Villa Palagonia | “Rhythms & Roots” Album Release Party
Sunday, March 13, 6 PM
First Unitarian Church | 116 Pierrepont St. at Monroe Pl.
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
(718) 288-5994 | email@example.com
- Doors open at 4:30, at which point you can sign-up to participate in the open mic
- Open mic begins at 5 PM and ends at 5:45 PM
- Villa Palagonia takes the stage at 6 PM
- A light vegetarian supper will be available for a free-will donation.
Parking Garage on Clinton Street.
Brooklyn Heights is very well served by the New York City subway system. The 2, 3, 4, 5, N and R trains all stop at COURT STREET/BOROUGH HALL. From Court Street/Borough Hall, walk north on Cadman Plaza West one or two blocks. Turn left on Pierrepont Street. Walk west two blocks to Monroe Place and you are there!
Contact: Allison Scola
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Italian Infused American Roots Band
Hosts Album Release Concert
NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2016—Manhattan-based ensemble Villa Palagonia celebrates the release of their Italian infused world-folk album “Rhythms & Roots” with a concert. On Sun., March 13 from 6-8 p.m., Villa Palagonia will perform at First Acoustics at 116 Pierrepont Street at Monroe Place, Brooklyn Heights, New York. The cover charge is $10.
Eclectic acoustic brushed with hues from Mediterranean folk is the avenue on which the ensemble Villa Palagonia perches—yet the side streets and dusty alleyways that these musicians travel offer engaging timbres that are woven together by songs imparting tales of the old world and the new. “Rhythms & Roots” is a mix of original music performed in English and Italian alongside time-tested Sicilian folk songs.
Founded in 2013 by multifaceted guitarist Joe Ravo and multi-instrumentalist and singer Allison Scola, Villa Palagonia calls upon its core members’ southern Italian roots and American know-how to create original music peppered with elements from traditional Sicilian and Italian folk songs. Joe Ravo is a versatile guitarist who has performed alongside the likes of Dave Brubeck and Stanley Turrentine and traveled around the world as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. Allison Scola is most familiar to folk audiences because of her performance as part of Joni Mitchell’s Blue Celebration. As a solo artist, she has released a number of recordings and performed at venues as grand as Shea Stadium, as kitschy as CBS Morning News’ Living Room Live, and as intimate as her cousin’s patio in Bagheria, Sicily where the world-renowned estate Villa Palagonia exists.
Allison’s paternal grandmother, who immigrated to New York in the 1920s, grew up in Bagheria in the shadow of Villa Palagonia. It is a place she and Joe have visited many times—and the villa itself is a site that they find intriguing and inspirational because of the remaining 72 odd and fantastic monster-statues that line the estate’s grounds. Bagheria is at the crossroads—between barons and peasants, between lemon orchards and jasmine vines, between mountains and sea, between Europe and Africa, and between ancient mysteries and modern realities. Both the historic site and the ensemble called Villa Palagonia capture a unique essence—capture a place: where north, south, east, west, and humanity collide.
For more information on the release concert, please contact Coco Wilde at 718-288-5994, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To listen to samples from “Rhythms & Roots,” please visit https://villa-palagonia.com/epk/.
Update: If you missed the live broadcast, listen to the archived show until 26 February 2016 at:
This Friday, February 19 during the 2-hour broadcast that starts at 11:04 AM New York time/17:04 Italy time, we’ll be on New York, New York a program on Radio Amica with host Sal Palmeri. You can hear it streaming at one of the following links:
We hope you’ll tune in to hear our interview and live performance!