Andrea Parodi Award is a World Music festival and contest which promotes Sardinian language and culture comparing it with other ones coming from allover the world. The artistic director is Elena Ledda, one of the greatest voices in the international World Music scene.
The event is open to artists from allover the world; it consists in 3 days of music and events in Cagliari. Each year many artists, journalists and cultural operators are invited to partecipate from allover Europe. The festival is presented by Ottavio Nieddu, with the collaboration of Gianmaurizio Foderaro.
The event lives in the name of the greatest spokesmen of Sardinian music: Andrea Parodi, who passed away 10 years ago. He’s known a Voice, a Sound of man, colour and expression of ancient and new sounds. After his musical adventure with Tazenda group, he established himself as an interpreter in the World Music Scene.
The edition 2016 was a truly special one, being held on the 10th anniversary of A.Parodi’s death, and hosting high level artists: the worldwide legend of jazz and world music Al Di Meola, who performed with the guitarist Peo Alfonsi; Riccardo Tesi; Massimo Donno; Alessia Tondo; Trio Correnteza (C.Renzetti, G.Mirabassi, R.Taufic).
Al Di Meola also received the Premio Albo d’Oro. He recorded and released the album “Midsummer Night in Sardinia” with Andrea Parodi. He said the following of Andrea: “This unique voice of Andrea Parodi stirs emotions that go to the most heartfelt depths of the human soul! In my opinion he is one of the most important and original voices of our time.”
The event is made possible thanks to the contribution of: Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, Fondazione di Sardegna, Comune di Cagliari. Partner: European Jazz Expo, Mare e Miniere, Premio Bianca d’Aponte, Negro Festival, Folkest, Nuono Imaie, Federazione Autori, BoxOfficeSardegna. Media Partners: Radio7Live, RadioPopolare, RadioSintony, UnicaRadio, Sardegna1, Tiscali, Il Giornale della Musica, Blogfoolk, Mundofonias.