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Branford Folk Music Society Offers a Special Holiday Show Featuring Music & Dance of Sicily and Southern Italy
Posted on November 29th, 2017

Branford Folk Music Society
 
December 9, 2017 - The society closes out 2017 by offering a special holiday show featuring the infectious music and dance of Sicily and Southern Italy with Michela Musolino and Rosa Tatuata.

Love of the roots music from that region of the globe is what drives Rosa Tatuata to passionately interpret the traditions and melodies of their ancestors. Just as their name comes from Tennessee Williams' beloved play about the happy, raucous collision of immigrant and American cultures; likewise Rosa Tatuata's performance relates that incredible commingling to their beloved audience through song!

Fueled by their research into traditional instruments like the tamburo (Sicilian frame drum), organetto, marranzano (jaw's harp) and zampogna (Southern Italian bagpipes), Rosa Tatuata introduces traditional songs into different musical contexts that rhythmically mirror the commingling of Old & New World. With an enchanting mix of ballads and dance tunes, Rosa Tatuata will take your imagination to sunbathed Southern Italy and the clear, crystal-blue waters surrounding Sicily just as winter begins to creep into our own region.

Michela will be joined by Phil Passantino, Charlie Rutan and Jeffrey Panettieri as Rosa Tatuata in what is sure to be a concert with plenty of audience participation, whether singing or dancing. Bring your dancing shoes because in the concert's second half, Rosa Tatuata will teach and lead the audience in traditional Sicilian dances.

Michela is American-born-and-raised, but has been carrying on a love-affair with Sicilian music since growing up in a household where Sicilian dialect was spoken. Known for her fiery and passionate interpretations of both traditional and contemporary Sicilian folk and roots music, she turns world fusion songs into timeless pieces and infuses her vocals with the emotions of life. She enchants with a voice that seems to float between the ages.

Peter Covino, Pen America prize-winning poet and University of Rhode Island Assistant Professor of English said this about Michela: "Can you imagine the wild soulfulness of Tina Turner and the earthy yet ethereal voice of Neapolitan songstress Teresa De Sio combined? Well imagine that; then think even more vibrancy, more urbanity, in songs that somehow also feel impossibly intimate.... No wonder Michela Musolino has such a devoted underground following; full divahood seems scarily within reach."

Take a musical break from what can sometimes be the harried and hurried holiday times leading up to the turn of the year and join us for a rousing night of Sicilian music.

Admission: $20 non-members, $17 members, $5 children 12 and under.

Branford Folk Coffeehouse
First Congregational Church of Branford 
1009 Main Street, Branford, CT.
8:00 P.M.
Wheelchair accessible
For more information call 203-488-7715 


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