Del Carro, also hairy and also Italian, who studied physics. What they are doing with an old Norse instrument is beyond me.
Looking further, this seems to be mostly a demo for her instrument business, “Ebanisteria Musicale“.
There’s a flute-like instrument on the first video, but it’s hard to get a look at it.
UPDATE: They have just posted a new video they did the background music for: “A Murra”, a video by a performing artists’ collective, about an ancient Roman hand game similar to “rock paper scissors”, also called micare digitis.
Unisce l’Italia, la Morra, fin dai tempi dei Romani, con regole differenti da regione a regione. Eppure è proibita da una legge del 1930 che la vieta nei luoghi pubblici. Dicono che l’effetto collaterale del gioco della murra sia la lite su quanto viene messo in palio: polli, birre, salami, soldi. Eppure i vecchi che ancora praticano questa misteriosa digitazione, e i giovani che la resuscitano, assicurano che al massimo chi vince paga da bere a tutti, perchè questo è un gioco di amicizia e di convivialità.
Se l’Italia, tra i membri dell’Unione europea, è il Paese che, a livello fiscale, incassa di più dal gioco d’azzardo (grazie a Superenalotto, sale bingo e scommesse), la morra continua ad essere compresa nella tabella dei giochi proibiti. La Murra non è tracciabile, quindi non è tassabile.
[translation] It unites Italy, La Morra, since the days of the Romans, with different rules from region to region. Yet it has been prohibited since 1930, by a law that makes it illegal in public places. It is claimed that the collateral effect of the game of la Murra is quarreling over what is being betted on: chickens, beers, salami, money. Yet the old people who practice this mysterious digitation, and the young people who are resurrecting it, maintain that at most the winner buys a round of drinks for everyone, so it is a game of friendship and conviviality.
Italy, out of all the members of the European Union, is the country that, at the fiscal level, receives the most income from gambling (thanks to Superenalotto, bingo halls and betting); la Morra continues to be included in the list of forbidden games. La Murra is untraceable, and therefore untaxable.
ANOTHER UPDATE, because new album:
See the whole thing, “Out of the Fence”, on YouTube.
And since Genderdesk is all about recognizing women, especially women who might have a hard time getting recognized on Wikipedia, here is a new profile: Camilla Ferrari and the A Tergo Lupi band.