The mystical-erotic trance rituals of southern Italy, the haunting prayers to the Black Madonna and the Goddess of the Mediterranean, and the breathtaking love songs of its storied islands—from the dawn of Italy's magical-spiritual song tradition comes Alessandra Belloni's new release, Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider.
With her soaring mezzo-soprano and mesmerizing tambourine rhythms, Alessandra casts a spellbinding web of sensuality spun from the tarantella—the ecstatic rites used to cure young women of a mysterious affliction known as the bite of the ancient spider.
From the New York Times to Rhythm magazine, Alessandra Belloni's performances have been praised for their nonstop theatrical, musical energy, and masterful improvisation. Now, with a stunning cast of musicians, Alessandra brings together the passion of Italy's early mystical roots with distinctive influences from Brazil, North Africa, and Latin America, in order to ignite the healing power of magical curative folk music for a new generation of listeners.
With Glen Velez on frame drums; Steve Gorn on bansuri flute; John La Barbera on chitarra battente, mandoloncello, cuatro, oud, classical guitar, and viola caipira; Charlie Giordano on accordion; and Joe Deninzon on violins.
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