The Melbourne Taranta Orchestra is born!
I have been commissioned to create a new exciting project by the Taranta Festival 2020: the Melbourne Taranta Orchestra! A great project with a bunch of amazing musicians re imagining Italian folk music from the perspective of a down-under world music ensemble.
Even if the band has not being able to perform due to the cancellation of the Festival we manage to record a few songs and shot videos, collaborating with international artists such as Enza Pagliara, Dario Muci, Riccardo Tesi and Maurizio Geri and local legends such as Allara and Kavisha Mazzella. Have a listen to the first two songs we have released: "Pizzica a sta terra" and "Italia bella mostrati gentile".
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SONU - Songs from the Homeland
It is a rare experience to be invited so generously into the lives of the living while dancing with the ghosts of the past. Sonu is a celebration that is immediate and joyful, immersing us in music and stories from a culture that has become such a big part of contemporary Australian identity - you will be singing along before you know it, because this music is part of all of us.
(Mikelangelo - writer, performer, musician)
‘Sonu’ is a musical journey that celebrates Italian folk music in Australia. Beautiful songs, stories and voices from the National Library of Australia's collections come alive in this powerful, emotional and life affirming show.
Sounds (Suoni) that travel through space and time. Songs that talk about migration, love and loss, hope and life in a new country.
The project ‘Sonu’, is based on selected field recordings archived at the National Library during the past 40 years. I had the privilege to researched these stories and songs, arranging them along with some new compositions, to create a vibrant experience of Italian Folk music with a fresh twist, revealing the richness of the past and the present of Italian music in Australia.
Sonu takes you on a musical journey through the migrant experience in Australia, interweaving an outstanding live performance by a talented bunch of new and older Australians with archival recordings from Canberra’s National Archive.
(Magica Fossati, SBS)