Tarantelle and Canti d'Amore

Tarantelle and Canti d'Amore

by Alessandra Belloni
     
 

Few have immersed themselves more deeply in the Southern Italian dance called the tarantella than Alessandra Belloni. She's a masterful, passionate singer and an expert of frame drums and tambourines, and she's perfectly matched by the musicians she's gathered around her, with Jon Deninzon on violin a particular standout (listen to his work on "Tarantella Di Ogliastro… See more details below

Overview

Few have immersed themselves more deeply in the Southern Italian dance called the tarantella than Alessandra Belloni. She's a masterful, passionate singer and an expert of frame drums and tambourines, and she's perfectly matched by the musicians she's gathered around her, with Jon Deninzon on violin a particular standout (listen to his work on "Tarantella Di Ogliastro"). The mix of (mostly) traditional songs and chants along with Belloni originals is rich and fiery, with nothing held back in performance. On the slower material -- the lullaby "Nia Nia," for example -- there's a lovely depth to her singing, which is also evident on the gorgeous love song "La Rusciu Di Lu Mari," whose cadences could almost be Celtic. Belloni's "Palomma D'Ammore" has a decidedly more modern sound, working around a riff on bass guitar that initially seems at odds with the rest of the album. But it works as the other instruments appear, although it lacks the form of the traditional material. On the basis of this and her previous work, Belloni is a major folk artist, although she perhaps sees herself as working more within the healing and spiritual powers of the tarantella (which is certainly a part of what she does). And she's produced yet another powerful disc here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2003
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943704929
catalogNumber:
76049
Rank:
218730

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alessandra Belloni   Primary Artist,Castanets,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal),Bodhran,Improvisation
Steve Gorn   Clarinet,Saxophone,Bansuri
John La Barbera   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Saz,Chitarrone,Mandola,Classical Guitar,Improvisation
Mauro Refosco   Dumbek,Percussion,Timbales,Bells,Balafon,Berimbau,Pandeiro,Frame Drum
Emmanuel Mann   Bass,Bass Guitar
Joe Deninzon   Harmonica,Violin
Olivier Marcaud   Percussion,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

John La Barbera   Arranger,Producer,Music Direction
Tommy Tedesco   Producer,Engineer
Ronnie Thomas   Engineer
Mauro Refosco   Contributor
Alessandra Belloni   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes

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