HIT Week: Unexpected Sounds from Italy
6:00 PM-10:00 PM
Free and open to the public, all ages welcome!
Each year, HIT Week brings us fresh Italian music that is ‘more than Mafia movie soundtracks and maudlin mandolin’, and each year is a revelation. Discover new music from Italy, sample delicious Italian cuisine and wine – a highlight in a month celebrating Italian culture.
KALASCIMA, psychedelic trance tarantella from Puglia, in Italy’s Southern boot heel, are on their US debut tour. Tracing its roots back to the sixth century, taranta is hypnotic Italian music that drives dancers into a trance-like state – ostensibly to excise the poison of a tarantula bite. Kalascima’s six members bring the folk music new life with traditional instruments like frame drum and hand percussion, accordion, zampogna (Italian bagpipes) and special flutes, guitars – even a mandolin – and electronic influences.
CHIARA CIVELLO is a jazz singer who was the first Italian artist to record for Verve Records. Tony Bennett dubbed her ‘the best jazz singer of her generation.” She has also found success through her explorations of Brazilian music, collaborating with many legends of bossa nova and MPB.
LE CARDAMOMO is a theatrical four-member group from Rome – an opera singer, violin, accordions, guitar and woodwinds – who find inspiration in old French songs, Balkan dance rhythms and theater.
HIT Week is presented with support from FIMI, Puglia Sounds, Alfa Romeo FIAT of North Miami and the City of Miami Beach.