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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 
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PILGRIMAGE OF THE SACRED SITES OF THE BLACK MADONNA

 

IN SOUTHERN ITALY  

 


THE VOY AGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA

 

 August 4 to the 16th, 2020

 

 

 
AFTER THE GREAT SUCCESS AND MAGICAL EXPERIENCE OF LAST SUMMERS I am very happy and proud to announce that I will be leading THE FIFTH MUSICAL PILGRIMAGE to the sacred sites of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy!! 
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. 
check this 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
  
I am happy to share with you a very personal journey which will transform your life!   
Also featuring writer, archaeologist 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 or station  the day of August 16th
 
 DEAR FRIENDS around the world:
Last 3 summers I led the  special pilgrimages 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 BLACK MADONNA TOUR 2018   
 Itinerary:
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-enactment 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
A visit to Pompei -Led by writer/archeologist Armando Mei. 
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
* August 10th - 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. Suddenny 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.
  
August 11
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 13
We will honor the Black Madonna del Tindari
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.
  
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 15th  on the Day of the Assumption, the feast day of the Madonna , we will follow a beautiful procession of the Madonna of the Sea on a boat along the stunning coast  of Tropea.
  
August 16th - morning departure for Rome's airport or Station from La Mezia, Calabria.
  
 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 am also blessed to bring my old friend and teacher of tamburello, tammorra maker, Raffaele Inserra, from Gragnano. We will 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  will dance drum , eat , and drink 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 $2,900 for a double room, $3,300 for a single. 
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 April 1 to ensure your participation and to have the tour operator secure the hotels.
The tour deposit  is due by May 1 
and the remaining of the total amount due June 1



 

 

 

 

 

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

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

 

Due May 1 - $690 Tour Deposit

 

Due June 1 - $1,960 
Make checks payable to: 

 

Alessandra Belloni

 

1111 River Road 

 

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Edgewater NJ 07020

 

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