We’re very much looking forward to sharing On Your Radar with John Platt of WFUV with Sonya Heller and Jay Hitt! We hope you’ll come along for the ride with us!
The release of our debut album “Rhythms & Roots” is just days away. Stand by for how you can become part of the music!
Meanwhile, mark your calendars! We’ll be performing for WFUV John Platt’s On Your Radar on February 9 at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3, in Philadelphia for the Sicily: Language, Art, and Culture on February 11, and at First Acoustics in Brooklyn for our Album Release Party on Sunday, March 13!
Join us on Saturday, January 9 in Brooklyn for a very special house concert! Reservations are required, so don’t delay in saving your spots.
First Acoustics House Concert
Villa Palagonia and The Levins
Saturday, January 9th, 2016
Doors open at 7 PM, Music at 7:30 PM
Address will be given upon reservation
Brooklyn, New York 11218
Call 718-288-5994 or
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations
Hosted by Coco and Bruce Wilde, the First Acoustics House Concert will be a wonderful way to warm up your heart during this (now) cold month of January. Join Villa Palagonia with The Levins for a delicious, intimate show.
House opens at 7:00 PM. Music starts at 7:30 PM.
Dinner will be served by buffet.
$25 for Dinner and Live Music
Call First Acoustics for a Reservation 718-288-5994 or email email@example.com.
*Address of house concert will be given upon making reservations.
As we prepare to release Rhythms & Roots to the world, we are feeling so blessed that it’s receiving radio play with some of our favorite DJs. Tune in to WMSC (90.3 FM, Montclair, NJ)’s “Radio Nowhere” with Joltin’ Joe, “It’s All About the Music” hosted by Brian Norton with guest host Gordon Nash on WFDU (89.1 FM, Teaneck, NJ), and John Platt’s “Sunday Supper” on WFUV (90.7 FM, New York, NY) to hear their picks from the record!
Acoustic Live! in New York City called Rhythms & Roots “A rich tapestry.”
Slated for release in early 2016, news on how you can get your copy coming soon!
Join Villa Palagonia for the Feast of Santa Lucia!
Sunday, December 13 from 3 PM to 6 PM at Eolo Seasonal Sicilian Kitchen, we’ll be celebrating the patron saint of eyes, sights, light, and wheat with a concert featuring music from our new album, Rhythms & Roots, along with a few seasonal favorites. We’ll have a few pre-release copies of Rhythms & Roots available for purchase for your holiday gift shopping.
LA FESTA DI SANTA LUCIA
When: Sunday, December 13, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
What: Feast, short folk music concert, presentation about Santa Lucia, purchase gift baskets from Gelsomino Imports, LLC
Where: Eolo Seasonal Sicilian Kitchen, 190 Seventh Avenue, between 21st and 22nd Street, New York, NY
Price: $75/person, includes unlimited food, wine, entertainment, tax, and gratuity
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY
Call Eolo Seasonal Sicilian Kitchen to secure your reservation:
Learn more details about the feast at Experience Sicily.com.
Yes, the rumors are true! Our debut record, Rhythms & Roots, is finished–well, almost. We are getting ready to put it out to the public, but we need your help. We are rolling this out slowly because we are hoping to generate some additional funding in order to… well, get it out to the public!
Making a record, as you might imagine, costs a lot of money. We’ve invested thousands of dollars thus far, and now, as we prepare to officially release Rhythms & Roots, we are hoping our friends and fans will contribute a bit more for it so we can vociferously tell the world about it with help from a radio promoter and publicist. To do that, we’ll be launching a PledgeMusic campaign in the days ahead. So, stay tuned for details about how your participation in the launch of Rhythms & Roots (and what you’ll get for contributing a little more for your copy) will reap you!
In the meantime, here is a list of the tracks on Rhythms & Roots to whet your appetite. Earlier mixes can be heard on the Music page. Lyric sheets and more details coming soon.
|1.||Baciami Caro||Allison Scola and Joe Ravo|
|2.||Palermo||Allison Scola and Joe Ravo|
|3.||Cu ti lu dissi||Rosa Balistreri|
|4.||Boots||Allison Scola and Joe Ravo|
|5.||Pizzicarella (Devo ballare)||Allison Scola and Joe Ravo|
|6.||Michelina’s Song||Allison Scola and Joe Ravo|
|7.||Aphrodite’s Dancers||Allison Scola and Joe Ravo|
|8.||Breathe Free||Allison Scola and Joe Ravo|
|9.||Abballati! Abballati!||Traditional Sicilian|
|10.||Anna & Luca||Traditional with English lyrics by Allison Scola|
|11.||Marco il barbiere||Allison Scola (Italian translation by Vittorio Tavini)|
|12.||Vitti ’na crozza||Traditional with lyrics by Francesco LiCausi
|13.||Marco the Barber (Bonus Track)
We can’t wait to get this out to you!
~ Allison and Joe
We’ll be at #NERFA this weekend! If you’re attending the conference, please join Villa Palagonia for our late night showcases:
**Saturday Late Night, Nov. 14**
11:45 PM – 12:15 PM
Sharon Goldman Birthday Bash, Room 1517
~ ITR: Sharon Goldman, Villa Palagonia,
and David Massengill
Villa Palagonia is very excited to fall into the end of summer. We’ve got some shows coming up, and as we are now sooooo close to releasing Rhythms & Roots, we can’t contain ourselves! Recording an album of songs always creates moments of love and moments of frustration… But when it’s in our hands, we’ll be so happy to get it into yours!
Here’s what we’ve been up to over the last month or so. (Allison, here…)
In early July, we were in Sicily were we spent some time with my cousins and visited Villa Palagonia, our namesake estate in Bagheria. My cousin Filippo Buttitta, a talented photographer, took photos of us. We had so much fun! Here’s a shot of us in the garden. Note the musician statues in the background. They are what inspired to name our group Villa Palagonia!
In late July/early August, Joe and I went to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival where we hung with good friends and enjoyed great music for the weekend. It was really hard to leave after a beautiful few days in the countryside with kindred spirits. We played a few pop-up performances, and one of them was filmed. Thanks to World One Video! Check it out here:
Additionally, we had a great time performing at The Budgiedome. Thank you Gordon Nash for inviting us!
In mid-August, we were featured once again on City World Radio with AC Lowe. AC Lowe, aka Anthony LoFaso, traveled with me to Sicily in June before Joe arrived. It was for me, a wonderful experience to visit Anthony’s ancestral town, where he found kindred spirits who spoke his familiar Sicilian language. (Tears flowed! Definitely emotion to channel for another song about connecting to your roots!)
Much of our appearance on the show (in addition to performing some songs live) was spent talking about our time together in Sicily. Check out the archive at:
On August 24, I was so excited to be featured by the National Organization of Italian American Women in their Member Spotlight. You can read the article on their blog at NOIAW Member Spotlight.
And now, we’re gearing up for more wonder and magic coming this fall. I feel so blessed to have so many terrific things happening. I hope you’ll join us for the journey!
We’ll be live on the internet via ConcertWindow.com on September 13 at 8PM, then at the Italian Feast in Tappan, NY and the Feast of San Gennaro in NYC on September 20, and live at Caffè Vivaldi at 8:30PM on Tuesday, October 20.
See the Events page for all of the details.
Please join us as we prepare to release our debut Villa Palagonia album, Rhythms & Roots! We’ve been working on it for many months… and we look forward to releasing it to you!
In July, Villa Palagonia, the music duo, visited Villa Palagonia, the estate in Bagheria, Palermo Province, in Sicily. Allison’s cousin, Filippo Buttitta took some beautiful photos of us being inspired by the “Villa of the Monsters.” As we finish our debut album, “Rhythms & Roots,” we were thrilled to have had the opportunity to return to the place that represents the roots of our musical concepts. There are more photos where these came from! These are just two of many that we’re ready to share right now.
Join us on the journey to complete “Rhythms & Roots.” We’ll be launching a pre-sale campaign in the weeks ahead. Sign our mailing list on the Contact page.
Here’s another photo, from the interior of Villa Palagonia.
I was listening to what I hope are the final mixes if Rhythms & Roots today, and I am very excited about the results of six months of work on this recording. Next stop: the mastering engineer will make it all sound shiny! Meanwhile, we’re creating a pre-sale campaign on PlegeMusic.com while we get the whole package ready for release. More on that soon!
Please join our community! We have are so excited to get this music out to you!
At the beginning of my favorite season–Summer, we’re playing some shows: We recently played the Positively 8th Street Festival in Greenwich Village, and on June 21 we’ll be at Pera Soho for Make Music New York. At the end of July/beginning of August, we’ll be at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival hanging with our peeps up in the camp grounds. Come find us in the Budgie Dome (http://budgiedome.org) for sure! On June 20, I’ll be in Danbury, CT on the Danbury Green for the World of Colors Celebration, where I’ll be teaching the tarantella. Because of that, I’m thinking of how I can do a mini-tarantella workshop in the fields of the farm at Falcon Ridge! Who is in?
At the end of June and beginning of July, Joe will be touring Belarus with the Johnny Rodgers Band on a cultural diplomacy tour for the U.S. State Department. I will be in Sicily soaking up ideas for our next songs until Joe joins me for a few days… and then, we’ll get inspired together as we tour the southeast part of the island and hopefully write a couple new tunes! We’ll see. We’re pretty particular about writing, but like last summer in Tuscany, I know we’ll be inspired by something along the way.
I am thrilled about all we have coming up and getting you involved in the music. We’ll hatch Rhythms & Roots soooon!