In Corsica and Sicily, as far as one can remember, traditional singing lies in the core of the social fabric. Singers are neither amateur nor professional, they obey to a necessity. Unlike a choir, polyphonic singing obeys to the rules of own initiative and responsibility. There is no conductor, no hierarchy. The construction is organic and collective. Each voice has a specific role. The song appears through voices saying autonomous and evolving a-parallely. One voice is nothing without the others, the others are nothing without that one voice. There is an interactivity, a constant negotiation between the individual and the collective; the “one”, alone, and the “three” of polyphony.
This aspect of singing as a collective and individual act, is intrinsically linked to what Aristotle names philia; the base of the social link and of friendship. This link is at the base of our condition as human beings; as we are by definition, for better or worth, bound to each other.