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World Music CD Reviews Europe

I MUVRINI

By MICHAEL STONE
Published May 2, 2006

Pulifunie
Higher Octave World

The stately male polyphonic singing of Corsica is the local manifestation of an acappella form once encountered widely throughout Europe. Indeed, similar genres audibly persist in the Basque country, Italy (Genoa and Naples), the Alps, the Balkans and in Gregorian chant. Performing as I Muvrini (named after the local wild sheep species), Alanu and Ghjuvan Bernardini carry forward the oral traditions inherited from their father Ghjuliu, the legendary Corsican singer and poet who coached them prior to his 1977 death. Pulifunie (Polyphony), I Muvrini’s second U.S.