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Italian Music 2: Between the Wars
Tuesday, February 18TH, 2014 by clotta
Italian Music 1922 Italian popular music at the turn of the 20th century was ready to absorb all possible input coming from the outside world. It was strongly influenced by the Opera, the so called Neapolitan Song, and by foreign musical styles such as the French Café Chantant, and the American Charleston. The First World War literally swept away the world as people knew it bringing new fears, new concerns, and new anxieties. After the war Italy, like many other European countries, was in a precarious economic as well as social state,  with old 19th century values  abruptly upset by the...
The festival of Sanremo
Sunday, February 02TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
The festival di Sanremo Music is very important for Italians, because singing is part of our own history and tradition. Traditional Italian music has had, since the 1950s, a most prestigious appointment followed by the entire country: the Festival di Sanremo.  The festival di Sanremo is also known as Il Festival della Canzone Italiana, the festival of Italian music. It takes place at the famous theatre Ariston in Sanremo where, for a week, famous -and less so- Italian singers and performers propose original songs, newly written just for the occasion. The first festival of Sanremo was...
Roberta Gambarini
Monday, September 19TH, 2011 by admin
What a wonderful way to wake up, I thought! I had switched on the radio to hear the clear, silky voice of a female singer singing ̎Easy to Love. ̎ The only problem was that I didn't know who was singing. I soon found out that it was the Italian jazz singer, Roberta Gambarini. It was probably always Gambarini's destiny to be a singer. Her parents even called her, Roberta, after their favourite movie, Roberta, which starred Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, and featured Jerome Kern songs. These included one of Gambarini's parent's favourite songs, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes." Roberta's...
Marco Calliari in New York
Wednesday, December 22TH, 2010 by admin
MONTREAL ITALIENMARCO CALLIARI RETURNS TO NYC FOR APAP 2011 CONFERENCE APPEARANCES Marco Calliari A Canadian singer-songwriter whose music is a personal exploration of the Italian diaspora and its folklore, Montreal's Marco Calliari rings in 2011 with a New York City return at The Living Room on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 8:00pm. The concert doubles as a special open-to-the-public APAP Conference Showcase for the Quebec-based artist.  Following 2009 Gotham sets at Joe's Pub and (Le) Poisson Rouge, Calliari will serve up a US preview of his new album of original compositions "Al Faro Est...
Alberto Testa
Wednesday, December 08TH, 2010 by Glauco
Alberto Testa (Photo from www.AlbertoTesta.net A distinguished, true maestro, a man that has brought us beautiful songs and amazing TV shows, someone who represented an entire generation like very few could: this is Alberto Testa. A genuine Italian talent, an artist that spoke through his songs for decades, embracing millions using the voices of some of the most famous singers in history like Mina, Celine Dion, Andrea Boccelli, Domenico Modugno, Ornella Vanoni and Memo Remigi, just to mention a few.  It is very difficult to properly describe what exactly Alberto Testa achieved in his long...
Mina
Tuesday, December 07TH, 2010 by Glauco
Mina (Photo from Wikipedia) Every country has that special female singer who, with her voice, defines more than just a period, more than just a style, but a nation in its entirety, crossing social  and age boundaries. While the United States has Barbra Streisand and Canada has Celine Dion, Italy has Mina. This amazing performer, whose voice goes beyond perfection, has been part of the Italian cultural landscape since the 1960s. At the beginning of her career, Mina appeared on television, which was then still shown in black and white. The color limitation, however, could not stop her voice...
Italian Music 4: the 1960's
Tuesday, December 07TH, 2010 by clotta
Italian teenagers in the 1960's The 1960's were a crucial, very much loved and dearly remembered decade in Italian history, in part because of the so called economic boom, a golden moment for Italian economy, when industrialization was at its peak and consumerism, after the struggling days of the 1950's reconstruction, was starting to finally become the Italian way of life. But also because of the atmosphere of joyousness and lightheartedness which characterized them. The 1960's, in fact, can surely be  considered the "teenage decade" of the country, when Italy knew economic well-being for...
Italian Music 3: the 1950's
Tuesday, December 07TH, 2010 by clotta
Domenico Modugno singing "Nel blu dipinto di blu" At the end of the Second World War, Allied troupes occupied Italy and American and English soldiers stormed through the country bringing all those things Italian people hadn't been allowed to have for twenty solid years. Italy enjoyed its freedom, and even if money was tight and the war had left terrible scars, people, finally free from twenty long years of dictatorship, wanted to sing, dance, and have fun. And, they wanted to do it to the rhythm of the musical trends from across the Atlantic Ocean. From 1945 onward, Italian popular music's...
Al Bano & Romina Power
Wednesday, November 24TH, 2010 by Glauco
Al Bano & Romina Power (photo from radio.rai.it) Al Bano e Romina Power are one of the most famous duo in Italian music: they delivered wonderful songs, but also embodied for many a decade a magnificent love. Al Bano is a self-made singer coming from the South of Italy,  while Romina is the daughter of legendary Hollywood star Tyrone Power. Sadly, on a personal level they went separate ways and while Al Bano continued his singing career in Italy as soloist, Romina Power moved back to the States and now lives between California and Arizona, seeking different ways of expressing...
Fabrizio De Andre'
Tuesday, November 23TH, 2010 by Glauco
Fabrizio De Andre' (Photo from Wikipedia) The true nature of Fabrizio De André was that of a poet: hewas probably more of a lyricist than a musician or a singer. Let's not be mistaken, he was an excellent performer and a great composer, but the strength and energy that came out of his words are certainly what made him such an important figure in Italian culture. De André created real tales with his songs, just like a medieval minstrel. Like an artist, though, he broke all rules; he had a strong message and didn't hide it in complicated lyric twisting. He laid it out plain and simple, for...

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