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Apr30

Honoring The Sea Goddess with Rowan Storm & Friends

Corazón Performing Arts, 125 South Topanga Canyon Boulevard , 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.

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.

Featuring:

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

Special guests;

Rowan Storm | riqq, duff, dumbeck

Vida Vierra | percussion, vocals

Dani Lunn | percussion, vocals

Cynthia Jimenez | drums

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.

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."

Tarantata: The Dance of the Ancient Spider

Los Angles Central Public Library - Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles

Alessandra Belloni is a world-renowned percussionist, singer, dancer and actress born in Rome, Italy. Her extensive body of work focuses on traditional Southern Italian dances, percussion and singing. Belloni has spent many years participating in drumming festivals and ceremonies in remote areas of Southern Italy, interviewing elders, researching women's spirituality, ethnomusicology and religion. An award winning tambourine virtuoso, she is committed to preserving the rich traditions of Southern Italian folk rituals and culture where music and dance are rites of purification and healing.

In Los Angeles, Belloni will present Tarantata: The Dance of the Ancient Spider, and the Healing Journey of the Black Madonna. Her performance is a syncretic mix of pagan and Catholic elements, in which music and dance create a magical space to heal and cure. Be ready for an emotional tour-de-force of frenetic dances, sacred songs, chants and rhythms.

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is a twenty-first century interactive museum that documents the history and contributions of Italian American in Southern California and the nation, and showcases a seldom examined chapter of the Italian diaspora. The IAMLA features exhibitions and a variety of cultural educational programming and it is collaboratively operated by the City of Los Angeles. The museum is located in the Italian Hall, which was constructed in 1908 to serve as a community gathering place. Today, the Italian Hall is among the oldest remaining structures from Los Angeles' historic Little Italy and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The IAMLA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

"RHYTHM IS THE CURE" 
HEALING DRUMMING AND DANCE RETREAT 
IN CALABRIA, ITALY  
AUGUST 17 to the 24th, 2020 
Learn more HERE
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 A World Peace Celebration

 

'DRUMS OF ILLUMINATION'

     Southern Italian, & Native American Ritual Drumming and Dance

Special Guests:  the SilverCloud Native American Singers & Dancers

 In "Drums of Illumination" Alessandra Belloni unites two great cultures: the powerful Native American, and the passionate Southern Italian, for a journey back in time into a world of ritual drumming, voice and trance dances.

 

Link to Drums of Illumination Sample Video http://youtu.be/ekDfEYvluDw

 

from reviews of "Drums of Illumination")

"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."

 

Internationally renowned singer/dancer/percussionist Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari di Piazza present "Drums of Illumination," a program of ritual drumming, trance dances, and chants representing two great cultural traditions: Southern Italian and Native American,  Belloni and I Giullari will be joined by the SilverCloud Native American Singers and Dancers, completing a remarkable group of percussionists, vocalists and dancers, all specializing in healing and ritual music and dance.  
The happy and successful relationship between Belloni and I Giullari and Muriel and Kevin Tarrant goes back to 1992, when they worked together in the I Giullari production of "Earth, Sun and Moon," a spectacular show that was commissioned by Lincoln Center and received both critical and audience acclaim.

 

Artistic Director Alessandra Belloni notes that one of the purposes of "Drums of Illumination" is "to bring in to LIGHT  the similarity between the two ancient traditions in Southern Italy and  Native Amrerican cultures, invoking World Peace by showing that we are all one, adding that "the pow wow drum, the Italian tambourine, and the drum set - all will send good vibrations into the air as a collective ritual of purification."      

 

The evening will feature Tarantellas from Southern Italy, including the authentic Pizzica Tarantata; healing trance dance from Puglia used to cure the bite of the tarantula (the myth that dates back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus), healing chants and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna and the Goddess of Love and the Sea; Native American ritual singing and drumming, love songs, warrior dances, the amazing Indian hoop dance, by Josephine Tarrant. 

Featured performers are:

Alessandra Belloni - artistic director, voice, percussion, ritual dance.   Her instruments include Southern Italian-   tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers

Peter Abazia drumset

Joe Deninzon violin

Francesca Silvano & Peter de Geronimo -ritual dancer

SilverCloud Singers - Kevin Tarrant, director, lead vocals, pow wow drum

Murielle Borst  - vocals, drums

Josephine Tarrant - vocals

Artistic Director Alessandra Belloni has gathered a remarkable group of percussionist/vocalists/dancers for

 Outfitted with an extensive complement of exotic percussion instruments, and both Remo Artists, tambourine virtuoso Alessandra Belloni and drummer Sergio Bellotti (drum teacher at Berklee School of Music in Boston), both from Southern Italy, have enjoyed a long collaboration celebrating and exploring the rhythmic similarities between Southern Italian and other cultures by blending various percussion instruments. With music both ancient and new, Belloni and Bellotti create a bridge between ancient rituals and modern rhythms into a vibrant musical tapestry.

 

Murielle Borst, Artistic Director of The SilverCloud Singers and Dancers, also distinguished herself in her one-woman show "More Than Feathers and Beads," which was nominated for a Rockefeller grant and selected to participate in the Global Indigenous Theater Festival in Sydney Australia, as well as several venues in NYC.   She has completed six books in her fantasy series, "The Star Song Carriers."   Borst and Belloni, "soul sisters" who share the same energy and spiritual beliefs, first collaborated in 1992 on I Giullari di Piazza's "Earth, Sun and Moon," commissioned by Lincoln Center and performed for years in NYC and on tour.  

 

The SilverCloud Singers and Dancers is an intertribal Native American troup weaving  the traditional with the contemporary Native American song and dance.   Founded in 1991, the company is named in tribute to Josephine Mofsie Tarrant, mother of the founding directors.   The singers come from many tribes, and many parts of the U.S. and Canada.   They have appeared in numerous Pow-Wows across the continent as well as in tours to Europe.

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