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 email@example.com.
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.
Hello Friends! Just in time for the NERFA Conference, we’re releasing our latest video “Mi Votu e Mirivotu (I Turn and Turn Again),” filmed by World One Video’s JB Nuttle.
Based on a beloved Sicilian folk song, we’ve arranged our own interpretation and written English lyrics in the spirit of the original song.
Meanwhile, Villa Palagonia will be showcasing “I Turn and Turn Again” at the NERFA (North East Region Folk Alliance) Conference on Thursday night in Stamford, CT. Please join us!
THURSDAY, NOV. 9
11:00 PM | Heart & Hope Showcase, Room 2100
11:45 PM | Around Robin Showcase, Room 2035
In the Round with Christopher Brown and Millpond Moon
Enjoy these two latest videos from Villa Palagonia!
Anna & Luca
Recorded by World One Video.
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!
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.
We are so thrilled to be bringing Villa Palagonia to Chicago this month! Please share the news with friends and family.
And, even if you’re not in Chicago, that doesn’t mean you can’t hear our show! On Saturday night, we’ll be live on WFMT radio, and you can stream the concert from your computer at WFMT.com. See below for more info.
Friday, February 6th, 2015 – Doors open 7:15 PM, music at 8 PM
Clark House Concerts
Please make a reservation for street address by calling 708-848-2205.
Oak Park, IL 60303
Peter and Nancy Clark will be our gracious hosts for an intimate evening of music, stories, and treats in their home.
Reservations are required. Address details will be given once you have been in contact with the Clarks. Please call Nancy at 708-848-2205 to reserve your spot!
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Villa Palagonia Live on Folkstage – 8 PM CST
(Listen Live! 9PM Eastern on wfmt.com)
5400 N. St Louis
Chicago, IL 60625
Price: Membership to Chicago’s FM 98.7
Hosted by Richard Warren, Folkstage is an uninterrupted, one-hour concert broadcast featuring some of the best traditional and singer-songwriter talent in folk music. The live concerts can be are heard Saturdays at 8 PM CST/9 PM EST on WFMT (98.7 FM) or streaming at http://www.wfmt.com, immediately preceding the broadcast of the renowned folk show, The Midnight Special.
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!
Pera Mediterranean in NY (September 12), NYC’s Feast of San Gennaro (September 14), Tappan, NY’s Italian Fest (September 14), Caffe’ Vivaldi (October 28), and more are on Villa Palagonia’s calendar for fall 2014. Furthermore, we’ve schedule a big photo shoot with photographer John Saponara (who photographed the cover of the best selling memoir Eat, Prey, Love), and we’ll be going into the studio to lay down tracks for our forthcoming album.
So after a marvelous two weeks writing new songs and rehearsing at La Chiara di Prumiano agriturismo in Tuscany, Italy in July, big things are afoot! Lots to do as we look forward to February 2015 when we’ll be featured on Chicago’s WFMT Folk Stage with Rich Warren and we release our debut record!
Stay tuned for details on all of the above on the Events page.