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Sabbinirica!  Welcome!  So glad you stopped by.  Remember when you were a child how you collected shells as you  wandered along the beach? I still do that...and I do the same with songs...Sicilian songs...

So, c'mon, wander along with me...


 

New CD from Terra Sangue Mare!!! 

We did it!  Terra Sangue Mare  ( Michael Delia, Fabio Turchetti and I) just recorded our first CD and shall  launch it in April of this year.   At the end of 2015 after a concert tour  on the East Coast here in the US and while  in the middle of a  concert tour abroad, we found ourselves in a recording studio in Prague. Not just any studio; this one had a comfy white sofa and was chosen for that specific reason. Months before, we  had tried to record and I kept falling asleep while sitting on a drum throne…

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Musica & Sagra/ Music & Feast 

     Autumn is officially here and the season begins for the Sagre. As my friend  Karen LaRosa of LaRosa Works  just mentioned in her photo-journal, “A Sagra is a festival that celebrates local food products and traditions. In Sicily they are ubiquitous, especially in the fall, when it is harvest time.” Just reading about Sicily and the Sagra got me to thinking…why not throw one?

 

    On October 19th at 7pm at the Music Room in NYC, I’ll be performing with my trio, Terra Sangue Mare. It will be our only…

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Sicilian Folk & Roots on the Morning Feed 

On June 26 & 27th, Fabio Turchetti and I had the great honor and pleasure of visiting Germantown, Philadelphia to perform.  With stops at the Mermaid Inn and a house concert for friends old and new, Germantown welcomed Sicilian  folk and roots music ( and us, too!) with open arms.  Before the performances, we stopped in at G-town Radio to chat with Ed Feldman and make some music; we were joined by the G-town communitarian, Rita Sinorita Fierro. Heartfelt thanks go out to the phenomenal Rita Sinorita Fierro…Read more

Warm thoughts, cold days... 

          Lately, my mornings have involved shoveling snow, throwing sand, spreading salt and commiserating  with the mailman over yet another  dire prediction made by  the tv-weathermen.  I have to wonder: how is it possible that a few short weeks ago, I was  in Sicily, where it was unseasonably warm for mid-November?  While I was visiting, Michele Termine from TeleRadioSciacca interviewed me at the Casa Planeta in Menfi.  Here is the interview which  took place in the midst of the installation, Discorsi…Read more

Music in Nature & Discorsi Dendros 

    If you listen, there is music everywhere. The most beautiful music comes from nature and when I am in Sicily, especially when I am walking among the olive trees  in  the mountains or through the pines along the ragged seacoast, my soul  becomes transfixed, ennobled and ever grateful at the sounds of the melodies and rhythms nature so freely composes.

 

    The nourishing connection to this natural music has been jeopardized not only by the clamor of modern life, but by the ravages of pollution.  …

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When a song wants to be heard, it will find its way to the world. 

 

 

 

 

    Like the wind or like a spirit, a song can be neither touched nor seen, but it can be heard and its presence felt.   Sometimes people have asked why I sing  the Sicilian songs I do.  I always tell them that it’s because these songs want to be heard.  It is as if they want to make their presence known. 

 

 

     In April of 2014, Fabio Turchetti came to visit NYC and brought with him a beautiful song, Navigando col Vento del Sud.  Written in Italian, it is a wish  for happiness for each…

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Intending 

    “Sometimes, you just have to put it out there and let the universe do the rest.”   Those words hung in the air a bit then and while my brain just couldn’t process them, my heart quickly absorbed them. I was listening to the counsel of my friend, film-maker Steven Robert McCurdy.  He had come to the East Coast to screen his film, ‘Postcards From Italy.’  Those of us who ventured out on that cold winter’s night were treated to Steve’s tender and heartfelt film homage to Southern Italy and her people.

 

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Ancestors, reposted from June 12, 2014 

         Sunday at dusk in a lush and verdant garden aglow with fireflies,  I sat next to the mbira master, Chartwell Dutiro , and experienced a kinship transcending time and cultures. I had come to hear his concert and was fortunate to have a few moments to speak with him. We shared our tradtions and stories about our work with them. He spoke about the mbira as a means of communication with the ancients. In the Shona culture, it is as a telephone to the ancestors.  Chartwell counseled me to speak to my…

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New Year, New Website, New Blog..so what else is NEW? 

It's great to see you again! So glad you came to the blog for a visit.  This is a year promises to be a grand musical adventure so if you are coming along for the ride, fasten your seat belts! 

A few weeks ago in November, I was back in Sicily.  This year's first three blogs posted on January 11th are some odds and ends I jotted down while traveling.  So enjoy these random thoughts  and get ready for lots more...


 

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Pipes, Poems and Passion

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Luna Theater, 620 S. 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Pipes, Poems & Passion: From Scotland to Sicily on the wings of love! Nothing says unbridled passion like bagpipes, nothing says romance like poetry, and there's no better place on earth to combine the two than on the island of Sicily! Bring your squeeze to the most eclectic music show of Philly's season, with sounds from Celtic, French and Sicilian traditions as well as Early Music selections; starring - Musicians: Charlie Rutan, Crista Patton, Michela Musolino, Lucas Mitsch, Phil Passantino, JP Provenzano. Spoken/sung words: Michela Musolino. Join us for an afternoon concert folk and early music, sprinkled with poetry and all dedicated to LOVE.

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2nd Annual La Primavera Vinni

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Father Demo Hall, Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 25 Carmine Street ( corner of Bleecker - entrance is on Bleecker) in Greenwich VIllage, New York, New York

Remember how much fun you had last year at our First Annual La Primvera Vinni? Now it's time for the SECOND!

The Second Annual, La Primavera Vinni, a party of folk song and dance to celebrate the arrival of Spring!

Join us again as we welcome Spring with a night of the folk music and dance of Sicily and Southern Italy. Once a year the theater below Our Lady of Pompeii Church turns into an Italian Piazza with a music and dance concert when we celebrate the end of winter and Persephone's return to the land of the living! It will be an evening of tamburelli, organetti and zampogne, tarantellas, balletti and tammuriatas. We'll all be there: Phil Passantino, Michael Delia, Domenico Porco, Charlie Rutan, JP Provenzano and myself ( Michela Musolino) and this year, we are honored to have as our special guests, our friends, LassatiliAbballari : Michele Piccione, Benedetto Basile; Marco Macaluso, Ciccio Piras and Barbara Crescimanno, who are brining even MORE Sicilian folk music and dance as well as the folk songs and dance traditions of Europe: Balfolk. Don't know the dances? No worries! We'll teach you - expert instructor Barbara Crescimanno will show you the steps. Come celebrate with us and dance the night away.

Advance sale tickets are $15 available at the Eventbrite link below.

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Mar18

Concert for St Joseph's Day

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Live-stream concert to celebrate St Joseph's Day!

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