Born in a Sicily’s remote country village, Alfio Antico lived as a shepherd until the age of 18 surrounded by pastoral life, in deep nature connection, absorbing from his grandmother local tales, myths and a rich cultural baggage of traditions. The voice of the wind, the animals’ sounds,
the tales of the ancestors, in a land of more than thousand of years of history, with deep ties with the ancient Greece. But Alfio is not only the keeper of this tradition, as a bard or a griot, but a man who at the age of 18 chose to make a life of his own. During early 70s, Italy had a strong internal
migration: the younger generations of the southern regions started moving northernmost, looking for a better way of life. While playing in Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, Alfio was discovered by folksinger Eugenio Bennato and invited to join his band: Musicanova, where he became one of the most prominent features alongside with the singer Teresa De Sio.
The search for traditional Southern Italian folk culture was not only the rivendication of Southerners’ youth identity but also an exotic and authentic charming world for the urban alternative scene made of students, working class people, musicians, during those vibrating countercultural times.
Alfio Antico became a professional musician, and with over 40 years of career where he performed worldwide, his instruments gave his signature sound to many Italian singers/songwriters’ hits. He also worked with Fabrizio De Andrè, Lucio Dalla, Vinicio Capossela and played in theatrical
pieces alongside with actors like Giorgio Albertazzi.
Alfio is considered worldwide as the master of frame drums, but this is only a part of his works. All his instruments are handmade and decorated by himself: from the skin to the frames and cymbals, hand cast, hammered and tuned.