Experience Sicily is thrilled to present the
Sicilian Music Festival New York on Thursday, April 9, 2020!
The Sicilian Music Festival New York will host I Beddi folk group from Sicily as well as feature performers Villa Palagonia, John T. La Barbera, and Michela Musolino and Rosa Tatuata. Wear your dancing shoes for an evening of fiery rhythms inspired by Sicily and southern Italy. I Beddi hails from the eastern slopes of Sicily’s pulsing volcano, Mount Etna. They bring with them tales of the Sicilian people punctuated by the timbres of mandolin, accordion, zampogna, flutes, jaws harp, and frame drums.
Local artists Michela Musolino and Rosa Tatuata, John T. La Barbera, and Villa Palagonia tap into their southern Italian and American roots, building a bridge between the Old World and the New. Join us for this extraordinary concert featuring our guests from Sicily alongside the virtuosic guitar playing of John T. La Barbera, the infectious beats from Michela Musolino and Rosa Tatuata, and the memorable characters illustrated in the stories woven by Villa Palagonia.
85 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Doors at 6:30PM. Show at 7PM.
I Beddi quartet transmits the sounds, songs, lyrics and tales belonging to the Sicilian people. Love songs, nursery rhymes, ironic expressions, serenades, and tarantelle alternate during their performance, thanks to the sensitivity of these versatile artists. The vibrations of the mandolin and marranzano blend with the timbres of the accordion, bagpipe, and flutes, the biting rhythms of the Sicilian tambourines are mixed up with the mellow sounds of the double bass and battente guitar. The last part of the concert, however, is dedicated to dancing. Words turn into dance steps, sounds into imaginary binaries on which one moves through a journey punctuated by the beat of the tambourines.
Check out the band at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfAJK7nzLk0
John T. La Barbera
For almost four decades internationally renown, guitar virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist, and composer John T. La Barbera has enchanted audiences throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Born In New York City, he discovered at the early age of ten,
the alluring beauty of the guitar and the richness and power of its rhythm.
La Barbera is recognized as a pioneer in reviving Southern Italian folk music of which he is one of the first transcribers of it in the US and has published two books with Mel Bay Publications on Italian Folk Music.
Check out John T. La Barbera at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSPRhKf4B68
Michela Musolino and Rosa Tatuata
Michela Musolino is an internationally recognized Sicilian-American singer. The grand-daughter of Sicilians immigrated to America, she explores her own cultural roots through the study and reinterpretation of the folk songs of Sicily. Michela Musolino and ROSA TATUATA — and ensemble of musicians Phil Passantino, Charlie Rutan, and Jeff Panettieri — recently released a CD of Sicilian and Southern Italian folk songs, Sotto le Stelle/Under the Stars. The band performed at the 2019 Montana Folk Festival and is is currently touring.
Check out her performance from The Montana Folk Festival, on July 2019 https://youtu.be/8JNnmU2k0Wc
Multifaceted guitarist Joe Ravo and multi-instrumentalist and singer Allison Scola are Villa Palagonia, an ensemble that calls upon its members’ southern Italian roots and American know-how. Eclectic, acoustic music brushed with hues of Mediterranean folk is the avenue on which Villa Palagonia perches—yet the side streets and dusty alleyways that these musicians have traveled offer engaging timbres woven together by songs imparting tales of the old world and the new.
Hear Villa Palagonia at https://villa-palagonia.com/video/.
Villa Palagonia has set out on the “Left Bank,” as we like to call our new home in Englewood, New Jersey. We are thrilled to join many of our friends on the west side of the Hudson, yet still remaining true to our New York City roots with frequent visits for work and play in the City.
As we settle in to our new headquarters, we are purposefully keeping our schedule less demanding for a few months, but we are certainly keeping our toes in the action. We have a few appearances in spring 2018, that we hope you’ll join us for!
March 4: On Hootenanny Cafe Radio Show on WTBQ with Jon Stein
In early March we’ll be on Hootenanny Cafe. You can tune in to hear a set of Villa Palagonia on the radio!
March 18: St. Joseph’s Day with Experience Sicily at Cacio e Vino
Mid-March, we’ll be getting you all singing for St. Joseph’s Day at Cacio e Vino with Experience Sicily. The afternoon, which features a traditional Saint Joseph’s Day Sicilian feast, will be great fun. Reserve your spot at Eventbrite!
April 8: Villa Palagonia Performs at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse
In April, we’ll be in northern Connecticut for a full concert at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse.
Open Jam and Song Swap at 2PM
Concert at 3PM (2 sets with a 20-minute intermission)
In cooperation with Winding Trails, Inc., this special afternoon will take place at
The Lodge at Winding Trails
50 Winding Trails Drive
Advanced tickets are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3325579
$15 for Sounding Board and Winding Trails members
$20 general public
May 1: A World of Women’s Voices Presented by the College Club of Northern New Jersey
A World of Women’s Voices
Woman’s Club of Ridgewood, 12 Noon
The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood
215 W. Ridgewood Ave.
Contact the College Club of Northern New Jersey about attending at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A World of Women’s Voices is a powerful, unique, collaborative performance featuring three artists — Sharon Goldman, Bev Grant and duo Villa Palagonia — who celebrate the power of women’s stories from around the world, from Italian folk tales and biblical stories to African women, New York immigrant history (including the Triangle Fire), personal/childhood narratives and labor movement anthems.
We are offered an enriching personal and community experience not only through the stories told in the songs — which the artists knit together by illustrating how, even with our different backgrounds, we all are essentially connected — but also through encouraging us to sing and, in some cases, dance along!
June 24: On Hootenanny Cafe Radio Show on WTBQ with Jon Stein
On Sunday, June 24 we’ll be live on Hootenanny Cafe. You can tune in to hear an entire broadcast co-hosted by Villa Palagonia with in-studio performances.
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
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!
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!
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.
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 in the studio! As I write this post, we are mixing songs that we’ve recorded over the last 10 days. It’s hard to describe our excitement of how everything sounds–the album represents a mix of all the things we love: rootsy-organic instrumental sounds, a variety of world-rhythms, and inspired stories and tales. Dave Mancuso (percussion) and Greg Maker (bass) joined us for intense days of laying down the band tracks lead by Joe (guitar), and Janie Barnett has been coaching and producing me, Allison on vocals.
We’ve sequestered ourselves out in Delaware Water Gap, PA at Mix-O-Lydian recording studio with Don Sternecker at the helm. Being able to focus so intently has been a blessing and luxury in our fast-past world full of distractions.
We hope to release some of the songs during a pre-release campaign in the weeks ahead. Stand by for more details soon!
Joe and I are so grateful to Joe Pszonek of Radio Nowhere on WMSC-FM for presenting us at the DJ Showcase at the North East Region Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference in November. It was an amazing experience for us, and we have been thrilled with the reception. We made terrific contacts at the conference, and hope to be touring around the region in the coming year… which brings me to our next news!
We are going into the recording studio at the end of December/beginning of January to record our debut album. We are getting everything ready and rehearsing with Dave Mancuso (percussion) and Greg Maker (bass) in preparation. It’s going to be a busy holiday season for us, but that means laying the ground work for an awesome 2015!
More news about our record to come!