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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Michela Musolino of Rosa Tatuata and Terre Sangue Mare: Music of Sicily
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Michela Musolino explores her Sicilian roots as a solo artist and with two bands, Rosa Tatuata and Terre Sangue Mare (who just released an excellent self-titled debut album). She'll introduce her music and also turn us on to some of the great sounds coming out of Sicily, home of a vibrant folk revival scene.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
Singer in Palma di Montechiaro, Agrigento:
Grido del Venditore di Pesce
Fishmonger’s song/ traditional banniari from Palma di Montechiaro, Agrigento, from the research of Aldo Bennici, used by Luciano Berio in his Voci.
Singer and organetto player:
L’Acqua nta Cannata
An adorable 'single stanza’ (same stanza structure is repeated throughout) song for voice and organetto. It’s a song to make the time pass during work.
Traditional musicians, Messina:
Ballettu di San Filippu Superiore
Ballettu di San Filippu Superiore, Messina - a traditional dance for zampogna and drum. from The research of Mario Sarica & Giuliana Fugazzotto
Moffo Schimmenti and CPF:
tells the story of a forbidden love between a muleteer and the emir’s daughter. Schimmenti is a folk singer/songwriter who is also an activist and a bit of a living musical legend in Sicily.
Solo Una Rosa (composed by Moffo Schimmenti)
a modern ballad dedicated to Rita Atria, a young girl who was a noted anti-mafia activist. The song was written and arranged by Schimmenti and it is performed by this group of young musicians. They perform a a lot of Schimmenti’s work. It's an example of how folk music in Sicily is continuing into the next generation because of a concerted effort by the older, more established musicians to actively work with the younger generations.
Li Pirati a Palermu
Rosa Balestreri and her voice represent Sicily. She was seminal in calling attention to Sicilian folk ; one of the first to become known throughout Italy and the world for it. The text is a poem by one of Sicily’s greater modern poets, Ignazio Buttita. Buttita’s works often become folk songs and the Buttita Association closely works with music artists to foster this connection.
Iu C’Haui A Ti
/ Li Varchi a' Mari
a gorgeous love-song written and sung by Francesco Giunta. Giunta is another pillar in the Sicilian music world; both in traditional music and in contemporary folk. Giunta is another who works to give Sicilian folk to the next generations.: his former label, Teatro Del Sole is responsible for bringing so much of Sicilian folk to the world
E Jo Ca Sugnu Bedda
a traditional song about desire sung by Muzzi Loffredo, modern, ( a bit avant guard, but not too…this is really about the voice) arranged by Vanuccio Zannella. Muzzy takes a traditional song , which is usually sung wistfully, and with her voice strips it down to the raw emotion of longing.
Pino Veneziano :
Pino Veneziano - a Sicilian singer/songwriter who first picked up a guitar at the age of 40. His songs become the voice of a people. Sicilian singers around the world sing his timeless songs. This is a song about the struggle to enjoy what one has worked for and to not be controlled. Veneziano was influenced by tradition. The first few bars of this original song are the noted form a Sicilian called answer song. Veneziano has been a great influence on me.
È Così Sia
written as a prayer by a man who is ready to give up, but he asks for strength so he an give his children a future. This showcases the frame drum. Although it’s a tradition in Sicilian folk music, Artists like LaGuardia ( and Michele Piccione) have taken the simple instrument and elevated it to incredible heights artistically.
Dal'Ouna featuring Ramzi Aburedwan:
GIG: Sept 15 (Thurs) Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St: Dal’ouna Ensemble – Children of the Stone featuring Palestinian musician/composer Ramzi Aburedwan and author Sandy Tolan. 7 pm
Navatman Music Collective:
/ An Untimely Joy
GIG: Wednesday August 24th at La Mama, 66 E 4th St, 8:30 pm to 10 pm. Part of the Drive East Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance, presented by Navatman at La Mama, Aug 22-28
Shai Tsabari and the Middle East Groove All Stars:
Hora Nofeit Me'Haraglaim
/ NaNa Disc
GIG: Aug 23 (Tues) Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St: Shai Tsabari & The Middle East Groove All Stars. 7:30 pm.
Sat. 8/20/16 7:09pm
Hi Rob, listening here...digging this show
Sat. 8/20/16 7:13pm
Sat. 8/20/16 7:20pm
Tom P, Brooklyn:
Great to be able to hear this Sicilian music
Sat. 8/20/16 7:25pm
Sat. 8/20/16 7:38pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:
Wow Rosa Balestri ! ...& yet another kind of Soul music. I wonder how any of it might relate to Spanish Fado, purely a blue-sky musing - Italy & Sicily there in the middle of the Mediterranean (& the Empire) - the history & roots & connections have to be fascinating. It's not like I hear a lot of Italian Folk Music everywhere!...
Sat. 8/20/16 7:41pm
Wow. Really beautiful.
Sat. 8/20/16 8:02pm
hi revolution rabbit! :)
Sat. 8/20/16 8:17pm
Wow! Great performances! Thanks Michela and Rob!
Sat. 8/20/16 8:24pm