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Earth Sun & Moon
     

Earth Sun & Moon

by I Giullari Di Piazza
 
I Giullari di Piazza is a New York-based ensemble that creates new folk music in the style of Italy, but with an eclectic willingness to import instruments and styles from other peoples. This particular work is a folk opera about the Black Madonna, a Christian extension of the ancient pagan goddesses frequently represented as black statues. And lest the reader come up

Overview

I Giullari di Piazza is a New York-based ensemble that creates new folk music in the style of Italy, but with an eclectic willingness to import instruments and styles from other peoples. This particular work is a folk opera about the Black Madonna, a Christian extension of the ancient pagan goddesses frequently represented as black statues. And lest the reader come up with horrifying ideas of just what a folk opera might be, it isn't like a classical opera -- it does not tell a story; it has no recitative; the singing is "natural," not coloratura. It's more like the Gypsies camped outside your town and staged a bunch of loosely related songs and dances. The Gypsy analogy is not merely picturesque; the group borrows heavily from Italian Gypsies. The songs feature group artistic director Alessandra Belloni singing mezzo-soprano, backed up by a variety of classical instruments (oboe, harp, flute, violin, etc.) and folk instruments (accordion, oud, mandolin, etc.). Special guests Glen Velez and Steven Gorn bring in their specialties: Velez, a half dozen percussion instruments of mixed national origins, and Gorn, soprano sax and Indian bansuri bamboo flute. The music was composed by group music director John LaBarbera, who spent a lot of time in Italy soaking up the old music and culture. He draws on traditional sources, but once in a while, some turn of phrase will sound too modern, too American. Overall the music is dramatic, passionate and lively. If you like Mammas or Mediterranean folk music, this should please you.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/1995
Label:
Lyrichord Discs Inc.
UPC:
0744457742723
catalogNumber:
7427

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Performance Credits

I Giullari Di Piazza   Primary Artist
Glen Velez   Percussion,Cymbals,Gong,Bells,Kanjira,Bodhran,Riqq,Frame Drum
Steve Gorn   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Bansuri,Bamboo Flute
Charlie Giordano   Accordion
John La Barbera   Guitar,Mandolin,Oud,Chitarrone,Classical Guitar,Mandocello
Christa Patton   Harp,Oboe
Susan Eberenz   Flute,Piccolo,Recorder
Alessandra Belloni   Castanets,Tambourine,Vocals
Abraham Stuart   Violin

Technical Credits

Glen Velez   Arranger,Contributor
Steve Gorn   Arranger
John La Barbera   Arranger,Director,Liner Notes,Musical Director
Julia Lee Prospero   Art Direction
Duy Ngo   Cover Design
Nick Fritsch   Producer
Alessandra Belloni   Liner Notes,Art Direction,Text,Artistic Director
Jon Price   Engineer

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