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    KAHUMANA Organic Farm,  Waianea, Oahu
     

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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

The number of participants and length of the workshop can be customized to your needs--one day to 10 days is possible.

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Upcoming Dates

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Italian American Museum
Tarantelle e Canti d'Amore - 7 PM
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY
Price: $25

 

CELEBRATE ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH WITH

 

Alessandra Belloni –

 

Ensemble Concert Description with

 

I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA

 

 

 

TARANTELLE E CANTI D'AMORE

 

Dance/Concert Production

 

Thursday October 5th - 7:00pm  $ 25.00

 

Italian American Museum

 

155 Mulberry St. near Grand St New York

 

Admission $ 25.00 

 

 

 

 

 

The concert features music from the CDs released by SoundsTrue  & Naxos chosen as best Italian CD of the year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles and from the show TARANTELLE E CANTI D'AMORE presented to a sold out audience at Symphony Space in October 2009. 

 

The ensemble includes :

 

Alessandra Belloni - lead vocals, percussion ritual dance.

Wilson Montuori - classical guitar

 

Mara Gerety- violin

 

Susan Eberenz Flute, piccolo recorders

 

The program also includes tarantella dancers:

 

Francesca Silvano, Peter De Geronimo 

 

This concert is a fiery "journey" through the South of Italy featuring also magic rituals, sensual mystical trance dances performed as ritual by the women of Southern Italy, haunting love songs,  lullabies, processional chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, known as Tammorriata, and more dances as well as original songs by Alessandra Belloni inspired by the rituals and rhythms of Brazil.

 

The music comes from different regions of Italy, mainly Naples, Calabria, Sicily, Puglia and Sardegna, and it has been arranged with a very unique World Music Sound.

 

The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dionysus.

 

At the end of our concert we invite the audience to dance the tarantella or “pizzica” in a celebration of life and good energy unique of the Italians using red ribbons in a circle.

 

 

 

Pizzicarella (Village Scene) from tarantella Spider Dance

 

http://youtu.be/mWYG6r4ClVE

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

KAHUMANA Organic Farm
Rhythm is the Cure Hawaii Retreat
Waianea, Oahu, Hawaii

Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher 
Alessandra Belloni, Remo Artist,
proudly announces her annual retreat in the magical land of HAWAII!
RHYTHM IS THE CURE Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop
from Southern Italy
FEBRUARY 28 to MARCH 5, 2018

in a beautiful peaceful setting, retreat house of KAHUMANA Organic Farm, Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii

MORE INFO COMING SOON! Email abelloni@gmail.com for early details!

www.kahumana.org

Past Dates

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Musical Conversations about the Black Madonna - 8:00 pm
434 Main St
Rosendale, New York 12472
845.658.9048
Price: $10
Internationally renowned singer, percussionist  Alessandra Belloni & world famous bansuri master Steve Gorn  present: MUSICAL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BLACK MADONNA also featuring guitarist Wilson Montuori and Juliet Rabia Gentile on vocals
 
This special evening and performance is a musical journey & conversation about the myths & legends of the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna in Italy and around the world. The evening blends healing chants, dances and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy and Spain, Brazil and France along with original compositions.|Belloni Steve Gorn and company will take the audience on an enchanting journey of discovery of the  Black Madonnas,with  drumming rituals, chanting and sensual dancing in honor of the Black Madonna, celebrating   the Equinox .

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Ellen Stewart Theater at LaMaMa
Spiderwoman Theater 40th Anniversary Benefit - 7:30 PM
66 East 4th St
New York, NY

A benefit show celebrating the 40th anniversary of Spiderwoman Theater!

Spiderwoman Theater was founded in 1976, when Muriel Miguel gathered together a diverse company of women which included both of her sisters. They were of varying ages, races, sexual orientation, and worldview. The collective sprang out of the feminist movement of the 1970s and the disillusionment with the treatment of women in radical political movements of the time. They questioned gender roles, cultural stereotypes, and sexual and economic oppression. They took on issues of sexism, racism, classism, and the violence in women’s lives. Their weaving of humor with popular culture and personal histories along with their sometimes shocking style excited the hearts and spirits of the women (and sometimes the men) in their audiences, in the United States, Canada and all over the world.

Spiderwoman Theater broke new ground in using storytelling and storyweaving as the basis for the creation of their theatrical pieces. The performers wrote and performed personal and traditional stories and with Muriel as the “outside eye”, they were organically layered with movement, text, sound, music, and visual images.

This 40th anniversary includes performers Alessandra Belloni, Muriel Borst-Tarrant, Taylor Mac, Monique Mojica, Soni Moreno, Split Britches, Kevin Tarrant and the Silvercloud Singers, Talking Band, Josephine Tarrant and SPIDERWOMAN THEATER!

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Hofstra University
Italian Heritage Month - 12 pm
Hempstead Turnpike
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-463-9225

This concert is a fiery journey through the South of Italy featuring also magic rituals,  healing trance
dances performed as ritual by the women of Southern Italy, haunting love songs,  lullabies, processional
chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, known as :Tammorriata, and the authentic
tarantella, Pizzica Tarantata used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The music comes from different
regions of Italy, mainly Naples, Calabria, Sicily, Puglia . featuring Alessandra Belloni vocals, percussion, Wilson
Montuori guitar, Mara Gerety, Violin, dancers Francesca Silvano and Peter de Geronimo.

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

La Chiara di Prumiano
RHYTHM IS THE CURE Tuscany Retreat - August 17-24, 2017
Tuscany
Italy
Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher 
Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist
proudly announces her
17th Annual Healing Dance & Percussion Workshop from Southern Italy 
Rhythm is the Cure
will take place from August 17 to 24th, 2017
in a splendid Renaissance Villa in the magical hills of Tuscany, Italy
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR REGISTRATION EMAIL ABELLONI@AOL.COM! MORE DETAILS COMING SOON


About:
Rhythm is the Cure is a 7-day intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.


Location: 
La Chiara di Prumiano, a beautiful 17th century villa set high in the rural hills of Tuscany's Chianti Classico vineyards, hosts our group of about twenty-five women and men who come from all over the world. As their guest, you'll stay in a spacious and comfortable room that boasts windows with shutters that open onto the surrounding shimmering olive groves. More pictures and information available here: 
http://www.prumiano.it/

The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, and break the imaginary "spiderweb" of the subconscious mind.

Through this work, Alessandra has helped transform many people's lives through the years. T he objectives of the workshop are:

--To introduce the participants to an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna bringing women back in touch with their drumming tradition.

--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals as they use their bodies in movements that help open the energy points and stay grounded.

--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression. 
PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Upon registration: $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable)
 
Due July 30th: $550 Workshop Tuition
 
 
EU 500 for triple room
EU 560 for double room
EU 650 for single room
Must be made on site at La Chiara di Prumiano upon arrival
  
****PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - Workshop is limited to 22 students****
  
Payment may be made by check, credit card or paypal.  Checks or money orders must be made payable to Alessandra Belloni and should be sent to:
  
Alessandra Belloni
1111 River Road, G-33
Edgewater, NJ 07020  
Any questions? Contact us at: ABelloni@aol.com or Tuscanyworkshop@aol.com  
 

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Southern Italy - Black Madonna Musical Pilgrimage Tour
Black Madonna Musical Pilgrimage 2017 - August 4-16, 2017

AFTER THE GREAT SUCCESS AND MAGICAL EXPERIENCE OF LAST SUMMERS I am very happy and proud to announce that I will be leading THE FOURTH MUSICAL PILGRIMAGE to the sacred sites of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy, from August 4-16, 2017!

I will take people on the same journey that I have taken over many years as a devotion to the Black Madonna, which, in 1990, inspired me to write the Folk Opera THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA together with my music director John La Barbera. 

A great feature of this tour is the local folk traditions, the music of the tarantella, the dancing, and the fantastic food, all freshly prepared according to the regional traditions. Here you will find the most amazing wine in the favored land of Dionysus, god of Ecstasy and Wine! 

The cost of the tour $2,800. 
This does not include airfare and lunch as we will be moving around during the days. but includes:
1)  Hotel accommodations, double occupancy, 4 star hotels, 
2)  Breakfast and wonderful dinners in very good restaurants and hotels,
3)  Tour bus
4)  Ferry boat back and forth to Sicily
5)  My work as the guide  to the pilgrimages with some lectures on site, leading drumming ceremonies, chants  and rituals in appropriate locations.
Please note registration fee of $150 is needed  by May 1 to ensure your participation and to have the tour operator secure the hotels.
The tour deposit  is due by June 1 
and the remaining of the total amount due July 1



 
PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Due April 1 - $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable)

Due May 1 - $690 Tour Deposit

Due July 1 - $1,960 (if 10 people register; $1,810 if 12 people register)
 
You can also pay by check made to Alessandra Belloni and send it to: 
Alessandra Belloni
1111 River Road 
Apt G33 
Edgewater NJ 07020
 

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

TARANTATA Southern Italian Trance Dance and Brazilian Rhythms - 9 PM
113 Ludlow
New York, NY 10002
Price: $10

ALESSANDRA BELLONI –vocals, tambourines, frame drums,
MARA GERETY violin, WILSON MONTUORI – Electric guitar. 
GIUSEPPE DE FALCO – vocals VINNIE SCIALLA drumset, percussion
dancers: PETER DE GERONIMO 

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, and the trance dance know as PIZZICA TARANTATA or the Spider Dance. Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Italian American Museum
Tarantella Healing Frame Drum and Trance Dance Workshop - 7 pm
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY
Price: $45

ALESSANDRA BELLONI 
Internationally renowned percussionist, singer-dancer,
Artist in residence at Cathedral of St John the Divine and 
REMO Signature series artist

PRESENTS:

A series of workshops on the Tarantella healing trance rhythms and dances, celebrating Summer 

Wednesdays July 12, 19 & 26
from 7:00 to 9:00pm –
At the Italian American Museum 155 Mulberry Street Cost: $ 45.00 For 1 class
$40 each for 2 or 3 classes
pre-registration required: https://www.everbutton.com/pay/3749

A 3-part Healing Dance & Percussion workshop focusing on the origins of the Tarantella as a healing dance, and drumming and dances in honor of the Black Madonna
Wednesdays July 12, 19 & 26
from 7:00 to 9:00pm –
At the Italian American Museum 155 Mulberry Street Cost: $ 45.00 For 1 class
$40 each for 2 or 3 classes
pre-registration required: https://www.everbutton.com/pay/3749

In Part 1 DAY 1 July 12

frame drum & tambourine technique - rhythms and chants in honor of the Black Madonna known as Tammorriata – done in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele followed by the dance
- This elegant and sensual dance from Naples is performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called the Tammorra. The dance movements have a strong Spanish and Middle Eastern flourish, with many recognizable movements of the Flamenco and Belly Dance traditions. These movements are set to the beat of African 4/4 rhythms. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and later, the Black Madonna.

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 2: Tammorriata
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w

Part 2 July 19
Tarantella frame drum & tambourine technique the trance 6/8 rhythm and dance of SAN ROCCO called the : THE SPINNING DANCE, Based on a trance tarantella from Calabria in honor of San Rocco, dating back to the Middle ages, used as a healing ritual against the plague. Everyone spins together in a spiral and in a circle.
3.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: Ritmo e Danza Di San Rocco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV3Oh7TW2L0

Part 3 July 26 The final part will be dedicated to the healing trance dance of purification called Pizzica Tarantata, used to cure a mental disorder called Tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Every student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which are very fast and energetic. Part of the ritual takes place on the floor, and the dance is actually a spider-like movement on the ground. This part has the most amazing healing effect, releasing stress, blockage of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakra according to the movements, as if coming out of an imaginary SPIDERWEB. 
Southern Italian tambourine & frame drum lessons on documentary Brooklyn bike by Lee Free
1 Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: Pizzica rhythm and lesson on tambourinehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

Alessandra will end the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of the waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water. Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate. (Please do not wear black.)

Join Alessandra in this beautiful location with a powerful statue of the Black Madonna!

Segment from 2015 of Alessandra Belloni on "Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience", a monthly presentation of CUNY TV.
https://youtu.be/JKubWl5YLj8

4.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: interview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQj30s71Zy0

TRAVEL BARE FEET EMMY WINNER TV PROGRAM NYC MEDIA BY MICHELA MALLOZZI - DANCE AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOPhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

Film about Alessandra Belloni as healer/artist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Garden of Healing Yoga and Wellness Center
Rhythm is the Cure - 4 PM
49 Bayard St.
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
732-718-8381
Price: $36

Garden of Healing is exploring folk practices for healing- identifying folk 
healing practitioners who carry on cultural traditions of healing. 

We begin with guest Alessandra Belloni, world-renowned for her Rhythm is the Cure program- traditional tammurriata drum & dance for creating breakthroughs and fostering empowerment.

A native of Rome, Alessandra spent many years in the streets & villages in the south of Italy, learning this traditional healing ritual from the people through daily living and seasonal events. She has shared this process with hundreds over the years and has great impact, especially with women overcoming domestic violence.

Your personal investment = $36 + 2 hours + an open heart 
10% discount for seniors, students, veterans and ability-challenged

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Italian American Museum
Tarantella Healing Frame Drum and Trance Dance Workshop - 7 pm
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY
Price: $45

ALESSANDRA BELLONI 
Internationally renowned percussionist, singer-dancer,
Artist in residence at Cathedral of St John the Divine and 
REMO Signature series artist

PRESENTS:

A series of workshops on the Tarantella healing trance rhythms and dances, celebrating Summer 

Wednesdays July 12, 19 & 26
from 7:00 to 9:00pm –
At the Italian American Museum 155 Mulberry Street Cost: $ 45.00 For 1 class
$40 each for 2 or 3 classes
pre-registration required: https://www.everbutton.com/pay/3749

A 3-part Healing Dance & Percussion workshop focusing on the origins of the Tarantella as a healing dance, and drumming and dances in honor of the Black Madonna
Wednesdays July 12, 19 & 26
from 7:00 to 9:00pm –
At the Italian American Museum 155 Mulberry Street Cost: $ 45.00 For 1 class
$40 each for 2 or 3 classes
pre-registration required: https://www.everbutton.com/pay/3749

In Part 1 DAY 1 July 12

frame drum & tambourine technique - rhythms and chants in honor of the Black Madonna known as Tammorriata – done in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele followed by the dance
- This elegant and sensual dance from Naples is performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called the Tammorra. The dance movements have a strong Spanish and Middle Eastern flourish, with many recognizable movements of the Flamenco and Belly Dance traditions. These movements are set to the beat of African 4/4 rhythms. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and later, the Black Madonna.

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 2: Tammorriata
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w

Part 2 July 19
Tarantella frame drum & tambourine technique the trance 6/8 rhythm and dance of SAN ROCCO called the : THE SPINNING DANCE, Based on a trance tarantella from Calabria in honor of San Rocco, dating back to the Middle ages, used as a healing ritual against the plague. Everyone spins together in a spiral and in a circle.
3.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: Ritmo e Danza Di San Rocco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV3Oh7TW2L0

Part 3 July 26 The final part will be dedicated to the healing trance dance of purification called Pizzica Tarantata, used to cure a mental disorder called Tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Every student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which are very fast and energetic. Part of the ritual takes place on the floor, and the dance is actually a spider-like movement on the ground. This part has the most amazing healing effect, releasing stress, blockage of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakra according to the movements, as if coming out of an imaginary SPIDERWEB. 
Southern Italian tambourine & frame drum lessons on documentary Brooklyn bike by Lee Free
1 Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: Pizzica rhythm and lesson on tambourinehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

Alessandra will end the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of the waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water. Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate. (Please do not wear black.)

Join Alessandra in this beautiful location with a powerful statue of the Black Madonna!

Segment from 2015 of Alessandra Belloni on "Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience", a monthly presentation of CUNY TV.
https://youtu.be/JKubWl5YLj8

4.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: interview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQj30s71Zy0

TRAVEL BARE FEET EMMY WINNER TV PROGRAM NYC MEDIA BY MICHELA MALLOZZI - DANCE AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOPhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

Film about Alessandra Belloni as healer/artist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Italian American Museum
Tarantella Healing Frame Drum and Trance Dance Workshop - 7 pm
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY
Price: $45

ALESSANDRA BELLONI 
Internationally renowned percussionist, singer-dancer,
Artist in residence at Cathedral of St John the Divine and 
REMO Signature series artist

PRESENTS:

A series of workshops on the Tarantella healing trance rhythms and dances, celebrating Summer 

Wednesdays July 12, 19 & 26
from 7:00 to 9:00pm –
At the Italian American Museum 155 Mulberry Street Cost: $ 45.00 For 1 class
$40 each for 2 or 3 classes
pre-registration required: https://www.everbutton.com/pay/3749

A 3-part Healing Dance & Percussion workshop focusing on the origins of the Tarantella as a healing dance, and drumming and dances in honor of the Black Madonna
Wednesdays July 12, 19 & 26
from 7:00 to 9:00pm –
At the Italian American Museum 155 Mulberry Street Cost: $ 45.00 For 1 class
$40 each for 2 or 3 classes
pre-registration required: https://www.everbutton.com/pay/3749

In Part 1 DAY 1 July 12

frame drum & tambourine technique - rhythms and chants in honor of the Black Madonna known as Tammorriata – done in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele followed by the dance
- This elegant and sensual dance from Naples is performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called the Tammorra. The dance movements have a strong Spanish and Middle Eastern flourish, with many recognizable movements of the Flamenco and Belly Dance traditions. These movements are set to the beat of African 4/4 rhythms. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and later, the Black Madonna.

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 2: Tammorriata
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w

Part 2 July 19
Tarantella frame drum & tambourine technique the trance 6/8 rhythm and dance of SAN ROCCO called the : THE SPINNING DANCE, Based on a trance tarantella from Calabria in honor of San Rocco, dating back to the Middle ages, used as a healing ritual against the plague. Everyone spins together in a spiral and in a circle.
3.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: Ritmo e Danza Di San Rocco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV3Oh7TW2L0

Part 3 July 26 The final part will be dedicated to the healing trance dance of purification called Pizzica Tarantata, used to cure a mental disorder called Tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Every student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which are very fast and energetic. Part of the ritual takes place on the floor, and the dance is actually a spider-like movement on the ground. This part has the most amazing healing effect, releasing stress, blockage of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakra according to the movements, as if coming out of an imaginary SPIDERWEB. 
Southern Italian tambourine & frame drum lessons on documentary Brooklyn bike by Lee Free
1 Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: Pizzica rhythm and lesson on tambourinehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

Alessandra will end the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of the waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water. Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate. (Please do not wear black.)

Join Alessandra in this beautiful location with a powerful statue of the Black Madonna!

Segment from 2015 of Alessandra Belloni on "Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience", a monthly presentation of CUNY TV.
https://youtu.be/JKubWl5YLj8

4.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: interview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQj30s71Zy0

TRAVEL BARE FEET EMMY WINNER TV PROGRAM NYC MEDIA BY MICHELA MALLOZZI - DANCE AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOPhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

Film about Alessandra Belloni as healer/artist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The Voyage of the Black Madonna
22 East 30th Street
New York, New York 10016
(212) 219-2527
Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher 
Alessandra Belloni -
artist in residence at the Cathedral of St john the Divine
presents:
"THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA '
 
Celebrating The Black Madonna on the Summer Solstice
Uniting with the Divine to Heal Mind & Spirit
An Interactive Performance with Alessandra Belloni and Steve Gorn
 
also: Wilson Montuori on guitar,  violinist Mara Gerety
and  dancers Francesca Silvano, Peter De Geronimo
 

This evening the internationally renowned singer, tambourine virtuoso and great reviver of ancient southern Italian music, Alessandra Belloni, will join world famous master bansuri flautist Steve Gorn in a special performance to celebrate  the Summer Solstice. They will blend healing chants, dances and drumming inspired by authentic ancient southern Italian spiritual teachings that honor the Black Madonna, revered in that region as Jesus' mother, Mary, who represents all souls seeking union with the Divine.
 
They will take the audience on an enchanting journey of discovery of the seven Black Madonnas, following the ancient Neapolitan legend, known as the "Seven Sisters" in Southern Italy.  Alessandra is considered a true scholar of this ancient tradition and she will share her knowledge, based on 35 years of field research, and the power of transformation connected to the BLACK MADONNA, a Christian tradition with roots in the pre-Christian worship of the Earth Mother and the archetype of the African Mother.  She is the all-embracing compassionate mother aspect of the Divine & female aspect of God who guides all humanity regardless of race, class, religion.
 
        Alessandra will also share mystical teachings and physical movements that can help us calm our minds, relax our bodies, and let go of emotional blockages.
The Black Madonna archetype takes different guises in many cultures. In Brazil, by way of African traditions, she is called Yemaja (Madonna of the Sea), and Alessandra will also share techniques that help us access Yemaja's healing energy.
        Come experience a powerful evening that can help us connect to the divine and revitalize our weary spirit, as we draw from a beautiful and inspiring ancient tradition that lives on today through spiritual pilgrimages, town processions, ceremonial rituals, and expressive dances.   The audience is transported into another realm where dancing and music can heal, where spirituality and sensuality are not diametrically opposed, where all things are truly possible.

 
MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE &  REPERTOIRE:

Alessandra will speak about her personal healing journey with the Black Madonna, and her unique research that led her to write together with composer John La Barbera the theater and dance piece in 1991 and brought her to be Artist in residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine.

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 In this special interactive performance , the audience will learn musical  mystical traditions associated with the Black Madonna from Southern Italy,  Spain, France Brazil, connecting her to the pre-Christian devotion to the Goddesses Cybele, Artemis, Isis, Aphrodites.

  Participants will learn the ancient healing chants in honor of the Black Madonna & the Sun, which use a modal Lydian Scale, that has the power of calming the mind and to de-stress. Through the use of the ocean drum creating the sound of waves the audience will be guided in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water together with invocations to the Black Madonna  and the Goddess of Water and Love (Yemanja/Madonna del Mare). 

 The concert will end with of the powerful tambourine style, TAMMORRIATA, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth  Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna and has the power to release blockages of emotional and sensual energies making the participants feel part of community-healing rituals as they use their bodies in movements that help open the energy points and  stay grounded.

  

Alessandra Belloni will describe also her personal research and experiences also during the annual Pilgrimage to the Sacred Site of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy, which she has been leading for four years. For more information see the link:www.alessandrabelloni.com/BlackMadonnatour
 The audience will also be invited to participate in the chants and there will be Q& A at the end of the program.
from the wonderful presentation 
THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 8 at
 
NYU - CASA ITALIANA
 




 
 
 
 
 
 
The voyage of the Black Madonna documentary promo  by Alessandra Belloni about her field research in Southern Italy during the feasts of the Black Madonna filmed  between 1991 and 1997 by Dario Bollini

NYU - CASA ITALIANA

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Triple Spiral Studio
Warrior Woman DrumPowerment Weekend
Brookfield, MA

WARRIOR WOMAN DRUMPOWERMENT WEEKEND featuring instructors Casey Bond, Dina LeDuke, and internationally renowned Mistress of the Frame Drum, Alessandra Belloni!

https://www.facebook.com/events/290175928080449/

From the Triple Spiral Studio: Learn how to heal psychic wounds, relieve stress, and get in touch with your inner reserves of power through the ancient and sacred women’s art of frame drumming. This intense retreat weekend is a journey through mind, body, and spirit that will unfold over two and a half days of gatherings, workshops, and performances. Through techniques of music and ecstatic dance therapy, we will work towards balance, inner confidence, and restoring our vital energies. We will also learn spiritual and mental techniques of psychic self-defense, which will aid in retaining and using our true inner power. Join us in our sacred space as we build a Women’s tribe of Spirit, learning from renowned experts in the field of rhythmic healing and female empowerment.

Saturday 1pm -5pm: Rhythm Is The Cure Part 1 with Alessandra Belloni

Tambourine and Frame Drum Workshop: Alessandra teaches the Tammorriata-- a 4/4 rhythm in honor of the Black Madonna with African origins. Through this rhythm she teaches practical frame drum technique, together with movement and exercises for grounding and opening the heart chakra.

Sunday 1pm-5pm: Rhythm is the Cure Part 2 with Alessandra Belloni

Rhythm Workshop: Alessandra will teach the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella, on tambourine and frame drum. Dance Workshop: THE PIZZICA TARANTATA or Spider Dance– This erotic and dynamic ritual dance from Southern Italy originated as a cure for the mythical bite of the Tarantula, a condition causing a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women. The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines, was performed as an exorcism ritual which produced a trance-like state beneficial for the healing of many disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance accompanied by her magic tambourine rhythm and singing. 

 

Part of a weekend-long course, admission $150 for twelve hours of instruction from various teachers and other events. 

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Tarantata - South Italian Trance Dance and Brazilian Rhythms - 9 pm
113 Ludlow
New York, NY 10002
Price: $10

lnternationally renowned singer, dancer percussionist
ALESSANDRA BELLONI In TARANTATA –
TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE 
& BRAZILIAN RHYTHMS & CHANTS SATURDAY MAY 6

ALESSANDRA BELLONI –vocals, tambourines, frame drums,
MARA GERETY violin, WILSON MONTUORI – Electric guitar. 
GIUSEPPE DE FALCO – vocals VINNIE SCIALLA drumset, percussion dancer: FRANCESCA SILVANO 

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, and the trance dance known as PIZZICA TARANTATA or the Spider Dance. Also featuring Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro-Brazilian Yoruba tradition.

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Italian American Museum
Tamburello workshop - South Italian frame drum training
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY

MAY 1, 15 and 24 at 7:00 PM a three-class TRAINING PROGRAM IN THE SOUTH ITALIAN FRAME DRUMS & TAMBOURINE TECHNIQUE.

MONDAYS MAY 1 AND 15 and WEDNESDAY MAY 24 7 to 9 pm· 


cost $ 45 per class or 40 if you register for at least 2

Learn the Southern Italian frame drum & tambourine style with a technique that releases stress gives a sense of physical vitality and well-being. With Internationally renowned award winning percussionist, singer, teacher
ALESSANDRA BELLONI, REMO artist & author

In her special Training Program for Frame Drums & Tambourines based on RHYTHM IS THE CURE – from her Mel Bay Book & DVD An INSPIRATIONAL HANDS-ON TRAINING FEATURING the POWERFUL south Italian frame drumming and tambourine technique based on an ancient form of music and dance therapy known as Tarantella that can benefit both men and women. 

COST $ 45 each $ 40 if you register for at least 2 classes - RSVP register email Abelloni@aol.com 

This series (open to both men and women) puts frame drum and tambourine technique into practice. This method will focus on giving the participants a useful tool for their practices. The use of tambourines and frame drums, along with movement, effects healing of stress and anxiety. 

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

** If you join this workshop you will study and learn the use of this powerful frame drumming technique and skills and will learn also how to incorporate this style to create your own rhythms as we synchronize our movements to these ancient rhythms.

Students will become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy. 

Learning objectives for facilitators, women communities, teachers, social workers, therapists, percussionists, musicians, and people who love to drum: 
THE TRAINING INCLUDES: 

(a) Technical aspects of playing the tambourines/frame drums

(b) Rhythmic patterns of various traditional songs from the tradition of the Black Madonna

(c) Call and response patterns

(d) Improvisational skills using the tambourine

(e) Chants and simple dance steps that are part of the Tarantella tradition

(f) The history of this powerful tambourine style, dating back to ancient Greek & Roman rites of the Mother Earth Goddess and the rites of Dionysus and now played for the Black Madonna and The role that the tarantella tradition has played in medicine and healing over the centuries

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY OPEN TO MEN & WOMEN 

TEACHING DESCRIPTION Each learning session will include: 

1. HANDS-ON TRAINING by Alessandra Belloni who will demonstrate the techniques of the rhythmic tradition) and 

2. PRACTICE will also include time for group members to rehearse their new skills, receive corrections, and lead the group 

3. Therapeutic objectives

5. increase fine motor coordination

6. develop awareness of self and others

7. offer a means of emotional expression through sound

8. give a sense of enhanced self esteem

9. provide an experience of group belonging 

THE ITALIAN TAMBURELLO & TARANTELLA RHTYHMS:

During the RHYTHM IS THE CURE TRAINING PROGRAM , group participants will study and practice these technical skills:

Basic "tarantella "tamburello " techniques: holding the drum with emphasis on arm movement, hand technique for triplets, and the 6/8 and 4/4 rhythms. 

Tammorriata- a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm 

Rhythm & Dance of San Rocco- a Medieval healing 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done used for centuries to send away fear of disease and death in circle spinning.

Pizzica Tarantata: a very fast 12/8 rhythm with different accents - played on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles. Students will learn the rhythms and steps of this ancient dance used as a form of music therapy for centuries in Puglia.

Improvisational techniques, using specific accents and syncopations and specifically, how to match the accents of the drum to a song's melody.

Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist &
Artistic Director, founder I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA
Artist in residence at Cathedral of St John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave. NY NY 10025
tel 646 322-4637
www.alessandrabelloni.com
www.igiullaridipiazza.com

www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni
www.youtube.com/alessandrabella7
www.reverbnation.com/alessandrabelloni
https://twitter.com/@Belloni_A

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Italian American Museum
Conversations About the Black Madonna - 7 PM
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY
Price: $25
This special evening and performance is a musical journey & conversation about the myths & legends in the South of Italy and around the world, through the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna.

Singer, percussionist, healer and director Alessandra Belloni, joined by master bansuri flautist Steve Gorn will present this special night in celebration of the Epiphany.
Alessandra will speak about her personal healing journey with the Black Madonna, and her unique research that led her to write together with composer John La Barbera the theater and dance piece in 1991 and brought her to be Artist in residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine.


The evening blends healing chants, dances and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy and Spain, Brazil and France

along with original compositions.

Belloni and Steve Gorn will take the audience on an enchanting journey of discovery of the seven Black Madonnas, following the ancient Neapolitan legend, known as the "Seven Sisters" in Southern Italy. This trip into traditional legends, miracles and history, transports audiences to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with processions, drumming rituals, chanting and sensual dancing in honor of the Black Madonna, who is considered the most important of the seven sisters. She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, which pilgrims still climb barefoot while chanting and drumming in her honor.

from the wonderful presentation 
THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 8 at
NYU - CASA ITALIANA
 
 

The voyage of the Black Madonna documentary promo  by Alessandra Belloni about her field research in Southern Italy during the feasts of the Black Madonna filmed  between 1991 and 1997 by Dario Bollini

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsvmSOI1PEQ

Monday, April 17th, 2017

A Day in the Italian Renaissance
149 Girdle Ridge Road
Katonah, NY 10536
914-232-1252

I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA ITALIAN FOLK MUSIC DANCE AND THEATRE OF COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE

PRESENTS:

 

A DAY IN THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE  

 Special educational program created for Caramoor center for Music and the Arts in 1993 and still in residence there.   Featured on ABC TV:  http://youtu.be/qXSMdLhZdAU

 

SPRING SEASON 2017: April 17, 19, 21
May 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 25, 26
June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

 

Experience what thousands of school kids have enjoyed at Caramoor. A Day in the Renaissance takes students to Italy in the sixteenth century with songs and dances, street theater, music, masks and banners and a few words from Will Shakespeare.  I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA, (the Players of the Square) comes in colorful costumes, with a special children’s workshop of Italian Renaissance Instruments, music, dance and Theatre of the Commedia dell’Arte.


The actors will explain Italian Renaissance history, talking about the painters, art, sculptures, explorers, music and theatre. The musicians will demonstrate instruments as recorders, viola, violin and renaissance guitar, will demonstrate the masked characters of the comical Renaissance theatre of Commedia dell’Arte including Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Don Giovanni and the woman Ricciulina, and  also  demonstrate a sword fight in Renaissance style. They will teach the song with gestures typical of the Commedia character Ricciulina, and the popular Renaissance dance Tarantella del ‘600 from the 16th century.

The program also features the children’s production of : 

THE ADVENTURES OF DON GIOVANNI AND HIS SERVANT ARLECCHINO a comic opera based on a 16th century Neapolitan Commedia dell'Arte manuscript, the play features the hilarious shenanigans of Arlecchino, his fiancee "Ricciulina" (a servant who falls instead for his master Don Giovanni), and the servant Sebastiano, Ricciulina’s brother, who favors his sister match with the wealthy Don Giovanni rather than Arlecchino. But as usual Don Giovanni does not keep his promises and does not marry Ricciulina who remains a servant and at the end marries the poor Arlecchino. As in the opera, Don Giovanni is punished in the end when he meets a ghost (giant puppet) and he’s taken to hell by the devil in a "dance macabre".

 

The company is formed by seven artists from this  CAST

Alessandra Belloni, Artistic Director, singer, percussionist, dance, John La Barbera, Music Director, Renaissance guitar and mandolin, Mark Mindek, Arlecchino, James Karcher, Don Giovanni, actor /sword fighter, Susan Eberenz, flutes/recorders, Joe Deninzon and Mara Gerety, violin,  Max Mc Guire Actor, (Zanni), Cynthia Enfield, Actress/singer as Ricciulina, Francesca Silvano Dancer

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Parco Museo Jalari
Musical Pilgrimage to Esoteric Sicily
Sicily
Italy

Internationally renowned singer, percussionist and teacher

 Alessandra Belloni, Remo Artist

Proudly announces her first MUSICAL JOURNEY TO ESOTERIC SICILY

during Holy Week

 April 10 to April 17, 2017

in a beautiful magical setting, PARCO MUSEO JALARI

www.parcojalari.it

 

featuring a Workshop on Healing Dance and Percussion from Southern Italy

and the special participation of philosopher, writer and shaman

Angelo Tonelli

 

This new workshop will blend the South Italian musical traditions of the Black Madonna and the Divine Feminine with sacred locations in Sicily including the Megalith Stones of Argimusco, the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna and the Temple of the Goddess Cybele in Tindari.

 

At night we will also feature the participation of special Sicilian artists including the Pietrini Brothers and various folk musicians who will join us for wonderful jam sessions of Southern Italian music in great locations.

 

This 7-day intensive healing journey will also feature Southern Italian ritual dances that have been used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean.

 

Drumming classes will be held at different powerful locations every day, invoking the healing powers of the volcanic earth of Sicily combined with sacred chants of the Black Madonna from Southern Italy and other parts of the world.

 

Participants will learn the unique style of south Italian tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical “bite of the tarantula” (which was often a traditional metaphor for depression or mental illness) in a ceremonial setting.  

 

Accommodations will be provided with charming rooms in the “agriturismo Jalari,” single and double rooms are available.  Fantastic meals will be prepared by Sicilian chefs by using the fresh organic food grown on the farm! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EqgmcJE9qg

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Awakening Healing Center
Rhythm is the Cure Frame Drum Workshop - 5 PM
605 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Price: $75
Rhythm is the Cure
Healing trance dance with drumming and chants
 
Saturday, March 25
5:00-8:00 PM
$75
http://awakeningny.com/workshops/
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Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral. Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring centuries old Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the Tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious mind.
This workshop will give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students will become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.
Participants are encouraged to wear white and red colors and skirts. Please bring a tamburello to the class. Otherwise, please purchase a tamburello at: http://alessandrabelloni.com/store 

Award winner percussionist, singer, dancer, actress – Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals.
Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, Italian Folk music theatre and dance company Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, with whom she is performing tonight. musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theatre, dating back to the 13th century. The company has performed in major theatres as Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Red Cat Disney Hall.
They recorded 6 CDS, some chosen as best CDs of the year by New York & Los Angeles Times in world music. Alessandra Belloni and her company have developed a new world music sound blending south Italian gypsy melodies and trance rhythms. She has devoted her life to the healing traditions of the trance rituals of the tarantella and drumming in Honor of the Black Madonna that originated in Africa.
Known as the "Mediterranean Volcano" she is the only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also the author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay.
Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine.
Alessandra Belloni appeared on TV and in percussion festivals & theatres around the world
(in Brazil, Argentina, England, Croatia, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Korea, Egypt, Israel, and throughout the U.S. and Hawaii. )

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw 
Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q 
AlessandraBelloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0  

For more info on Alessandra, her work, and performances, please visit: www.alessandrabelloni.com 

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

New Orleans Healing Center
Rhythm is the Cure Frame Drum Workshop - 6 PM
2372 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

Join Alessandra for a hands-on workshop in the ancient frame drum techniques of Southern Italy and their connection to traditional forms of music and dance therapy, rituals and magic, and the power to heal and empower women and men suffering from psychic and emotional illnesses and struggles. More details coming soon, email Abelloni@aol.com for more information. 

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

New Orleans Healing Center
Rhythm is the Cure Frame Drum Workshop - 7 PM

An INSPIRATIONAL HANDS-ON TRAINING FEATURING the POWERFUL south Italian frame drumming & tambourine technique based on an ancient form of music & dance therapy known as Tarantella that can benefit both men & women.

 

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

** If you join this workshop you will study and learn the use of this powerful framed drumming technique and skills to bring to your community with a sense of greater well being

 **You will learn also how to incorporate this style to create your own rhythms as we synchronize our movements to these ancient rhythms.

Students will become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy. 

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

New Orleans Sacred Music Festival
The Voyage of the Black Madonna

Singer, percussionist, healer and director Alessandra Belloni, joined by her Italian folk music/theater/dance company I Giullari di Piazza, present the special celebration The Voyage of the Black Madonna.

The performance is a musical journey around the world, among the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna. This unique and impeccably researched theater and dance work blends healing chants, dances and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy and Spain, along with original compositions.

Belloni and her troupe of dancers, actors, and musicians, all specialists in Southern Italian traditions, take audiences on an enchanting journey of discovery of the seven Black Madonnas, known as the "Seven Sisters" in Southern Italy. This trip into traditional legends, miracles and history, transports audiences to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with processions, drumming rituals, chanting and sensual dancing in honor of the Black Madonna, who is considered the most important of the seven sisters. She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, which pilgrims still climb barefoot while chanting and drumming in her honor.

Following the Neapolitan tradition, the company will perform the chant for the Black Madonna of Montevergine, followed by the Tammprita drumming and sensual dance. The healing power of medieval prayers to the Madonna originated in the Middle Ages, during the Black Death Plague, and was believed to release people from their overpowering fears of death and the annihilation of their way of life.

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

NYU Percussion Department
Rhythm is the Cure Frame Drum Workshop

Workshop on the ancient frame drum traditions of Southern Italy and their connection to the Tarantella, traditional forms of music therapy and ritual "exorcism" of negative energy. More info coming soon, email Abelloni@aol.com for further information!

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

TARANTATA South Italian and Brazilian Gypsy Rhythms and Trance Dance - 9 PM
113 Ludlow
New York, NY 10002
Price: $10

lnternationally renowned singer, dancer percussionist
ALESSANDRA BELLONI In TARANTATA –
TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE 
& BRAZILIAN RHYTHMS & CHANTS SATURDAY MARCH 4

ALESSANDRA BELLONI –vocals, tambourines, frame drums,
MARA GERETY violin, WILSON MONTUORI – Electric guitar. 
GIUSEPPE DE FALCO – vocals VINNIE SCIALLA drumset, percussion dancer: FRANCESCA SILVANO 

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, and the trance dance know as PIZZICA TARANTATA or the Spider Dance. Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

Monday, February 20th, 2017

KAHUMANA Organic Farm
Rhythm is the Cure Hawaii Retreat
Waianea, Oahu, Hawaii

Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher 
Alessandra Belloni, Remo Artist,
proudly announces her third retreat in the magical land of HAWAII!
RHYTHM IS THE CURE Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop
from Southern Italy
FEBRUARY 20 to FEBRUARY 27 2016

in a beautiful peaceful setting, retreat house of KAHUMANA Organic Farm, Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii
www.facebook.com/events/873625606040408/
www.kahumana.org
Special discounted price of $ 930 for a double room and $ 1,002 for a single room includes workshop tuition, accommodations and food. (drinks not included)

Dear Friends:
 
I have been going to Hawaii for 18 years, and fell in love with the islands, the people the magic of natural beauty.
 Last 2 years I held my  retreats in the beautiful Kahumana organic Farm founded by Father Phil Harmon.
 
I am very proud to announce that this year he will be teaching with me special classes on the Black Madonna while in the  beautiful Black Madonna Chapel! I will be teaching the sacred chants and drumming
 
The Honorable Rev. Father Phil Harmon has been ordained at Orthodox Priest for 40 years and is a founder of Kahumana Farm.
He is a theologian that specializes in the Divine Feminine, Sophia and the Black Madonna.
 
THIS NEW WORKSHOP will blend the South Italian musical tradition of the Black Madonna and the Divine Feminine with the Spiritual knowledge of father Phil, and students will learn chants, dances and special meditations following the Rudolf Steiner philosophy on the Great Mother.
This special retreat will also explore the natural beauties of the island .
and tour the organic farms
Location:
Kahumana Organic Farm is in Wainea side of the Island of Ohahu, very different and magical, where many locals live between Mountains and great beaches.
The retreat houses (also a Rudolf Steiner Center)  offer a unique setting within the context of their diverse community in a truly restf ul environment of healing and wholeness. All of the rooms are secure and come with clean linen, towels & internet access. The swimming pool is available for those 18 years and older. Conveniently located on the Honolulu City Bus route.
 
Comfortably accommodates 12 people. All rooms have single beds and share 2 full baths. There are 11 rooms - 8 single beds, 3 double beds. A microwave & refrigerator provided for your convenience and  the cafe offers a  variety of Organic Foods & vegetables.
 
Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch from 11:30a - 2:30p and dinner from 6:30p - 8:00p.
  
Rhythm is the Cure is a 6-day intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean.
 
Drumming classes will be done on the beach every morning!
 
Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.
 
Alessandra will also teach sacred chants of the Black Madonna from Southern Italy and other parts of the world.
 
This special retreat will also explore the natural beauties of the Island, tour of the organic farms.

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

REMO Recreational Music Center
Rhythm is the Cure Weekend Workshop - 12 PM
7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-0461

RHYTHM IS THE CURE
2 Day Weekend FRAME DRUM & TAMBOURINE Training 
LEVEL 1 & 2

Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications

Course Description:

An INSPIRATIONAL HANDS-ON TRAINING FEATURING the POWERFUL south Italian frame drumming & tambourine technique based on an ancient form of music & dance therapy known as Tarantella that can benefit both men & women. Students will become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy. Students will learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, dating back to ancient Greek & Roman rites of the Mother Earth Goddess and the rites of Dionysus and now played for the Black Madonna and the role that the tarantella tradition has played in medicine and healing over the centuries

WHEN: FEBRUARY 4th and 5th

TIME: 12PM to 6PM

Cost: $175.00
Early bird special: $150.00 
Register before Jan. 25th using link below
https://www.everbutton.com/button/view/3735

Please click on the link below for more information:
http://remormc.com/calendar/events/355/2017/02/04/

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

The Goddess Temple of Orange County
Healing Trance Dance Workshop - 7 PM
17905 Sky Park Circle
Irvine, CA 92614
Price: $50

At the Goddess Temple of Orange County in Irvine, California:

WORKSHOP/EVENT: “HEALING TRANCE DANCE” with ALESSANDRA BELLONI, REMO Signature Series Artist and Internationally renowned singer, dancer, percussionist and healer

FOR: women

TIME: 6:30 pm, doors open, 7-9 pm event

COST: $50 cash, check or credit card, at the door  

DESCRIPTION: Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral. Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring centuries old Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the Tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious mind.

This workshop will give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students will become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Participants are encouraged to wear white/red colors and white skirts.

For more information contact Abelloni@aol.com

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

SunMoon Retreat Center
Dancing Out of the Darkness, Into the Light - 7 PM
20845 Cheney Drive
Topanga, CA 90290
Price: $150

Internationally Renowned Singer, Dancer, Percussionist, Healer & REMO Signature Series Artist, ALESSANDRA BELLONI together with MARY GUILLERMIN, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#52868) Founder of The Femininity Project & SunMoon Therapy announce their 1st Healing Retreat:


Dancing Out of the Darkness, Into the Light


Saturday January 28, 10 am to 7 pm & Sunday January 29, 10 am to 5 pm at the SunMoon Retreat Center, 20845 Cheney Dr, Topanga, CA 90290 


Come together and find community and healing in a gentle but celebratory weekend workshop co-led by the internationally-renowned percussionist and dancer, Alessandra Belloni and psychotherapist Mary Guillermin, founder of SunMoon Therapy. Both women channel the vibrant archetypes of the Sun and Moon in their healing work .Register: Mary at thefemininityproject@gmail.com or Alessandra at Abelloni@aol.com
Cost: $150 (includes 3 follow-up support phone calls) ~ Deposit $75 

Many women have an underlying sense of threat and darkness as a result of recent political changes. Feminine values of love and inclusion, tolerance and acceptance are under attack. Those of us who have at some time experienced dominating, often sexualized, behavior can feel especially vulnerable at core.

Join a weekend of visionary exercises and powerful dancing that will both acknowledge and soothe damaged places in our souls, while guiding us to our inner strength and unity with our sister-souls. The workshop will take place both indoors and in the outside meditation areas among trees and winter sunshine. 

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The two day workshop will feature Healing Dances and rhythms from the Italian Tarantella trance dance women’s tradition & an exploration of Solar & Lunar Archetypes using guided visualizations, Gestalt Art & other intuitive exercises.

This workshop will give you the means to fortify yourselves against daily stresses. You will become empowered through discovering the ancient art of music and dance therapy. You will be able to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Participants emerge feeling light and joyful after this healing journey through sound and dance supported by the discovery of their inner Solar & Lunar natures. 
Come with us Out of the Darkness, Into the Light on 
Saturday & Sunday January 28 & 29, 2017

This retreat features healing Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a form of depression that afflicted mainly often victims of abuse. 
This part of the workshop focuses on releasing blockages of sexual energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious mind. 
Alessandra begins and ends the sessions with a meditation utilizing a chant to the Sun, Jesce Sole, in the Lydian scale and to the Moon. The calming and lilting harmonies of this chant combined with the ocean drum guides students into complete relaxation. 

1st day: Alessandra will lead participants will explore the inner shadow, and go into the darkenss before the emerge into the light with RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO or SPINNING DANCE – This dance originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages during the time of the plague to heal people and as a release from overpowering fears of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning many people enter ecstatic states during this dance ** 

2nd day – Alessandra will lead the trance ceremony of the PIZZICA TARANTATA or Spider Dance, a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents, which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild dance were performed to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for to cure their traumas, often caused by abuse unrequited love. 

www.alessandrabelloni.com www.youtube.com/alessandrabella7

RHYTHM IS THE CURE is the Annual Healing dance and percussion Workshop by Alessandra Belloni in Tuscany, Italy. Spinning Dance, Rhythm of San Rocco is a healing trance dance to send away fear of death & disease. Choreography Alessandra Belloni. Recorded August 2013 by Maurizio Longobardi.
http://youtu.be/UiFljd6WwRE

Pizzica Tarantata from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013
RHYTHM IS THE CURE 
is the Annual Healing dance and percussion Workshop by Alessandra Belloni in Tuscany, Italy. 
http://youtu.be/16-TIZ40ZfU



Dragata’s Testimonial from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

http://youtu.be/ea3X7z5Lx_Y

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Corazon Performing Arts
The Voyage of the Black Madonna - 8 PM
125 S Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, CA 90290
Price: $25
THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA written and directed by Alessandra Belloni, premiered at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in 1991.
 
This unique and impeccably researched theater and dance work blends healing chants, dances and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy and Spain, along with original compositions.

Belloni and her troupe of dancers, actors, and musicians, all specialists in Southern Italian traditions, take audiences on an enchanting journey of discovery of the seven Black Madonnas, known as the "Seven Sisters" in Southern Italy. This trip into traditional legends, miracles and history, transports audiences to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with processions, drumming rituals, chanting and sensual dancing in honor of the Black Madonna, who is considered the most important of the seven sisters. She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, which pilgrims still climb barefoot while chanting and drumming in her honor.

Following the Neapolitan tradition, the company will perform the chant for the Black Madonna of Montevergine, followed by the Tammoriata drumming and sensual dance. The healing power of medieval prayers to the Madonna originated in the Middle Ages, during the Black Death Plague, and was believed to release people from their overpowering fears of death and the annihilation of their way of life.
 

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Cathedral of St John the Divine
Conversations About the Black Madonna - 7 PM
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
USA
(212) 932-7325
Price: free admission

Celebrate the Epiphany with CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BLACK MADONNA with Alessandra Belloni, featuring music, myths and legends from her FOLK OPERA
"THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA" at the beautiful Cathedral of St John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 7:00pm, in the Chapel of St. Savior. Free admission. 
Part of the CHRIST PROJECT ARTS EXIBIT featuring the sculpture "CHRISTA" of the Female Christ. 


This special evening and performance is a musical journey in the South of Italy and around the world, through the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna.

Singer, percussionist, healer and director Alessandra Belloni, joined by master bansuri flautist Steve Gorn will present this special night in celebration of the Epiphany.
Alessandra will speak about her personal healing journey with the Black Madonna, and her unique research that led her to write the theater and dance piece in 1991 and brought her to be Artist in residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine.

The evening blends healing chants, dances and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy and Spain, Brazil and France along with original compositions.
Belloni and Steve Gorn will take the audience on an enchanting journey of discovery of the seven Black Madonnas, following the ancient Neapolitan legend, known as the "Seven Sisters" in Southern Italy. This trip into traditional legends, miracles and history, transports audiences to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with processions, drumming rituals, chanting and sensual dancing in honor of the Black Madonna, who is considered the most important of the seven sisters. She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, which pilgrims still climb barefoot while chanting and drumming in her honor.

Following the Neapolitan tradition, the artists will perform the chant for the Black Madonna of Montevergine, followed by the Tammoriata drumming and sensual dance, and the medieval prayers to the Madonna from Spain CUNCTI SIMUS CONCANENTES which originated, during the Black Death Plague, and was believed to release people from their overpowering fears of death and the annihilation of their way of life.

Alessandra will speak about the Myth of the earth Goddess Cybele and Attis and the connection and the transgender priests known as GALLI to the TAMORRIATA drumming and Dance for the Black Madonna of Montevergine:
(from the book work in progress by Alessandra Belloni)

The tammorra (frame drum) the ancient devotional instrument of the Black Madonna used today just as in pre-Christian times, had been the sacred instrument of the Goddess Cybele. Priestesses in ancient Greece and in Rome honored the Goddess during fertility ceremonies, playing frame drums, singing, dancing wildly.
The men who wanted to be initiated in the mysteries of Cybele became women through a ritual castration reenacting the myth of Attis. They were known as Galli, and as priestesses, they played the frame drums and danced in ecstasy.
These sensual musical and dance traditions are still alive today in Montevergine exactly as they were thousands of years ago. In Naples, transgender men known as Femminielli celebrate the feast of the Madonna of Montevergine (La Candelora) on February 2. They all dress as women, and perform chanting, ritual drumming and dancing, as well as play the castanets.

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

La Cantata dei Pastori - Neapolitan Renaissance Christmas Show - 8 PM
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Price: $25

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

La Cantata dei Pastori - Neapolitan Renaissance Christmas Show - 8 PM
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Price: $25

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

La Cantata dei Pastori - Neapolitan Renaissance Christmas Show - 5 PM (Sunday Matinee)
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

La Cantata dei Pastori - Neapolitan Renaissance Christmas Show - 8 PM
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Price: $25

Friday, December 16th, 2016

La Cantata dei Pastori - Neapolitan Renaissance Christmas Show - 8 PM
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Price: $25

TICKETS $ 25.00 tel (212) 254-1109
http://theaterforthenewcity.net/lacantatadeipastori.html

 Click here to buy tickets to sample small show via smarttix.com


Celebrate the Holidays Italian Style!
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! the beloved NEAPOLITAN RENAISSANCE CHRISTMAS SHOW LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI (the Shepherds Cantata)


DECEMBER 16 and 17 at 8 PM and DECEMBER 18 SUNDAY MATINEE AT 5 PM, WITH SPECIAL WINTER SOLSTICE PERFORMANCE DATES DECEMBER 21-22 AT 8 PM.


Praise by Alex Ross of the New York Times: 
"A musical play presented by the traditional Italian group I Giullari di Piazza (is) a rarity among Christmas programs; it somehow manages to be both riotously entertaining and curiously haunting, even profound......a vibrant and uproarious performance."

FEATURING: La Befana (the Italian Christmas Witch), the Archangel Gabriel, and Pulcinella from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte!
Based on a Renaissance play by Andrea Perrucci. This musical version has been adapted and directed by Alessandra Belloni and enacted by masked commedia dell'arte characters, puppets, devils, and the Archangel Gabriel on stilts! Narrated in English by La Befana - Good Witch of Christmas. 

Jon Pareles, New York Times:

"The adaptation, by the troupe's director, Alessandra Belloni, is geared for action rather than quiet piety; in a climactic battle, Miss Belloni as Maria beat a large drum and sang out while the Angel Gabriel took on the dragon. Giuseppe de Falco as Razzullo (and Vincenzo Corrao as the birdlike Sarchiapone) shared slapstick duties.The music, directed by John La Barbera, is folkish, aiming for vitality above precision and often achieving both."

"LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI" also features:
THE NEAPOLITAN SINGER /ACTOR GIUSEPPE DE FALCO IN THE ROLE OF RAZZULLO or Pulcinella, the character that leads the story,
ALESSANDRA BELLONI in the role of Mary
MARK MINDEK, dancer on stilts as the Angel Gabriel 
MAX MCGUIRE as LA BEFANA, the Italian Christmas Witch
MARA GERETY, violin, in the role of the Devil
SUSAN EBERENZ, MUSIC DIRECTOR, Flutes, piccolo, recorders
WILSON MONTUORI, guitar
VINNIE SCIALLA, percussion and drum set
JAMES KARCHER, lead devil and sword fighter 
FRANCESCA SILVANO dancer - Devil, Shepherdess, Moon & Sun
LUCA FOCELLA, little shepherd and junior devil


Join La Befana, the Good Witch of Christmas, Mary and Joseph, the Archangel Gabriel, Devils, Demons, and the commedia dell'arte characters who enact this beloved story of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, and the triumph of good over evil. 
The music - tarantellas, villanellas and pastorales - comes from traditional sources, with original music by John La Barbera and directed by Susan Eberenz. Adaptation and direction are by Alessandra Belloni. Songs are sung in Italian and old Neapolitan dialect; costuming and music instrumentation is traditional Southern Italian; narration is in English. The play ends with a singing by the whole Company of the oldest known Neapolitan Christmas song.

The play is set during Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, during which the Devil has dispatched demons to stop the birth of Jesus. Along the way, the holy couple's escapades are entwined with the hapless commedia dell'arte character called Razzullo, a comic mischievous Neapolitan scribe who is always hungry and looking for something to eat. The demons, in the meanwhile, conjure up tempests, dragons, and do all they can to stop the birth, but all are under the protection of the Archangel Gabriel (played here, in traditional style, by Mark Mindek, well known stilt dancer who has appeared in Metropolitan Opera productions, Disney Films and special events around the world.). The holy couple experiences funny, outrageous, and dangerous adventures before they finally reach Bethlehem and Good triumphs over Evil! 



The show is a classic of the Italian Renaissance theatrical tradition of Commedia dell'Arte, rich in "lazzi" or improvised comedic scenes, punchlines, physical comedy and wordplay. I Giullari di Piazza have mastered the traditional Commedia style based on improvisation, rapid-fire jokes and often grotesque humor, outrageous props, vivid costumes and masks, and evocative music and sound effects. 

"La Cantata dei Pastori" is still performed annual during the Christmas season in the environs of Naples. Written by Andrea Perrucci during the height of commedia dell'arte popularity in Italy, it combines commedia characteristics with those of the Italian medieval sacra rappresentazione. These elements are fused in settings which borrow from a third genre, the Italian pastoral drama.
The play's author, Andrea Perrucci, used the pseudonym of Dt. Casimiro Ruggiero Ugone when he wrote "La Cantata dei Pastori." This Sicilian-born but Neapolitan-bred poet and dramatist, who had a reputation in Naples as a stage director, was educated by the Jesuits and received a doctorate in letters.

http://theaterforthenewcity.net/lacantatadeipastori.html

 Click here to buy tickets to sample small show via smarttix.com

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Awakening Healing Center
Rhythm is the Cure Frame Drum Workshop - 5 PM
605 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Price: $75
Rhythm is the Cure
Healing trance dance with drumming and chants
 
Saturday, December 10th
5:00-8:00 PM
$75
http://awakeningny.com/workshops/
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Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral. Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring centuries old Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the Tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious mind.
This workshop will give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students will become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.
Participants are encouraged to wear white and red colors and skirts. Please bring a tamburello to the class. Otherwise, please purchase a tamburello at: http://alessandrabelloni.com/store 

Award winner percussionist, singer, dancer, actress – Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals.
Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, Italian Folk music theatre and dance company Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, with whom she is performing tonight. musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theatre, dating back to the 13th century. The company has performed in major theatres as Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Red Cat Disney Hall.
They recorded 6 CDS, some chosen as best CDs of the year by New York & Los Angeles Times in world music. Alessandra Belloni and her company have developed a new world music sound blending south Italian gypsy melodies and trance rhythms. She has devoted her life to the healing traditions of the trance rituals of the tarantella and drumming in Honor of the Black Madonna that originated in Africa.
Known as the "Mediterranean Volcano" she is the only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also the author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay.
Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine.
Alessandra Belloni appeared on TV and in percussion festivals & theatres around the world
(in Brazil, Argentina, England, Croatia, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Korea, Egypt, Israel, and throughout the U.S. and Hawaii. )

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw 
Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q 
AlessandraBelloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0  

For more info on Alessandra, her work, and performances, please visit: www.alessandrabelloni.com 

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Italian American Museum
Holiday Fundraising Event - 7 PM
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY

 

JOIN ALESSANDRA BELLONI Artistic Director &

I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA, ITALIAN FOLK MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE

 

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7 AT 7:00PM

For a SPECIAL FUND RAISING EVENT

Italian American Museum, 155 Mulberry Streetnear Grant Street Little Italy

 

HONORING our Supporters
Prof. MARIO FRATTI, writer; Cav. JOSEPHINE A. MAIETTA, Pres. AIAE; Giullaressa KRISTINE MASSARI, educator; Dr. JOSEPH V. SCELSA, Ed.D

 

Presenting by popular demand excerpts from

"LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI"

 

A Neapolitan Renaissance Christmas concert

Featuring: La Befana (the Italian Christmas Witch), the Archangel Gabriel on stilts, and Pulcinella from the Commedia dell’Arte

 

 

FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED, THERE WILL BE A RAFFLE

 

TICKETS & DONATIONS:

$60 general admission  $75 includes a listing on the program

$100 includes a program listing and a CD of your choice

$150 includes a program listing and Alessandra Belloni’s Book – RHYTHM IS THE CURE

 

Reservations and more information

Abelloni@aol.com – www.alessandrabelloni.com, www.igiullaridipiazza.com 646-322-4637

I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA is a non profit organization under the code 501-C-3 and all donations are Tax deductible

 

 

 

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

TARANTATA Gypsy Rhythms and Trance Dance - 9 PM
113 Ludlow
New York, NY 10002
Price: $10

lnternationally renowned Singer, Dancer Percussionist
ALESSANDRA BELLONI
In TARANTATA –SOUTH ITALIAN GYPSY MUSIC, TRANCE DANCE & BRAZILIAN RHYTHMS & CHANTS

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 – 9:00pm
MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR
131 LUDLOW STREET - ADMISSION $ 10.00

ALESSANDRA BELLONI –vocals, tambourines, frame drums,
JOE DENINZON - electric and acoustic violin, WILSON MONTUORI – Electric guitar VINNIE SCIALLA : drumset, percussion special guest dancers! 

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, and the trance dance know as PIZZICA TARANTATA or the Spider Dance. Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times , found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."
Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Palomma d'ammore & Canto de Sereja 10/13/12 @ Mehanata NYC http://youtu.be/oGgBo7AyqxQ

Tammorriata 10/13/12 Menahata NYC http://youtu.be/6WqQLzxIjKM


Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw
Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q
Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Italian American Museum
Rhythm is the Cure Frame Drum Workshop - 6:30 PM
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY
Price: $45

Featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy combined with their unique style of tambourine, and focusing on the ancient healing trance dance of the Tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

In Part 1 -1st day we will review the rhythms and chants in honor of the Black Madonna known as Tammorriata – done in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele).
Part 2 Students will also learn the trance 6/8 rhythm and dance of* SAN ROCCO called the : THE SPINNING DANCE, Based on a trance tarantella from Calabria in honor of San Rocco, dating back to the Middle ages, used as a healing ritual against the plague. Everyone spins together in a spiral and in a circle.
Part 3 The final part will be dedicated to the healing trance dance of purification called Pizzica Tarantata, used to cure a mental disorder called Tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Every student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which are very fast and energetic. Part of the ritual takes place on the floor, and the dance is actually a spider-like movement on the ground. This part has the most amazing healing effect, releasing stress, blockage of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakra according to the movements, as if coming out of an imaginary SPIDERWEB. 

Alessandra will end the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of the waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water. Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate.
(Please do not wear black.)

Join Alessandra in this beautiful location with a powerful statue of the Black Madonna!

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Camp Mysterium, Woodstock NY
Drums and Dances of Illumination - 10 AM November 12 - 6 PM November 13
Price: $150 advance registration, $170 at the door

Come and experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms on frame drum and ritual dances with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher and healer, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. 

This intensive healing workshop, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances and frame drum instruction, taps into a traditional healing modality used for centuries throughout the Mediterranean.

Each day will begins with hands-on frame drum technique, followed by dance instruction, including the following healing trance dances and sacred song/percussion:

-Drum technique for a deeper heart connection and expanded rhythmic language 
-Dance techniques that ground and connect one to the earth
-Black Madonna folk tradition/sacred songs from Southern Italy, including fertility dances to Our Lady of Montevirgine in Naples, Italy
-The dance and music of "San Rocco"- an Italian trance dance from Calabria that is related to Sufi whirling
-Tarantella ritual dance and rhytm, a shamanic dance related to the Tarantula.
-Sufi ritual whirling and sacred Sufi Chants in Arabic in honor of the Virgin Mary, known as Mariam.

The ritual of the Pizzica Tarantella will be held at the end of the workshop on Sunday afternoon. This healing trance dance ritual from Southern Italy (Magna Graecia) was performed by Greek women called "Baccantes," in honor of Dionysus, the god of Ecstasy and wine. Women involved in these rites, later called Tarantate, used the ritual of the "Pizzica Tarantata" to heal from the heartbreak of unrequited love. 
We will learn the energetic movements and stomping of the ‘Pizzica,’ to a 12/8 rythymn on the frame drum. This dance is helpful in relieving stress, removing blockages of sexual energy, and opening the heart and throat chakras. We end this special ritual with whirling, breaking the imaginal webs that bind us.

On Saturday, we will also learn a sensual rythym and dance from Naples on a large drum called the Tammorra. The dance movements, that have a strong Spanish and Middle Eastern flourish, are set to the beat of African 4/4 rhythms. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the Black Madonna, originally for the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele.

We also learn the 'Spinning Dance of San Rocco,' a dance originating in Calabria whose origins can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when it was used as a healing ritual to ward off the plague. The spinning motion has a direct relation to the Sema of the whirling dervishes.

Cost $ 150 for workshop in advance - $ 170 at the door, plus accomodations.
Email Abelloni@aol.com to register or online at 
https://www.everbutton.com/button/view/3735

*Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate. Please do not wear black.

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Ulster County Fairgrounds
Million Women Drummers Gathering 2016 - 3 PM
Libertyville Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

RHYTHM IS THE CURE –

Workshop/training on the southern Italian

tambourine & Frame Drum technique,

featuring the ancient music & dance

therapy rhythms of the TARANTELLA -

Presented by Internationally renowned

singer, percussionist, teacher and author

ALESSANDRA BELLONI – REMO artist

based on her method on her book

RHYTHM IS THE CURE (Mel Bay Publications.)

 

TWO-DAY EVENT AT MILLION WOMEN DRUMMERS GATHERING 2016, "For the love of a sustainable future for drums and trees!"

RHYTHM IS THE CURE WORKSHOP - SATURDAY 4 PM

PERFORMANCE - SUNDAY 3 PM

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Ulster County Fairgrounds
Million Women Drummers Gathering 2016 - 4 pm
Libertyville Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

RHYTHM IS THE CURE –

Workshop/training on the southern Italian

tambourine & Frame Drum technique,

featuring the ancient music & dance

therapy rhythms of the TARANTELLA -

Presented by Internationally renowned

singer, percussionist, teacher and author

ALESSANDRA BELLONI – REMO artist

based on her method on her book

RHYTHM IS THE CURE (Mel Bay Publications.)

 

TWO-DAY EVENT AT MILLION WOMEN DRUMMERS GATHERING 2016, "For the love of a sustainable future for drums and trees!"

RHYTHM IS THE CURE WORKSHOP - SATURDAY 4 PM

PERFORMANCE - SUNDAY 3 PM

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant
Tarantata
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
973-744-2600

The concert features music from the CDs released by SoundsTrue  & Naxos chosen as best Italian CD of the year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles and from the show TARANTELLE E CANTI D'AMORE presented to a sold out audience at Symphony Space in October 2009.

 

The ensemble includes :

 

The ensemble includes :  
Alessandra Belloni - lead vocals, percussion, ritual dance. 
 Enrico Granafei - classical guitar 
Susan Eberenz - Flute, piccolo recorders 
Mara Gerety - Violin 

Giuseppe de Falco- Neapolitan singer, guitar

The program also includes tarantella dancers: 
Francesca Silvano, Greta Campo,

 

This concert is a fiery "journey" through the South of Italy featuring also magic rituals,  sensual mystical trance dances performed as ritual by the women of Southern Italy, haunting love songs,  lullabies, processional chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, known as :Tammorriata, and more dances as well as original songs by Alessandra Belloni inspired by the rituals and rhythms of Brazil..

 

The music comes from different regions of Italy, mainly Naples, Calabria, Sicily, Puglia and Sardegna, and it has been arranged with a very unique World Music Sound.

 

The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.

 At the end of our concert we invite the audience to dance the tarantella or “pizzica” in a celebration of life and good energy unique of the Italians using red ribbons in a circle.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
St. Francis Day - Blessing of the Animals - 1 PM
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY

A special outdoor performance by Cathedral ensemble-in-residence I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA for the traditional "Blessing of the Animals" service on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of nature and animals. 

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Bohemian Festival at Mehanata - 11 PM
113 Ludlow
New York, NY 10002

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, and the trance dance know as PIZZICA TARANTATA or the Spider Dance. Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition. 

Featuring:
Alessandra Belloni - vocals, frame drums and percussion
Wilson Montuori - guitar
Susan Eberenz - flute, piccolo, woodwinds
Mara Gerety - violin
Giuseppe De Falco - Neapolitan traditional singer
Vinnie Scialla - percussion

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Bohemian Night - World Music Festival - 8 PM
881 7th Ave
New York City, NY 10019
(212) 554-5380

Part of the “Bohemian Night” at the World Music Festival of Carnegie Hall organized by Mehanata.This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing over to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm the magic rituals and tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, and the trance dance known as PIZZICA TARANTATA or the “Spider Dance.” Also featuring Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters and Xango, of the Afro-Brazilian Yoruba tradition.

 

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Italian American Museum
Tamburello workshop - South Italian frame drum training - 7 PM
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
Price: $45

TRAINING PROGRAM IN THE SOUTH ITALIAN FRAME DRUMS & TAMBOURINE TECHNIQUE.
 
' WEDNESDAYS  SEPTEMBER 28,   OCTOBER 12,OCTOBER   19, 26
  from 7 to 9 pm· cost $ 45 per class or 40 if  you register FOR at least 2

Learn the Southern Italian frame drum & tambourine style with a technique that releases stress gives a sense of physical vitality and well-being. With Internationally renowned award winning percussionist, singer, teacher
ALESSANDRA BELLONI, REMO artist & author

In her special Training Program for Frame Drums & Tambourines
based on RHYTHM IS THE CURE – from her Mel Bay Book & DVD An INSPIRATIONAL HANDS-ON TRAINING FEATURING the POWERFUL south Italian frame drumming & tambourine technique based on an ancient form of music & dance therapy known as Tarantella that can benefit both men
 & women. 

COST $ 45 each $ 40 if you register for at least 2 classes - RSVP register email Abelloni@aol.com 

This series (open men & women) puts frame drum & tambourine technique into practice. This method will focus on giving the participants a useful tool for their practices. The use of tambourines and frame drums, along with movement, effects healing of stress and anxiety. 

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

** If you join this workshop you will study and learn the use of this powerful frame drumming technique and skills and will learn also how to incorporate this style to create your own rhythms as we synchronize our movements to these ancient rhythms.

Students will become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy. 

Learning objectives for facilitators, women communities, teachers, social workers, therapists, percussionists, musicians, and people who love to drum: 
THE TRAINING INCLUDES: 

(a) Technical aspects of playing the tambourines/frame drums

(b) Rhythmic patterns of various traditional songs from the tradition of the Black Madonna

(c) Call and response patterns

(d) Improvisational skills using the tambourine

(e) Chants and simple dance steps that are part of the Tarantella tradition

(f) The history of this powerful tambourine style, dating back to ancient Greek & Roman rites of the Mother Earth Goddess and the rites of Dionysus and now played for the Black Madonna and The role that the tarantella tradition has played in medicine and healing over the centuries

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY OPEN TO MEN & WOMEN 

TEACHING DESCRIPTION Each learning session will include: 

1. HANDS-ON TRAINING by Alessandra Belloni who will demonstrate the techniques of the rhythmic tradition) and 

2. PRACTICE will also include time for group members to rehearse their new skills, receive corrections, and lead the group 

3. Therapeutic objectives

5. increase fine motor coordination

6. develop awareness of self and others

7. offer a means of emotional expression through sound

8. give a sense of enhanced self esteem

9. provide an experience of group belonging 

THE ITALIAN TAMBURELLO & TARANTELLA RHTYHMS:

During the RHYTHM IS THE CURE TRAINING PROGRAM , group participants will study and practice these technical skills:

Basic "tarantella "tamburello " techniques: holding the drum with emphasis on arm movement, hand technique for triplets, and the 6/8 and 4/4 rhythms. 

Tammorriata- a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm 

Rhythm & Dance of San Rocco- a Medieval healing 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done used for centuries to send away fear of disease and death in circle spinning.

Pizzica Tarantata: a very fast 12/8 rhythm with different accents - played on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles. Students will learn the rhythms and steps of this ancient dance used as a form of music therapy for centuries in Puglia.

Improvisational techniques, using specific accents and syncopations and specifically, how to match the accents of the drum to a song's melody.
 

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Hofstra University
Tarantelle e Canti d'Amore at the Hofstra Italian Festival - 12 PM
Hempstead Turnpike
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-463-9225

The concert features music from the CDs released by SoundsTrue  & Naxos chosen as best Italian CD of the year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles and from the show TARANTELLE E CANTI D'AMORE presented to a sold out audience at Symphony Space in October 2009. 

 

The ensemble includes : Alessandra Belloni - lead vocals, percussion ritual dance.

Wilson Montuori - classical guitar

Susan Eberenz Flute, piccolo recorders

Mara Gerety Violin

The program also includes tarantella dancers:

Francesca Silvano, Greta Campo, Peter De Geronimo

 
This concert is a fiery "journey" through the South of Italy featuring also magic rituals,  sensual mystical trance dances performed as ritual by the women of Southern Italy, haunting love songs,  lullabies, processional chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, known as :Tammorriata, and more dances as well as original songs by Alessandra Belloni inspired by the rituals and rhythms of Brazil..

 

The music comes from different regions of Italy, mainly Naples, Calabria, Sicily, Puglia and Sardegna, and it has been arranged with a very unique World Music Sound.

 The performance ends with the authentic Pizzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dionysus.

 

At the end of our concert we invite the audience to dance the tarantella or “pizzica” in a celebration of life and good energy unique of the Italians using red ribbons in a circle.

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

NYU Casa Italiana
The Voyage of the Black Madonna - 6:30 PM
24 W 12th St.
NYC, NY 10011

Singer, percussionist, healer and director Alessandra Belloni, joined by her Italian folk music/theater/dance company I Giullari di Piazza, present the special celebration The Voyage of the Black Madonna, on the occasion of her festivity.

The performance is a musical journey around the world, among the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna. This unique and impeccably researched theater and dance work blends healing chants, dances and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy and Spain, along with original compositions.

Belloni and her troupe of dancers, actors, and musicians, all specialists in Southern Italian traditions, take audiences on an enchanting journey of discovery of the seven Black Madonnas, known as the "Seven Sisters" in Southern Italy. This trip into traditional legends, miracles and history, transports audiences to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with processions, drumming rituals, chanting and sensual dancing in honor of the Black Madonna, who is considered the most important of the seven sisters. She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, which pilgrims still climb barefoot while chanting and drumming in her honor.

Following the Neapolitan tradition, the company will perform the chant for the Black Madonna of Montevergine, followed by the Tammprita drumming and sensual dance. The healing power of medieval prayers to the Madonna originated in the Middle Ages, during the Black Death Plague, and was believed to release people from their overpowering fears of death and the annihilation of their way of life.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

RHYTHM IS THE CURE Tuscany retreat
Rhythm is the Cure - Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop in Tuscany! - 7 day intensive - end August 23th
LA CHIARA DI PRUMIANO
(Florence)
ITALY
Price: from $1,300
Experience the healing power
of the Tarantella rhythms and dance
with
Internationally renowned singer, 
percussionist, teacher
Alessandra Belloni , Remo Artist,
 
As seen in the film  Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance Trailer shot in Italy last summer by French/American film maker Manex Ibar https://vimeo.com/59786628about Alessandra Belloni, as artist/healer    
as she proudly announces her
 
Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop from Southern Italy  
RHYTHM IS THE CURE
  
 AUGUST 16  to 23 2016
 in a splendid Renaissance Villa in the magic hills of Tuscany, Italy    

Alessandra's summer workshop in Tuscany featuring Tarot puppet-making classes
led by Puppet Artist Gaia Pescetti    

About:
Rhythm is the Cure is a 7-day intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.
 

Location: 
La Chiara di Prumiano, a beautiful 17th century villa

set high in the rural hills of Tuscany's Chianti Classico vineyards, hosts our group of about twenty-five women and men who come from all over the world. As their guest, you'll stay in a spacious and comfortable room that boasts windows with shutters that open onto the surrounding shimmering olive groves.  More pictures and information available here: http://www.prumiano.it 

 

The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, and break the  imaginary "spiderweb" of the subconscious mind.


Through this work, Alessandra has helped transform many people's lives through the years. The objectives of the workshop are:

 

--To introduce the participants to an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

 

--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna bringing women back in touch with their drumming tradition.

  

--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.     

Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:

 

TAMMORRIATA - This is a beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. This powerful dance is done during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele. 

 

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as traumas and blocked emotions.  

 

 

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

 

Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean drum creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water. Using also ancient chants used as an invocation to the healing energy of the sun, the Black Madonna  and the Goddess of Water and Love (Yemanja/Madonna del Mare). 

 

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

 

Cultural Excursion:

An excursion will also take place to the nearby medieval walled city of Siena where we'll visit the Black Madonna in the Duomo, followed by a pilgrimage to one of Tuscany's little-known treasures, the Abbey of San Galgano, a spectacular ruined Cistercian gothic abbey, where the participants will experience a special drumming ceremony. At sunset we will drum while walking up the hill to the extraordinary Hermitage Montesiepi, which has another powerful Black Madonna.

 

 

 

A Game Within the Game

 

 

 

 See a glimpse of past year's Rhythm is the Cure in Tuscany, Italy:

Russian TV Travel Channel Dancing Planet:     

 

 

Alessandra Belloni  tarantella Interview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQj30s71Zy0

 

 

 

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA PILGRIMAGE
VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA TOUR OF BLACK MADONNA SACRED SITES IN SOUTH ITALY - from August 4 to August 15
Southern Italy
starting in Rome, Naples, Avellino, Puglia, Calabria, Sicily, Italy
Italy
646 322-4637
Price: $ 2,700 including 4 stars hotels, 2 meals a day, bus & ferry to Sicily
Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher 
Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist
proudly announces her  
TOUR OF THE SACRED SITES OF THE BLACK MADONNA
IN SOUTHERN ITALY  
THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA
 August 4rd - 15th, 2016
Voyage of the Black Madonna
AFTER THE GREAT SUCCESS AND MAGICAL EXPERIENCE OF LAST SUMMER I am very happy and proud to announce that I will be leading THE SECOND pilgrimage to the sacred sites of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy!! Also featuring writer, archeologist and Egyptologist Armando Mei as our guide in Naples.
This special musical tour will start from Rome's airport in the morning of August 4th- returning to Rome's airport the night of August 15th.
See details below  PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUC NA PAY BY CHECK and will have WEPAY BUTTONS AVAILABLE SOON.
I am offering a special $ 75 discount for early bird registrations. 
DEAR FRIENDS around the world:
Last summer I led the first tour of the Sacred Sites of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy, and it was one of the most powerful and beautiful experiences in my life and for everyone on the tour.
Every day of our tour was magical indeed, with people showing up to meet us by surprise- musicians, writers, even meeting people I had not seen in many years!
I realized that nothing was a coincidence, but seemed to have been planned by the GREAT MOTHER!     
  
JOIN ME FOR THE THIRD BLACK MADONNA  PILGRIMAGE 2016     
 Itinerary:
I will take people on the same journey as last year, as I have done over  many years as devotion to the Black Madonna, which inspired me to write the Folk Opera THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA in 1990, together with my music director John La Barbera. I am happy to share with you a very personal journey which will transform your life!
 
We will visit the following places and Black Madonnas:
August 5th Madonna Nera della Neve, Torre Annunziata    
spectacular feast along the sea near Sorrento/Pompei on the Amalfi Coast. In the late afternoon we will watch the re-enacment of the fisherman fishing the Black Madonna found in a large cage in the sea. It is spectacular and very moving as she is connected to the Goddess Aphrodite. We will also do a ritual chant on the beach at sunset, a Medieval prayer to the Black Madonna.  

August 6th  
Visit to Black Madonna of Positano, also by the Sea, a beautiful Byzantine Icon, also connected to Aphrodites. Positano is one of the most beautiful towns of the Amalfi coast, and we will spend the day there. As last year I will lead a beautiful ritual of purification in the sea, with white flowers, drumming and chants, all dressed in white and blue we will honor the Madonna del Mare, Aphrodites/Yemanja in the Afro- Brazilian tradition. 
 
August 7th Led by writer/archeologist Armando Mei, we will Visit Pompei. 
The Temple of Isis is a testament to Egyptian influence over Roman religion. In Pompeii is preserved one of the most important temples dedicated to the Goddess Isis, in south Italy. Armando will focus on the connections between the origins of the Great Mother Culture and its evolution along the millennium. A travel through Ancient Sumerians and Egyptians Myths, among the ruins of the most famous ancient town of POMPEII. 
NIGHT OF AUGUST 7th
We will meet the well known tammorra maker Raffaele Inserra from Gragnano and the old singer, Zi Giannino, 84 years old, and the young one Gianfranco, for a great feast at the great restaurant il Vigneto where we will play and dance, and people will have a chance to learnt he authentic tammorriata.
August 8th we leave for the Black Madonna of Montevergine     -
 also known as Mamma Schiavona (Serving Mother) spectacular sacred Mountain near Avellino- (beautiful mountain region called Irpirnia). This is the most important of the seven sisters, ancient site and temple of the goddess Cybele, Black Mother Earth Goddess from Anatolia. We will go the famous throne (a special rock in the mountains called Seggia della Madonna ) where healing miracles happen, where last year many people had a very powerful mystical experience. Up in the sanctuary we will  play the tammorriata drumming and sing for her. WE will also enjoy the great local food and wine, as we rest in the restaurant up the mountain.  
 
This region is called Irpinia and we will visit several powerful sites here:
      August 9th - Black Madonna in Moiano, near Benevento, 
the powerful, beautiful MADONNA DELLA LIBERA,       the one I am most devoted to and have personally received a miracle from her, she is the most magical!  Also an ancient site of the worship to the Goddess Isis.Last year I had an incredible break down and felt reborn after asking her to free me from sad moments of the past. Many people had the same experience! In the chapel we will also chant her traditional   songs, that I learned from the old women of the town during the procession.      
 
August 10 

– LA MADONNA NERA INCORONATA DI FOGGIA (Puglia land of the tarantella! ) new this year. We will travel to the  famous  Tavoliere delle Puglie, a beautiful landscape of agricultural land, to the Sanctuary of this mysterious Madonna Nera with the GOLD CROWN who appeared in the year 1001 in very magical way. While shepherds were working in the field 2 bulls ran away to a Tree (OAK TREE) and kneeled down, as lightning and fire appeared for a long time. Suddenly  a voice was heard saying I AM MARY MOTHER OF GOD! And I want my temple build here ! And he Beautiful Statue of the Black Madonna Nera appeared right in the tree. And she made many miracles , also with a special anointing oil that always burns at here image and never goes out.

We will stay at the beautiful Hotel Novelli ****, with  spa and Jacuzzi in the room! And great food!

This will be the perfect  spot for a moment of reflection of the  pilgrimage and group sharing, and Alessandra will ask  each one to share their feelings and emotions before  a closing drumming ceremony.

– LA MADONNA NERA INCORONATA DI FOGGIA (Puglia land of the tarantella! ) new this year. We will travel to the  famous  Tavoliere delle Puglie, a beautiful landscape of agricultural land, to the Sanctuary of this mysterious Madonna Nera with the GOLD CROWN who appeared in the year 1001 in very magical way. While shepherds were working in the field 2 bulls ran away to a Tree (OAK TREE) and kneeled down, as lightning and fire appeared for a long time. Suddenly  a voice was heard saying I AM MARY MOTHER OF GOD! And I want my temple build here ! And he Beautiful Statue of the Black Madonna Nera appeared right in the tree. And she made many miracles , also with a special anointing oil that always burns at here image and never goes out.

This will be the perfect  spot for a moment of reflection of the  pilgrimage and group sharing, and Alessandra will ask  each one to share their feelings and emotions before  a closing drumming ceremony.

   August 11/12 LEAVE FOR CALABRIA!! My favorite land! 
We will stay in the beautiful town of Tropea, in a hotel with great food and a breathtaking view of the beach and active volcano STROMBOLI!  There we will finally have a couple of days of rest on the beach, swimming in the turquoise sea very similar to Hawaii. In Calabria we will meet and feast with my  good friend and tarantella teacher Vittorio de Paola and have dinner and party in his beautiful restaurant on top of the mountain with a great view of the sea. This was a highlight of last year's tour!
      August 14 we will go to the  feast of the Black Madonna di Seminara, Madonna dei Poveri,     celebrated with a wild drumming ritual, reenacting an ancient fertility rite, and giant Puppets that dance to the fast 6/8 rhythm of the tarantella (Giganti).   Last year everyone was enchanted by the powerful rhythms of African origins, and seeing the giant puppets of the African King Courting the Italian Queen, thus bringing together these two cultures.
 
August 13, we will honor the Black Madonna del Tindari
on the Day of the Assumption, her feast day     . This is a magical place, where the Madonna del Tindares (Ethiopian name) was found in cave under the mountain, which we will visit, by enchanted lakes of salt water, and a beautiful turquoise sea, where we will do a purification ritual.  The Madonna looks like an African Totem and is inside the church on top of the mountain, with the inscription Nigra Sum Sed Formosa (I am Black and Beautiful). Next to the church we will visit the archeological site that has the temples of Demeter and Cybele and drum  as we watch the most spectacular sunset over the sea.
      A great feature of this tour is the local folk traditions, the music of the tarantella the dancing, and the fantastic food, all fresh prepared according to the regional traditions, and the most amazing wine!! As we enter the favored land of Dionyus, god of Ecstasy and Wine!
    I was also blessed to bring my old friend and teacher of tamburello, tammorra maker, Raffaele Inserra, from Gragnano. We had an unforgettable night with him and the old singer, Zi Giannino, 84 years old, and his young apprentice, Gianfranco, at the great restaurant il Vigneto where we danced, drummed, ate, and drank lots of fantastic wine from Gragnano- one of the best in the world! We will repeat this powerful experience which is a treasure in the field of Ethnomusicology!
The cost of the tour is $2,700 if we are 12 people -- or $2,800 if we are 10 people 
This does not include airfare and lunch as we will be moving around during the days. but includes:
1)  Hotel accommodations, double occupancy, 4 star hotels, 
2)  Breakfast and wonderful dinners in very good restaurants and hotels,
3)  Tour bus
4)  Ferry boat back and forth to Sicily
5)  My work as your    leader with lectures on site, leading drumming ceremonies, chants  and rituals in appropriate locations.
Please note that I will need a registration fee of $150 by to ensure your participation and to have the tour operator secure the hotels.
The total deposit of $840,      which  is 30% of $2800 (if we are 10 people) is needed by May 20 and the remaining of the total amount due 30 days before the tour starts (July 4)
PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Due  February 1 - $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable)
Due May 30 - $690 tour Tuition
Due July 4 - $1,960 (if 10 people register; $1,810 if 12 people register)
 
 
You can also pay by check made to Alessandra Belloni and send it to: 
Alessandra Belloni
1111 River Road 
Apt G33 
Edgewater NJ 07020

 

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

TARANTATA South Italian Gypsy Music and Trance Rhythms - 9 PM
113 Ludlow
New York, NY 10002
Price: $10
SATURDAY JULY 23 – 9:00pm
MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR
131 LUDLOW STREET - ADMISSION $ 10.00

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, tambourines, frame drums,
GIUSEPPE DE FALCO - vocals, guitar
GYPSY JOE - accordion, vocals, tambourine
VINNIE SCIALLA - percussion and drumset
MARA GERETY - violin
AMARA - fire and belly dance

COME JOIN ALESSANDRA BELLONI TO CELEBRATE HER BIRTHDAY with our special concert at MEHANATA Bulgarian Bar!

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, and the trance dance know as PIZZICA TARANTATA or the Spider Dance. Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition.

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Italian American Museum
RHYTHM IS THE CURE 5-day frame drum training course - 7-9 PM
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013

An INSPIRATIONAL HANDS-ON TRAINING FEATURING the POWERFUL south Italian frame drumming & tambourine technique based on an ancient form of music & dance therapy known as Tarantella that can benefit both men & women. 

A FIVE CLASS COURSE TOTALING 8-10 HOURS! Certificate awarded upon completion. DATES: July 1, 8, 13, 21 and 28, all from 7-9 PM at the Italian American Museum. PRE-REGISTRATION LINK COMING SOON, contact Abelloni@aol.com for more information!

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

** If you join this workshop you will study and learn the use of this powerful framed drumming technique and skills to bring to your community with a sense of greater well being
**You will learn also how to incorporate this style to create your own rhythms as we synchronize our movements to these ancient rhythms.


Students will become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy. 

Learning objectives for facilitators, women communities, teachers, social workers, therapists, percussionists, musicians, and people who love to drum:
TO CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMMUNITY 
To facilitate other groups
To bring them the opportunity to communicate powerfully
To connect with joy
Find balance (physical and emotional)
Learn to facilitate

THE TRAINING INCLUDES: 
(a) Technical aspects of playing the tambourines/frame drums
(b) Rhythmic patterns of various traditional songs from the tradition of the Black Madonna
(c) Group leadership skills
(d) Call and response patterns
(e) Improvisational skills using the tambourine
(f) Observational/Listening skills
(g) Chants and simple dance steps that are part of the Tarantella tradition
(h) The history of this powerful tambourine style, dating back to ancient Greek & Roman rites of the Mother Earth Goddess and the rites of Dionysus and now played for the Black Madonna and The role that the tarantella tradition has played in medicine and healing over the centuries

Each learning session will include:
HANDS-ON TRAINING by Alessandra Belloni who will demonstrate the techniques of the rhythmic tradition) and 
PRACTICE will also include time for group members to rehearse their new skills, receive corrections, and lead the group 
These training sessions will give participants the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses.
Therapeutic objectives
increase fine motor coordination
develop awareness of self and others
offer a means of emotional expression through sound
give a sense of enhanced self esteem
provide an experience of group belonging
Modern applications of this rhythmic tradition to promote healt and wellness among various populations

THE ITALIAN TAMBURELLO & TARANTELLA RHTYHMS:
During the RHYTHM IS THE CURE TRAINING PROGRAM , group participants will study and practice these technical skills:
Basic "tarantella "tamburello " techniques: holding the drum with emphasis on arm movement, hand technique for triplets, and the 6/8 and 4/4 rhythms. 
Tammorriata- a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm
Rhythm & Dance of San Rocco- a Medieval healing 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done used for centuries to send away fear of disease and death in circle spinning.
Pizzica Tarantata: a very fast 12/8 rhythm with different accents - played on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles. Students will learn the rhythms and steps of this ancient dance used as a form of music therapy for centuries in Puglia.
Improvisational techniques, using specific accents and syncopations and specifically, how to match the accents of the drum to a song's melody.
Leading the drum circle and using the voice improvisationally to guide the group.
Basic steps of the tarantella (including the pizzica) and simple songs and chants that are part of the ritualistic tradition

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY OPEN TO MEN & WOMEN
You will receive a certificate of completion.



About Alessandra
Facilitator: Alessandra Belloni is a REMO artist who is a foremost authority on traditional Italian Folk music and dance traditions of Southern Italy. Alessandra Belloni brings this authentic training, based on the roots of an ancient form of music and dance therapy known as tarantella and demonstrates how to apply this tradition to today's frame drum circles. The Rhythm is the Cure program emphasizes cultural education and brings the ethnic historical tradition of Southern Italy to those who are being trained as frame drum facilitators. She has been performing and teaching this tradition for 35 years and is the recipient of the New York State council on the Arts, grant as Master of Folk traditions - Southern Italian frame drums &Tambourines. Her extensive research on these traditions is reflected in her authoritative book entitled Rhythm is the Cure, published by MelBay. This series (open men & women) puts frame drum & tambourine technique into practice. This method will focus on giving the participants a useful tool for their practices. The use of tambourines and frame drums, along with movement, effects healing of stress and anxiety.

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Cathedral of St John the Divine
TARANTATA - Spider Dance - 8:00 pm
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
USA
(212) 932-7325
Price: $25

After the hit  at the RED CAT DISNEY CENTER in LOS ANGELES in 2015 ! 

 

Internationally renowned Singer, Dancer, Percussionist

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI 

& I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA

 Italian folk music & dance company 

artist in residence at the Cathedral of  St.  John the Divine

 

Invite you to 

CELEBRATE  THE ANCIENT NIGHT OF THE TARANTULA and the

Feast of the TARANTATI, Feast of St Paul in Apulia with

 

 " TARANTATA – SPIDER DANCE "

 

Featuring  TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCES, HEALNG CHANTS FOR THE BLACK MADONNA ending with BRAZILIAN RHYTHMS 

 

  

WEDNESDAY JUNE 29,  2016   -   8:00pm

 ST JAMES CHAPEL - CATHEDRAL OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE

1047 AMSTERDAM AVENUE (112th Street) New York City

 tickets 25.00

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

www.alessandrabelloni.com www.igiullaridipiazza.com

 

Traditionally celebrated for centuries in a Church in a collective Euphoria to heal from depression & sadness caused by unrequited love & abuse

 

 

 Featuring excerpts of the musical Tarantella Spider Dance

 about the myth of the spider &  ecstatic rites of Dionysus

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI –lead vocals, ritual dance, tambourines, frame drums,

JOE DENINZON - electric and acoustic violin WILSON MONTUORI – electric & acoustic guitar, SUSAN EBERENZ – flute, piccolo, recorders - 

 PETER ABAZIA - drum set, percussion

 GIUSEPPE DE FALCO- Neapolitan singer

Dancers:  PETER DE GERONIMO in the role of Dionysus,

 FRANCESCA SILVANO in the role of the tarantata,   GRETA CAMPO, 

AMARA – in the role or Aracne Stilt dancer  MARK MINDEK

 

 Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary” on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

 

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The "Spider Dance" or Tarantella, is a quite erotic trance dance ritual from Southern Italy, which has been used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This new 'Spider Dance' production infuses the ancient melodies and instrumentation of the authentic tarantella with modern electronic dance beats. It features aerial, fire and stilt dancers, acrobats and a techno Tarantella trance dance. As with all of Belloni's presentations, the show is meticulously researched, with costumes and instrumentation as authentic as possible. The music ranges from traditional 6/8 southern Italian to 12/8 heavy-accented modern sounds, and includes tarantellas, sensual love songs, and women's work chants. 

 

Reenacting the ancient celebration  of the TARANTATI TRANCE RITUAL on June 29th,for the Feast of St Paul that took place in a church for  many centuries! 

 

Alessandra Belloni, international REMO artist and award-winning Southern Italian percussionist and singer, returns with her company I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA to  the Cathedral of St John the Divine where they are artist in residence her unique 12-member ensemble that includes musicians, vocalists, stilt dancer, acrobats, tarantella dancers in the exotic spectacle "TarantataSpider Dance," a sensual and mystical show about the healing power of the Tarantella trance dance. A rich and fascinating trip into Southern Italian music, dance, history, and ancient legends.

 

- Spider Dance" - abuse, repressed sexuality, powerlessness, and the feeling of being "caught in a web that binds them" - causes many women, known as "tarantate" to suffer "tarantismo" - a lethal mixture of depression, loneliness, and oppression. Their cure is to dance the "pizzica tarantata"- The Spider Dance!

We witness the healing journey of a "tarantata" as she is taken by Dionysus to the shaman (Alessandra Belloni), who cures her with the tarantella trance dance. Her amazing journey includes 

** a powerful procession of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy

** a healing ceremony of the pizzica tarantata, the wild erotic trance dance, attended by townspeople in the piazza. 

 

SPECIAL FEATURE: 

For the first time the Company reenacts the authentic trance dance & healing ceremony as it was done for many centuries in Apulia, in a church and by the altar!  in the town called GALATINA, on June 29th, for the feast of St Paul.  This  Saint replaced Dionysus, and was supposed to grace in a vision the tarantati during their collective euphoria when they entered the small church of San Paolo di  Galatina in Salento (Puglia).

 

All all of Belloni's & I GIULLARI’S presentations, the show is meticulously researched, with costumes and instrumentation as authentic as possible. The music ranges from traditional 6/8 southern Italian to 12/8 heavy-accented modern sounds, and includes tarantellas, sensual love songs, and women's work chants. Instrumentation is both traditional and modern. Traditional instruments include flute, folk guitar, piccolo recorders, frame drums, tambourines, dumbeck. Electric violin and guitar, and techno beats have been added to the more modern music segments.

 

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE presentation video 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-2VPrBUqdw&lc=yzssJlpJyHf5aAz8zXbyH1ISYghbVf6zM1bpqr-8wDg&lch

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Lucent Temple of Consciousness
SPIDER DANCE at Lightning in a Bottle Festival
Bradley, California

Alessandra Belloni

SPIDER DANCE trance dance &drumming ritual

with dancer Sherrie Cox & drummer Richard Noel form Jam2gro and dancer Andrea Nehesi

 at LIGHTINING IN A BOTTLE

  FRIDAY NIGHT MAY 27TH

TEMPLE OF CONSCIOUSNESS

 Bradley California

 

 

 

Alessandra Belloni vocals, frame drums & ritual dance together with drummer Richard Noel onndjembe, congas, kick drum, and dancers Sherrie Cox & Andrea Nehesi will lead the audience into a collective healing trance dance ceremony  with the ancient PIZZICA TARANTATA - Spider Dance at the TEMPLE OF CONSCIOUSNESS  at LIB Festival

LIB Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/LightningInaBottle/?fref=ts

 

 Featuring excerpts of the musical Tarantella Spider Dance

 about the myth of the spider &  ecstatic rites of Dionysus

 

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, (TAMMORRIATA)  love ballads,  and the healing trance dance of the  PIZZICA TARANTATA.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition . The  dancers all dressed in white, blue and red (traditional colors in Italy & Brazil)  will lead the audience in a  final ritual dance, from Southern Italian 6/8 trance rhythms of the Pizzica to the Brazilian Samba and Baiao celebrating two cultures that have common roots in Africa.

 

 

 Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice… The songs blazed with an age-old momentum.” – The New York Times

 

Extraordinary vocalist, hand-percussionist and dancer Alessandra Belloni creates a voluptuous exploration of Tarantella—the frenzied ritual dances that enact the release of built-up erotic desire— in a contemporary incarnation of the southern Italian folk form. In the traditional “Pizzica Tarantata” healing rite, performers suffering the effects of spider “love bite” are accompanied by furious percussion as they spin, stomp, writhe and otherwise work up an ecstatic lather in a bid to purge the “venom” from their bodies. Belloni uses both traditional and modern instrumentation to dramatize an account of the curative power of the ritual.

 

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www.lol-la.com/review-alessandra-bellonis-hypnotic-tarantata-spider-dance- ...
1 day ago ... Living Out Loud LA ... 4, 2015) evening at REDCAT located in the Walt Disney Hall complex, I was transported not just back to Italy but learned ...

 



L.A. Press review: LiVING OUT LOUD: By Humberto Capiro


 The evening began with the "Tarantella Di Sann'lcandro" from the southern region of Puglia, as two lovers feel the bite of the tarantula spider and go into an erotic frenzy and make love. Accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra to the left of the stage, Belloni entered striking an Italian tambourine while wailing with her operatic strength voice as she accompanied the dancers. This was the start of the myth of the Tarantula and the beginning of the ritualistic healing power of the tarantella dance as explained and presented to us by the energetic and charismatic Belloni, accompanied by actor Randy Vasquez as the voice of Dionysus.


Made up of local and international artists, the I Giullari Di Piazza Dancers performed the very intricate and sometimes hypnotic pieces with passion, including the mesmerizing Francesca Silvano who along with Peter DiGeronimo were featured in most of the dance segments throughout the evening.
Headed by singer Vida Vierra and the wonderful dancer Dani Lunn, this show stopping number capped off an evening of dance, myth, history and spiritual healing at the hands of the incomparable Alessandra Belloni.

 


Live Music and More: Allessandra Belloni's Tarantata Spider Dance at Redcat
by Jane Rosenberg


With her compelling stage presence, throaty mezzo, and raging tambourine, Allessandra Belloni is a force of nature. Through Southern Italian folk music, chant, and dance, Belloni and her company explored the sound and movement world of tarantella trance dancing at Disney Hall's Redcat. Belloni's virtuosity on the tambourine is without question.

 

 

Pizzica Tarantata Spider Dance from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013.  http://youtu.be/16-TIZ40ZfU

 

 Requiem Fire Dance http://youtu.be/19fN2KZb-f4

 

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Honoring the Sea Goddess - 8:00 PM
125 S Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, California
FRIDAY MAY 20 at 8:00pm CORAZON ART CENTER TOPANGA CA
Alessandra Belloni presents:   HONORING THE SEA GODDESS,

Presented to sold out audiences  at the New York Open Center, Cathedral of St . John the Divine, Venice , Lerici, Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore Italy.

Featuring:

   ALESSANDRA BELLONI: voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance

ANDREA NEHESI - ritual dance, percussion

 GREG DORMANI  guitar, mandolin

 

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer to honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

They recreate rituals with songs, chanting and dancing, drumming and offerings of flowers to the images of Yemanja and the Black Madonna. The music played will include fisherman;'s songs, and love laments, from Southern Italy and Brazil, as  original songs written by Alessandra Belloni inspired by her trips to Hawaii and Brazil written in honor of Yemanja. This is unique passionate show  with great music and joyous ritual that invokes the healing power of primordial waters, was presented in Italy (Venice, Salsomaggiore Thermal resort, PERC FEST,  New York OPEN CENTER, Los Angeles Italian Culural Institute)  Trum

 

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago 
http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

Alessandra Belloni on Brazilian Globo TV July, 2012 http://youtu.be/jwX0PNwZjKM

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

SOLO CONCERT AT MOUNT SHASTA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKbmO2c20fo

Friday, May 13th, 2016

REMO Recreational Music Center
Rhythm Is The Cure 3-Day Weekend Workshop
7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-0461
Price: $250

RHYTHM IS THE CURE 3 Day Weekend Training with Alessandra Belloni

Learn to facilitate a frame drum circle for your community with a technique that releases stress gives a sense of physical vitality and well-being with Internationally renowned award winning percussionist, singer, teacher:

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI, REMO artist & author in her special 3 Day Weekend Training Program for Frame Drums & Tambourines RHYTHM IS THE CURE – from her Mel Bay Book & DVD 

  

Friday May 13th 6pm to 9pm

Saturday May 14th 12pm to 6pm

Sunday May 15th 12pm to 6pm

(Total 15 hours)

REGISTRATION COST $250 - discount price of $200 if you register before May 10! 

Click here to register: Tuition Frame Drum Training
 

An INSPIRATIONAL HANDS-ON TRAINING FEATURING the POWERFUL south Italian frame drumming & tambourine technique based on an ancient form of music & dance therapy known as Tarantella that can benefit both men & women.

 

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

** If you join this workshop you will study and learn the use of this powerful framed drumming technique and skills to bring to your community with a sense of greater well being

 **You will learn also how to incorporate this style to create your own rhythms as we synchronize our movements to these ancient rhythms.

Students will become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy. 

 

Learning objectives for facilitators, women communities, teachers, social workers, therapists, percussionists, musicians, and people who love to drum:

TO CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMMUNITY

  •  To facilitate other groups
  •  To bring them the opportunity to communicate powerfully
  •  To connect with joy
  •  Find balance (physical and emotional)
  •  Learn to facilitate

 

THE TRAINING INCLUDES: 

(a)  Technical aspects of playing the tambourines/frame drums

(b)  Rhythmic patterns of various traditional songs from the tradition of the Black Madonna

(c)  Group leadership skills

(d)  Call and response patterns

(e) Improvisational skills using the tambourine

(f) Observational/Listening skills

(g) Chants and simple dance steps that are part of the Tarantella tradition

(h) The history of this powerful tambourine style, dating back to ancient Greek  & Roman rites of the Mother Earth Goddess and the rites of Dionysus and now played for the Black Madonna and The role that the tarantella tradition has played in medicine and healing over the centuries

 

Each learning session will include:

  1. HANDS-ON TRAINING by Alessandra Belloni who will demonstrate the techniques of the rhythmic tradition) and 
  2. PRACTICE will also include time for group members to rehearse their new skills, receive corrections, and lead the group 
  3. These training sessions will give participants the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses.

Therapeutic objectives

  1. increase fine motor coordination
  2. develop awareness of self and others
  3. offer a means of emotional expression through sound
  4. give a sense of enhanced self esteem
  5. provide an experience  of group belonging
  6. Modern applications of this rhythmic tradition to promote healt and wellness among various populations

 

THE  ITALIAN TAMBURELLO & TARANTELLA RHTYHMS:

 During the RHYTHM IS THE CURE  TRAINING PROGRAM , group participants  will study and practice these technical skills:

  • Basic "tarantella "tamburello " techniques:  holding the drum with emphasis on arm movement, hand technique for triplets, and the 6/8 and 4/4 rhythms. 
  • Tammorriata- a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm
  • Rhythm & Dance of San Rocco- a Medieval healing 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done used for centuries to send away fear of disease and death in circle spinning.
  • Pizzica Tarantata: a very fast 12/8 rhythm with different accents - played on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles. Students will learn the rhythms and steps of this ancient dance used as a form of music therapy for centuries in Puglia.
  • Improvisational techniques, using specific accents and syncopations and specifically, how to match the accents of the drum to a song's melody.
  • Leading the drum circle and using the voice improvisationally to guide the group.
  • Basic steps of the tarantella (including the pizzica) and simple songs and chants that are part of the ritualistic tradition

 

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY OPEN TO MEN & WOMEN

You will receive a certificate of completion.

 

About Alessandra

Facilitator: Alessandra Belloni is a REMO artist who is a foremost authority on traditional Italian Folk music and dance traditions of Southern Italy. Alessandra Belloni brings this authentic training, based on the roots of an ancient form of music and dance therapy known as tarantella and demonstrates how to apply this tradition to today’s frame drum circles. The Rhythm is the Cure program emphasizes cultural education and brings the ethnic historical tradition of Southern Italy to those who are being trained as frame drum facilitators. She has been performing and teaching this tradition for 35 years and is the recipient of the  New York State council on the Arts, grant as Master of Folk traditions - Southern Italian frame drums &Tambourines. Her extensive research on these traditions is reflected in her authoritative book entitled Rhythm is the Cure, published by MelBay. This series (open men & women)  puts frame drum & tambourine technique into practice.  This method will focus on giving the participants a useful tool for their practices. The use of tambourines and frame drums, along with movement, effects healing of stress and anxiety.

 

Dragata’s Testimonial from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

http://youtu.be/ea3X7z5Lx_Y

 

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS - Pizzica & San Rocco- Group drumming from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013http://youtu.be/6QT_E-iJyC0T8

 

 Southern Italian tambourine & frame drum lessons on documentary Brooklyn bike by  Lee Free

.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 2:  Tammorriata
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w
 

 

Segment from 2015 of Alessandra Belloni on "Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience",  a monthly presentation of CUNY TV.

https://youtu.be/JKubWl5YLj8

 

 

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Queens Public Library
VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA - 8:00 PM
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, New York

MONDAY APRIL 18 QUEENS PUBLIC LIBRARY 6;00pm

 

41-17 Main Street Flushing NY 11355 (718) 661-1200

 

  THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA

An Interfaith Healing Concert Dedicated to World Peace,

featuring ancient chants to the Black Madonna from Southern Italy

 

 

Alessandra Belloni

 

  

Internationally honoredsingerpercussionisthealer and director  AlessandraBelloni,  joined by her Italian folk music/theater/dance company I Giullari diPiazza, will present the special holiday celebration "Mystical Music in Honor of the Black Madonna," a musical journey around the world to the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna.   This unique and impeccably researched  theater and dance work blends healing chants, dances and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, and Brazil, along with original compositions, December 12 at 8 PM, and December 13 at 3 PM at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue.

 

Belloni and her troupe of dancers, actors, and musicians, all specialists in Southern Italian traditions, will take audiences on an enchanting journey of discovery of the 7 Black Madonnas, known as the "Seven Sisters" in Southern Italy.  This trip into traditional legends, miracles, and history, transports audiences to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues with processions, drumming rituals, chanting and sensual dancing in honor of the Black Madonna, who is considered the most important of the 7 sisters.   She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, where pilgrims still make the trip up the mountain, barefoot while chanting and drumming in her honor.  

 

Alessandra Belloni, tambourine virtuoso, singer, ritual dancer, pioneering scholar, teacher and Shamanic healer connects in an unbroken lineage to the primordial Great Mother, or the Black Madonna.  The healing power of medieval prayers to the Madonna originated in the Middle Ages, during the Black Death Plague, and was believed to release people from their overpowering fears of death and the annihilation of their way of life.

 

The dancing evokes the elegant and meditative movements of the Whirling Dervishes and is accompanied by song in the procession that follows the Black Madonna.Following the Neapolitan tradition, the company will perform the chant for the Black Madonna of Montevergine, followed by the Tammorrita drumming and sensual dance.   

 

The full-length Voyage of the Black Madonna, written by Alessandra Belloni and premiered at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1991, has been performed since then at numerous festivals and venues, including the Los Angeles Sacred Music Festival, the New York Open Center, and Glastonbury Goddess Festival.   The work includes rare chants that have never been heard outside of the live ceremonies in Italy, and has now been recorded on a few of I Giullari di Piazza's CDs, including Earth, Sun and Moon, Tarantata - Dance of the Ancient Spider (Sounds True), Tarantelle and Canti d'Amore, Tarantella Spider Dance.

 

CAST: 

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - artistic director, mezzo-soprano, voice of the Black Madonna, percussion, narration

IVAN THOMAS - keyboards

MARK MINDEK - stilt dancer

FRANCESCA SILVANO - dancer

AMARA - fire and belly dancer 

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and 'Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider, is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

 

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

 

Jon Pareles of The New York Timesreviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice.   The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

 

BEAUTIFUL PAINTING  OF THE BLACK MADONNA BY ARTIST ARDEN MASON WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE CONCERT.    

Procession of The Black Madonna Cuncti Simus Simushttp://youtu.be/HJqD5cr1NKk

 

Trance Dance of San Rocco http://youtu.be/B-EgfFvcZdc

    

 

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Casa Belvedere
Tarantella Dance Workshop - 7:00 PM
79 Howard Ave
Staten Island, NY
Price: $45

Join internationally renowned singer, dancer and percussionist Alessandra Belloni in 
RHYTHM IS THE CURE
A workshop featuring the Tarantella rhythms & tambourine technique, steps & Southern Italian Folk Songs at Casa Belvedere
Monday, April 4th & 
Tuesday, April 5th 
@ 7:00 PM
Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. 
Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious.
Students shall begin each session with drumming followed by an hour and half of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. 

Monday, April 4th: (1st day)
TARANTELLA DE' 600 - This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra's students 'Italian Aerobics".   

Tuesday, April 5th: (2nd day)
*DANCE & RHYTHM OF SAN ROCCO - a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of San Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times. 
* Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.
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The workshop is a fiery percussive "journey" through the South of Italy combining the tambourine rhythms with authentic Southern Italian Folk songs.
 
Each 2-Hour Session is 
$45 per person.
Or $80 per person for the 
Two-day workshop.
Refreshments will be available.
SIGN UP TODAY!
Please call 718-273-7660.

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Casa Belvedere
Tarantella Dance Workshop - 7:00 PM
79 Howard Ave
Staten Island, NY
Price: $45

Join internationally renowned singer, dancer and percussionist Alessandra Belloni in 
RHYTHM IS THE CURE
A workshop featuring the Tarantella rhythms & tambourine technique, steps & Southern Italian Folk Songs at Casa Belvedere
Monday, April 4th & 
Tuesday, April 5th 
@ 7:00 PM
Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. 
Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious.
Students shall begin each session with drumming followed by an hour and half of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. 

Monday, April 4th: (1st day)
TARANTELLA DE' 600 - This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra's students 'Italian Aerobics".   

Tuesday, April 5th: (2nd day)
*DANCE & RHYTHM OF SAN ROCCO - a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of San Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times. 
* Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.
Newsletter - Dance Drop Shadow Image
The workshop is a fiery percussive "journey" through the South of Italy combining the tambourine rhythms with authentic Southern Italian Folk songs.
 
Each 2-Hour Session is 
$45 per person.
Or $80 per person for the 
Two-day workshop.
Refreshments will be available.
SIGN UP TODAY!
Please call 718-273-7660.

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE & BRAZILIAN RHYTHMS & CHANTS - 9:00 PM
113 Ludlow
New York, NY 10002
Price: $10

ALESSANDRA BELLONI –vocals,  tambourines, frame drums,

JOE DENINZON - electric and acoustic violin, WILSON MONTUORI –  Electric and acoustic guitar.   GIUSEPPE DE FALCO – vocals SUSAN EBERENZ-  FLUTES

 DANCERS: FRANCESCA SILVANO &  PETER DE GERONIMO

 

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, and the trance dance know as PIZZICA TARANTATA or the Spider Dance. Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Casa Belvedere
DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE - Voices of the Tarantate - 7:00 pm
79 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Price: $45

In observation of  Women's History  Month, Alessandra Belloni will present  her all-women's ensemble, Daughters of Cybele, in "Voices of the Tarantate," featuring powerful  women work chants, traditional tarantella rhythms and trance dances used by women to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, known as Pizzica Tarantata, or Spider Dance,  traditional drumming and dances from Southern Italian tradition.

 

Belloni has gathered a unique ensemble of women schooled in voice, percussion and ritual dance to honor the female energy found in traditions from Southern Italy, emulating one of the most ancient ways of healing.  The strong, talented, beautiful and creative women take a fiery percussive journey in honor of the feminine principle.  

 

This new show will take us on a joyful journey of discovery, mysticism and empowerment  as Alessandra engages the women who, overcome by the rhythms, experience profound healing and transformation.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Italian-American Museum
Drums and Dance of Illumination - Equinox Workshop - 6:00 pm
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY
Price: $60

ALESSANDRA BELLONI ~

internationally renowned percussionist, singer-dancer

 

Presents :  DRUMS  & DANCES OF ILLUMINATION

 

a SPECIAL  EQUINOX RITUAL OF PURIFICATION 

TO BRING GOOD ENERGY,

 featuring also Juliet Rabia Gentile

 

  •  Healing Dance & Percussion workshop focusing on the origins of the Tarantella as a healing dance & drumming & dances in honor of the Black Madonna

     Saturday March 19from 6:00 to 9:00pm –

at the Italian American Museum – 155 Mulberry Street- Little Italy - Cost: $ 60 -

 For more information :ABelloni@aol.comwww.alessandrabelloni.com

 

Featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy combined with their unique style of tambourine, and focusing on the ancient healing trance dance of the Tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. .

 

 Part 1:  rhythms and chants in honor of the Black Madonnaknown as Tammorriata – done  in honor of the Black Madonna(originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele). 

SUFI CHANT in Honor of MARIAM -sung by RABIA

 

Part 2 Students will also learn the trance 6/8 rhythm and  dance of SAN ROCCO called the : THE SPINNING DANCE,  Based on a trance tarantella from Calabria in honor of San Rocco, dating back to the Middle ages, used as a healing ritual against the plague. Everyone spins together in a spiral and in a circle.

CONNECTING IT TO THE SUFI WHIRLING DANCE LED BY RABIA

 

The final part will be dedicated to the healing trance dance of purification called Pizzica Tarantata, used to cure a mental disorder called Tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Every student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which are very fast and energetic. Part of the ritual takes place on the floor, and the dance is actually a spider-like movement on the ground. This part has the most amazing healing effect, releasing stress, blockage of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakra according to the movements, as if coming out of an imaginary SPIDERWEB.    

 Alessandra will end the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of the waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.  

Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate.

  (Please do not wear black.)

 

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Tarantelle e Cante d'Amore - 7 pm
McGuire Hall, 4 West University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21210

Sicilian folk music featuring Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari di Piazza. 

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Remo Music Center
RHYTHM IS THE CURE at Remo Music Center - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
7308 Coldwater Canyon
North Hollywood, CA 91605
USA
818-982-0461

RHYTHM IS THE CURE at Remo Music Center
7308 Coldwater Canyon
North Hollywood, CA 91605

Ph. 818-982-0461

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28
11 am to 5 pm

http://remormc.com/calendar/events/194/2016/02/28/

www.remormc.com

 

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL AT CAL STATE FULLERTON - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Recital Hall
Fulleton, CA 92831
657-278-5443

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27 NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL AT CAL STATE FULLERTON

SOUND HEALING AND LIGHT Composer-Performer Symposium, Recital Hall – 4 to 6pm special frame drum & tambourine  demonstration &workshop on the healing tradition of the Black Madonna & the Tarantella.

P.O. Box 6850 Fullerton, CA 92834-6850 Phone: 657-278-5443 http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/NMF/index.htm

pmadsen@Exchange.FULLERTON.EDU

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

GODDESS TEMPLE
MYSTICAL MUSIC IN HONOR OF THE BLACK MADONNA - 7:30 PM
17905 Sky Park Circle #A
Irvine, CA 92614
USA
949/651-0564

Concert -- MYSTICAL MUSIC IN HONOR OF THE BLACK MADONNA
AT THE GODDESS TEMPLE IN ORANGE COUNTY

17905 Sky Park Circle #A  Irvine CA 92614
7:30pm

949/651-0564 www.GoddessTempleOC.org

e-mail: info@GoddessTempleOC.org 

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Cal Arts-ROD Music Hall
PERCUSSION MASTER CLASS AT CAL ARTS
24700 McBean Pkwy.
Valencia, CA 91354

Percussion Workshop at Cal Arts

Percussion Department

for more information -- Johnson.djohnson@calarts.edu

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

“Inner Journey with Greg Friedman” - 7:00 PM

Radio Interview  KX935

"INNER JOURNEY with Greg Friedman"

http://KX935.com/show/innerjourney

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Casa Belvedere
Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop
79 Howard Street
Staten Island, NY

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. 

 

Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious.

 Students shall begin each session with drumming followed by an hour and half  of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

 

Alessandra will also teach chants and songs of devotion to the Black Madonna and to the Sun (Jesce Sole).

 During these series of workshops, the participants will learn:

 TAMBOURINE TECHNIQUE:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, and a basic accented fast 6/8 rhythm used for different style tarantellas, which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin. 

 

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm. 

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna .

 

 THE FOLK DANCES:

 Tammorriata from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

Tammorriata Dance is in honor of the Black Madonna & Sicilian Tarantella (choreography Alessandra Belloni). Recorded August 2013 by Maurizio Longobardi

http://youtu.be/vIIEZNDsL94

 

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.   

*DANCE AND        RHYTHM  OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of SAN Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times. 

 

 

** Pizzica Tarantata, a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents,which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles and the dance were performed as a musical exorcism to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice. Originally these were the ancient Greek rites for the God Dionysus as Puglia was part of Greece and was called Magna Grecia.


  The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

 

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Casa Belvedere
Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop
79 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. 

 

Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious.

 Students shall begin each session with drumming followed by an hour and half  of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

 

Alessandra will also teach chants and songs of devotion to the Black Madonna and to the Sun (Jesce Sole).

 During these series of workshops, the participants will learn:

 TAMBOURINE TECHNIQUE:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, and a basic accented fast 6/8 rhythm used for different style tarantellas, which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin. 

 

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm. 

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna .

 

 THE FOLK DANCES:

 Tammorriata from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

Tammorriata Dance is in honor of the Black Madonna & Sicilian Tarantella (choreography Alessandra Belloni). Recorded August 2013 by Maurizio Longobardi

http://youtu.be/vIIEZNDsL94

 

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.   

*DANCE AND        RHYTHM  OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of SAN Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times. 

 

 

** Pizzica Tarantata, a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents,which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles and the dance were performed as a musical exorcism to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice. Originally these were the ancient Greek rites for the God Dionysus as Puglia was part of Greece and was called Magna Grecia.


  The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

 

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Casa Belvedere
La Cantata Dei Pastori
79 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY

CELEBRATE THE EPIPHANY - LA BEFANA! with 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI Artistic Director &  

I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA, ITALIAN FOLK MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE

 FOR A SPECIAL  OUR 35TH ANNIVERSARY  REVIVAL OF

 

 "LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI" The Shepherds Cantata

JANAURY 5th Tuesday at CASA BELVEDERE

 

LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI was written by A. Perrucci in the 16th century & re-written and directed by Alessandra Belloni in 1984. It has been performed by the company for 20 years.

music composed & arranged by John La Barbera

 

FEATURING THE NEAPOLITAN SINGER /ACTOR GIUSEPPE DE FALCO IN THE ROLE OF RAZZULLO the Pulcinella character that leads the story with 

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI in the role of Mary
MARK MINDEK as the Angel Gabriel on stilts, MAX MCGUIRE as LA BEFANA

SUSAN EBERENZ - MUSIC DIRECTOR - Flute piccolo & recorders

 IVAN THOMAS – guitar  and  MARA GERETY–in the role of the devil, violin

JAMES KARCHER Main Devil - FRANCESCA SILVANO - LEAD dancer

 

  Join La Befana, the Good Witch of Christmas, Mary and Joseph, the Archangel Gabriel, Devils, Demons, and the commedia dell'arte characters who enact this beloved story of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, and the triumph of good over evil.  

  The music - tarantellas, villanellas and pastorales - comes from traditional sources, with original music by John La Barbera.  Adaptation and direction are by Alessandra Belloni.   Songs are sung in Italian; costuming and music instrumentation is traditional Southern Italian; narration is in English.   The play ends with a singing by the Company of the oldest known Neapolitan Christmas song.

The play is set during Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, during which the Devil has dispatched demons to stop the birth of Jesus.    Along the way, the holy couple's escapades are entwined with the hapless commedia dell'arte character called Razzullo, a comic mischievous Neapolitan scribe who is always hungry and looking for something to eat.   The demons, in the meanwhile, conjure up tempests, dragons, and do all they can to stop the birth, but all are under the protection of the Archangel Gabriel (played here, in traditional style, by  Mark Mindek, well known stilt dancer who has appeared in Metropolitan Opera productions, Disney Films and special events around the world.).   The holy couple experiences funny, outrageous, and dangerous adventures before they finally reach Bethlehem and Good triumphs over Evil!    

"La Cantata dei Pastori" is still performed annual during the Christmas season in the environs of Naples.   Written by Andrea Perrucci during the height of commedia dell'arte popularity in Italy, it combines commedia characteristics with those of the Italian medieval sacra rappresentazione.   These elements are fused in settings which borrow from a third genre, the Italian pastoral drama.

 

JON PARLES - The New York Times:
 
"A musical play presented by the traditional Italian group I Giullari di Piazza (is) a rarity among Christmas programs; it somehow manages to be both riotously entertaining and   curiously haunting, even profound......a vibrant and uproarious performance."

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

TARANTATA - South Italian Gypsy Music - 9:00 PM
113 Ludlow
New York, NY 10002
Price: $10

Tarantella trance dance, Brazilian rhythms, South Italian folk songs and a special seasonal addition of Neapolitan Christmas theater! Come join I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA at MEHANATA, 113 Ludlow Street for dancing, drinks, beautiful music and a good time to be had by all! 

ADMISSION $10 

FEATURING: 
ALESSANDRA BELLONI – vocals, tambourines, frame drums
MARA GERETY - violin  
GIUSEPPE DE FALCO – vocals  
VINNIE SCIALLA - drumset, percussion
SUSAN EBERENZ - flutes and recorders

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing over to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm the magic rituals of tarantellas used as ancient music therapy to cure the mythical "bite of the tarantula", healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, and the trance dance know as PIZZICA TARANTATA or the Spider Dance. Also featuring Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, and Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition.
SPECIAL HOLIDAY FEATURE: NEAPOLITAN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S SONGS from the legendary Renaissance Commedia dell'Arte show LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI!

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times , found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."



Palomma d'ammore & Canto de Sereja 10/13/12 @ Menahata NYC http://youtu.be/oGgBo7AyqxQ

Tammorriata 10/13/12 Menahata NYC http://youtu.be/6WqQLzxIjKM


Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw
Alessandra featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q
"Spider Sex" documentary on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0 
REVIEW OF TARANTATA AT ST JOHN THE DIVINE http://www.t2conline.com/trance-dance-and-chants/

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE presentation video http://www.youtube.com/w

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Ridgefield Memorial High School
La Cantata Dei Pastori - 10:00 AM
555 Chestnut Street
Ridgefield, NJ

I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA, renowned 35-year old Southern Italian music/theater/dance company, is proud to offer a beautiful concert version of LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI 

For your Italian Community .

 

  Join La Befana, the Good Witch of Christmas, Mary and Joseph, the Archangel Gabriel, Devils, Demons, and the commedia dell'arte characters who enact this beloved story of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, and the triumph of good over evil.  

  The music - tarantellas, villanellas and pastorales - comes from traditional sources, with original music by John La Barbera.  Adaptation and direction are by Alessandra Belloni.   Songs are sung in Italian; costuming and music instrumentation is traditional Southern Italian; narration is in English.   The play ends with a singing by the Company of the oldest known Neapolitan Christmas song.

The play is set during Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, during which the Devil has dispatched demons to stop the birth of Jesus.    Along the way, the holy couple's escapades are entwined with the hapless commedia dell'arte character called Razzullo, a comic mischievous Neapolitan scribe who is always hungry and looking for something to eat.   The demons, in the meanwhile, conjure up tempests, dragons, and do all they can to stop the birth, but all are under the protection of the Archangel Gabriel (played here, in traditional style, by  Mark Mindek, well known stilt dancer who has appeared in Metropolitan Opera productions, Disney Films and special events around the world.).   The holy couple experiences funny, outrageous, and dangerous adventures before they finally reach Bethlehem and Good triumphs over Evil!    

"La Cantata dei Pastori" is still performed annual during the Christmas season in the environs of Naples.   Written by Andrea Perrucci during the height of commedia dell'arte popularity in Italy, it combines commedia characteristics with those of the Italian medieval sacra rappresentazione.   These elements are fused in settings which borrow from a third genre, the Italian pastoral drama.

 

JON PARLES - The New York Times:
 
"A musical play presented by the traditional Italian group I Giullari di Piazza (is) a rarity among Christmas programs; it somehow manages to be both riotously entertaining and   curiously haunting, even profound......a vibrant and uproarious performance."

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Euphoria Yoga
RHYTHM IS THE CURE workshop - 1:30 to 4:30pm
99 Tinker St, Woodstock, New York 12498
Woodstock, NY
USA
Price: $ 60.00

Come and experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher, and healer, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. 

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual and shamanic dances, as well as frame drum playing, traditional healing modalities used throughout the Mediterranean.

In 1641, the Jesuit philosopher Athanasius Kircher wrote about his strong belief in the power of this form of dance therapy to work a magical cure for depression, anxiety, reproductive issues and energetic blockages. The healing trance dance of the tarantella, or spider dance, progresses through several stages of purification and transformation before ending with a whirling movement that breaks the imaginal webs that bind us.

Each session begins with 1.5 hours of hands-on drum technique followed by 1.5 hours of dance instruction, as well as a culminating ritual dance experience. Students will learn variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella, an ancient form of music therapy and the corrosponding dance movements, that together represent an unbroken shamanic tradition from pre-Christian times to the present. We will also delve into dances in honor of the Black Madonna, such as the 'Tammorriata' and the Spinning Dance of San Rocco.

More information:
THE SPINNING DANCE,  
Based on a trance tarantella from Calabria in honor of San Rocco, dating back to the Middle ages, used as a healing ritual against the plague. Everyone spins together in a spiral and in a circle.

PIZZICA TARANTATA The final part will be dedicated to the healing trance dance of purification called Pizzica Tarantata, used to cure a mental disorder called Tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Every student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which are very fast and energetic. Part of the ritual takes place on the floor, and the dance is actually a spider-like movement on the ground. This part has the most amazing healing effect, releasing stress, blockage of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakra according to the movements, as if coming out of an imaginary SPIDERWEB.            

Alessandra will end the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of the waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.  Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate.

  (Please do not wear black.)

 

Come and experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher, and healer, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. 

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual and shamanic dances, as well as frame drum playing, traditional healing modalities used throughout the Mediterranean.

In 1641, the Jesuit philosopher Athanasius Kircher wrote about his strong belief in the power of this form of dance therapy to work a magical cure for depression, anxiety, reproductive issues and energetic blockages. The healing trance dance of the tarantella, or spider dance, progresses through several stages of purification and transformation before ending with a whirling movement that breaks the imaginal webs that bind us.

Each session begins with 1.5 hours of hands-on drum technique followed by 1.5 hours of dance instruction, as well as a culminating ritual dance experience. Students will learn variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella, an ancient form of music therapy and the corrosponding dance movements, that together represent an unbroken shamanic tradition from pre-Christian times to the present. We will also delve into dances in honor of the Black Madonna, such as the 'Tammorriata' and the Spinning Dance of San Rocco.

More information:
THE SPINNING DANCE,  
Based on a trance tarantella from Calabria in honor of San Rocco, dating back to the Middle ages, used as a healing ritual against the plague. Everyone spins together in a spiral and in a circle.

PIZZICA TARANTATA The final part will be dedicated to the healing trance dance of purification called Pizzica Tarantata, used to cure a mental disorder called Tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Every student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which are very fast and energetic. Part of the ritual takes place on the floor, and the dance is actually a spider-like movement on the ground. This part has the most amazing healing effect, releasing stress, blockage of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakra according to the movements, as if coming out of an imaginary SPIDERWEB.            

Alessandra will end the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of the waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.  Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate.

  (Please do not wear black.)

 

Come and experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher, and healer, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. 

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual and shamanic dances, as well as frame drum playing, traditional healing modalities used throughout the Mediterranean.

In 1641, the Jesuit philosopher Athanasius Kircher wrote about his strong belief in the power of this form of dance therapy to work a magical cure for depression, anxiety, reproductive issues and energetic blockages. The healing trance dance of the tarantella, or spider dance, progresses through several stages of purification and transformation before ending with a whirling movement that breaks the imaginal webs that bind us.

Each session begins with 1.5 hours of hands-on drum technique followed by 1.5 hours of dance instruction, as well as a culminating ritual dance experience. Students will learn variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella, an ancient form of music therapy and the corrosponding dance movements, that together represent an unbroken shamanic tradition from pre-Christian times to the present. We will also delve into dances in honor of the Black Madonna, such as the 'Tammorriata' and the Spinning Dance of San Rocco.

More information:
THE SPINNING DANCE,  
Based on a trance tarantella from Calabria in honor of San Rocco, dating back to the Middle ages, used as a healing ritual against the plague. Everyone spins together in a spiral and in a circle.

PIZZICA TARANTATA The final part will be dedicated to the healing trance dance of purification called Pizzica Tarantata, used to cure a mental disorder called Tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Every student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which are very fast and energetic. Part of the ritual takes place on the floor, and the dance is actually a spider-like movement on the ground. This part has the most amazing healing effect, releasing stress, blockage of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakra according to the movements, as if coming out of an imaginary SPIDERWEB.            

Alessandra will end the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of the waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.  Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate.

  (Please do not wear black.)

 

Come and experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher, and healer, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. 

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual and shamanic dances, as well as frame drum playing, traditional healing modalities used throughout the Mediterranean.

In 1641, the Jesuit philosopher Athanasius Kircher wrote about his strong belief in the power of this form of dance therapy to work a magical cure for depression, anxiety, reproductive issues and energetic blockages. The healing trance dance of the tarantella, or spider dance, progresses through several stages of purification and transformation before ending with a whirling movement that breaks the imaginal webs that bind us.

Each session begins with 1.5 hours of hands-on drum technique followed by 1.5 hours of dance instruction, as well as a culminating ritual dance experience. Students will learn variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella, an ancient form of music therapy and the corrosponding dance movements, that together represent an unbroken shamanic tradition from pre-Christian times to the present. We will also delve into dances in honor of the Black Madonna, such as the 'Tammorriata' and the Spinning Dance of San Rocco.

More information:
THE SPINNING DANCE,  
Based on a trance tarantella from Calabria in honor of San Rocco, dating back to the Middle ages, used as a healing ritual against the plague. Everyone spins together in a spiral and in a circle.

PIZZICA TARANTATA The final part will be dedicated to the healing trance dance of purification called Pizzica Tarantata, used to cure a mental disorder called Tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Every student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which are very fast and energetic. Part of the ritual takes place on the floor, and the dance is actually a spider-like movement on the ground. This part has the most amazing healing effect, releasing stress, blockage of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakra according to the movements, as if coming out of an imaginary SPIDERWEB.            

Alessandra will end the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of the waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.  Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate.

  (Please do not wear black.)

 

Come and experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher, and healer, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. 

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual and shamanic dances, as well as frame drum playing, traditional healing modalities used throughout the Mediterranean.

In 1641, the Jesuit philosopher Athanasius Kircher wrote about his strong belief in the power of this form of dance therapy to work a magical cure for depression, anxiety, reproductive issues and energetic blockages. The healing trance dance of the tarantella, or spider dance, progresses through several stages of purification and transformation before ending with a whirling movement that breaks the imaginal webs that bind us.

Each session begins with 1.5 hours of hands-on drum technique followed by 1.5 hours of dance instruction, as well as a culminating ritual dance experience. Students will learn variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella, an ancient form of music therapy and the corrosponding dance movements, that together represent an unbroken shamanic tradition from pre-Christian times to the present. We will also delve into dances in honor of the Black Madonna, such as the 'Tammorriata' and the Spinning Dance of San Rocco.

More information:
THE SPINNING DANCE,  
Based on a trance tarantella from Calabria in honor of San Rocco, dating back to the Middle ages, used as a healing ritual against the plague. Everyone spins together in a spiral and in a circle.

PIZZICA TARANTATA The final part will be dedicated to the healing trance dance of purification called Pizzica Tarantata, used to cure a mental disorder called Tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Every student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which are very fast and energetic. Part of the ritual takes place on the floor, and the dance is actually a spider-like movement on the ground. This part has the most amazing healing effect, releasing stress, blockage of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakra according to the movements, as if coming out of an imaginary SPIDERWEB.            

Alessandra will end the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of the waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.  Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate.

  (Please do not wear black.)

 

Come and experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher, and healer, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. 

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual and shamanic dances, as well as frame drum playing, traditional healing modalities used throughout the Mediterranean.

In 1641, the Jesuit philosopher Athanasius Kircher wrote about his strong belief in the power of this form of dance therapy to work a magical cure for depression, anxiety, reproductive issues and energetic blockages. The healing trance dance of the tarantella, or spider dance, progresses through several stages of purification and transformation before ending with a whirling movement that breaks the imaginal webs that bind us.

Each session begins with 1.5 hours of hands-on drum technique followed by 1.5 hours of dance instruction, as well as a culminating ritual dance experience. Students will learn variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella, an ancient form of music therapy and the corrosponding dance movements, that together represent an unbroken shamanic tradition from pre-Christian times to the present. We will also delve into dances in honor of the Black Madonna, such as the 'Tammorriata' and the Spinning Dance of San Rocco.

More information:
THE SPINNING DANCE,  
Based on a trance tarantella from Calabria in honor of San Rocco, dating back to the Middle ages, used as a healing ritual against the plague. Everyone spins together in a spiral and in a circle.

PIZZICA TARANTATA The final part will be dedicated to the healing trance dance of purification called Pizzica Tarantata, used to cure a mental disorder called Tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Every student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which are very fast and energetic. Part of the ritual takes place on the floor, and the dance is actually a spider-like movement on the ground. This part has the most amazing healing effect, releasing stress, blockage of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakra according to the movements, as if coming out of an imaginary SPIDERWEB.            

Alessandra will end the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of the waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.  Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate.

  (Please do not wear black.)

 v

Friday, November 20th, 2015

MYSTICAL MUSIC IN HONOR OF THE BLACK MADONNA - 8:00pm
434 Main St
Rosendale, New York 12472
845.658.9048
Price: $ 15.00

Experience the internationally honored singer, percussionist, teacher, healer and author,Alessandra Belloni; as she weaves her enchantment with healing chants and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna. 

Together with the haunting sounds of master flutist Steve Gorn, she'll explore the traditions of Southern Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Brazil; and also offer her original compositions. 

The evening features authentic chants and prayers of the people who have honored The Black Madonna. They continue in an unbroken and ancient chain of devotion, dating back to the worship of the Earth Mother; as the Goddess Cybele, Isis, Artemis, Demeter. 

Alessandra Belloni is an award winning percussionist, singer, and dancer; described by the LA Times as "a force of nature."She is an artist in residence at the cathedral of St John the Divine, and also tours the world as a teacher, healer, and performs both group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Ms. Belloni is also a renowned author in her field.

"Alessandra Belloni and 'Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider' is a revelation, utterly fascinating." --Don Hackman, Los Angeles Times 

"Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer." --Drum Magazine 

"Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum." --Jon Pareles, The New York Times, reviewing an 'I Giullari di Piazza' show

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Italian American Museum
TARANTELLA RHYTHMS,SONGS& STEPS - 7 to 9 pm also NOV. 24
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY
USA
jsantagada@@italaianamericanmuseum.org
Price: $ 50.00

Internationally renowned singer, dancer percussionist

Alessandra Belloni  in 

 RHYTHM IS THE CURE

 

A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

Featuring the tarantella rhythms and steps-

 

 Tuesday November 17 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm &

 Tuesday November 24 from 7:00 to 9 at the Italian American Museum

 155 Mulberry street near Grand St. -Join Alessandra in this beautiful  location with a powerful statue of the Black Madonna! Tel (212) 965-9000

 

 

 

Fee: $50- please register in advance by emailing Abelloni@aol.com

and italianamericanmuseum@gmail.com

 

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean.

 

Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious.

 Students shall begin each session with drumming followed by an hour and half  of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

 

Alessandra will also teach chants and songs of devotion to the Black Madonna and to the Sun (Jesce Sole).

 

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS - Pizzica & San Rocco- Group drumming from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013http://youtu.be/6QT_E-iJyC0 

During these series of workshops, the participants will learn:

 TAMBOURINE TECHNIQUE:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, and a basic accented fast 6/8 rhythm used for different style tarantellas, which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin.

 

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna .

 

 THE FOLK DANCES:

 Tammorriata from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

Tammorriata Dance is in honor of the Black Madonna & Sicilian Tarantella (choreography Alessandra Belloni). Recorded August 2013 by Maurizio Longobardi

http://youtu.be/vIIEZNDsL94

 

TARANTELLA DE’ 600– This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.  

*DANCE AND        RHYTHM  OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of SAN Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times.

 

* Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.

 

** Pizzica Tarantata, a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents, which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles and the dance were performed as a musical exorcism to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice. Originally these were the ancient Greek rites for the God Dionysus as Puglia was part of Greece and was called Magna Grecia.


  The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

 

Dragata’s Testimonial from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

http://youtu.be/ea3X7z5Lx_Y

Danielle's Testimonial from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

http://youtu.be/l_xE9VgIiT8

 

Friday, November 13th, 2015

American Music Therapy Conference
RHYTHM IS THE CURE tarantella rhythms - 2:00pm
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crowne Center Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Kansas
USA

This session puts frame drum technique into practice.  Participants will work in a circle, embracing both Tammorriata 4/4  and Tarantella 6/8 rhythms.  This method will focus on giving them a useful tool for their practices.  The use of tambourines and frame drums, along with movement, has an effect of healing of stress and anxiety.

Description:

The women’s tradition of drumming in Southern Italy and the Mediterranean in general has been passed down through the ages since ancient times.  This is a session that puts students in touch with the roots of civilization in a meaningful, hands-on fashion.  Ritual drumming induces communication with the essential core and is of benefit to those in the healing professions.  This study will enable students to learn to empower both themselves and others.

The session begins with an introduction to the music of Southern Italy, with a brief overview of percussion in the Mediterranean and its ancient roots.  This style of percussion will be identified from its Greek roots through the Italian Ages and Renaissance and its relevance today.  In the Middle Ages, it was an essential tool for removing fear of death from plague, and, beginning in the Renaissance, was used to rid women of the mortal effects of the “bite of the spider.”  The illness imposed by the tarantula’s bite was a metaphor for depression,  hysteria—shaking, severe anxiety, and a general inability to conduct one’s life.  Freud formally defined and treated “hysteria” as a specific women’s condition, but it has been treated in Italy with percussion and dance for many centuries. 

We will study and practice basic techniques:  holding the drum with emphasis on arm movement, hand technique and the 4/4 and 6/8 rhythms; included will be the variations of hand techniques from different regions of Southern Italy.  The session will be appropriate for beginning through intermediate drummers, who will become familiarized with not only Italian approaches, but to the entire Pan-Mediterranean rhythmic milieu. 

There will be a final ensemble performance, described by participants as “thrilling,” as the drums accompany vocalizations of traditional Italian songs.

Learning Objectives:

Students who complete this session will:

  • Be introduced to the rich rhythms of the commanding tambourInE style of Southern Italy &
  • Learn powerful Italian technique of the Tammorriata and Tarantella, ancient forms of music & dance therapy and how apply it today
  • Practice working as an ensemble
  • Become personally empowered by performing the rhythms and therefore able to reach out to empower others in their practices

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

FESTIVAL TRECE UHO
RHYTHM IS THE CURE workshop - 2 pm
Umjetničko edukativni festival strane kulture u Dubrovniku Volonterski projekt - Udruga za razvoj civilnog društva Bonsai
DUBROVNICK, CROATIA
CROATIA
Nina Zore, koordinatorica festivala mob: 091/545 5147 e-mail: festivaltreceuho@gmail.com www.festivaltreceuho.org

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean.

 

Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious.

 Students shall begin each session with drumming followed by an hour and half  of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

 

Alessandra will also teach chants and songs of devotion to the Black Madonna and to the Sun (Jesce Sole).

 

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS - Pizzica & San Rocco- Group drumming from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013http://youtu.be/6QT_E-iJyC0 

During these series of workshops, the participants will learn:

 TAMBOURINE TECHNIQUE:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, and a basic accented fast 6/8 rhythm used for different style tarantellas, which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin.

 

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna .

 

 THE FOLK DANCES:

 Tammorriata from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

Tammorriata Dance is in honor of the Black Madonna & Sicilian Tarantella (choreography Alessandra Belloni). Recorded August 2013 by Maurizio Longobardi

http://youtu.be/vIIEZNDsL94

 

TARANTELLA DE’ 600– This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.  

*DANCE AND        RHYTHM  OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of SAN Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times.

 

* Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.

 

** Pizzica Tarantata, a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents, which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles and the dance were performed as a musical exorcism to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice. Originally these were the ancient Greek rites for the God Dionysus as Puglia was part of Greece and was called Magna Grecia.


  The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

 

Dragata’s Testimonial from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

http://youtu.be/ea3X7z5Lx_Y

Danielle's Testimonial from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

http://youtu.be/l_xE9VgIiT8

 

 

Friday, November 6th, 2015

FESTIVAL TRECE UHO
TARANTATA ONE WOMAN SHOW in DUBROVNICK - 9pm
Nina Zore, koordinatorica festivala mob: 091/545 5147 e-mail: festivaltreceuho@gmail.com www.festivaltreceuho.org http://s.wisestamp.com/links?url=https://www.facebook.com/TreceUhoDubrovnik&sn=
DUBROVNICK, CROATIA
CROATIA

Internationally renowned

Singer, percussionist

Alessandra Belloni

Remo Signature series Artist

presents

RHYTHM IS THE CURE

Dedicated to the healing power of drumming and the Tarantella Rhythm

 

a one woman show  featuring voice, percussion and ritual dance, including Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.

 

             This fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song.

The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.

 

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in the United States and in Italy specialized in the Southern Italian tambourine style together with the singing and the dancing.  She is also the first one to design a line of Southern Italian Signature Series tambourines made by REMO, author of the first book/DVD on Tarantella  rhythms entitled RHYTHM IS THE CURE with Mel  Bay Publications. Now designing special tambourine brushes with Regal Tip.

Artist in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, she has been voted one of the best percussionists in the world.

 

For more information: email Abelloni@aol.com and visit www.alessandrabelloni.com or www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Special Retreat - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
260 Stuyvesant Avenue
Rye, NY 10580
914-967-6080

 special retreat at the beautiful location in RYE NY

the WAYNE WRIGHT HOUSE,

 on October 4 th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

 go to: www.wainwright.org

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

The Garden of Healing Studio
DRUMMING and HEALING DANCE WORKSHOPS

September 19 and October 3 special drumming &  healing dance workshops at THE GARDEN OF HEALING STUDIO with Carla Haynes email agardenofhealing@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Italian American Museum
DRUMMING and DANCE WORKSHOPS
Mulberry Street
New York, NY

On-going workshops at the ITALIAN AMERICAN MUSEUM on Mulberry Street, in Little Italy, which have been going really well, and I encourage my New York students to take this opportunity.

Wednesdays September 22 & 30 from 7 to 9 pm email me or  italianamericanmuseum@gmail.com 

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Italian American Museum
Drumming and Dance Workshop - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mulberry Street
New York, NY

On-going workshops at the ITALIAN AMERICAN MUSEUM on Mulberry Street, in Little Italy, which have been going really well, and I encourage my New York students to take this opportunity.

Wednesdays September 22 & 30 from 7 to 9 pm email me or  italianamericanmuseum@gmail.com 



Saturday, September 19th, 2015

The Garden of Healing Studio
DRUMMING and HEALING DANCE WORKSHOPS

September 19 and October 3 special drumming &  healing dance workshops at THE GARDEN OF HEALING STUDIO with Carla Haynes email agardenofhealing@gmail.com

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Oakland Hills, CA
SPECIAL HEALING - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Price: $60.00

SPECIAL HEALING at a gorgeous home of my special friends Melanie & T-Bird in Oakland Hills overlooking the Bay 

Monday September 14 from 3 to 6 PM - cost $60

To register email me at  

Abelloni@aol.com and address will be revealed upon registration

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

San Francisco, CA
DANCE WORKSHOP for DANCE DIABETES

DANCE WORKSHOP for DANCE DIABETES in San Francisco on September 12  contact: tgarnero@danceaoutdiabetes.org

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

GRANADA, SPAIN
HEALING DRUMMING AND DANCE WEEKEND IN GRANADA SPAIN - and September 6th

A special weekend of healing drumming & dance in GRANADA SPAIN!! September 5th & 6th

organized by writer/journalist Ana Aguilera. There are still places available in SPAIN and hope some of you can join me in GRANADA.                                                          

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/370712176455619/   

 Email : 

 anaaguilera.periodista@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Caramoor Center for the Arts
Dancing at Dusk: Italian Folk Dancing - 5:00 PM
149 Girdle Ridge Rd
Katonah, NY 10536
USA
Price: Adults $10, Children $5

Dancing at Dusk: Italian Folk Dancing

Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari di Piazza

Adults $10, Children $5

 

Take a fiery journey through the south of Italy featuring dances performed as ritual by the women of Southern Italy, and the authentic tarantella used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, as well as love songs, lullabies, processional chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, known as Tammorriata. The music comes from different regions of Italy, mainly Naples, Calabria, Sicily, Puglia, and has a very unique world-music sound.A big feature of the show is the amazing stilt dancer Mark Mindek, who plays different masked characters while dancing wildly on stilts.

At the end of our concert we invite the audience to dance the tarantella or “pizzica” with red ribbons in a circle to celebrate life and good energy.

Alessandra Belloni will be teaching the following dances:

Tarantella de’600 – a Renaissance folk dance that is done in pairs and is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It involves both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called “Italian Aerobics” by Alessandra’s students.

Tarantella alla Montemaranese – a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.

Dancing at Dusk is a Caramoor summer tradition, enjoyed by families and those who simply like to experience joyful sounds. Held on the spacious lawn of Friends Field, D@D offers you a chance to learn about and dance to music from around the globe.

5:15pm – 5:25pm
Live show begins

6:30pm
Live show ends

6:30pm
Artist meet and greet

7:00pm
Event closes

http://www.caramoor.org/events/dancing-dusk-italian-folk-dancing/

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY BUENOS AIRES
TARANTATA - 8:00pm
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
ARGENTINA
Price: free
TARANTATA - solo show, in collaboration with La Bomba del Tiempo
at the KONEX Theatre - June 29 8:00pm Buenos Aires 
FOR VERANO ITALIANO
 orgnaized by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Consul General of Buenos Aires  and ENIT with Veronica Morello
 
 
Internationally renowned
Singer, percussionist
Alessandra Belloni
Remo Signature series Artist
presents
 TARANTATA
 
Dedicated to the healing power of drumming and the Tarantella Rhythm
 
a one woman show  featuring voice, percussion and ritual dance, including Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.
 
             This fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song.
The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.
 
Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in the United States and in Italy specialized in the Southern Italian tambourine style together with the singing and the dancing.  She is also the first one to design a line of Southern Italian Signature Series tambourines made by REMO, author of the first book/DVD on Tarantella  rhythms entitled RHYTHM IS THE CURE with Mel  Bay Publications. Now designing special tambourine brushes with Regal Tip.
Artist in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, she has been voted one of the best percussionists in the world.
 
 
 

 

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY BUENOS AIRES
TARANTATA - 8:00pm
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
ARGENTINA
Price: free
TARANTATA - solo show, in collaboration with La Bomba del Tiempo
at the KONEX Theatre - June 29 8:00pm Buenos Aires 
FOR VERANO ITALIANO
 orgnaized by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Consul General of Buenos Aires  and ENIT with Veronica Morello
 
 
Internationally renowned
Singer, percussionist
Alessandra Belloni
Remo Signature series Artist
presents
 TARANTATA
 
Dedicated to the healing power of drumming and the Tarantella Rhythm
 
a one woman show  featuring voice, percussion and ritual dance, including Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.
 
             This fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song.
The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.
 
Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in the United States and in Italy specialized in the Southern Italian tambourine style together with the singing and the dancing.  She is also the first one to design a line of Southern Italian Signature Series tambourines made by REMO, author of the first book/DVD on Tarantella  rhythms entitled RHYTHM IS THE CURE with Mel  Bay Publications. Now designing special tambourine brushes with Regal Tip.
Artist in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, she has been voted one of the best percussionists in the world.
 
 
 

 

Monday, June 29th, 2015

KONEX THEATRE
TARANTATA - 8:00pm
BUENOS AIRES
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
ARGENTINA
Price: free
TARANTATA - solo show, in collaboration with La Bomba del Tiempo
at the KONEX Theatre - June 29 8:00pm Buenos Aires 
FOR VERANO ITALIANO
 orgnaized by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Consul General of Buenos Aires  and ENIT with Veronica Morello
 
 
Internationally renowned
Singer, percussionist
Alessandra Belloni
Remo Signature series Artist
presents
 TARANTATA
 
Dedicated to the healing power of drumming and the Tarantella Rhythm
 
a one woman show  featuring voice, percussion and ritual dance, including Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.
 
             This fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song.
The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.
 
Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in the United States and in Italy specialized in the Southern Italian tambourine style together with the singing and the dancing.  She is also the first one to design a line of Southern Italian Signature Series tambourines made by REMO, author of the first book/DVD on Tarantella  rhythms entitled RHYTHM IS THE CURE with Mel  Bay Publications. Now designing special tambourine brushes with Regal Tip.
Artist in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, she has been voted one of the best percussionists in the world.
 
 
 

 

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

PATAGONIA PERCUSSION FESTIVAL
13 PATAGONIA PERCUSSION FESTIVAL - from June 23 to June 27 - 10 am
Secretaría de Fundación Cultural Patagonia, at Rivadavia 2263, Roca Rio Negro Patagonia
Roca RIo Negro, Patagpnia
ARGENTINA
 PATAGONIA PERCUSSION FESTIVAL !
 June 23 t  June 27 
Director    Angel Frette  with the   Secretaría de Fundación Cultural Patagonia, at Rivadavia 2263, Roca  Rio Negro Patagonia t eléfono   (0298)-4432590 
 
 
INTERNACIONAL DE PERCUSIÓN PATAGONIA
23 al 27 de junio de 2015

 web   www.fcp.org.ar

 
 Taling place at  General Roca.Rio Negro.=featuring world famous percussionists as:
Scott Herring Victor Mendoza Miguel CruzAndy Harnsberger Alessandra Belloni Scotty Horey Javier Nandayapa VelascoTamborimba Ensamble Simantra Grupo de Percussão Augusto Moralez y John Wooton— with John Wooton



Con la confirmación de la multifacética artista italiana Alessandra Belloni, les contamos que completamos la grilla de personalidades que estarán participando de la próxima edición del Festival Internacional de Percusión Patagonia. Belloni es fundadora y directora artística de "I giulliari di piazza", un ensamble de música, danza y teatro italiano que desarrolla su actividad en Nueva York. 
El XIII Festival Internacional de Percusión, organizado por Fundación Cultural Patagonia, ya posee el cronograma definitivo de conciertos y clases maestras.

El evento, único en su género, que se lleva a cabo en Argentina desde el 2003, se realizará entre el martes 23 y el sábado 27 de junio de 2015, en la Ciudad de las Artes de General Roca, Río Negro.
Las actividades serán en el Auditorio “Ciudad de las Artes” y el Centro Musical de FCP, ambos ubicados en Rivadavia 2263; y en el Espacio Cultural de FCP (San Luis 2085).
Para este importante evento, que ya se transformó en un sello indiscutido del quehacer cultural de Roca y la Patagonia, ya están confirmados artistas de renombre internacional como los americanos Scotty Horey (percusión múltiple), Andy Harnsberger (marimba), Scott Herring (marimba) y John Wooton (marching), el grupo Tamborimba (Colombia), los mexicanos Javier Nandayapa (marimba) y Víctor Mendoza (vibráfono), Augusto Moralez (vibráfono, Brasil), el dúo integrado por Miguel Cruz (percusión latina) y Alonso Blanco (piano), oriundos de México, la italiana Allesandra Belloni (percusión, danza y canto) y Simantra, conjunto de Portugal.
El puntapié inicial será el martes 24 a las 15 con la presentación formal en el Auditorio,  con un espectáculo de tango y danza. A las 16,30, el americano Andy Harnsberger brindará una masterclass de marimba en el Auditorio; espacio que recibirá al clásico Concierto Apertura, que contará con la presencia del Ensamble de Percusión de Fundación Cultural Patagonia, dirigido por el maestro Ángel Frette con la asistencia de Fabián Poblete, y la italiana Alessandra Belloni, a las 21. La otra clase maestra será a las 16,30 y la brindará Scotty Horey (percusión múltiple) en el Centro Musical.
La acción del miércoles 24 comenzará a las 11 en el Auditorio con la clase maestra de marching band de John Wooton. En ese mismo escenario brindarán conciertos Augusto Moralez, a las 15; Scott Herring, Andy Harnsberger y el Ensamble de Percusión de FCP, a las 18; y Tamborimba, a las 21. El Centro Musical recibirá las clases de Alessandra Belloni (percusión y tarantela dancer), a las 16,30; y Víctor Mendoza (vibráfono), a las 19,30.
El jueves 25 habrá tres clases magistrales en el Centro Musical: Tamborimba (percusión folclórica colombiana), a las 11; Augusto Moralez (vibráfono), a las 16,30; y Javier Nandayapa (marimba), a las 19,30. Los conciertos, en el Auditorio, serán responsabilidad de Simantra, a las 15; Scott Herring, Andy Harnsberger y el Ensamble de Percusión de FCP, a las 18; y Miguel Cruz y Alonso Blanco y el Grupo de Jazz de Fundación Cultural Patagonia, a las 21.
Tres masterclass se desarrollarán el viernes 26: Miguel Cruz (percusión latina), a las 11 (Auditorio) y Simantra (percusión de cámara), a las 16,30 y Scott Herring (marimba), a las 19,30 en el Centro Musical. Ese día, el Auditorio recibirá dos conciertos: Javier Nandayapa, el Ensamble de Percusión y el Grupo de Jazz de FCP y el pianista Mauro Moya, a las 15; y John Wooton, con artistas invitados, a las 18. El concierto cierre de esa jornada será en el Espacio Cultural de Fundación Cultural Patagonia (San Luis 2085) con la actuación de Víctor Mendoza, Ángel Frette, el Grupo de Jazz y la Orquesta Sinfónica de FCP con la dirección general del maestro Fabrizio Danei.
El último día, el sábado 27, habrá un concierto en el Auditorio: Scotty Horey con el Grupo de Jazz de FCP, a las 15. El concierto despedida será con entrada libre y gratuita en el Espacio Cultural de Fundación Cultural Patagonia con la presentación de todos los solistas del Festival. La especial función será a las 21.
La dirección artística del evento está a cargo de Ángel Frette, de la cátedra de Percusión del Instituto Universitario Patagónico de las Artes (IUPA), y director del Ensamble de Percusión de Fundación Cultural Patagonia.
 
especialista en danzas del sur de Italia en los Estados Unidos, combinadas con canto y percusión. Ha diseñado una linea de panderos italianos para la marca Remo, como así también escobillas para este instrumento, junto a la marca Regal tip. Los invitamos a conocer parte de su enorme y variado trabajo entrando a su página web, haciendo click aquí.
 
Es un placer para nosotros contar con la cantidad y variedad de propuestas que este año estarán presentes para concretar un nuevo encuentro. Esperamos entonces contar con la presencia de todos ustedes también. ¡Sigamos en contacto! Saludos.

  

 

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR
TARANTATA - 9:00 PM
113 Ludlow (btw Irvington & Delancey
New York, NY
Price: $10

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist - ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian rhythms

SATURDAY JUNE 20 AT 9:00 pm

MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR 113 Ludlow (btw Irvington & Delancey) tickets $ 10

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance  CONCETTA ABBATE - violin, VINNIE SCIALLA - drumset, percussion, GIUSEPPE DE FALCO, vocals, guitar

  DANCERS:  DRAKATA & DANIELLE HARTMAN

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

Palomma d'ammore & Canto de Sereja 10/13/12 @ Menahata NYC http://youtu.be/oGgBo7AyqxQ

 Tammorriata 10/13/12 Menahata NYC

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

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INNER JOURNEY WITH GREG FRIEDMAN - on going
Price: free

Radio station is KXRN 93.5fm, Laguna Beach’s only fm. (949)715-5936

It can also be heard online at: http://kx935.com/show/innerjourney

http://www.co-creatornetwork.com/index.htm

Or on the new online syndicated station,

http://kx.onelaguna.com/show/innerjourney

 

Alessandra Belloni helps heal many things including sexual abuse issues through rituals with the Black Madonna 
CHECK OUT THE PODCAST:

kx935.com/show/innerjourney

Alessandra has been guided since an early age by the Black Madonna -- a form of the Virgin Mary representing Cybele, the ancient mother earth goddess – using the gift of clairvoyance received from her mother. Alessandra always had powers and acutely feels the presence of spirits and ghosts.

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Rhythm is the Cure Workshop - 2PM - 6PM
260 Stuyvesant Avenue
Rye, NY 10580
Price: $80 for members, $88 for non-members

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Movement Journeys
Rhythm is the Cure A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop - 3pm - 5:30pm
289 Stuyvesant Ave 2nd Fl
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
Price: $55

Rhythm is the Cure
A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

Sunday, April 12
from 3 to 5:30pm
cost $55

at Movement Journeys, 289 Stuyvesant Avenue, Lyndhurst NJ

Rhythm is the Cure workshop is based on the roots of an ancient form of music and dance therapy known as Tarantella, a precursor of modern day music therapy. It is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present.

Participants will:
- Learn the unique style of tambourine playing featuring the 6/8 rhythm
- Learn the ancient healing trance dance of the Tarantella and Tammorriata
- Gain the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances
- Release blockages of emotional and sensual energies, expelling feelings of depression and repression
- Gain homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy

Participants emerge feeling light and joyful after this healing journey through sound and dance.
They are encouraged to wear white and red traditional ceremonial colors, and women to wear skirts.

Alessandra Belloni is the Artistic Director, Founder and Lead Performer of "I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA", an Italian Music, Theatre and Dance Ensemble who is Artists-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. She is also the designer of a line of signature series Italian tambourines made by Remo, and of special brushes for tambourine with Regal Tip. She is the only woman in the U.S. and in Italy who specializes in traditional Southern Italian folk dances and percussion combined with singing that she learned in Southern Italy.

REGISTER ONLINE
**coming soon**

DIRECTIONS
http://www.movementjourneys.com/contact-us

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/
ABelloni@aol.com

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

TARANTATA South Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian Trance Rhythms & Dance - 9 PM
113 Ludlow (between Irvington & Delancey)
New York, New York 10002
(212) 625-0981
Price: $10

Internationally renowned singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:
Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian Rhythms

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

Alessandra Belloni - lead vocals, percussion ritual dance.

Peter Abazia & Vinnie Scialla drum set and percussion'

Gypsy Joe - accordion

Dancers: Francesca Silvano, Peter De Geronimo, Amara

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/436633936497061/

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

NYU Percussion Penthouse
Percussion Master Class - 7PM - 9 PM
35 West 4th Street, 13th Floor
NYC, NY 10012
Price: Free

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Italian American Museum
Voices of the Tarantate - 8 PM
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
212.965.9000
Price: 25

Internationally renowned Italian Singer & percussionist
 Alessandra Belloni with her women's ensemble
The Daughters of Cybele - Women Drummers Against Violence in


'VOICES OF THE TARANTATE'
Written and directed by Alessandra Belloni
  Saturday March 14th at 8:00pm
at the Italian American Museum - tickets: $ 25.00

 

 

Alessandra Belloni will present her all-women's ensemble, Daughters of Cybele, in "Voices of the Tarantate," which will include real stories of  women's, their healing, woven into powerful sacred chants, drumming and healing trance dances in Honor of the Black Madonna.

Alessandra Belloni artist/healer/clairvoyant, described by the LA Times as “a force of nature,” –  travels the world bringing relief to troubled women though trance dance and drumming with the entrancing 6/8 rhythms of “the Tarantella”- coined by Alessandra as the Spider Dance.

This dance is a cure for sexual abuse, repressed sexuality and the feeling of being "caught in a web that binds" - a feeling that causes many women, known in the Italian language as "tarantate," to suffer a malady known "tarantismo" -a lethal mixture of depression, loneliness and oppression

A native of Rome, Italy, Belloni has  created in 2009 a Women's Ensemble of voice, percussion and dance, dedicated to the healing power of drumming.  She regards frame drums and tambourines as "female instruments," connected with the mother/child heartbeat as well as the use of these instruments in ancient times, when women priestesses used them in healing and esoteric ceremonies all over the Mediterranean, honoring the Goddesses Cybele, Isis, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hecate, and Inanna.

These ceremonies are still practiced in Southern Italy, though women are not as active in the drumming.  In the past, it was  usually older peasant women who played the tammorra (large drum) and acted as healers, removing the evil eye and healing broken bones and skin diseases.   Alessandra Belloni continues this tradition through her tireless field research, education in these rituals, and belief in their effectiveness.  "I have experienced a lot of healing," she notes, "and some miracles."   

http://www.theaterscene.net/music/voices-of-the-tarantate/jean-ballard-terepka/

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwdance/article/BWW-Reviews-VOICES-OF-THE-TARANTATE-20141104

http://stagebuddy.com/reviews/review-voices-tarantate

http://america24.com/news/voices-of-tarantate-il-ritmo-batte-contro-la-violenza-arriva-new-york

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Rhythm is the Cure Workshop - 3:00-6:30pm
475 River Rd.
New Paltz, NY
(845) 658-8540
Price: TBD
INTERNATIONALLY RENOWN SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST DANCER
ALESSANDRA BELLONI
 Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine 
REMO Signature Series Artist – presents: 
 Rhythm is the Cure 
 A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

 
 
Sunday, March 8
CENTER FOR SYMBOLIC STUDIES
http://www.symbolicstudies.org 475 River Road 
New Paltz, NY 12561 
Get Directions Phone number(845) 658-8540
 
Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious mind.
This workshop will give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students will become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.
Each class is designed to follow the method described in her book/DVD Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete.   
   
Students shall begin each session with drumming followed by an hour and half  of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present. 

During these series of workshops, the participants will also  learn:
 
* The rhythm and dance of the TAMMORRIATA originally from Naples. The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)- 
 
** PIZZICA TARANTATA O Spider Dance , a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents, which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles and the dance were performed  to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice. Originally these where the ancient Greek rites for the God Dionysus as Puglia was part of Greece and was called Magna Grecia.
 
RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO or SPINNING DANCE – This dance originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages evokes the elegant and meditative movements of the Whirling Dervish ceremonies of the Sufis. This dance was used during the time of the plague to heal people and as a release from overpowering fears of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning many people enter ecstatic states during this dance.
 
The session ends with a meditation utilizing a chant to the Sun, Jesce Sole, in the Lydian scale. The calming and lilting harmonies of this chant combined with the ocean drum guides students into complete relaxation. 
 
Participants emerge feeling light and joyful after this healing journey through sound and dance. They are encouraged to wear white and red  traditional ceremonial colors.

Tammorriata Dance is in honor of the Black Madonna http://youtu.be/vIIEZNDsL94

Group Drumming Rhythm of San Rocco from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013http://youtu.be/zWYL-4zccBg

TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE film trailer about Alessandra as artist and healerhttps://vimeo.com/59786628 password “ shaman “ 

Diva Shaman Trance- forming lives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVNHlgcXz_4
Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV 7 Chicago
http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw
Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN World beathttp://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q
Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0
Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times,    found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."
Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."
Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

TARANTATA Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian rhythms - 8pm
434 Main St
Rosendale, New York 12472
845.658.9048
Price: 15

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist
ALESSANDRA BELLONI
& award winner guitarist, composer music director, JOHN LA BARBERA
 present: TARANTATA
Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian rhythms
first concert celebration of the 35th anniversary of their musical collaboration !
Saturday March 7 8:00pm at ROSENDALE CAFÉ tickets $ 15.00

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance
John La Barbera- acoustic and classical ghuitar, chitarra battente,
Peter Abazia drumset, cajon 


This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest songs.  Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition


Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."


Excerpts from the show, "Tarantelle Canti D'Amore", Alessandra Belloni and John La Barbera at Symphony Space:http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=79FD7875439A4D1C


Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Rhythm is the Cure A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop in Lyndhurst, NJ - 3 to 5:30pm
289 Stuyvesant Avenue
Lyndhurst, NJ
Price: $55

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Italian American Museum
Carnevale Celebration and Worshop! - 6 - 9 PM, 3/15 @ 3PM
155 Mulberry St.
New York City, NY
Price: $60.00 each or $100 for both


 

 Join Internationally renowned  singer, dancer percussionist 'Alessandra Belloni for 2 special workshops

Saturday, February 27th 6 -9pm & Sunday, March 15 3pm 

at the Italian American Museum

 155 Mulberry street near Grand St.

 to celebrate the tradition of CARNEVALE FROM MONTEMARANO

Join Alessandra in this beautiful  location with a powerful statue of the Black Madonna!

Tammorriata from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

Tammorriata Dance is in honor of the Black Madonna & Sicilian Tarantella (choreography Alessandra Belloni). Recorded August 2013 by Maurizio Longobardi http://youtu.be/vIIEZNDsL94

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS - Pizzica & San Rocco- Group drumming from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013 http://youtu.be/6QT_E-iJyC0 

 

Cost: $60.00 each or $100 for both dates.

Please register in advance by emailing Abelloni@aol.com

and italianamericanmuseum@gmail.com

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. 

 The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious.

 Students shall begin each session with drumming followed by an hour and half  of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

Alessandra will also teach chants and songs of devotion to the Black Madonna and to the Sun (Jesce Sole).

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

KAHUMANA Organic Farm
Rythym is the Cure Workshop in HAWAII! - February 17 through 22, 2015
Waianea, Oahu, Hawaii
USA
(80) 696 2655
Price: see below

Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher

Alessandra Belloni, Remo Artist,

proudly announces her second retreat in the magical land of HAWAII!

Please register early, only 12 spaces available!

 

Rhythm is the Cure

Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop from Southern Italy with special guest Father Phil  on the tradition of the Black Madonna

 

 

February 17 through 22, 2015

in a beautiful and peaceful setting, retreat house of KAHUMANA Organic Farm, Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii

 

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/673269

 

  

Location:

Kahumana retreat houses offer a unique setting within the context of their diverse community in a truly restful environment of healing and wholeness. All of the rooms are secure and come with clean linen, towels & internet access. The swimming pool is available for those 18 years and older. Conveniently located on the Honolulu City Bus route.

 

Comfortably accommodates 14 people. All rooms have single beds and share 2 full baths. There are 11 rooms - 8 single beds, 3 double beds. A microwave & refrigerator provided for your convenience and  the cafe offers a variety of Organic Foods & vegetables.

 

Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe is open Tuesday

 through Saturday for lunch from 11:30a - 2:30p and dinner from 6:30p - 8:00p.

 

Rhythm is the Cure is a 6-day intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

  We will drum every morning on the beach in a paradise setting and got to he sacred HAwaian   site  by the beach.

 

This special retreat will also explore the natural beauties of the Island, tour of the organic farms, and will include the participation of  Father Phil and Jesus Puerto. 

 

He and his foundation, Cubanakoa, have fostered a culturally base community exchange program between Cuba and Hawaii which has developed into annual people to people mission trips for environmentalists and cultural practitioners. Cubanakoa's projects and collaborations are pragmatic examples of how sacredness, sexuality, sustainability, and self-sufficiency are globally transferable tools manifested in diverse ways and accessible to all cultures. 

 

Objectives of the workshop are:

--To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella,

--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

--To bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals

--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression. 

 

Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:

 

TAMMORRIATA 

A beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time in honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele. 

 

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA -

The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, was performed as an exorcism ritual that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras. 

 

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) -

This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies. 

 

Alessandra ends the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water with chants to the Goddess of the Sea, the Sun and the Black Madonna.

 

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

 

 

 

The Rhythm is the Cure Experience:

Rhythm is the Cure is a transformative week filled with intensive study, play, and joy. It's a time shared with new friends you'll cherish for years to come all while you are learning the thrilling powers of the Tarantellas of Southern Italy. You'll draw energy from the earth and sky of Hawaii, the sun, the beaches, and delighted by the culinary delights Kahumana organic farm and be inspired by the artistry and healing energy cultivated by Alessandra. And when you're not enjoying your lessons you might nibble on fresh food you just picked in the garden, nap on the sun-drenched beaches or take a dip in the refreshing swimming pool. The week ends with a final fire ceremony and a party under the stars in a spectacular organic farm in the mountains.

Sharing meals together is a special part of each day,  The ingredients used include grains and legumes, fresh fish and free-range meats, and of course, seasonal vegetables-many grown organically right on the premises.

Join us for a week you'll always remember. Register today!

PRICES

The fee for the workshop is $600

Plus accommodations which include 3 spectacular meals.

 

$490 for double room (can be divided at $ 245 each) $ 40 for food total $280 for the week

$315 for single room (45 p/night ) plus $40 for food total $280

Total for workshop single room and food:
$1,250

Total for double room , double occupancy

$1,125 single occupancy $1,370

 

The fee does not include airfare or local transportation.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Due December 7st- Registration Fee $150.00 (Non Refundable)

(Pay Now with PayPal)

Accommodation fee: 25% of total room charges due December 1

 

Remaining  Workshop Tuition $ 450 due January 1, 2014

(Pay Now with PayPal)

 

****PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - Workshop is limited to 12 students****

Any questions? Contact us at: 

ABelloni@aol.com or Tuscanyworkshop@aol.com

 

Payment may be made by check, credit card or Paypal

 

Checks or money orders must be made payable to Alessandra Belloni and should be sent to:

 

Alessandra Belloni

1111 River Road, G-33

Edgewater, NJ 07020

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

REMO RMC
Share the LOVE ~ Share the RHYTHM
 • RHYTHM IS THE CURE WORKSHOP - 3PM - 5PM
7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605
818-982-0461
Price: $40

Share the LOVE ~ Share the RHYTHM

Internationally renowned singer, dancer. percussionist
Alessandra Belloni  
brings her
 RHYTHM IS THE CURE
WORKSHOP
to the REMO MUSIC CENTER No. Hollywood
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 14th 3PM to 5PM

Rhythm is the Cure is a Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop
Featuring the tarantella rhythms and steps-
 
Fee: $40- please register in advance by emailing Abelloni@aol.com
or call Mike or Ana at the REMO RMC 818-982-0461
WHERE:
REMO RMC
7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave
North Hollywood CA 91605
www.remormc.com
 
Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean.

Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious.
 Students shall begin each session with drumming followed by an hour and half  of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

Alessandra will also teach chants and songs of devotion to the Black Madonna and to the Sun (Jesce Sole).

Dragata’s Testimonial from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013
http://youtu.be/ea3X7z5Lx_Y
Danielle's Testimonial from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013
http://youtu.be/l_xE9VgIiT8

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

RED CAT THEATRE
TARANTATA SPIDER DANCE - 8:30 PM
631 WEST 2ND STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
213 237-2800

Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider


“Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice… The songs blazed with an age-old momentum.” – The New York Times

Extraordinary vocalist, hand-percussionist and dancer Alessandra Belloni creates a voluptuous exploration of Tarantella—
the frenzied ritual dances that enact the release of built-up erotic desire— in a contemporary incarnation of the southern Italian folk form.

In the traditional “Pizzica Tarantata” healing rite, performers suffering the effects of spider “love bite” are accompanied by furious percussion as they spin, stomp, writhe and otherwise work up an ecstatic lather in a bid to purge the “venom” from their bodies. Belloni uses both traditional and modern instrumentation to dramatize an account of the curative power of the ritual.

 

 

 


 
 
CALARTS’ DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

631 WEST 2ND STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
213 237-2800


The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) is an interdisciplinary contemporary arts center for innovative visual, performing and media arts located in downtown Los Angeles inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Each season REDCAT presents a far-reaching roster of work by globally renowned artists, inside one of the most versatile and technologically advanced presentation spaces in the world.

“The gold standard of the avant garde in L.A.”
     —The Huffington Post

Through performances, exhibitions, screenings, and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. REDCAT continues the tradition of theCalifornia Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse.

“Tinseltown goes avant-garde with REDCAT.”
     —Conde Nast Traveller



Monday, January 12th, 2015

Theatre for the New City
TARANTATA South Italian Gypsy Trance Music & dances, and Brazilian Rhythms - 8 PM
155 First Avenue (near 10th St)
New York, NY
212.868.4444
Price: $20, FREE with APAP Badge

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR with internationally renowned Singer, Dancer Percussionist
 
ALESSANDRA BELLONI
& I Giullari di Piazza Italian folk music, theater and dance company
 
 " TARANTATA "
 
Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Trance dances, & Brazilian rhythms
 - ending with a dance party!
 

 
Monday  JANUARY 12 AT 8:00 PM
At THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY –  155 First Avenue (near 10th St)  Tickets: 20.00 free with APAP BADGE  Reservations: Reservations: 212.868.4444 or www.theaterforthenewcity.net www.smarttix.com

 
Also celebrating  our song TECHNO TAMMORRIATA FROM THE MUSICAL TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE on  the top 5 ON THE REVERBNATION WORLD MUSIC CHART OF AND IS TRENDING!! www.reverbantion.com/alessandrabelloni  come dance  & trance out with us!
 
 
ALESSANDRA BELLONI –lead vocals, ritual dance, tambourines, frame drums
JOE DENINZON - electric and acoustic violin
WILSON MONTUORI – electric & acoustic guitar
PETER ABAZIA - drum set, percussion
dancers:
    PETER DE GERONIMO, FRANCESCA SILVANO, DANIELLE HARTMAN,
stilt dancer  MARK MINDEK
 
Featuring excerpts from the musical "Tarantella Spider Dance"
 based on the myth of the spider &  ecstatic rites of Dionysus
 
This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna,  creating a  new sound with acoustic and electric  violin and guitars,  a NEW  ITALIAN TECHNO DANCE BEAT, getting the audience to dance and trance out with the band!
The show also features Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Italian American Museum
LA CANTATA DI NATALE - 8:00pm
155 Mulberry St.
New York, NY
(212) 965-9000
Price: $25

I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA, ITALIAN FOLK MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE

proudly presents under popular demand:

"LA CANTATA DI NATALE"

Saturday, December 13 at 8:00pm - Sunday, December 14 at 3:00pm -

at the Italian American Museum - 155 Mulberry Street - Little Italy tickets: $25 - reservations:  italianamericanmuseum@gmail.com - tel (212) 965-9000

more information: Abelloni@aol.com - www.alessandrabelloni.com

based on the Christmas production

 LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI Told by masked characters of Commedia dell”Arte.

A Neapolitan Renaissance Christmas  concert  

written and directed by Alessandra Belloni music composed & arranged by John La Barbera

 

FEATURING THE NEAPOLITAN SINGER /ACTOR GIUSEPPE DE FALCO IN THE ROLE OF RAZZULLO the Pulcinella character that leads the story of la cantata dei pastori.

Artistic director Alessandra Belloni also in the role of Mary -mezzo soprano, percussion,

John La barbera music director,  guitar, renaissance folk guitar 

Joe Deninzon – devil, violin   

Susan Eberenz - flute , piccolo recorders,

Join  I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA  and the commedia dell'arte characters who enact this beloved story of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, and the triumph of good over evil.  

The music - tarantellas, villanellas and pastorales - comes from traditional sources, with original music by John La Barbera.  Adaptation and direction are by Alessandra Belloni.   Songs are sung in Italian; costuming and music instrumentation is traditional Southern Italian; narration is in English.  

 The concert ends with a singing by the Company of the oldest known Neapolitan Christmas song.

"La Cantata dei Pastori" is still performed annual during the Christmas season in the environs of Naples.   Written by Andrea Perrucci during the height of commedia dell'arte popularity in Italy, it combines commedia characteristics with those of the Italian medieval sacra rappresentazione.   These elements are fused in settings which borrow from a third genre, the Italian pastoral drama.

The play's author, Andrea Perrucci, used the pseudonym of Dt. Casimiro Ruggiero Ugone when he wrote "La Cantata dei Pastori."   This Sicilian-born but Neapolitan-bred poet and dramatist, who had a reputation in Naples as a stage director,  was educated by the Jesuits and received a doctorate in letters.

 

"A musical play presented by the traditional Italian group I Giullari di Piazza (is) a rarity among Christmas programs; it somehow manages to be both riotously entertaining and   curiously haunting, even profound......a vibrant and uproarious performance."

Jon Pareles The New York Times

The music, directed by John La Barbera, is folkish, aiming for vitality above precision and often achieving both. The adaptation, by the troupe's director, Alessandra Belloni, is geared for action rather than quiet piety; in a climactic battle, Miss Belloni as Maria beat a large drum and sang out while the Angel Gabriel  took on the dragon. Giuseppe  de Falco as Razzullo (and Vincenzo Corrao as the birdlike Sarchiapone)  shared slapstick duties.

The play is set just before the birth Christ, during Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, and the devil has dispatched his demons to stop the saviour's birth. Their escapades are entwined with those of Razzullo, one of the Pulcinella masks here depicted as a comic, mischievous Neapolitan scribe to is always hungry.  Conjuring up tempests, dragons and other unseemly tricks, the demons try to do away with the play's characters but all are under the Angel Gabriel's protection and the holy couple finally reaches Bethlehem. Before good triumphs over evil, there is an incredible clash, in dance between the archangel and the devil and a grotesque, but humorous, depiction of heaven and hell...

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Italian American Museum
Rhythm is the Cure Drumming & Dance Workshop - 6:00-9:00pm
155 Mulberry St.
New York, NY
Price: $60


Thursday December 11 - Tuesday  December  16 th  

from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Italian American Museum

 155 Mulberry street near Grand St.

Join Alessandra in this beautiful  location with a powerful statue of the Black Madonna!

https://www.facebook.com/events/747009645394000/?context=create&previousaction=ccreate & source=49&sid_create=14301

Alessandra Belloni  in  

 RHYTHM IS THE CURE

 

A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

Featuring the tarantella rhythms and steps 

and Southern Italian Folk Songs

 

Tammorriata from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

Tammorriata Dance is in honor of the Black Madonna & Sicilian Tarantella (choreography Alessandra Belloni). Recorded August 2013 by Maurizio Longobardi http://youtu.be/vIIEZNDsL94

 

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS - Pizzica & San Rocco- Group drumming from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013 http://youtu.be/6QT_E-iJyC0 

 

Fee: $60- please register in advance by emailing Abelloni@aol.com

and italianamericanmuseum@gmail.com

 

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. 

 

 The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

 

Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious.

 Students shall begin each session with drumming followed by an hour and half  of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

 

Alessandra will also teach chants and songs of devotion to the Black Madonna and to the Sun (Jesce Sole).

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Holiday Musicale Benefit and Appeal - 6:00-9:30pm
275 West 11th Street
NY, NY 10027
646-479-2573; michael.connolly@harlemfamilyinstitute.org; info@harlemfamilyinstitute.org
Special Holiday concert on Friday, December 5, 6 pm-9:30 pm, at Alma Mathews House, 275 West 11th St.
(between West 4th and Bleecker, Greenwich Village)
 
Holiday Musical
Special concert by Alessandra Belloni (voice, percussion)  Wilson Montuori on guitar, guest artist Steve Gorn on bansure flutes, saxophone and clarinet
 
Benefit for the Harlem Family Institute a psychoanalytic training institute
*psychotherapeutic services to children and families
in underserved New York City neighborhoods, provided by therapists in
our psychoanalytic  training programs.
www.harlemfamilyinstitute.org
 

Bring your family and friends (children free) to an evening of music,
holiday fun and new connections to support our altruistic nonprofit institute.

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Pyramid Club
Tarantata! - 9:00pm
101 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-4888
Price: $10

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music & 

Brazilian trance rhythms

 

thepyramidclub.com

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance  JOE DENINZON acoustic & electric violin  WILSON MONTUORI , acoustic & electric guitar,   Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion Peter Abazia drumset, cajon Wilson Montuori - electric and acoustic guitars, Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar, 

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion 

 

 DANCERS: Peter De Geronimo, Francesca Silvano , Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song. Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition 

Palomma d'ammore & Canto de Sereja 10/13/12 @ Mehanata NYChttp://youtu.be/oGgBo7AyqxQ    REVIEW OF TARANTATA   AT ST JOHN THE DIVINE http://www.t2conline.com/trance-dance-and-chants

 

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating." 

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE film trailer https://vimeo.com/59786628 password “ shaman “ 

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE presentation video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-2VPrBUqdw&lc=yzssJlpJyHf5aAz8zXbyH1ISYghbVf6zM1bpqr-8wDg&lch

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago 
http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

ABC / Commedia video http://youtu.be/qXSMdLhZdAUAlessandra Belloni on Brazilian Globo TV July, 2012 http://youtu.be/jwX0PNwZjKM

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

The Global Summit Cultural Soiree - 5:30pm
1793 Northwood Court
Oakland, CA 94611
(415) 967-1711; contact@theglobalsummit.org
Price: from $100

The Global Summit IV Cultural Soiree

Welcome to an extravaganza of stunning live music, delectable cuisine, dance, art & community connection for synergistic collaboration & enlightened partnership!

The Global Summit ignites Sunday Nov. 16th at 5:30pm ~ with a Benefit celebration for our thriving movement

NOTE:  If not able to register as a Full Delegate (which includes this event), you may purchase tickets BELOW.

Hosted by
  • songstress and sound-maker extraordinaire Tbird Luv 
  • spiritual ecologist and holographic architect Samantha Sweetwater
Song and dance by
  • Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, Alessandra Belloni
  • Vocalist, shapeshifter, Zakiya Harris
  • Musical theater by Rudradeep Chakrabarti
  • Sara Tone, New roots music 
  • Hart Sawyer & Love Project 
Immersive Culture by
  • Dancing Freedom Interactive experience & breathtaking media by Republic of Light
  • Visual Artist in Action: Paul Roux works on separation of`humanity’ and `nature’ & video series Project Apology

Featured Artists In Action

Alessandra Belloni

Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, Alessandra Belloni is the Artistic Director, Founder and Lead Performer of “I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA”, an Italian Music, Theatre and Dance Ensemble who is Artists-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St.John the Divine in New York City. An award winning tambourine virtuoso, singer, dancer and actress, Ms.Belloni was born in Rome, Italy and is committed to preserving the strong and rich traditions of her culture. She is the only woman in the U.S. and in Italy who specializes in traditional Southern Italian folk dances and percussion combined with singing that she learned in Southern Italy. Fluent in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese plus Southern Italian dialects, Alessandra Belloni also speaks through her tambourine and drums. Since then, she has created cross-cultural productions dedicated to Mother Earth, featuring the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, and African and Latin American artists. http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Italian American Museum
TARANTELLA RHYTHMS AND STEPS workshop - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
155 Mulberry street
New York, NY
USA
(212) 965-900
Price: $ 60.00
   
   

INTERNATIONALLY RENOUWED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST DANCER

ALESSANDRA BELLONI

REMO Signature Series Artist – presents:

 

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS AND STEPS

 

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE &  FOLK  DANCE WORKSHOP,

Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications

www.alessandrabelloni.comwww.youtube.com/alessandrabelloniwww.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

 

 

 

This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra will also teach chants and songs, sung as devotion to the Black Madonna (Montevergine near Naples the Sun (Jesce Sole), Pugliese, Calabrese and Sicilian chants.

                                               

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

 

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming tradition.

 

During these series of workshops, the participants will learn:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

 

* Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and

accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

 

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)

 

* Neapolitan, Sicilian, Calabrese and Pugliese style tarantellas, which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin.

 

 THE FOLK DANCES:

 

TAMMORRIATA - This elegant and sensual dance from Naples is performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called the Tammorra. The dance movements have a strong Spanish and Middle Eastern flourish, with many recognizable movements of the Flamenco and Belly Dance traditions. These movements are set to the beat of African 4/4 rhythms. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and later, the Black Madonna.

 

TARANTELLA DE’ 600– This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.  

*DANCE AND RHYTHM  OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of SAN Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times.

 

* Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.

 

* Pizzica Tarantata , a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents - which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles and the dance were performed as a musical exorcism to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice. Originally these where the ancient Greek rites for the God Dyonisus as Puglia was part of Greece and was called Magna Grecia..

           

            The length of the workshops should be 2 to 4 hours, divided into two parts.

The tambourines for the workshops can be made available through REMO

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop filmed by BAREFEET internet TV channel :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

1.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3:  Pizzica srhythm and lesson on tambourine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3:  TAMMORRIATA RHYTHM for the Black Madonna http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w

 

 

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

CoSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
Rhythm is the Cure Drumming & Dance Workshop - 3-5:30pm
46 Deer Hill Rd.
Wappinger Falls, New York 12390
845-297-2323
Price: $40 in advance, $50 at the door

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

CoSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
Tarantata! - 7:30pm
46 Deer Hill Rd.
Wappinger Falls, New York 12390
845-297-2323
Price: $15 online / $20 at the door
 

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Women Drummers for World Peace - TBA
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Price: TBA

Internationally renowned Italian Singer & percussionist  Alessandra Belloni

presents her women ensemble

DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE -

WOMEN DRUMMERS FOR WORLD PEACE

 

featuring sacred chants and drumming in Honor of the Black Madonna & the healing women trance dance Pizzica Tarantata

www.alessandrabelloni.com www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni 

Featuring:

Alessandra Belloni : voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance -  Eve Sicular – drumset, dumbeck Serena Davini drum set, djembe- Olimpia Avignone – African percussion, frame drums, shakers, Dancers: Caterina Rago, Francesca Silvano, Danielle Hartman, Amra - fire dancer.

Special guests to be announced

 

Presented to sold out audiences  at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYU Casa Italiana, New York Open Center, PASIC Indianapolis, DROM, Joe’s Pub, and Los Angeles, Venice , Lerici, Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore Italy, 

 

 

Countries around the world, including Southern Italy, Brazil, Africa and the Middle East have musical traditions based on the power of women.  Belloni and company will emulate one of the most ancient ways of praying and healing, including sacred chanting to the Black Madonna sung by female voices in harmony, accompanied by various percussion instruments (frame drums, tambourines, shakers, djembes, dumbecks, riqqs, mazhars). Dancers will spin and stomp their feet in celebration of life and peace with the healing  trance dance of the TARANTELLA. 

 

With "Daughters of Cybele," Alessandra Belloni carries on the tradition of Roman priestesses who played the tambourine in worship of Dionysus, god of ecstasy and wine, and the Earth goddess Cybele now worshipped as the Black Madonna.

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer to honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite). Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

THE DRUM IS FEMININE LIKE THE WOMB AND RHYTHM OF THE EARTH

LIKE THE HEART BEAT OF THE MOTHER GIVING BIRTH LIKE THE HEART BEAT OF THE CHILD BEING BORN  WE HONOR THE EARTH WITH THE DRUM AND WOMEN VOICES AS IT WAS DONE IN ANCIENT TIMES, WHEN PEOPLE  LIVED IN HARMONY AND PEACE

  GIVING THANKS TO OUR EARTH MOTHER 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago 
http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

New York press:  

Noted Italian percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni and her all-female trio   As the lights onstage went down, it was as if the crowd had been transported to a secret clearing somewhere in the Piemonte to witness some wonderfully obscure, mystical ritual. Alternating between high, eerie incantations and earthy folk melodies and playing a small museum’s worth of percussion instruments, they wove a sonic web not unlike another very popular vocal group, le Mystere des Voix Bulgares. As head spell-caster, Belloni was so wrapped up in the music herself that she’d back off the microphone, eager to launch into the next song, even as she announced what it would be. In addition to melodies from various parts of Italy as well as Brazil and a couple of impressive solo turns from band members, their dancer whirled through the club, finally dragging a couple of audience members out on the floor as the drums and voices wailed high overhead. It was a performance that was as physically gripping as it was sonically captivating, even psychedelic.

 CAROLINE MASONE: Essence of Italy: during the Casa Italiana performance, the tribal and ancient drum beats were the perfect driver behind the ritual trance dances, belly dances, tarantellas and other steps of ritual purification. Many of these songs had been sung by groups of women long ago while working in the fields or mending fishermen's nets. In the performance, long, filmy cloths with vibrant colors were waved and danced, accentuating the music and movement. The songs alternated between bestowing blessings, yearning laments, joyous celebrations and heartfelt invocations. They flowed one to another as if to mimic the sea; either crashing like a wave in a riot of spinning, dancing chaos or ebbing in meditative reverence or deep, internal sorrow. Belloni's performance of Requiem for Elvira was a highlight, written by Belloni in honor of her mother's death. Closing her eyes, her voice was at its most raw and emotional. She seemed alone in the room, transported. We listened as her voice and drumming created a bridge to another world.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

TBA
TARANTELLE E CANTI D'AMORE - 7:30pm
Price: TBA

Alessandra Belloni

with

I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA

 present

 

TARANTELLE E CANTI D'AMORE 

Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 pm

Garfield, New Jersey

 

Live in Chicago! Alessandra Belloni live on ABC TV www.abclocal.com

 Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeatwww.youtube.com

Alessandra Belloni "Tarantata" on National Geographic documentary,

Spider Sex

www.youtube.com 

 

YouTube Playlist: Tarantelle Canti D'Amore 10/30/09 at Symphony Space in New York 2009  http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=79FD7875439A4D1C

 

The concert features music from the CDs released by SoundsTrue  & Naxos chosen as best Italian CD of the year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles and from the show TARANTELLE E CANTI D'AMORE presented to a sold out audience at Symphony Space in October 2009.

The ensemble includes :

Alessandra Belloni - lead vocals, percussion ritual dance, artistic director

John La Barbera - chitarra battente, classical guitar, mandolin music director

Wilson Montuori -  acoustic guitar, Susan Eberenz - flute


The program also includes tarantella professional dancers:

Francesca Silvano, Peter De Geronimo,  Jillian Guinta, Danielle Hartman, Mark Mindek- stilt dancer


This concert is a fiery "journey" through the South of Italy featuring also magic rituals,  sensual mystical trance dances performed as ritual by the women of Southern Italy, haunting love songs,  lullabies, processional chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, known as :Tammorriata, and more dances as well as original songs by Alessandra Belloni inspired by the rituals and rhythms of Brazil.

The music comes from different regions of Italy, mainly Naples, Calabria, Sicily, Puglia and Sardegna, and it has been arranged with a very unique World Music Sound. 

The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.

At the end of our concert we invite the audience to dance the tarantella or “pizzica” in a celebration of life and good energy unique of the Italians using red ribbons in a circle.

Pizzicarella (Village Scene) from tarantella Spider Dance  http://youtu.be/mWYG6r4ClVE

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Villa Chiara di Prumiano
14th Annual Rhythm is the Cure Healing Drumming and Dance Workshop in Tuscany! - August 18-25, 2014
Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist
as she proudly announces her 
 
14 Annual Healing Dance & Percussion Workshop from Southern Italy   
Rhythm is the Cure
 
August 18 to 25, 2014
 in a splendid Renaissance Villa in the magical hills of Tuscany, Italy 

Tuscany - videos of summer 2013!

Videography by Maurizio Longobardi. Edited by Rich Brotman.

 

Tammorriata from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

http://youtu.be/vIIEZNDsL94 

Spinning Dance from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

Pizzica Tarantata Tuscany Italy 2013  http://youtu.be/DZQsqVKdWOM 

Fire Dance & Closing Ceremony Tuscany Italy 2013  http://youtu.be/DZQsqVKdWOM 

Dragata's Testimonial Tuscany Italy 2013  http://youtu.be/ea3X7z5Lx_Y 

Danielle's Testimonial Tuscany Italy 2013  http://youtu.be/l_xE9VgIiT8 

 
LIVING SHAMANISM: documentary film about Alessandra Belloni's work as a shaman by French American Film Maker/shaman Manex Ibar recorded in Southern Italy 2012  https://vimeo.com/87706104

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Voyage of the Black Madonna Tour in Southern Italy!
Voyage of the Black Madonna Tour - August 4-17, 2014
Price: $2,800

 Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher 

Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist

proudly announces her 

FIRST TOUR OF THE SACRED SITES OF THE BLACK MADONNA IN SOUTHERN ITALY  

THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA

 August 4 to the 17, 2014

leaving  and coming back to Rome's airport only $2,650 !

See this newly released link: The voyage of the Black Madonna documentary promo by Alessandra Belloni about her field research in Southern Italy during the feasts of the Black Madonna filmed between 1991 and 1997 by Dario Bollini - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsvmSOI1PEQ
 
 
DEAR FRIENDS:

I am very happy and proud to announce that for the first time I will be leading  a special pilgrimage to the sacred sites of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy!!

The tour is from August 4 to the 17th, beginning and returning to Naples on the 17th to depart for home. See details below .

 

I will go to teach my annual workshop in Tuscany August 18th to the 25th and I am offering a special discount to the people that want to  follow me there, almost half price for the workshop!!

 

 

BLACK MADONNA TOUR 

I will take people on the same journey I have taken for  many  years as devotion to the Black Madonna, which inspired in 1990 me to write the Folk Opera THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA together with my music director John La Barbera, and my late ex-husband, Dario Bollini.

It is a very personal journey for me and full of incredible memories. I know the places, people, traditions really well, and you will enter this mysterious world with me.  You can see the places where we will go in the special demo-documentary that I just released online after so many years in the link above. 

This tour is a journey to 7 Black Madonnas that are called in the Italian Tradition as "7 sisters". They are connected to 7 Goddesses that are part of the ancient worship to the Mother Earth  and the Moon Goddesses and the Archetype of the African Mother (following the story of my Opera).

No one has ever put together this kind of tour dedicated to the Divine Feminine, and LA MADONNA NERA in places where she is still worshipped as she was in pre-Christian times. Unlike Spain or France, in Southern Italy we still play for her our drums, dance and chant.

We will also take part in some of the powerful feasts of the Black Madonna and you will meet my friends, local folk musicians who have been my teachers near Naples and in Calabria for nights of great folk music and dance.  In each location we will do a special ceremony singing the ancient healing chants to la Madonna Nera and drumming when appropriate.

I will bring words to the songs and chants, and in each place will do a short lecture on the history  behind the church, telling the legends of each Madonna, and talking about the Temples as the churches are actually built right on top or  next to an archeological site that has the original temple of the Goddess Cybele, Demeter, Isis, Artemis,  or Aphrodites.

I got a fantastic tour operator from the region of Campania from Federazione Campana, Stefania Gangone who had sent me a great itinerary and got  great places with good prices.

 

We will visit the following places and Black Madonnas: 

 1)  August 5th Madonna Nera della Neve, Torre Annunziata, spectacular feast along the sea near Sorrento/Pompei on the Amalfi Coast. 

In the morning we will watch the re-enacment of the fisherman fishing the Black Madonna found in a large cage in the sea. It will be spectacular as she is connected to the Goddess Aphrodites. We will also do a purification ritual in the sea and on the beach.  

2)  Visit to Black Madonna of Positano, also by the Sea, a beautiful Bizantine Icon, also connected to Aphrodites. Positano is one of the most beautiful towns of the Amalfi coast, and we will spend the day there. We will also Visit Pompei temple to the goddesses, and mosaics of drumming rituals.  Near Pompei we will also meet my Tammorra teacher and master player Raffaele Inserra from Gragnano, the best tammorriata player in the area.

3)  Black Madonna of Montevergine - also known as Mamma Schiavona (Serving Mother) spectacular sacred Mountain near Avellino- (beautiful mountain region called Irpirnia).

This is the most important of the seven sisters, ancient site and temple of the goddess Cybele, Black Mother Earth Goddess from Anatolia. We will go the famous throne (a special rock in the mountains called Seggia della Madonna ) where healing miracles happen,  play the tammorriata drumming and sing for her.

4) Black Madonna in Moiano, near Benevento, the one I am most devoted to and have personally received a miracle from her, she is the most magical!  Also an ancient site of the worship to the Goddess Isis.

5)  Black Madonna of sacred mountain Viggiano (Basilicata) ancient site of the Goddess Demeter. (Place used to be called Grumentum, from the grain and wheat coming from the earth. She is like Persephone & Demeter.)

6)  Black Madonna di Seminara, Madonna dei Poveri, in Calabria, Feast Day August 14 celebrated with a wild drumming ritual, reenacting an ancient fertility rite, and giant Puppets that dance to the fast 6/8 rhythm of the tarantella (Giganti).  In Calabria we will meet and feast with my  good friend and tarantella teacher Vittorio de Paola and have dinner and party in his beautiful restaurant on top of the mountain with a great view of the sea.

7)  August 15, we will honor the Black Madonna del Tindari on the Day of the Assumption, her feast day. This is a magical place, where the Madonna del Tindares (Ethiopian name) was found in cave under the mountain, which we will visit, by enchanted lakes of salt water, and a beautiful turquoise sea, where we will do a purification ritual.  The Madonna looks like an African Totem and is inside the church on top of the mountain, with the inscription Nigra Sum Sed Formosa (I am Black and Beautiful). Next to the church we will visit the archeological site that has the temples of Demeter and Cybele and drum  as we watcht he most spectacular sunset over the sea.

 

The cost of the tour is $2,650 if we are 10 people -- or $2, 550  if we are 12 people 

 

This does not include airfare and lunch as we will be moving around during the days. but includes:

1)  Hotel accommodations, double occupancy, 4 star hotels, 

2)  Breakfast and wonderful dinners in very good restaurants and hotels,

3)  Tour bus

4)  Ferry boat back and forth to Sicily

5)  My work as your tour-guide with lectures on site, leading drumming ceremonies, chants  and rituals in appropriate locations.

 

Please note that I will need a registration fee of $150 by May  15 th to ensure your participation and to have the tour operator secure the hotels.

The total deposit of $ , which is 30% of $2,650 (if we are 10 people) is needed by June 1st  and the remaining of the total amount due 30 days before the tour starts (July 4)

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Due May 15 - $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable)

Due June 1 - $795 tour Tuition 

Due July 4 - $1,960 (if 10 people register; $1,810 if 12 people register)

 

You can also pay by check made to Alessandra Belloni and should be sent to: 

Alessandra Belloni

1111 River Road 

Apt G33 

Edgewater NJ 07020

 

Please contact me right away at ABelloni@aol.com if you want to come to this tour, as we are aiming for 12 participants.  Join me for a life changing tour to the Great Mother, the Black Madonna that will always accompany you and protect you.

 

Register today!

 

 

Detailed itinerary information:

TOUR OPERATOR: Settimocieloviaggi

LOCATIONS: NAPOLI- POSITANO-POMPEI - MONTEVERGINE - BENEVENTO -VIGGIANO - TROPEA - TINDARI

 

ARRIVE: AUGUST 4;  DEPART: AUGUST 17

AUG 4 - ARRIVE AEROPORT NAPOLI - Naples

TRANSFER by bus to CASTELLAMMARE DI STABIA,  

IN HOTEL STABIA  ****  4 NIGHTS, WELCOME DINNER

AUG 5  FEAST OF MADONNA NERA DELLA NEVE- OF THE SEA TORRE ANNUNZIATA. (May see POMPEI later) DINNER AT HOTEL. 

AUG 6 whole day in POSITANO MADONNA NERA SUL MARE (on the sea) and out IN POSITANO.  DINNER IN SORRENTO (then back to HOTEL).  

AUG 7 -  free day at beach or Healing Mud in thermal baths of Stabia or Pompei (best in the world!! form the Volcano Vesuvio!), DINNER IN HOTEL.

AUG 8 -  after  breakfast  go the  Mountains of IRPINIA,  staying at AL GREEN PARK HOTEL**** (MERCOGLIANO) or CASTELVETERE SUL CALORE

Afternoon visit of black MADONNA OF MONTEVERGINE E L'ABBAZIA DI GOLETO  

DINNER IN GREAT TYPICAL TRATTORIA  

AUG 9 -  going to MOIANO for VISIT DELLA MADONNA DELLA LIBERA, 

back to Hotel, dinner in typical place or hotel 

AUG 10  - after breakfast leave for VIAGGIANO  BLACK MADONNA OF  THE SACRO MONTE. (SACRED MOUNTAIN), Dinner IN HOTEL. 

AUG 11 - LEAVE FOR CALABRIA, TROPEA.  VISIT VARIOUS BLACK MADONNAS. HOTEL ON THE BEACH MEZZA PENSIONE (2 meals) VILLAGGIO AGRUMETO Capo Vaticano visit various locations here and meet local folk musicians -free time at beautiful beaches

AUG 14 - FEAST DELLA MADONNA NERA DI SEMINARA (procession with drummers and flag dancer, amazing!)

AUG 15 -  After breakfast, leave for Sicily (100KM) - FERRY FROM VILLA SAN GIOVANNI- Go to MADONNA DI TINDARI (Mountain over the beach)  visit also the archeological site with the sacred temples to the Goddess Demeter) come back to TROPEA

 

AUG 16 - leave after breakfast for Rome by bus.

 

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Tarantata! - 7:00pm
22 East 30th Street
New York, New York 10016
(212) 219-2527
Price: Members $33/ Nonmembers $35

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

& Brazilian rhythms

SATURDAY JULY 19TH - CONCERT TARANTATA at the New York Open Center

New York Open Center

22 East 30th Street

New York, NY 10016

http://www.opencenter.org/events/tarantata-tarantela-trance-dance-and-brazilian-sounds/

212-219-2527 ext 0

email: info@opencenter.com

View Open Center Digital Catalogs click:

https://flipflashpages.uniflip.com/2/8815/329733/pub/

Members $33/ Nonmembers $35
Early Bird rate $28/ $33 by July 11

 

 

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Francesca Silvano, Jillian Guinta,  Hillary Litwin

 

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition.

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Italian Cultural Institute
TARANTELLA Rhythms and Steps - 6:00pm
1023 Hildgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles pressnts:
INTERNATIONALLY RENOUWED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST DANCER

ALESSANDRA BELLONI

REMO Signature Series Artist – presents:

 

TARANTELLA Rhythms and steps

Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

Monday July 14 6:00pm

 at the Italian Cultural Institute

1023 Hildgard Avenue

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

 

 

    by Alessandra Belloni

REMO Signature Series Artist

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women…( New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, always transforming  the lives of many women…

 

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece.

Students Should Expect to Learn the Following Dances:

 

 

TAMMORRIATA - This elegant and sensual dance from Naples is performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called the Tammorra. The dance movements have a strong Spanish and Middle Eastern flourish, with many recognizable movements of the Flamenco and Belly Dance traditions. These movements are set to the beat of African 4/4 rhythms. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and later, the Black Madonna.

 

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.  

www.alessandrabelloni.com www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloniwww.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

 

Workshop filmed by BAREFEET internet TV channel :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

About Alessandra Belloni

Award winner percussionist/singer/dancer/actress/ teacher  Alessandra Belloni is also an author, and renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals.

 Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine , an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive Notes among others.

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in  England, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Egypt, Israel, and throughout the U.S. and Hawaii.

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

REMO Recreational Music Center
Rhythm is the Cure! - 1:00 - 4:00pm
7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-0461
Price: $40 - cash only, please
INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST DANCER 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI

REMO Signature Series Artist -

Presents:

 RHYTHM IS THE CURE

 -featuring

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS AND DANCE

 

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE &
  FOLK  DANCE WORKSHOP

Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications
 

 

WHEN: JULY 12th

 

TIME: 1 PM to 4 PM

 

Cost: $40.00 

(cash only please)

 

WHERE: REMO Recreational Music Center

 

www.remormc.com

During these series of workshops, the participants will learn:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, creating the bouncing sound of the triplets.

 

* Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

 

* TAMMORRIATA a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, used to honor the Black Madonna

 

 

This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra will also teach chants and songs, sung as devotion to the Black Madonna (Montevergine near Naples the Sun (Jesce Sole),

 

 

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she's very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She's also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

 

 

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming tradition.

RHYTHM  OF SAN ROCCO

- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done as a musical exorcism  to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times

 

The workshop will end with the  authentic  Tarantella or Spider Dance.- a
very fast 6/8 rhythm with different accents - which originated as music & dance  therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula,  a form of depression that afflictedmainly women.
 

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Tarantella Rhythms and Steps - 6:00-9:00pm
425 N. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA
408.293.7122
Price: $39.00 members / $49.00 non-members

Italian American Heritage Foundation (IAHF)

425 N. Fourth Street

San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408.293.7122

Email: info@iahfsj.org

The Alessandra Belloni workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. The purpose is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture practiced in Southern Italy and Sicily. Refreshments will be served. For more information about Alessandra go to http://www.alessandrabelloni.com Cost: $39.00 members / $49.00 non-members. RSVP http://www.iahfsj.org/programs/events/rsvp/

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS AND STEPS - JULY 8

TUESDAY JULY 8, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Alessandra Belloni workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. The purpose is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture practiced in Southern Italy and Sicily. Refreshments will be served.

Monday, June 30th, 2014

United Religions Initiative
Hidden Seeds of Natural Healing & Curing - June 30 - July 2; time TBD
1009 General Kennedy Ave.
San Francisco, CA
415-651-2300 x31
Price: TBD

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

CoSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
TARANTATA! - 8pm
46 Deer Hill Rd.
Wappinger Falls, New York 12390
845-297-2323
Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

 & Brazilian Rhythms

Saturday, June 28 concert TARANTATA AT COSM
CoSM.org
https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/cosm/event.jsp?event=1402

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition.

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Tarantata! + Special Workshop June 9-13th - 8:00pm
150 Lake Dr.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

& Brazilian rhythms

 

Special Workshop June 9-13th (for Omega residents) and Concert on June 14th!

Omega Holistic Center

150 Lake Drive

Rhinebeck, NY 12572

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

 Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Jillian Guinta, Francesca Silvano, Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Tarantata! - 9:00pm
113 Ludlow (between Irvington & Delancey)
New York, New York 10002
(212) 625-0981
Price: $10

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

& Brazilian rhythms

Saturday, June 7 at 9:00pm

Mehanata Bulgarian Gypsy Bar 

 

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

 Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Francesca Silvano, Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

St. John the Divine
Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop - 2-5pm
1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.
New York City, NY
(212) 932-7325
Price: $75 for 1 session, or $225 for all 3

Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

Saturdays, April 26, May 3, May 10
2 pm – 5 pm

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral.

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web " of the subconscious mind.

The workshops begin with a short lecture on the Black Madonna and the tarantella trance-dance. Participants will see films of Alessandra Belloni’s field research of the drumming rituals and procession in Southern Italy.
All workshop sessions will be in Synod Hall on the Cathedral Close.

These workshops will explore the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This beautiful, sensual dance from Naples is performed with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. Usually done during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica is played on medium size tambourines, producing a trance-like state beneficial for spiritual healing. Alessandra will lead workshop participants in a circle dance, creating "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as traumas and blocked emotions.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages, was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

Registration Fee
$225 for three workshop sessions, $75 for each session.
To register, contact education@stjohndivine.org or call (212) 932-7325.

For more about trance-dance and Alessandra Belloni, visit the video links below:

Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance
Film by Manex Ibar
Password: Shaman

Percussion lesson and interview with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

Pizzica rhythm and lesson with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

For all of the Cathedral's workshops, guided visits, programs and more, visit the Calendar.

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

St. John the Divine
Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop - 2-5pm
1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.
New York City, NY
(212) 932-7325
Price: $75 for 1 session or $225 for all 3

Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

Saturdays, April 26, May 3, May 10
2 pm – 5 pm

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral.

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web " of the subconscious mind.

The workshops begin with a short lecture on the Black Madonna and the tarantella trance-dance. Participants will see films of Alessandra Belloni’s field research of the drumming rituals and procession in Southern Italy.
All workshop sessions will be in Synod Hall on the Cathedral Close.

These workshops will explore the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This beautiful, sensual dance from Naples is performed with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. Usually done during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica is played on medium size tambourines, producing a trance-like state beneficial for spiritual healing. Alessandra will lead workshop participants in a circle dance, creating "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as traumas and blocked emotions.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages, was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

Registration Fee
$225 for three workshop sessions, $75 for each session.
To register, contact education@stjohndivine.org or call (212) 932-7325.

For more about trance-dance and Alessandra Belloni, visit the video links below:

Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance
Film by Manex Ibar
Password: Shaman

Percussion lesson and interview with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

Pizzica rhythm and lesson with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

For all of the Cathedral's workshops, guided visits, programs and more, visit the Calendar.

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

St. John the Divine
Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop - 2-5pm
1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.
New York City, NY
(212) 932-7325
Price: $75 for 1 session or $225 for all 3

Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

Saturdays, April 26, May 3, May 10
2 pm – 5 pm

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral.

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web " of the subconscious mind.

The workshops begin with a short lecture on the Black Madonna and the tarantella trance-dance. Participants will see films of Alessandra Belloni’s field research of the drumming rituals and procession in Southern Italy.
All workshop sessions will be in Synod Hall on the Cathedral Close.

These workshops will explore the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This beautiful, sensual dance from Naples is performed with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. Usually done during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica is played on medium size tambourines, producing a trance-like state beneficial for spiritual healing. Alessandra will lead workshop participants in a circle dance, creating "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as traumas and blocked emotions.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages, was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

Registration Fee
$225 for three workshop sessions, $75 for each session.
To register, contact education@stjohndivine.org or call (212) 932-7325.

For more about trance-dance and Alessandra Belloni, visit the video links below:

Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance
Film by Manex Ibar
Password: Shaman

Percussion lesson and interview with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

Pizzica rhythm and lesson with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

For all of the Cathedral's workshops, guided visits, programs and more, visit the Calendar.

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

William Wall High School
Days of Percussion
975 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT

 

DAYS OF PERCUSSION
Friday & Saturday, April 4 & 5, 2014

 

The Connecticut Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society will present its annual Days Of Percussion at William Hall High School, 975 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117

Friday, April 4th, 2014

William Wall High School
Days of Percussion
975 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT

 

DAYS OF PERCUSSION
Friday & Saturday, April 4 & 5, 2014

 

The Connecticut Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society will present its annual Days Of Percussion at William Hall High School, 975 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

SD 26
Carnevale Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm
16 East 26th St.
New York City, NY
212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

SD 26
Carnevale Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm
19 East 26th St.
New York City, NY
212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Tarantata! - 9:00pm
113 Ludlow (between Irvington & Delancey)
New York, New York 10002
(212) 625-0981
Price: $10

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

& Brazilian rhythms

Saturday, March 22 at 9:00pm

Mehanata Bulgarian Gypsy Bar 

 

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

 Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Francesca Silvano, Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Rhythm is the Cure - 2:00pm
3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD
301.405.ARTS (2787)

Rhythm is the Cure  at the Maryland Day of Percussion

Sunday, March 2nd at 2pm

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of MD- College Park.

Intersection of Stadium Drive and University BBlvd (Rte 193)
College Park, MD

For more information contact: Wes at wesdrummer@msn.com

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

SD 26
Carnevale Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm
19 East 26th St.
New York City, NY
212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Rhythm is the Cure Workshop - 2-5pm
97 Green St.
Brooklyn NYC, NY
(203) 581-2005
Price: $65 in advance/$75 at the door

Rhythm is the Cure with Alessandra Belloni  Mar. 15, 2-5pm

Golden Drum is proud to present a concert and workshop with renowned tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress ALESSANDRA BELLONI. Ms. Belloni will offer participatory workshop on Saturday, March 15.

The workshop shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Check out Alessandra in this video:

 

Each class is designed to follow the method described in Ms. Belloni’s book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes.

Students shall begin with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present.

They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance.

Students will learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.

STUDENTS WILL ALSO LEARN:

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA – The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dance for many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who suffered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they’ll create “spider-like” movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) – This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.
TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE – A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.

Bio:

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress ALESSANDRA BELLONI is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in “La Lupa,” and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in “Casanova.” She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD “Rhythm is the Cure,” published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that “Alessandra Belloni and “Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider” is a revelation, utterly fascinating.”

Drum Magazine noted that “Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer.”

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that “Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum.

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Italian American Museum
Women's History Concert Celebration - 8 PM
155 Mulberry St.
New York, NY
(212) 965-9000
Price: $25

Internationally renowned Italian Singer & percussionist

Alessandra Belloni

presents her women's ensemble

DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE

 

featuring sacred chants and drumming

in Honor of the Black Madonna & the healing trance dance

Pizzica Tarantata

Featuring:

Alessandra Belloni: voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance -  Eve Sicular: drumset, dumbeck, Beth Ann Mastromarino: tambourines, castanettes; Dancers: Francesca Silvano, Danielle Hartman; Special guests to be announced

Presented to sold out audiences  at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYU Casa Italiana, New York Open Center, PASIC Indianapolis, DROM, Joe’s Pub, and Los Angeles, Venice , Lerici, Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore Italy, 


 

Countries around the world, including Southern Italy, Brazil, Africa and the Middle East have musical traditions based on the power of women.  Belloni and company will emulate one of the most ancient ways of praying and healing, including sacred chanting to the Black Madonna sung by female voices in harmony, accompanied by various percussion instruments (frame drums, tambourines, shakers, djembes, dumbecks, riqqs, mazhars). Dancers will spin and stomp their feet in celebration of life and peace with the healing  trance dance of the TARANTELLA. 

With "Daughters of Cybele," Alessandra Belloni carries on the tradition of Roman priestesses who played the tambourine in worship of Dionysus, god of ecstasy and wine, and the Earth goddess Cybele now worshipped as the Black Madonna.

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer to honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite). Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

THE DRUM IS FEMININE LIKE THE WOMB AND RHYTHM OF THE EARTH

LIKE THE HEART BEAT OF THE MOTHER GIVING BIRTH LIKE THE HEART BEAT OF THE CHILD BEING BORN  WE HONOR THE EARTH WITH THE DRUM AND WOMEN VOICES AS IT WAS DONE IN ANCIENT TIMES, WHEN PEOPLE  LIVED IN HARMONY AND PEACE

  GIVING THANKS TO OUR EARTH MOTHER 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago 
http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

New York press:  Noted Italian percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni and her all-female trio   As the lights onstage went down, it was as if the crowd had been transported to a secret clearing somewhere in the Piemonte to witness some wonderfully obscure, mystical ritual. Alternating between high, eerie incantations and earthy folk melodies and playing a small museum’s worth of percussion instruments, they wove a sonic web not unlike another very popular vocal group, le Mystere des Voix Bulgares. As head spell-caster, Belloni was so wrapped up in the music herself that she’d back off the microphone, eager to launch into the next song, even as she announced what it would be. In addition to melodies from various parts of Italy as well as Brazil and a couple of impressive solo turns from band members, their dancer whirled through the club, finally dragging a couple of audience members out on the floor as the drums and voices wailed high overhead. It was a performance that was as physically gripping as it was sonically captivating, even psychedelic.

CAROLINE MASONE: Essence of Italy: during the Casa Italiana performance, the tribal and ancient drum beats were the perfect driver behind the ritual trance dances, belly dances, tarantellas and other steps of ritual purification. Many of these songs had been sung by groups of women long ago while working in the fields or mending fishermen's nets. In the performance, long, filmy cloths with vibrant colors were waved and danced, accentuating the music and movement. The songs alternated between bestowing blessings, yearning laments, joyous celebrations and heartfelt invocations. They flowed one to another as if to mimic the sea; either crashing like a wave in a riot of spinning, dancing chaos or ebbing in meditative reverence or deep, internal sorrow. Belloni's performance of Requiem for Elvira was a highlight, written by Belloni in honor of her mother's death. Closing her eyes, her voice was at its most raw and emotional. She seemed alone in the room, transported. We listened as her voice and drumming created a bridge to another world.

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

SD 26
Carneval Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm
19 East 26th St.
New York City, NY
212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Voyage of the Black Madonna - 8 - 9:30pm
6 Deming St.
Woodstock, NY
sagehealingcenter@gmail.com
Price: $20 exchange. Workshop and Concert for $50.
Saturday March  8th: 8pm - 9:30pm 
SAGE ACADEMY OF SOUND ENERGY PRESENTS:   
VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA 
A musical journey to the ancient sacred sites of the Mother Goddess 
With Alessandra Belloni & Olimpia Avignone + Guests 

A concert honoring The Black Madonna, the Mystical Great Mother of the 
Western world featuring traditional songs, healing chants, and drum rhythms of Southern Italy, the Near East, North Africa, Spain, France, Portugal, Brazil, and Mexico.
A musical journey around the world to the sacred sites of The Black Madonna, some of which have existed since the time of The Great Mother Goddess of antiquity.
The ancient Mediterranean sound created in The Voyage of the Black Madonna is combined with contemporary world music making a bridge between primitive, traditional, and modern music.

For more information about the artist please visit: alessandrabelloni.com
$20 exchange. Register:  sagehealingcenter@gmail.com or 845 679 5650

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Rhythm is the Cure Healing Dance & Percussion Workshop - 2-5:30pm
6 Deming St.
Woodstock, NY
sagehealingcenter@gmail.com
Price: $40 exchange. Workshop and Concert combined $50
Saturday March  8th: 2pm - 5: 30pm 
SAGE ACADEMY OF SOUND ENERGY PRESENTS:   
RHYTHM IS THE CURE - A HEALING DANCE & PERCUSSION WORKSHOP 
WITH ALESSANDRA BELLONI & GUESTS 

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals,
we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of frame drums and tambourines.
Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.
Representing an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present these dance movements embody and culminate the different dance traditions which we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance and Tribal
Dance.

Please bring tambourine or frame drum if you have them.
To purchase one of Alessandra's Remo Signature series drums in advance,
http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/store/

$40 exchange. Workshop and Concert combined $50
Register: sagehealingcenter@gmail.com or 845 679 5650

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

SD 26
Carnevale Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm
19 East 26th St.
New York City, NY
212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Maryland Day of Percussion - 2:00pm
Intersection of Stadium Drive & University Blvd (Rt. 139)
College Park, MD
Price: General Admission - $15

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

NYU Percussion Penthouse
NYU Percussion Department Master Class - 7-9pm
35 West 4th St. 13th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Price: TBA

Feb 25th, 2014. 7-9pm

Percussion Penthouse 13th floor. 

35 west 4th street

NYC NY 10003

 

INTERNATIONALLY RENOUWED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST DANCER

ALESSANDRA BELLONI

REMO Signature Series Artist – presents:

 

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE

& FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP

including special  arrangements for tarantella on marimba

 with drummer/percussionist Peter Abazia 

Taught by Alessandra Belloni

REMO Signature Series Artist

 

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice inSouthern Italy.

 

During the percussion workshop, the participants will learn:

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

* Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and

accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.

RHYTHM  OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of San Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval TimesThe tambourines for the workshops can be made available through REMO.

 

1.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3:  Pizzica srhythm and lesson on tambourine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3:  TAMMORRIATA RHYTHM for the Black Madonna http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w

 

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

SD 26
Carnevale Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm
19 East 26th St.
New York City, NY
212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

TRANSnDANCEnDRUM Center
Tarantella Trance Rhythms - Hands-On Workshop - 2-5pm
415 Main street
Rosendale, NY 12472
Price: $30

 INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER,

 PERCUSSIONIST DANCER

ALESSANDRA BELLONI

REMO Signature Series Artist – presents: 

TARANTELLA TRANCE RHYTHMS

 

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE WORKSHOP

Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications

www.alessandrabelloni.com 

www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23  from 2:00 to 5:00pm fee $30.00

TRANSnDANCEnDRUM Center, 415 Main Street, Rosendale NY 12472. email: info@transndancendrum.com

 

1.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3:  Pizzica rhythm and lesson on tambourine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3:  TAMMORRIATA RHYTHM for the Black Madonna http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w

 

This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra will also teach chants and songs, sung as devotion to the Black Madonna (Montevergine near Naples the Sun (Jesce Sole), Pugliese, Calabrese and Sicilian chants.

                                               

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

 

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming tradition.

 

 During this workshop, the participants will learn:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

 

* Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

 

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)

 

*DANCE AND   RHYTHM  OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of SAN Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times.

 

* Pizzica Tarantata , a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents - which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles and the dance were performed as a musical exorcism to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice.

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

ABC/Commedia video http://youtu.be/qXSMdLhZdAU

Alessandra Belloni on Brazilian Globo TV July, 2012 http://youtu.be/jwX0PNwZjKM

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive Magazine.

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Tarantata! - 8:00pm
434 Main St
Rosendale, New York 12472
845.658.9048
Price: $15

A fiery percussive journey through the South of Italy, with a crossing of the Atlantic into Brazil. Through songs, dance, and rhythm; it will explore magic rituals,"tarantellas", used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. There will be healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna"Tammorriata" love ballads. 

The night features Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro-Brazilian Yoruba tradition. Alessandra Belloni is joined by John La Barbera on a variety of string instruments, Peter Abazia on drums, and Giuseppe de Falco on vocals and guitar.

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Rhythmic Integration Center
Rhythm is the Cure Drumming Workshop - 3-7 pm
261 New Milford Turnpike
Marbledale, CT
John Marshall jomarshall@earthlink.net
Price: $75
INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST, DANCER

ALESSANDRA BELLONI 
REMO Signature Series Artist – presents: 

RHYTHM  IS THE CURE  
February 15 from 3 to 7 cost $75
at The RIC, (Rhythmic Integration Center), www.rhythmicintegrationcenter.weebly.com
organized by John Marshall at jomarshall@earthlink.net
 located in Marbledale CT, which is a sub-hamlet of Washington CT
261 New Milford Turnpike, Marbledale CT 06777 for directions from wherever you're coming from-
 teaching in the downstairs gallery space which is a large open space with a wooden floor
 
  HANDS-ON   TAMBOURINE & FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP
 including  special brush technique
with Alessandra Belloni's tam-brush made Regal Tip 

Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay  Publications


www.alessandrabelloni.com 
www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

REMO Signature Series Artist and designers of 
brushes with Regal Tip


Alessandra  Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

The  purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich  tambourine and folk 
dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy.


During the percussion workshop, the participants will learn:

*  The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist  and elbow 
technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing  sound of the triplets.

*  Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and accented  fast 6/8 rhythm. 

Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the 
Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm. 
 
Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples)  played 
on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8.  This 
rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the  god of wine.

·Pizzica Tarantata, a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents - which originated 
  as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm,  
played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles  
as they frantically danced for days during the Summer  Solstice


·Brazilian rhythms with Southern Italian tambourine technique using also special Tambourine brushes 
(Tam  brush) especially designed by Alessandra Belloni with Pro-Mark. 
The  length of the workshops should be 2 to 4 hours, divided into two  parts.

The  tambourines for the workshops can be made available through REMO.



 Alessandra Belloni Live at WOMA Jazz 2009

Tambourine Solo 
http://youtu.be/-h2pyzZBUBM

Tarantella&PizzicaTarantata\lesson 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds


Tammorriata 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w


SOLO  CONCERT AT MOUNT SHASTA 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKbmO2c20fohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Rhythm is the Cure Concert - 8-10pm
97 Green St.
Brooklyn NYC, NY
(203) 581-2005
Price: Friday night concert $20, Saturday workshop (4 hours) $65 in advance/$75 at the door; $80 for both

Rhythm is the Cure with Alessandra Belloni –

Concert Feb. 7, 8-10pm; Workshop Feb. 8, 3-7pm

Golden Drum is proud to present a concert and workshop with renowned tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress ALESSANDRA BELLONI. Ms. Belloni will offer songs accompanied by tambourine on Friday, Feb. 7 and will then offer a participatory workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The workshop shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Check out Alessandra in this video:

 

Each class is designed to follow the method described in Ms. Belloni’s book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes.

Students shall begin with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present.

They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance.

Students will learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.

STUDENTS WILL ALSO LEARN:

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA – The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dance for many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who suffered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they’ll create “spider-like” movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) – This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.
TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE – A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.

Admission Cost:

Friday night concert $20, Saturday workshop (4 hours) $65 in advance/$75 at the door; $80 for both

Bio:

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress ALESSANDRA BELLONI is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in “La Lupa,” and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in “Casanova.” She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD “Rhythm is the Cure,” published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that “Alessandra Belloni and “Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider” is a revelation, utterly fascinating.”

Drum Magazine noted that “Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer.”

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that “Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum.

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Tarantata! - 9:00pm
113 Ludlow (between Irvington & Delancey)
New York, New York 10002
(212) 625-0981
Price: $10

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

& Brazilian rhythms

 

 

SATURDAY, February 1 at 9:00m

MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR 113 Ludlow (btw Irvington & Delancey) tickets $10

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/ 

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

 Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Francesca Silvano, Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Soul de Cuba
Honoring the Sea Goddess - 7:00pm
1121 Bethel St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 545-2822
Price: $20; $15 for students
Internationally renowned singer, dancer, percussionist
Alessandra Belloni (REMO Artist)
proudly presents her Women's Ensemble DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE in

"HONORING THE SEA GODDESS"
 at SOUL DE CUBA -  THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

 

at 7:00pm  Admission $20 ($15 for students)

Reservations: (808) 545-2822 or www.souldecuba.com

Featuring:

   ALESSANDRA BELLONI: voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance

DANCERS: NADIA INSERRA & CHIARA LOGLI

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer to honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea. This is unique passionate show  with great music and joyous ritual that invokes the healing power of primordial waters, was presented in Italy (Venice, Salsomaggiore Thermal resort, PERC FEST,  New York OPEN CENTER, Los Angeles Italian Cultural Institute, Indianapolis PASIC 

www.alessandrabelloni.com  

www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Drums of Illumination! - 5:00pm
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Price: $25

Theater for the New City Crystal Field director presents: 
celebration of the epiphany - the coming of the light! with 

  

Alessandra Belloni & I Giullari di Piazza 

'DRUMS OF ILLUMINATION' 

Native American, Southern Italian & Middle Eastern Sacred Drumming & Chants, sensual bellydances

bringing in the New Year with A World Peace Celebration, originally premiered at Theatre for the New City  

  

Special Guests:

the SilverCloud Native American Singers & Dancers

 

     

Sunday, January 5th - 5:00pm

 Theatre for the New City - 155 First Avenue (10 St ) 

Tickets: $25  Reservations: 212-254-1109 or www.theaterforthenewcity.net 

 

Link to Drums of Illumination Sample Video: 

http://youtube/ekDfEYvluDw

 

Watch Alessandra Belloni and her group perform live on ABC-TV in Chicago:ABCLocal.go.com

 

 

Featured Performers:

Alessandra Belloni - artistic director, voice, percussion, ritual dance. Her instruments include Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers

SilverCloud Singers and Dancers

Kevin Tarrant - director, lead vocals, pow wow drum  

Murielle Borst - vocals, drums

Josephine Tarrant - vocals, dance

Sergio Bellotti - drum set

Vinnie Scialla - Middle Eastern percussion

Hillary Litwin - bellydance

Peter DiGeronimo - capoeira, Brazilian & Southern Italian dance

Mark Mindek - stilt dancer

Francesca Silvano - ritual dance

Giuliana Pico - ritual dance

 

"Alessandra Belloni, before each song, outlined the tradition in each culture. Her intense love of each form supported the entire event. And what could be more appropriate for an evening of connection and community than to end with an invitation to the audience to dance? ... We all linked hands and made our way to the stage to share in joyous movement and music."

-Mary Ellen Carafice, Bearnstowjournal.com, December 2011

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Tarantata - 9:00pm
113 Ludlow
New York, NY 10002
Price: $10

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

 & Brazilian rhythms

 

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7  AT 9:00m

MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR 113 Ludlow

(btw Irvington & Delancey) tickets $ 10

 

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/ http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

 Joe Deninzon, acoustic & electric violin,

Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion Peter Abazia drumset, cajon dancers:

Peter De Geronimo, Francesca Silvano , Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

 

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago
http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw
TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE film trailer https://vimeo.com/59786628 pw shaman
Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q
Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0
Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."
Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."
Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Holiday Musicale Benefit and Appeal - 6:00-9:30pm
275 West 11th Street
NY, NY 10027
Price: View website below for pricing for details

http://harlemfamilyinstitute.org/HFI-Email/Holiday2013/hfi_musicale_2013.html

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

CoSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
Tarantella Percussion Workshop - Afternoon session: 3-6pm Evening session: 7-10pm
46 Deer Hill Rd.
Wappinger Falls, New York 12390
845-297-2323
Price: $65 online/ $75 at the door

TARANTELLA: RHYTHMS AND STEPS

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 - 3-6 (afternoon session), 7-10 (evening session)

Tickets - $65 online / $75 at the door

Tarantella Rhythms and Steps:
Hands-On Tambourine & Frame Drum Workshop


Taught by Alessandra Belloni, a REMO Signature Series Artist Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications. The workshop will be followed by Southern Italian Ritual Folk Dances and chants.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming. This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra will also teach chants and songs, sung as devotion to the Black Madonna (Montevergine near Naples the Sun (Jesce Sole), Pugliese, Calabrese and Sicilian chants.


During these workshops, participants will learn:

- The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

- Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

- Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)

- Neapolitan, Sicilian, Calabrese and Pugliese style tarantellas, which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin.

THE FOLK DANCES:

- Dance and Rhythm of San Rocco, a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of San Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times.

-Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.

- Pizzica Tarantata, a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents - which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles and the dance were performed as a musical exorcism to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice. Originally these where the ancient Greek rites for the God Dyonisus as Puglia was part of Greece and was called Magna Grecia.

The length of the workshops should be 2 to 4 hours, divided into two parts. The tambourines for the workshops are available through REMO.


Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

CoSM Event Page:
https://secure.cosm.org/np/clients/cosm/event.jsp?event=1345

Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/374655909304826/

Monday, November 25th, 2013

NYU Casa Italiana
Daughters of Cybele - 6:30pm
24 W 12th St.
NYC, NY 10011
212-998-8739
Price: TBA

Join us for a special showing of Daughters of Cybele at NYU's Casa Italiana!  The show begins at 6:30pm. 

For more info contact:

 

tel. (212) 998-8739

 

casa.italiana@nyu.edu 

 

www.CasaItalianaNYU.org

 

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Church Street School of Music
Rhythm is the Cure Drumming and Dance Workshop - 6:00-9:00pm
74 Warren Street
NY, NY 10007
Price: $60 for one, $100 for both!

Saturday, Nov. 9th and 23rd. 6-9pm
Church Street School of Music
74 Warren St. NYC
$60 for one workshop or $100 for both dates
RSVP by email to ABelloni@aol.com if you want to attend. You can also mail a check c/o Alessandra Belloni to 1111 River Road Apt G33 Edgewater NJ 07020 to pre-register.

 

Each class is designed to follow the method described in her book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes.

Students shall begin each session with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present.

They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance.

Students will learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.


STUDENTS WILL ALSO LEARN:

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dance for many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who suffered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.


Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q
Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0
BARE FEET TV PROGRAM – DANCE AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55
https://vimeo.com/597866281.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: Pizzica srhythm and lesson on tambourinehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: TAMMORRIATA RHYTHM for the Black Madonnahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w


Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.


Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Daughters of Cybele at DROM - 9:00pm
85 Ave. A (btwn 5th and 6th St.)
NYC, NY
212-777-1157
Price: $10 in advance, $15 at the door!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 9:00pm DROM
85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th St) in East Village, NYC
Tickets $10 in advance $15 at the door
212-777-1157 / www.dromNYC.com
Event page : http://www.dromnyc.com/events/2886/daughters-of-cybele-women-percussion-ensemble#.UnAIgfmsiSq
Ticket link : http://www.ticketfly.com/event/410887

Internationally renouwed Singer, dancer, percussionist
Alessandra Belloni (Remo Artist) proudly presents her
Women percussion Ensemble DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE, HONORING THE SEA GODDESS

Featuring guest drummers from Italy Kikki delli Santi, (Professor of percussion at Venice Conservatory) and drummer Serena Davini especially coming from Italy for PASIC INDIANAPOLIS , the largest percussion festival in the world, sponsored by REMO Inc, Yamaha, Conservatory of Venice Italy.

For the first time the Daughters of Cybele ensemble from New York, which premiered at DROM in 2009, will play together with the ensemble from Italy.

New article from Percussive Notes about this show with Daughters of Cybele in Indianapolis at PASIC:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/pasdigitaledition/onlinemags/notesseptember13/index.html

Featuring:
Alessandra Belloni : voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance

Kikki delli Santi, marimba, djembe, frame drums, shakers, bells, dumbeck, riqq, snare drum, tamburello

Serena Davini – djembe, congas, shakers, dumbeck, snare drum, tamburello

Dancers: Caterina Rago and Francesca Silvano, and Danielle Hartman, Beth Mastroianno, tamburello and dance.

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer to honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

They recreate rituals with songs, chanting and dancing, drumming and offerings of flowers to the images of Yemanja and the Black Madonna. The music played will include fisherman;'s songs, and love laments, from Southern Italy and Brazil, as original songs written by Alessandra Belloni inspired by her trips to Hawaii and Brazil written in honor of Yemanja. This is unique passionate show with great music and joyous ritual that invokes the healing power of primordial waters, was presented in Italy (Venice, Salsomaggiore Thermal resort, PERC FEST, New York OPEN CENTER, Los Angeles Italian Cultural Institute) Trum
· Alessandra Belloni & DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE Live at WOMA Jazz 2009
· Tambourine Solo
· http://youtu.be/-h2pyzZBUBM
· Cuncti Simus' Requiem
http://youtu.be/pdoMPzTVEKQ
A Sereja
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ze4XlKh7J8&feature=share&list=PL7DBD7B6782604E59

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Daughters of Cybele - 5:00pm
110 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
317-974-4488
Price: TBA

This amazing set is sponsored by REMO.  More information coming soon!

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Church Street School of Music
Rhythm is the Cure Drumming and Dance Workshop - 6:00-9:00pm
74 Warren Street
NY, NY 10007
Price: $60 for one, $100 for both!

Saturday, Nov. 9th and 23rd. 6-9pm
Church Street School of Music
74 Warren St. NYC
$60 for one workshop or $100 for both dates
RSVP by email to ABelloni@aol.com if you want to attend. You can also mail a check c/o Alessandra Belloni to 1111 River Road Apt G33 Edgewater NJ 07020 to pre-register.

 

Each class is designed to follow the method described in her book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes.

Students shall begin each session with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present.

They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance.

Students will learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.


STUDENTS WILL ALSO LEARN:

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dance for many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who suffered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.


Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q
Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0
BARE FEET TV PROGRAM – DANCE AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55
https://vimeo.com/597866281.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: Pizzica srhythm and lesson on tambourinehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: TAMMORRIATA RHYTHM for the Black Madonnahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w


Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.


Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Namaste Bookshop
Rhythm is the Cure ft. bansuri flutist Steve Gorn - 8:00pm
2 West 14th St.
New York City, New York
212-645-1014

*Please note the change in date!

Visit us on Facebook!: https://www.facebook.com/events/676615405684969/?ref=br_tf

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Cathedral of St John the Divine
Tarantata - Tarantella Trance Dance and Brazilian Rhythms and Chants - 8:00pm
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
USA
(212) 932-7325
Price: $25

Friday October 18 - 8:00pm ST JAMES CHAPEL,

CATHEDRAL OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE 

1047 AMSTERDAM AVENUE (112Th Street)

New York City, tickets: $25

For Tickets: http://www.stjohndivine.org/Belloni2013.html

Visit us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/373168859452916/

 

Featuring excerpts of the musical Tarantella Spider Danceabout the myth of the spider & ecstatic rites of Dionysus.

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, (TAMMORRIATA)  love ballads,  and the healing trance dance of the   PIZZICA TARANTATA.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition . The  dancers all dressed in white, blue and red (traditional colors in Italy & Brazil)  will lead the audience in a  final ritual dance, from Southern Italian 6/8 trance rhythms of the Pizzica to the Brazilian Samba and Baiao celebrating two cultures that have common roots in Africa.

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Million Women Drummers at Ulster County Fairgrounds
Drumming Performance and Workshop - TBA
Libertyville Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
Price: $15 for adults, $10 for children

Join Alessandra and at the Million Women Drummers Gathering on Sunday, October 13th all day in New Paltz at the Ulster County Fairgrounds near the Shawangunk Mountains!

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Cathedral of St John the Divine
Tarantata at St. Francis Day! - 1:00pm
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
USA
(212) 932-7325

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

California Institute of the Arts
Rhythm is the Cure Percussion Workshop - 2:00-4:00pm
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91335
Price: Free for students, open to public

Meet Alessandra on Tuesday, October 1st in the CalArts Percussion Studio (A300) for an incredible tambourine drumming workshop!

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

HOLLYWOOD FEAST OF SAN GENNARO
Tarantata - 12:00pm
Los Angeles, CA

Tarantata! Live performance at the Hollywood Feast of San Gennaro!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Watts Tower Festival
Day of the Drum - 11:30am
Los Angeles, CA

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Tarantata - 7:00pm
17905 Sky Park Circle, A
Irvine, CA
949-651-0564

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

San Diego College
Tarantata - 9:40am
San Diego, CA

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

REMO Recreational Music Center
Rhythm is the Cure Workshop - 1:00-3:30pm
7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-0461
Price: $25

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE & FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP,

Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications.

This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra will also teach chants and songs, sung as devotion to the Black Madonna (Montevergine near Naples the Sun (Jesce Sole), Pugliese, Calabrese and Sicilian chants.

 

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life. She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.


 

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming tradition.

 

During these series of workshops, the participants will learn:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

 

* Playing Hand technique of the Tarantella and Pizzica style with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and

accented fast 6/8 rhythm

 

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm. The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)

 

 Calabrese  Tarantella di San Rocco which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin.

 

The tambourines for the workshops can be made available through REMO RMC.


Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Garden of Healing Yoga and Wellness Center
Rhythm is the Cure Drumming and Dance Workshop - 6:30pm
49 Bayard St.
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
732-718-8381

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Tarantella! Revive the Divine Feminine through Rhythm, Ritual and Dance! Weekend Workshop - Daytime on Saturday and Sunday until noon!
corner Ohayo Mountain Road and Old State Route 28
Glenford, NY
Price: $150 for Tarantella Weekend Workshop

Participants should plan on attending the full schedule, both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Saturday

10:00 am           Morning session

Noon                      Lunch

1:00 - 7:00 pm       Afternoon session

7:00 pm                 Dinner

8:30 - 11:30 pm     Evening ritual

Midnight                 Depart home or to overnight accommodations

Sunday

9:00 am                 Breakfast

10:00 am               Concluding session

Noon                     Departure


Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7968360581/?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NDA2NTk0NS92aW9sZXRzbm93NzdAZ21haWwuY29tLzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend&ref=enivtefor001

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Tarantella! Revive the Divine Feminine through Rhythm, Ritual and Dance! - 8:00pm performance
corner Ohayo Mountain Road and Old State Route 28
Glenford, NY
Price: $20

Friday night:

8 PM: A special performance in the Glenford Church. Learn from Alessandra and Glenn about the ancient roots of the Tarantula, its healing power, and journey to New York and how the Ancient African Healing methods and the Tarantula came together and how they can support one another.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7968360581/?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NDA2NTk0NS92aW9sZXRzbm93NzdAZ21haWwuY29tLzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend&ref=enivtefor001

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

CoSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
Tarantata -- Tarantella Trance Dance - 8:00pm
46 Deer Hill Rd.
Wappinger Falls, New York 12390
845-297-2323
Price: $20

Friday, June21 concert HONORING THE SEA GODDESS at 7pm
Saturday, June 22 from 1 to 6pm RHYTHM IS THE CURE workshop $50.00
Contact: Bharati Carla Carla Haynes Siglam LPN, RYT
Garden of Healing Yoga & Wellness Center 49 Bayard St. 2nd Floor New Brunswick, NJ 08901 T: 732-718-8381 F: 800-849-0359 www.agardenofhealing.us agardenofhealing@gmail.com
Alessandra Belloni is an internationally renowned singer, dancer and percussionist and artist-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. This workshop will give participants the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students will become empow-ered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.
Each class is designed to follow the method described in her Book/DVD Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The workshop consists of four two-hour classes. Students will begin each session with 2 hours of drumming followed by 2 hours of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present. They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance. Students will also learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.
THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a healing trance dance for many mental-health disorders and imbalances, done mainly by women, who experienced depression known as tar-antismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of energy.
Internationally renowned singer/percussionist Alessandra Belloni presents
DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE women’s ensemble HONORING THE SEA GODDESS
Featuring:
Alessandra Belloni: voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance
Olimpia Avignone: African percussion, frame drums
Presented to sold out audiences at the New York Open Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Venice, Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore, Italy.
The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purifica-tion rites and procession performed in the summer to honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West Afri-can Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internation-ally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean, her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Live Interview on Quantum Creativity Radio! - 6:00am EST
Price: FREE

QUANTUM CREATIVITY Radio and Cezarina & Santari host Alessandra Belloni on Tuesday, June 25th!  

Listen LIVE at http://bit.ly/16dH1E5

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Garden of Healing Yoga and Wellness Center
Rhythm is the Cure - 1:00-6:00pm
49 Bayard St.
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
732-718-8381
Price: $50

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Garden of Healing Yoga and Wellness Center
Honoring the Sea Goddess - 7:00pm
49 Bayard St.
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
732-718-8381

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Tarantella Workshops with Alessandra Belloni!

(802) 282-2149

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

IAHF
LA TARANTELLA! Or "The Spider Dance" - 7:00pm
425 N. 4th St.
San Jose, California
Price: $20 - discounts available for IAHF members and students

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Percussion Paradise Ranch
RHYTHM IS THE CURE - to May 26 10:30 to am to 5:00pm
43351 Lake Hughes Road
Lake Hughes, California 93532
USA
Price: $ 280.00 to $ 300.00

Rhythm is the Cure Healing dance and percussion workshop featuring hands-on tambourine & frame drum workshop based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications, followed by Southern Italian Ritual Folk Dances and chants.

Beginners welcomed!

Workshop includes:
3 meals per day
Available options for overnight accommodations
Click here for more information
http://percussionparadiseranch.com/purchase.html?utm_source=Email+Created+2013%2F02%2F02%2C+3%3A32+PM&utm_campaign=Events&utm_medium=email

Percussionist Chalo Eduardo extends an open invitation to come, visit and explore your inner rhythms through your passion for the drum at PERCUSSION PARADISE RANCH!

Nestled in the bucolic and serene Angeles National Forest, in Lake Hughes CA, come and discover the positive, non-competitive atmosphere that awaits you at Percussion Paradise Ranch (aka, PPR).

 

Friday, May 10th, 2013

LYRIC HALL
TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE - 8:00PM
827 Whalley Ave
New Haven, Connecticut 06515
USA
203 389-8885
Price: $ 33.00

 

New Haven is bitten by the Spider  with

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE  - music & dance production

written & directed by Alessandra Belloni

 FRIDAY MAY 10 & SATURDAY MAY 11 - 8:00pm - tickets $ 33.00 at cubanakoa.ticketleap.com


PRESENTED BY SOUL DE CUBA, JESUS PUERTO & MICHAEL IAMELE   at Lyric Hall Theater 827 Whalley Ave New Haven, CT 06515 (203) 389-8885 web site www.lyrichallnewhaven.com

  

CRITIC'S CHOICE OF  BEN BRANTLEY from THE NEW YORK TIMES !

Spider Dance promo video : ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-2VPrBUqdw&lc=yzssJlpJyHf5aAz8zXbyH1ISYghbVf6zM1bpqr-8wDg&lch

 Photos of TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE  recent production January 2013, revised version https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151239981092665.439556.583752664&type=3

 Leading off the celebration of 2013 as the "Year of Italian Culture in America," Alessandra Belloni, international REMO artist and award-winning Southern Italian percussionist and singer,  COMES TO nEW hAVEN with her unique 14-member ensemble that includes musicians, vocalists, stilt dancer, aerial dancer, fire dancer, tarantella dancers drawn from the Martha Graham Dance Company, and guest percussionist Massimo Cusato of Calabria, in the exotic spectacle "Tarantella - Spider Dance," a sensual and mystical musical about the healing power of the Tarantella trance dance. A rich and fascinating trip into Southern Italian music, dance, history, and ancient legends.

 Cusato of Calabria, in the exotic spectacle "Tarantella - Spider Dance," a sensual and mystical musical about the healing power of the Tarantella trance dance. A rich and fascinating trip into Southern Italian music, dance, history, and ancient legends.

Alessandra Belloni is known around the world as a superb percussionist specializing in Southern Italian music, dance and tradition. The Rome native has received many awards, including "Best Female Percussionist" from Drum Magazine, travels the world appearing as guest artist, performing solo concerts, and teaching workshops in ritual drumming, dance and healing. Belloni is a subject of a recent documentary by French filmmaker Manex Ibar, focusing on her gifts as a shaman/healer, possibly to be released for PBS and the BBC.

Tarantella - Spider Dance" - abuse, repressed sexuality, powerlessness, and the feeling of being "caught in a web that binds them" - causes many women, known as "tarantate" to suffer "tarantismo" - a lethal mixture of depression, loneliness, and oppression. Their cure is to dance the "pizzica tarantata"- The Spider Dance!

The revised show follows the new storyline created for the film, which features Shakespearean actress in the role of the Sybil, the narrator, and fire dancer/acrobat/singer/capoeira master Anthony Anderson as the young Dionysus. As in the film, we witness the healing journey of a "tarantata" played superbly by dancer Francesca Silvano as she is taken by Dionysus to the shaman (Alessandra Belloni), who cures her with the tarantella trance dance. Her amazing journey includes
** a powerful procession of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy

** a healing ceremony of the pizzica tarantata, the wild erotic trance dance, attended by townspeople in the piazza. The authentic music is mainly percussion, with large tambourines playing non-stop to a 12/8 beat with loud accents

** a celebration of the Feast of St. Rocco, where another dance form, "hip-hop," entices her and the viewers.

 

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I Giullari di Piazza: Tarantella - Spider Dance · Plot Description

The "Spider Dance" or Tarantella, is a quite erotic trance dance ritual from Southern Italy, which has been used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This new 'Spider Dance' production infuses the ancient melodies and instrumentation of the authentic tarantella with modern electronic dance beats. It features aerial, fire and stilt dancers, acrobats and a techno Tarantella trance dance. As with all of Belloni's presentations, the show is meticulously researched, with costumes and instrumentation as authentic as possible. The music ranges from traditional 6/8 southern Italian to 12/8 heavy-accented modern sounds, and includes tarantellas, sensual love songs, and women's work chants.

http://theater.nytimes.com/show/24430/I-Giullari-di-Piazza-Tarantella-Spider-Dance/overview

 

Alessandra Belloni TV Appearances:

To view a portion of "spider Sex Documentary" on National Geographic: http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

 

Appearance on ABC-TV7 in Chicago with Italian Cultural Institute at the navy Pier http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

 

 

 Artistic Director
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA
c/o Cathedral of St. John The Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
New York NY 10025
www.alessandrabelloni.com
www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni
(646) 322-4637

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Theatre for the New City
RHYTHM IS THE CURE ONE WOMAN SHOW - 8:00PM
155 First Ave & 10th street
New York, New York
USA
(212) 254-1109
Price: $ 20.00

Monday  April 22 & Tuesday April 23 – 8:00pm

Theatre for the  New City – 155 First Avenue – (10th St.)

Tel.(212) 254-1109 - tickets $ 20.00 www.theaterforthenewcity.net www.alessandrabelloni.com www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

This fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song. Original songs compose by Alessandra  dedicated to the Black Madonna, and  Goddess of Love and Waters Yemanja, Brazilian Rhythms and chants inspired by her travels to Brazil , Hawaii, Italy and France.

The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.  Featuring Alessandra Belloni : voice , Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.

Alessandra will also show the trailer of the film TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE made by French American film maker Manex Ibar about her work as artist and healer. Shot in Southern Italy last summer and in New York during the production of Tarantella Spider Dance last January , very powerful and dedicated to the healing of women who have been abused, through trance dance and drumming.

The film tells the true story of young French Amaia, her abuse amd her healing experience with the Tarantella trance Dance and Alessandra’s workshops.

As this is part of Alessandra’s mission, she will also invite some of her students to play the tambourines with her and to tell their story of healing and transformation through this ancient tradition of drumming and dance from the Mediterranean. As the ancient priestesses of the Goddess, Alessandra has initiated many women around the world .

 

 

Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance Trailer https://vimeo.com/59786628

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE presentation video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-2VPrBUqdw&lc=yzssJlpJyHf5aAz8zXbyH1ISYghbVf6zM1bpqr-8wDg&lch=

SOLO CONCERT AT MOUNT SHASTA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKbmO2c20fo

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Women ensemble daughters of Cybele

Alessandra Belloni Live at WOMA Jazz 2009

 

 

 

 

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Theatre for the New City
RHYTHM IS THE CURE ONE WOMAN SHOW - 8:00PM
155 First Ave & 10th street
New York, New York
USA
(212) 254-1109
Price: $ 20.00

Theatre for the New City Crystal Fields director presents:

Internationally renowned singer, dancer, percussionist, teacher,   ALESSANDRA BELLONI

 

director of the Italian Folk Music, Dance & Theatre company I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA

Artist in Residence at the cathedral of St John the Divine, REMO artist

   In:  RHYTHM IS THE CURE  A ONE WOMAN SHOW

Dedicated to the healing of women through the power of drumming & dance 

Monday  April 22 & Tuesday April 23 – 8:00pm

Theatre for the  New City – 155 First Avenue – (10th St.)

Tel.(212) 254-1109 - tickets $ 20.00 www.theaterforthenewcity.net www.alessandrabelloni.com www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

This fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song. Original songs compose by Alessandra  dedicated to the Black Madonna, and  Goddess of Love and Waters Yemanja, Brazilian Rhythms and chants inspired by her travels to Brazil , Hawaii, Italy and France.

The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.  Featuring Alessandra Belloni : voice , Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.

Alessandra will also show the trailer of the film TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE made by French American film maker Manex Ibar about her work as artist and healer. Shot in Southern Italy last summer and in New York during the production of Tarantella Spider Dance last January , very powerful and dedicated to the healing of women who have been abused, through trance dance and drumming.

The film tells the true story of young French Amaia, her abuse amd her healing experience with the Tarantella trance Dance and Alessandra’s workshops.

As this is part of Alessandra’s mission, she will also invite some of her students to play the tambourines with her and to tell their story of healing and transformation through this ancient tradition of drumming and dance from the Mediterranean. As the ancient priestesses of the Goddess, Alessandra has initiated many women around the world .

 Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance Trailer https://vimeo.com/59786628

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE presentation video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-2VPrBUqdw&lc=yzssJlpJyHf5aAz8zXbyH1ISYghbVf6zM1bpqr-8wDg&lch=

SOLO CONCERT AT MOUNT SHASTA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKbmO2c20fo

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Women ensemble daughters of Cybele

Alessandra Belloni Live at WOMA Jazz 2009

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

TARANTATA - 9:00PM
113 Ludlow
New York, NY 10002
Price: $ 10.00

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS: TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian rhythms

SATURDAY   March 23 rd AT 9:00m

MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR 113 Ludlow (btw Irvington & Delancey) tickets $ 10

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/ http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

http://www.facebook.com/events/304242236262509/

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

Wilson Montuori - electric and acoustic guitars, Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion , Peter Abazia drumset 

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition 

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Queens Public Library
DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE - 2:00pm
89-11 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, Queens, New York 11432
USA
Price: free

DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE women ensemble IN HONORING THE SEA GODDESS

Presented to sold out audiences at the New York Open Center, Cathedral of St . John the Divine, Venice , Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore Italy.

Featuring:

Alessandra Belloni : voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance

Eve Sicular, drumset, dumbeck ,

Susan Eberenz – Flutes, recorder, piccolo vocals

Kristine Massari - vocals

Olimpia Avignone -african percussion frame drums

 Hillary Litwin dancer

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer o honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

New York press: Noted Italian percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni and her all-female trio As the lights onstage went down, it was as if the crowd had been transported to a secret clearing somewhere in the Piemonte to witness some wonderfully obscure, mystical ritual. Alternating between high, eerie incantations and earthy folk melodies and playing a small museum’s worth of percussion instruments, they wove a sonic web not unlike another very popular vocal group, le Mystere des Voix Bulgares.

As head spell-caster, Belloni was so wrapped up in the music herself that she’d back off the microphone, eager to launch into the next song, even as she announced what it would be. In addition to melodies from various parts of Italy as well as Brazil and a couple of impressive solo turns from band members, their dancer whirled through the club, finally dragging a couple of audience members out on the floor as the drums and voices wailed high overhead. It was a performance that was as physically gripping as it was sonically captivating, even psychedelic.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Trumpets Jazz Club
DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE - 8:00pm
Montclair, NJ 07042
1-973-744-2600
Price: $ 15.00

DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE women ensemble IN HONORING THE SEA GODDESS

 Presented to sold out audiences at the New York Open Center, Cathedral of St . John the Divine, Venice , Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore Italy.

Featuring:

Alessandra Belloni : voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance

Eve Sicular, drumset, dumbeck ,

Susan Eberenz – Flutes, recorder, piccolo vocals

Kristine Massari - vocals

Olimpia Avignone -african percussion frame drums

Francesca Silvano dancer

 The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer o honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

 New York press: Noted Italian percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni and her all-female trio As the lights onstage went down, it was as if the crowd had been transported to a secret clearing somewhere in the Piemonte to witness some wonderfully obscure, mystical ritual. Alternating between high, eerie incantations and earthy folk melodies and playing a small museum’s worth of percussion instruments, they wove a sonic web not unlike another very popular vocal group, le Mystere des Voix Bulgares.

As head spell-caster, Belloni was so wrapped up in the music herself that she’d back off the microphone, eager to launch into the next song, even as she announced what it would be. In addition to melodies from various parts of Italy as well as Brazil and a couple of impressive solo turns from band members, their dancer whirled through the club, finally dragging a couple of audience members out on the floor as the drums and voices wailed high overhead. It was a performance that was as physically gripping as it was sonically captivating, even psychedelic.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

TARANTATA Italian psy Music - 9:00pm
113 Ludlow
New York, NY 10002
Price: $ 10.00

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian rhythms

 ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

Wilson Montuori - electric and acoustic guitars, Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion ,

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

 

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Cathedral of St John the Divine
RHYTHM IS THE CURE drumming and dance workshop - March 16, 23, April 13 2 :00 to 4:00pm
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
USA
(212) 932-7325
Price: $ 300 for 4 workshops , 80 for 1

Celebrate Women History Month with  ALESSANDRA BELLONI  Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

Artist in residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine

RHYTHM IS THE CURE Dance & percussion workshops

with healing power of the Tarantella trance rhythms  

 

At cathedral of St John the Divine – 1047 Amsterdam Avenuenear 112th Street. Saturdays from 2 :00pm to 4:00pm March 2nd, 16th, 23rd , April 13 –fee $ 300, for registration email Kevin Bloom at KBlum@stjohndivine.org or Abelloni@aol.com

This seminar shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Each class is designed to follow the method described in her book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes. Students shall begin each session with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present. They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance. Students will also learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.

 THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dancefor many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who fufered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 –This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.


c/o Cathedral of St. John The Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
New York NY 10025
www.alessandrabelloni.com
www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni
(646) 322-4637

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS AND STEPS - 3:00 TO 6 :00PM
2500 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
email
Price: CONTACT INSERRA@HAWAII.EDU

This seminar shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Each class is designed to follow the method described in her book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dancefor many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who fufered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 –This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

RHYTHMS IS THE CURE dumming and dance workshop
Rhythms is the Cure Workshop - February 19, 20 and 21 st.
Indigenous Mind Science at Buddist Temple
Maui , Lahaina Shores, Hawaii
USA
email Apela@wisn.org

RHYTHM IS THE CURE Dance & percussion workshops

with healing power of the Tarantella trance rhythms  

  

 

This seminar shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Each class is designed to follow the method described in her book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes. Students shall begin each session with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present. They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance. Students will also learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Ohio University 3rd Annual world Music & Dance Concert - 7:30pm
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593 –1780
Price: $12.00 General Admission

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Alessandra Belloni performing at THE PYRAMIDS OF CHITCHENITZA!
Chichén Itzá Pyramid - Yucatan, Mexico
Yucatan
Mex
Price: *Check Synthesis Website for Festival packages and ticket information*

During the Solstice of 2012, Decemebr 21st, Alessandra Belloni will be performing at the most magical place: THE PYRAMIDS OF CHITCHENITZA! Celebrating the Mayan Calendar in the heart of the Mayan Culture!

For the event entitled Synthesis 2012 organized by Michael Di Martini. For more information please check these links:

http://www.facebook.com/events/431115643597241/?ref=ts
www.synthesis2012.com

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Church Street School of Music
RHYTHM IS THE CURE A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop (series) - 2:00pm-6:00pm
74 Warren Street
NY, NY 10007
Price: The cost is $ 60.00 per class or $ 100 for 2 classes.

RHYTHM IS THE CURE

A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

by Alessandra Belloni

REMO Signature Series Artist

Saturday December 8 from 2 to 6pm, Saturday December 15 from to 6 pm and Sunday December 16 from 2 to 6 pm. The cost is $ 60.00 per class or $ 100 for 2 classes. You can register by emailing me atABelloni@aol.com or with paypal.

 

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women…( New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, always transforming the lives of many women…

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.

 

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP ARE:

--To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella, an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna.

--To bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

--To learn the powerful Italian tamburello technique and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals as they use their bodies in movements that help open the energy points such as the Heart Chakra-by holding the frame drum close to the heart-and the Root Chakra-by doing movements that help participants stay grounded.

--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.

 

Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This is a beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. This powerful dance is done during the rituals held in the summerin honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, was performed as an exorcism ritual that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking ht healing power of the water.

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Church Street School of Music
RHYTHM IS THE CURE A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop (series)
74 Warren Street
NY, NY 10007
Price: The cost is $ 60.00 per class or $ 100 for 2 classes.

RHYTHM IS THE CURE

A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

by Alessandra Belloni

REMO Signature Series Artist

Saturday December 8 from 2 to 6pm, Saturday December 15 from to 6 pm and Sunday December 16 from 2 to 6 pm. The cost is $ 60.00 per class or $ 100 for 2 classes. You can register by emailing me atABelloni@aol.com or with paypal.

 

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women…( New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, always transforming the lives of many women…

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.

 

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP ARE:

--To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella, an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna.

--To bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

--To learn the powerful Italian tamburello technique and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals as they use their bodies in movements that help open the energy points such as the Heart Chakra-by holding the frame drum close to the heart-and the Root Chakra-by doing movements that help participants stay grounded.

--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.

 

Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This is a beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. This powerful dance is done during the rituals held in the summerin honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, was performed as an exorcism ritual that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking ht healing power of the water.

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Church Street School of Music
RHYTHM IS THE CURE A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop (series) - 2:00pm-6:00pm
74 Warren Street
NY, NY 10007
Price: $60.00 per class or $100 for 2 classes.

RHYTHM IS THE CURE

A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

by Alessandra Belloni

REMO Signature Series Artist

Saturday December 8 from 2 to 6pm, Saturday December 15 from to 6 pm and Sunday December 16 from 2 to 6 pm. The cost is $ 60.00 per class or $ 100 for 2 classes. You can register by emailing me atABelloni@aol.com or with paypal.

 

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women…( New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, always transforming the lives of many women…

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.

 

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP ARE:

--To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella, an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna.

--To bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

--To learn the powerful Italian tamburello technique and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals as they use their bodies in movements that help open the energy points such as the Heart Chakra-by holding the frame drum close to the heart-and the Root Chakra-by doing movements that help participants stay grounded.

--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.

 

Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This is a beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. This powerful dance is done during the rituals held in the summerin honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, was performed as an exorcism ritual that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking ht healing power of the water.

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Honoring the Sea Goddess: Yemaja, Yemanja & The Black Madonna - 7:30pm
22 East 30th Street
New York, New York 10016
(212) 219-2527
Price: Members: $25 / Nonmembers: $28

Alessandra Belloni and ensemble at the The New York Open Center

This concert is inspired by the Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and processions performed in the summer to honor the archetypal sea goddess. In Brazil she is called Yemaja (or Yemanja), from African culture; in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the sea (or Aphrodite). Alessandra Belloni and a small ensemble of women musicians will recreate these traditional rituals with songs, chanting, dancing, drumming and offerings of flowers to these sea goddesses. Don’t miss this evening of unique, passionate music and joyous ritual.


 

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant
TARANTATA Southern Italian TARANTELLA & Brazilian rhythms - 4:00pm
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
973-744-2600
Price: $15.00

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance WILSON MONTUORI - electric and acoustic guitars, JOE DENINZON electric/acoustic violin GIUSEPPE DE FALCO _ Neapolitan singer, PETER ABAZIA – drum set This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/ http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni http://www.facebook.com/events/304242236262509/

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

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