FREE EVENT: TARANTELLA WITH ALESSANDRA BELLONI SOUTHERN ITALIAN FOLK MUSIC & DANCE FOR THE BLACK MADONNA
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. 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.
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. Author of the book ‘HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA” published by Inner Traditions- Bear & Company. With foreword by best selling author Matthew Fox.
For the last 19 years she has been holding her special dance & drumming workshop in Tuscany RHYTHM IS THE CURE, with students that come from all over the world. Recepient of the Folk Arts Master Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts 2016 & 2018.
Steve Gorn, whose flute is said to ‘re-align the cells,’ is featured on the Grammy winning recording, “Miho – Journey to the Mountain,” with the Paul Winter Consort, as well as the Academy Award winning Documentary film, “Born into Brothels.” He has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute, soprano saxophone and clarinet in concerts and festivals throughout the world. Well known to audiences in India and the west, he is one of the few westerners recognised to have captured the subtlety and beauty of Indian music. His CD, Luminous Ragas, is a landmark recording of music for yoga. Recent recordings include Rasika, with Tabla virtuoso Samir Chatterjee, and Illuminations, with Nepali flutist, Manose. www.stevegorn.com