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Peppe Frana

Instruments:

Laouto, Oud, Rabab

Traditions:

, , , , Contemporary, Italian, Ottoman & Turkish, General Modal

Peppe Frana was fascinated with rock music from America and overseas at a young age, quickly becoming the nightmare of the best electric guitar teachers in the area. At the age of 20, he became dazzled by modal music he encountered in the work of Ross Daly. He then took up the study of the Turkish oud and other plucked string instruments and began travelling frequently to Greece and Turkey, especially to the Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Crete. There, he had the chance to learn from renowned maestros, Yurdal Tokcan, Ömer Erdoğdular, Murat Aydemir, Daud Khan Sadozai, and Ross Daly himself.

Meeting the Ensemble Micrologus inspired Peppe to dive in to European Medieval music and the plectrum lute. He quickly became one of the most appreciated soloists and teachers specializing in Italian trecento repertoire. He regularly works with international artists in the world of early, eastern and non- classical music.

Since 2013, Peppe Frana has been studying medieval lute at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, under the guidance of Crawford Young, marking his first experience of academic music study. He also holds a degree in philosophy from the Istituto Universitario "L'Orientale" in Naples and is the artistic director of Labyrinth Italia.