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/.
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!
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.