Italian Festa in Melbourne, great success for the Calabria Sona artists

Italian Festa in Melbourne, great success for the Calabria Sona artists
Italian Festa in Melbourne, great success for the Calabria Sona artists

The Australian tour of Calabria Sona continues with Antonio Grosso, Ciccio Nucera, Davis Muccari and Maddalena Grosso. After the official presentation at COASIT – the concerts in Shepparton, Geelong, at the Jazz Club of Melbourne and at the gala for the “Calabrian” of the year of the ACCA Melbourne association – the “fantastic 4” performed during the Tarantella Festival Segment in scene at Reservoir’s Edwardes Lake Park and Melbourne’s Italian Festa.

The first appointment at Edwardes Lake Park for the Tarantella Festival Segment recreated the atmosphere of a village festival. The program included a series of dance, music and workshops performances during the day and a gastronomic offer from all over Italy.

Ciccio Nucera, Antonio Grosso, Davis Muccari and Maddalena Grosso presented original songs from their repertoire, proposing a concert between tradition and new songs that have now become catchphrases not only in Calabria. In fact, it wasn’t difficult to see the audience singing and getting excited about songs that had evidently already crossed the borders of the old continent. Fiuri, Tarantella 4 Bassi, Macallè, Ci fazzu complimenti, la vita di lupu, Virtuoso and so on until the pace is raised and everyone unleashes in a party of collective inclusion.

Other guests of the day include Omados (Greece) – The Rustica Project Band based in Melbourne – specializing in performing Calabrian folk music with a contemporary pop touch – Santa Taranta and Salvatore Rossano, a collective of talented musicians from around the world and the Australian jazz scene who come together to reinvent the popular music of Southern Italy and give it a local accent. Salvatore Rossano is a musician, ethnomusicologist and composer of Italian origin.

It was then the turn of the great performance at the Royal Exhibition Building and Museum Plaza in Melbourne where, for the first time, this year the historic “Italian Festa” took place, the most important and renowned Italian event in Victoria. The Melbourne Italian Festa is a magical gathering where the Italian community and all those who have a passion for Italian culture meet: food, wines and beers, music that makes you dance and a vibrant atmosphere that screams “La Dolce Vita”. A celebration of everything that makes Italy so irresistibly fascinating.

Here the Calabria Sona musicians achieved enormous success, livening up the cloudy Australian afternoon with an overwhelming and exciting show that impressed the large audience and also in the presence of the highest Australian institutional officials, representatives of local associations, the Italian undersecretary Giorgio Silli, Ambassador Paolo Crudele and Consul General Hanna Pappalardo.

The Australian tour of Calabria Sona is organized thanks to Segmento Foundation and Segmento Tarantella Festival, Casa Calabria International, Victoria Multicultural Commission (Government of the State of Victoria), Comites Victoria and Tasmania, of the City of Darebin, City of Shepparton, City of Tropea and with the patronage of the Calabria Region, Federation of Clubs and Associations of Calabrians of Australia.

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