This Sunday, October 19th, modern Italian culture will invate North Beach for a free concert at the North Shore Bandshell.
First up is Kalascima from Puglia, known for their psychedelic trance tarantella. Tracing its roots back to the sixth century, taranta is hypnotic Italian music that drives dancers into a trance-like state – ostensibly to excise the poison of a tarantula bite. Kalascima’s six members bring the folk music new life with traditional instruments like frame drum and hand percussion, accordion, zampogna (Italian bagpipes) and special flutes, guitars – even a mandolin – and electronic influences.
Also performing is Chiara Civello, a jazz singer who was the first Italian artist to record for Verve Records. Tony Bennett dubbed her ‘the best jazz singer of her generation.” She has also found success through her explorations of Brazilian music, collaborating with many legends of bossa nova and MPB.
Finally, you’ll find Le Cardamomo, a theatrical four-member group from Rome – an opera singer, violin, accordions, guitar and woodwinds – who find inspiration in old French songs, Balkan dance rhythms and theater.
Each year, HIT Week delivers fresh Italian music that is ‘more than Mafia movie soundtracks and maudlin mandolin’, and each year is a revelation. Discover new music from Italy, sample delicious Italian cuisine and wine – a highlight in a month celebrating Italian culture.