by nina zerby
“The water comes from the earth, and from the water comes the soul… It is river, it is sea, it is lake, pond, ice and more… It is sweet, salty, brackish, it is a place where you stop and travel, it is pleasure and fear, enemy and friend, it is boundary and infinite, it is change and immutability, memory and oblivion.”
Often described as young women, mesmerizing, seductive. Other times as frightening beings, half women and half reptile or fish, able to throw deafening cries (it is not by chance that in our Venetian land there is the saying “Sigàr come n’anguana”, shouting like an anguana). In other stories they are described as ghostly old women, very thin with their faces crossed by deep wrinkles. Sometimes figures that appear only during the night, impossible to see in their entirety and that dissolve in the dark without leaving a trace. Almost always dressed in white.
The Nguans, sometimes also called “acquane”, are beautiful “women of the water”, linked to the springs, rivers, streams and mountain lakes with irresistible charm and powerful powers that can be both beneficial and terrifying. A sort of legendary nymph now protector now sinister luciferin.
Dedicated to this character is an album by the beautiful and talented Patrizia Laquidara “Il canto dell’anguana”, a journey into the music and popular tradition of the Alto Vicentino.
This album dates back to 2011 and since then Patrizia has “sailed” really everywhere. From America to Brazil, Japan, Europe, every corner of Italy, to the experiences of writing and acting and mentioned of authoritative awards received that emphasize its incredible expressiveness and undeniable talent.
Speaking of our land we absolutely have to write about this powerful work of Venetian dialect inspiration, musically rich, elegant and popular at the same time, this incredible Canto dell’Anguana. Patrizia in this work wanted to highlight the Venetian culture, in particular the one most linked to the province of Vicenza. Siciliana by birth and Vicentina by adoption paid tribute to these places, to the cultural sap that surrounds us with this masterpiece rich in sumptuous sounds, with its disruptive voice, mature, elegant and at the same time mesmerizing.
Patrizia in this work wanted to highlight the Venetian culture, in particular the one most linked to the province of Vicenza. Siciliana by birth and Vicentina by adoption paid tribute to these places, to the cultural sap that surrounds us with this masterpiece rich in sumptuous sounds, with its disruptive voice, mature, elegant and at the same time mesmerizing. This magnificent work presents eleven songs with as many reworkings from ancient traditions that leave no respite until the final song.
A work of the highest level that we want to remember and especially point out as one of those unmissable jewels that each of us should keep in his precious casket of music. Take some time, the slow time, the dilated time for a careful listening and let yourself be transported within the magical atmosphere imprinted in the notes of Patrizia.
“So that we know that in Veneto there is also this. In this record we talk about identity. An identity that is not fixed and immobile as they want us to believe. But, on the contrary, an identity that moves, travels. Because popular cultures are bastards, mestizos, migrants, impure, hunters of myths. They travel, mix, embrace and give birth to new cultures, sometimes even with violence. Language and music really do contain the traces of other peoples at all times. we and you don’t exist. We do exist.”