The Sicilian group Taberna Mylaensis, was found in 1976 in Milazzo (the antique city of Mylae) by Luciano Maio, composer and author of the music and lyrics, with the main purpose to recover the great Sicilian musical heritage which embraces several centuries - from 1500 until 1800 - of chants of labour, rage, protest and religious chants, adapted to the sounds coming from Arabic and African musical traditions.
The long history of Taberna can be divided in three periods:
In 1976 Taberna recorded the LP's "Fammi ristari" and "Populi e Santi" with record company RCA (now BMG) and the group accompanied Francesco de Gregori as support-act on his national tour. The group participated in various Italian television and radio programmes and a television-special produced by RAI 2 tv entirely dedicated to the group. In 1977 Taberna Mylaensis took part in a popfestival organized by the magazine "Re Nudo" at Parco Lambro in Milan. In 1978 Taberna tours the Netherlands where they would come back 2 years later to represent Italy on the Winterfolkfestival in Dordrecht and Arnhem. In 1981 Taberna signs a new record deal with Isola CGD and records folk rock LP "Gricalata". In 1984 Taberna Mylaensis represents Italy on POETRY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL in Rotterdam and performs in the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Amsterdam) cultural division of the Italian embassy in the Netherlands. During that time the collaboration with the record company "PAN RECORDS" producer of world and ethnic music, begins and Taberna's cd's will be distributed around the world. Taberna's new project titled "L'Anima du Munnu" inspired Luciano Maio to re-elaborate a new poetic way to composing Sicilian popular music, that is not anymore the traditional way but by discovering the Mediterranean culture. Thus the music became ethnic folk music and Taberna received great success with its performance in Istanbul 's C.R.R.Concert Hall in 1998.
- 1976 - 1980: The repertoire consists in traditional songs and music based on research by Alberto Favara, Giuseppe Pitré and Leonardo Vigo (end 1800).
- 1980 - 1996: Taberna combines its repertoire with new compositions.
- 1998 - present day: the final phase inaugurated with the release of Taberna's album "L 'anima du munnu" in 1998 containing lyrics and music composed or re-elaborated exclusively by Luciano Maio.
In 2001 Taberna Mylaensis released the live cd "La chiami Sicilia" as a celebration of the 25 years of musical activities. In May 2004 Taberna receives the "Corrado Maranci" award for its contribution to and diffusion of the Sicilian culture and popular music. In June 2004 Taberna Mylaensis releases the new cd "E vinniru du mari…Federicu", a co-prodution between Pan Records and the Association Arte Sicilia.