A Filetta

A Filetta refers to the fern which grows all over the Island of Corsica. The fern is a symbol of the intimate relationship between the Corsicans and their island home: it is almost impossible to transplant a fern without damaging it.

The Beginning
October 1978, the Balagne.  After a meeting with Tumasgiu Nami, Michel Frassati decides to take the initiative and gather together Corsican singers. His goal is to protect the ancient vocal tradition of Corsican polyphony, which is at risk of being forgotten. A Filetta is born.

Under the leadership of Jean Claude Acquaviva, A Filetta has been singing an ode to Corsica for over 35 years. Using sacred music, secular Paghjella’s and new compositions influenced by great poets, A Filetta presents a very diverse repertoire.  The partnership between the singers, their music and their Corsican roots is clearly visible, even tangible, in their performances, unadorned, always pure, and from their hearts.

We present:
Maxime Vuillamier: Bassu (joined A Filetta in 1989)
François Aragni: Bassu and Seconda (joined A Filetta in 2013)
Petru Antò Casta: Bassu and Seconda (joined A Filetta in 2017)
Jean Sicurani: Bassu (co-founder, joined A Filetta in 1978)
Jean-Claude Acquaviva: Seconda (co-founder, joined A Filetta in 1978)
Stéphane Serra: Seconda (joined A Filetta in 2013)
Paul Giansily: Terza (joined A Filetta in 1983)

Terza signifies beauty; the singer with the highest voice
Seconda signifies wisdom; the singer who sings the melody in polyfony
Bassu signifies strenght; the singer whith the darkest ande deepest voice

Without losing their connection with their Corsican background, A Filetta is forging many connections with musicians from all over the world: the Italians Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura, Danyel Waro from the Island of Réunion, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Lebanese singer Fadia Tom el Hage, the Georgian singing group “Les voix de Géorgie”, the Italian Conductus Ensemble, the Japanese percussion group Kodo.

A Filetta has performed in a children’s opera under the direction of Orlando Forioso and in three ballets from the talented choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In collaboration with Bruno Coulais they have sung the music for several films: Le people migrateur, Comme un Aimant, Le Libertin, Himalaya l’enfance d’un chef, and Don Juan.  Each collaboration seems to be the beginning of a new road in which the Corsican roots remain deeply anchored.

Over the years A Filetta has received several awards, including the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, for the album ‘Una tarra ci hè‘ in 1994 and for ‘Bracanà‘ in 2008.