Virtual Singing/Chanting Classes with Alessandra Belloni and John La Barbera
Each lesson will feature 2 songs from a specific southern Italian region: Campania, Calabria, Puglia, Sicily, and Lazio. We will describe the history, myths and legends that are part of this rich ancient folk tradition. You will receive lyric sheets with translations, and sheet music if available. Class sessions will be 8 lessons and will be held on Zoom twice a month, for 90-120 minutes.
You must register in advance and pay through the links below. Group space is limited!
We will study:
- Ancient healing chants using the Lydian Scale or Neapolitan Scale, and sacred healing chants in honor of the Black Madonna like “Jesce Sole” & chants and prayers to the Madonna of Montevergine (Avellino).
- Renaissance love songs from Naples known as “Villanelle” in 3-part harmony, along with some ballads.
- Various tarantellas from different regions
- Women work chants
Classes will focus on learning repertoire and how to project the voice, especially in the rich southern Italian folk style, with open vowel sounds and a short vibrato.
Classes will follow parts of their books:
Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna
Rhythm is the Cure
by Alessandra Belloni
Traditional Southern Italian Mandolin & Fiddle Tunes
Italian Folk Music for Mandolin
by John LaBarbera
About the instructors:
Taught by mezzo-soprano Alessandra Belloni and classical guitarist/mandolinist John La Barbera
Alessandra Belloni & John La Barbera are directors and co-founders of I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA, Italian Music & Theater Company and are artists in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Every other Fridays 6:30pm ET- Singing (level determined by the group)
In order to register and receive the zoom link for classes: Email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the class day and level you would like to join (ie: "Friday Singing Class"). Then please submit payment for your class through the methods listed below. You will then receive a zoom link to join class, as well as a private youtube link of the class recording.
Group classes - $60 a class
Payment must be received prior to the start of class.
You can pay using VENMO, ZELLE (email@example.com) or this link: https://www.everbutton.com/pay/6349