We’re happy to present “Baciami Caro,” which means, “Kiss me, baby!” We recorded this video with World One Video on site in Denton, Maryland. We had just a few minutes, and this is the one take we were able to record!
We hope you like it! Please let us know what you think!
Enjoy these two latest videos from Villa Palagonia!
Anna & Luca
Recorded by World One Video.
In April, we were honored to present our original music influenced by Sicilian folk songs at the Italian Sonorities and Acoustic Communities Listening to the Soundscapes of Italianità conference at the John D. Calandra Institute of Queens College in New York City.
Please enjoy this video presented by ItalicsTV of our lecture and concertino where we explain in more detail the origins of our songs Michelina’s Song, Anna & Luca, and Marco the Barber.
After a spring presenting “A World of Women’s Voices” with Sharon Goldman and Bev Grant, we’ve been working on some videos so you can hear and see our performances–unedited! They will be released one at a time over the next few weeks to keep you wanting more.
This July, we’re touring Sicily! We’re playing with local musicians and doing some guerrilla performances along the way as we start to plan our next recording project and write new songs. So, like the cricket, this summer we are enjoying the sun and singing and playing for fun–exploring … so that in the winter, we are ready to entertain you with the warmth we’ll have collected here in Sicily, this July.
Looking forward to sharing with you!
Villa Palagonia in duo form headed to Maryland earlier this month to record a series of videos for your viewing pleasure. Please enjoy “Marco the Barber” recorded by JB Nuttle of World One Video.
We will be releasing the videos throughout the next few weeks. Let us know what you think!
~ Allison and Joe
We are very excited to be performing a number of times in the next few days! Please join Villa Palagonia…
April 25, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at the Italian American Museum in New York City. We’ll be playing a couple of Sicilian songs to entice you to come to Sicily with us this July for Music & Revelry in Sicily.
This is a teaser to whet your appetite to come to hear us on Sunday, April 30 at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 in New York City for A World of Women’s Voices.
A World of Women’s Voices
Sunday, April 30th, 2017
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
A World of Women’s Voices – 7PM
185 Orchard Street
New York New York 10002
Advance Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1434710-world-womens-voices-new-york/
Along with Bev Grant and Sharon Goldman, our concert A World of Women’s Voices is a powerful, unique, collaborative performance that celebrates the power of women’s stories from around the world. Our program includes music from Italian folk tales, biblical stories, New York history, personal/childhood narratives, and Labor Movement anthems.
And for those of you down south…
Sunday, May 7th, 2017
George Washington Masonic Memorial
Villa Palagonia at Focus Music – 7PM
101 Callahan Drive
Alexandria Virginia 22301
Price: $18 general/$15 Focus music members
TICKETS at http://www.focusmusic.org/
We’re heading to the southland in the springtime, and we are so excited!
Villa Palagonia will be opening for folk luminary Joe Crookston.
Please join us for a fantastic evening of music for a fantastic group of music lovers–Focus Music!
Both Allison and Joe (Pictured at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in the Volunteer Tent. Credit: Barbara Shiller) were recently interviewed about creativity and living an artist’s life for The Falcon Pack Podcast. It’s fantastic listening, and a great way to hear what these two artists have to say about work and life. And there are performances during the interviews too, so check it out!
We are very much looking forward to being part of this fantastic line-up of artists gathering together to present to you a A Very Merry Chick-mas! Join in the revelry!
CHICKS WITH DIP Presents: A Very Merry Chick-mas
Friday, December 16, 7PM – 8PM
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2
196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002
Purchase Tickets in Advance at Ticket Fly
The bill at “A Very Merry Chick-mas” will feature:
Aimee Van Dyne
Bobtown (Katherine Etzel, Jen McDearman, Karen Dahlstrom)
No Fuss and Feathers (Carolann Solebello, Catherine Miles, Karyn Oliver, Jay Mafale)
Villa Palagonia (Allison Scola, Joe Ravo)
CHICKS WITH DIP is an informal collective of female singer/songwriters in the New York City area who share a mutual respect and who enjoy each other’s company and the pleasures of good conversation, good songs, and good dip. The Chicks have been meeting regularly for more than a decade, and were the women behind the recent touring concert and recording of “Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration.”
Wednesday, November 2, 7 PM
Villa Palagonia performs at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
Join us with the band for a 1-hour set of songs from Rhythms & Roots and some new material. Let’s shake down the house!
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
185 Orchard Street
New York, NY
$10 cover. Two drink minimum.
Advanced tickets at TicketFly
Allison Scola, vocals, guitar, clarinet, frame drums
Joe Ravo, gutiar
Greg Maker, bass
Dave Mancuso, percussion
Plus special guests!
Contact: Allison Scola
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Italian Infused American Roots Band
Shakes Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2016—Manhattan-based ensemble Villa Palagonia will perform songs from their Italian infused world-folk album “Rhythms & Roots” on Wed., Nov. 2 from 7-8 p.m., at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 at 185 Orchard Street, New York, 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.
Allison and Joe will be joined by Greg Maker on bass and Dave Mancuso on percussion.