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Saturday, August 20, 2016 Options
Michela Musolino of Rosa Tatuata and Terre Sangue Mare: Music of Sicily

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Michela Musolino explores her Sicilian roots as a solo artist and with two bands, Rosa Tatuata and Terre Sangue Mare (who just released an excellent self-titled debut album). She'll introduce her music and also turn us on to some of the great sounds coming out of Sicily, home of a vibrant folk revival scene.

This Week's Playlist:

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Bossacucanova: Balança (Nao Pode Parar!) Options / The Best of Bossacucanova / Six Degrees / * (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Inezita Barroso: Maracatu Elegante Options (0:04:34 Pop‑up)

Lia de Itamaraca: Quem Me Deu Foi Lia Options / Various Artists: Música De Pernambuco - Cultura Popular (0:06:24 Pop‑up)

Mestre Ambrosio: Mestre Guia Options / Terceira Samba (0:09:03 Pop‑up)

Helena dos Oito Baxos: Comeco de Verao Options / Various Artists: Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers / Rounder (0:12:49 Pop‑up)

Terra Sangue Mare: Rova Ngoma / Palumeddu Options / Terra Sangue Mare / * (0:25:14 Pop‑up)

Terra Sangue Mare: Innu La Ficurrinia Options / Terra Sangue Mare / * (0:44:00 Pop‑up)

Terra Sangue Mare: Angelica Options / Terra Sangue Mare / * (0:45:22 Pop‑up)

Terra Sangue Mare: Tirriteria de Bageria Options / Terra Sangue Mare / * (0:51:28 Pop‑up)

Michela Musolino's guest DJ set (I've taken the liberty of pasting in Michela's notes about the songs):

Singer in Palma di Montechiaro, Agrigento: Grido del Venditore di Pesce Options (0:55:54 Pop‑up)
Fishmonger’s song/ traditional banniari from Palma di Montechiaro, Agrigento, from the research of Aldo Bennici, used by Luciano Berio in his Voci.

Singer and organetto player: L’Acqua nta Cannata Options (0:58:07 Pop‑up)
An adorable 'single stanza’ (same stanza structure is repeated throughout) song for voice and organetto. It’s a song to make the time pass during work.

Traditional musicians, Messina: Ballettu di San Filippu Superiore Options (1:04:16 Pop‑up)
Ballettu di San Filippu Superiore, Messina - a traditional dance for zampogna and drum. from The research of Mario Sarica & Giuliana Fugazzotto

Lassatilabballari & Trizzi Ri Donna: Aò Figgie Risposu un pò Options (1:08:47 Pop‑up)
a Sicilian lullaby - a haunting mixture of folk revival and world music

Moffo Schimmenti and CPF: Abda Options (1:15:09 Pop‑up)
tells the story of a forbidden love between a muleteer and the emir’s daughter. Schimmenti is a folk singer/songwriter who is also an activist and a bit of a living musical legend in Sicily.

LibereNote: Solo Una Rosa (composed by Moffo Schimmenti) Options (1:22:34 Pop‑up)
a modern ballad dedicated to Rita Atria, a young girl who was a noted anti-mafia activist. The song was written and arranged by Schimmenti and it is performed by this group of young musicians. They perform a a lot of Schimmenti’s work. It's an example of how folk music in Sicily is continuing into the next generation because of a concerted effort by the older, more established musicians to actively work with the younger generations.

Rosa Balestreri: Li Pirati a Palermu Options (1:28:25 Pop‑up)
Rosa Balestreri and her voice represent Sicily. She was seminal in calling attention to Sicilian folk ; one of the first to become known throughout Italy and the world for it. The text is a poem by one of Sicily’s greater modern poets, Ignazio Buttita. Buttita’s works often become folk songs and the Buttita Association closely works with music artists to foster this connection.

Francesco Giunta: Iu C’Haui A Ti Options / Li Varchi a' Mari (1:34:12 Pop‑up)
a gorgeous love-song written and sung by Francesco Giunta. Giunta is another pillar in the Sicilian music world; both in traditional music and in contemporary folk. Giunta is another who works to give Sicilian folk to the next generations.: his former label, Teatro Del Sole is responsible for bringing so much of Sicilian folk to the world

Muzzi Loffredo: E Jo Ca Sugnu Bedda Options (1:41:32 Pop‑up)
a traditional song about desire sung by Muzzi Loffredo, modern, ( a bit avant guard, but not too…this is really about the voice) arranged by Vanuccio Zannella. Muzzy takes a traditional song , which is usually sung wistfully, and with her voice strips it down to the raw emotion of longing.

Pino Veneziano: Zocca Vonnu Options (1:47:07 Pop‑up)
Pino Veneziano - a Sicilian singer/songwriter who first picked up a guitar at the age of 40. His songs become the voice of a people. Sicilian singers around the world sing his timeless songs. This is a song about the struggle to enjoy what one has worked for and to not be controlled. Veneziano was influenced by tradition. The first few bars of this original song are the noted form a Sicilian called answer song. Veneziano has been a great influence on me.

Massimo LaGuradi: È Così Sia Options (1:52:49 Pop‑up)
written as a prayer by a man who is ready to give up, but he asks for strength so he an give his children a future. This showcases the frame drum. Although it’s a tradition in Sicilian folk music, Artists like LaGuardia ( and Michele Piccione) have taken the simple instrument and elevated it to incredible heights artistically.

Michela Musolino: A Santu Options / Di Questa Terra Facciamone un Giardino (1:58:47 Pop‑up)
Tribute album to Pino Veneziano


Terra Sangue Mare: Amuri Amuri Options / Terra Sangue Mare (2:03:59 Pop‑up)

Terra Sangue Mare: Navigannu Options / Terra Sangue Mare (2:10:11 Pop‑up)

Dal'Ouna featuring Ramzi Aburedwan: Dal'Ouna Cocktail Options / Dal'Ouna / Pre-release (2:15:33 Pop‑up)
GIG: Sept 15 (Thurs) Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St: Dal’ouna Ensemble – Children of the Stone featuring Palestinian musician/composer Ramzi Aburedwan and author Sandy Tolan. 7 pm

Ifrikiya Spirit: Baba Djilali Options / Ifrikiya Spirit (2:22:34 Pop‑up)
GIG: Thurs Oct 6th, Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 7:30 pm, free admission

Navatman Music Collective: Urban Gamaka Options / An Untimely Joy / * (2:33:47 Pop‑up)
GIG: Wednesday August 24th at La Mama, 66 E 4th St, 8:30 pm to 10 pm. Part of the Drive East Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance, presented by Navatman at La Mama, Aug 22-28

Doc Joe and Navatman Music Collective: The Navatman Remix [beats: The Legacy (Intro) - Dr.Srimix & Klasikhz] Options / Web Only (2:40:20 Pop‑up)

Sociedade Recreativa: A Banda Options / Sociedade Recreativa / Jarring Effects (2:42:00 Pop‑up)

Cinval Coco Grude: Musica Dos Trovões Options / Various Artists: Música De Pernambuco - Musica Urbana Vol. 1 (2:45:22 Pop‑up)

Lenine: Alzira e a Torre Options / Na Pressão / Sony (2:47:51 Pop‑up)
GIG: Sept 16 (Fri) B.B. King Blues, 237 W 42nd St: Lenine. Late show: Midnight.

Rica Amabis: Vozes Da Seca Options / Various Artists: Baiāo De Viramundo: Tribute To Luiz Gonzaga

Shai Tsabari and the Middle East Groove All Stars: Hora Nofeit Me'Haraglaim Options / Shaharit / NaNa Disc (2:59:22 Pop‑up)
GIG: Aug 23 (Tues) Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St: Shai Tsabari & The Middle East Groove All Stars. 7:30 pm.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm maestroso:

Hi Rob, listening here...digging this show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm Rob W:

Thanks Maestroso!
  7:20pm Tom P, Brooklyn:

Great to be able to hear this Sicilian music
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Rob W:

Thanks Tom!
Avatar 7:38pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Wow Rosa Balestri ! ...& yet another kind of Soul music. I wonder how any of it might relate to Spanish Fado, purely a blue-sky musing - Italy & Sicily there in the middle of the Mediterranean (& the Empire) - the history & roots & connections have to be fascinating. It's not like I hear a lot of Italian Folk Music everywhere!...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm maestroso:

Wow. Really beautiful.
Avatar 8:02pm Eye_Eye:

hi revolution rabbit! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm deesat:

Wow! Great performances! Thanks Michela and Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:24pm Rob W:

Thanks deesat!
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