Alessandra Belloni & I Giullari di PIazza
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.