Alessandra Belloni is a singer, percussionist, dancer, and actress who stands as one of the most important voices of traditional southern Italian music and dance today. For her mastery of musical styles – both at home and abroad – she has been acclaimed as one of the greatest living female percussionists in the world. She has performed in solo concerts and festivals across the globe. With John La Barbera, Alessandra Belloni founded I Giullari di Piazza music and theater company, and she is currently an artist in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. She has written, directed, and performed in many critically acclaimed folk operas and other theatrical works.