Location: Bled castle
Tenore di Bitti "Mialinu Pira" is a cantu a tenore Italian ensemble formed in 1995. Cantu a tenore is a style of polyphonic folk singing characteristic of the Barbagia region of the island of Sardinia (Italy). The Tenores singing (cantu a tenore) is one of the more ancient ways of singing in the Mediterranean area.
Nothing about its origins is sure, but the historians maintain that this traditional polyphony goes back to 3000 years ago.... The singing is made a cappella by four male voices (oche, mesu oche, bassu and contra), the main feature of this polyphony is represented by bassu and contra because of their guttural and ancestral sound. The Tenores singing from Bitti, in the centre of Sardinia, is a unique vocal style. It immediately succeeds in sounding primitive and strong. It is no mere coincidence that the experts think that it may have had its origin in primitive times as an imitation of nature: the four voices of which the choir is composed is no more than the lowing of cattle, the bleating of sheep and the sound of the wind. These were harmonised and given poetic lyrics of age-old beauty. The guttural use of voices and the typical songs of intonation, cannot be confused with anything else and make this millenary art have great impact. A magic of the human voice. The a Tenore Song was proclaimed by the Unesco “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage” in 2005.