The above performers are members of I Giullari Di Piazza - "The Jesters of the Square."
I Giullari Di Piazza is the only performing troupe in America devoted to reviving the old traditions of Italian music, theatre and dance, and combining it with folk legends, myths, rituals and Commedia dell'Arte.
I Giullari uses authentic costumes and instruments such as the "chitarra battente" (Renaissance guitar), classical guitar, oud, mandolin, mandoloncello, violin, violincello, flute, piccolo, recorders, oboe, ciaramella, Italian bagpipes, accordion, tambourines and castanets.
I Giullari is currently Artists in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Together, the directors have produced a wide repertoire based on extensive library and field research into Southern Italian folk music and ritual theatre. I Giullari's folk operas include: "Stabat Mater: Donna de Paradiso", "The Voyage of the Black Madonna", "1492-1992: Earth, Sun and Moon", "La Cantata dei Pastori."
I Giullari has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Museum, Felt Forum, Metropolitan Museum, Giant Stadium (for WORLD CUP USA 1994) and toured to Chicago, Canada, Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh, Smithsonian Institute, Universal Studios in Hollywood, Walt Disney World, Florida.