We are Brigands! Siamo Briganti!
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While the USA was rebuilding after the Civil War, Italy was facing it's own civil war coming on the heels of the Italian Unification. Via the musical traditions of Sicily and Southern Italy, Michela Musolino and Rosa Tatuata tell the story of i briganti, the brave men and women who fought for freedom in Italy’s South during that tumultuous era.
Love of Sicilian and Southern Italian Roots Music is what drives ROSA TATUATA to passionately interpret the traditions and melodies of their ancestors. Just as their name comes from Tennessee Williams’ beloved play about the happy, raucous collision of immigrant and American cultures; likewise ROSA TATUATA’s performance relates that incredible commingling to their beloved audience through song!
Fueled by their research into traditional instruments like the tamburo ( Sicilian frame drum), organetto, marranzano ( jaw’s harp) and zampogna ( Southern -Italian bagpipes), ROSA TATUATA introduces traditional songs into different musical contexts that rhythmically mirror the commingling of Old & New World. With an enchanting mix of ballads and dance tunes, ROSA TATUATA will take your imagination to sunbathed Southern Italy and the clear, crystal-blue waters surrounding Sicily. See Michela Musolino, Phil Passantino, Charlie Rutan and Jeffrey Panettieri as ROSA TATUATA.
Rosa Tatuata’s instrumentation: vocals; guitar; organetto; accordion; saz; mandolin; ciaramedda; zampogna; frischialettu; flute; clarinet; marranzano; tamburello; tamburo; & lira calabrese.
The black and white is an historic photo of Michelina Decesare, a well-know brigantessa ( female brigand)
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