Almoraima is a multi-ethnic group based in Salento, which presents an original sound inspired by Gypsy musical tradition and, in particular, by the musical connections developed by them on the various sides of the Mediterranean: Southern Italy, Southern Spain, Balcans, Maghreb and Mashrek.   It is no coincidence then that the group takes its...

Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, better known as Frankie Valli, was born on May 3, 1934, in Newark, New Jersey. He was the youngest of three children born to barber and model train designer Anthony Castelluccio and homemaker Mary Rinaldi. When he was seven his mother took him into New York City to see up-and-coming artist Frank Sinatra. The show cha...

by Johs McAuliffe   Mostly Opera's back this month, with strong Italian flavor. On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Scranton opera company will present "Viva Italia!," featuring Italian songs from the operatic canon as well as other genres, at downtown Scranton's Hilton Scranton and Conference Center.   Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. with cash...

It is not easy to say something new about a singer everybody called "The Voice": probably the most important and compete artist of the American XX century. Still, as this man was an Italian American, and on December 12 he would have turned 100, we feel important to dedicate one of our interviews to the legend of the great Frank Sinatra. To do that...

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — 9:30 p.m.Where: Atwoods Tavern — 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA Susan Cattaneo has been a songwriting professor at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music for 13 years. She's written songs covered by numerous artists in Nashville, and her tunes helped launch the careers of Jillian Cardanelli and Erica Nic...

di Federico Taddia   «Certo che lo riconosco il suono, l'ho perfettamente stampato nella mente: è chiaro, elegante, libero e liquido. Meno roboante rispetto ad altre marche, ma più raffinato e colorato. È vivo e articolato, assomiglia quasi alla lingua italiana».   Socchiude gli occhi e accarezza l'aria mentre cerca di tradurre in par...

Gina Ventresca Carano nacque a Pratola Peligna (AQ) il 23 aprile del 1912. Sin da piccola mostrò una straordinaria propensione per la musica e il canto in particolare. Emigrò con i suoi genitori per gli Stati Uniti. In America un'insegnante disse ai suoi "Vostra figlia è un prodigio. Merita di seguire il suo istinto musicale." Studiò, con eccellen...

In celebration of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday, the City of San Diego Public Library will offer a VERDIthon—a marathon screening of rarely seen Verdi operas on film on Thursday, October 10.   Two of Verdi's beloved operas: "Rigoletto" and "La Traviata" will be produced as feature length films and showcase some of the worl...

Award-winning singer and PBS/WNET and NY affiliates Host for Andrea Bocelli "Live From Central Park" and "Il Volo Takes Flight" CRISTINA FONTANELLI brings her program of Italy's best-loved songs, arias, Neapolitan and Christmas classics during her 11th-Annual "Christmas In Italy" show at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday,...

Ennio Morricone's current world tour is billed as My Life in Music. For an 86-year-old with more than 500 film and television scores to his name, that's a lot of life and a lot of music.   It requires a lot of people, too: 86 members of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, 76 singers from Hungary's Kodály Choir and a brace of soloists incl...