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Newpoli

by Newpoli

Southern Italian Folk Music.
Genre: World: Mediterranean
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1. Pizzica
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2. Marechiare
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3. Li ‘Ffigliole
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4. Lo Jocu De La Palummella
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5. La Serpe a Carolina
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6. Tammuriata Nera
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7. Sia Maledetta L’acqua
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8. Luna Rossa
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9. Tarantella
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10. ‘E Spingule Francese
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11. ‘O Guarracino
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12. Tarantella Del Gargano
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Album Notes
"Newpoli's specialty is the roots of Italian folk music, meaning classical traditional folk songs played by the farmers of Neapolitan suburbs during the Period where Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi were performing their operas…"
- Boston Phoenix

"Italy took the stage with a dramatic rendition of traditional southern Italian songs..."
- Kerry Malloy, Berklee Correspondent - International Folk Festival 2004

"It was like being on a wonderful vacation to Napoli - only without the pasta - but the music, dancing and camaraderie served by the band more than satisfied our appetites for a great night out!"
- Kathy Cryan-Hicks - Chelmsford World Music Series

Newpoli is a group of exceptionally talented singers and musicians, all alumni from Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, that performs Southern Italian Folk Music, mainly from the regions of Campania and Puglia, integrating a wide variety of styles such as Tarantella-Pizzica, Tammuriata, Villanella and the Neapolitan Canzone, encompassing music from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Because Italian Folk music, with the exception of a small number of Neapolitan songs, has not received its deserved attention and recognition, either in Italy or abroad, Newpoli, guided by their passion for playing and researching these seldom played traditional styles, introduces to the audience, often for the first time, the joy and beauty of this music while recounting the ancient stories and rituals described in the lyrics.

The group has been enthusiastically received everywhere, as the audience, notwithstanding the language barrier, is mesmerized by the vitality, energy and spice of their music. They have performed throughout New England, at venues such as the Berklee Performance Center, Ryles Jazz Club, The Middle East, Dante Alighieri Society of Cambridge and First Night. In 2006 they were interviewed and featured by RAI International, the Italian International public television. They just finished recording their debut CD that will be released in March 2008.

Formed in October of 2003, the group consists of two singers, Carmen Marsico and Angela Rossi, a Tamorra player (traditional Italian percussion), Fabio Pirozzolo, a percussionist, Mike Daillak, an accordion player, Roberto Cassan, a classical guitarist, Bjorn Wennas, a double bass player, Kendall Eddy, a flute player, Geni Skendo, and a violinist, Megumi Sasaki.

ITALIANO

"La specialita' di Newpoli sono le radici della musica folkloristica italiana e cioe' le canzoni tradizionali che venivano suonate dai contadini nei sobborghi napoletani durante il periodo in cui Giacomo Puccini e Giuseppe Verdi presentavano le proprie opere teatrali al grande pubblico… "
Boston Phoenix

"L'Italia calca la scena con una drammatica interpretazione delle canzoni tradizionali del sud... "
Kerry Malloy, Berklee Correspondent - International Folk Festival 2004

"E' stato come essere in una splendida vacanza a Napoli -- solo senza la pasta - ma la musica, le danze e i cameratismi serviti dal gruppo hanno soddisfatto i nostri appetiti molto di più culminando in una meravigliosa serata!"
- Kathy Cryan-Hicks
Chelmsford World Music Series

Newpoli e' un gruppo di musicisti di sorprendente talento, tutti provenienti dalle prestigiose istituzioni musicali americane del Berklee College of Music e del New England Conservatory. Il loro repertorio si e' focalizzato sul folklore del sud d'Italia, in particolare sulle regioni della Campania e Puglia, integrando nella loro musica una grande varieta' di stili, quali la Tarantella-Pizzica, la Tammuriata, la Villanella e la Canzone napoletana, e spaziando nel tempo dal Medioevo al Rinascimento fino ad arrivare al XIX secolo. Siccome la musica folkloristica italiana, con l'eccezione di poche canzoni napoletane, non ha ricevuto l'attenzione e il riconoscimento che merita, ne' in Italia ne' all'estero, i musicisti di Newpoli, guidati dalla passione per l'esecuzione e la ricerca di questi stili tradizionali, introducono al pubblico americano e non, spesso per la prima volta, la gioia e la bellezza di questi brani, raccontando le antiche storie e i riti narrati dai testi.

Newpoli e' stato accolto ovunque con entusiasmo, infatti il pubblico, superando le barriere linguistiche, viene coinvolto dalla vitalita' e dall'energia della musica. Newpoli si e' esibito in noti teatri e in sale concertistiche del Nordest americano, quali: il Berklee Performance Center, Ryles Jazz Club, The Middle East, Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts e First Night. Nel 2006 i componenti del gruppo sono stati intervistati da RAI International, durante un servizio speciale del telegiornale della rete. Da poco Newpoli ha ultimato il suo primo CD, che sara' disponibile sui mercati americani ed europei a marzo 2008.

Il gruppo si e' formato nell' ottobre del 2003, e i suoi attuali musicisti sono: le due cantanti, Carmen Marsico ed Angela Rossi, il suonatore di tamorra (strumento tradizionale italiano) Fabio Pirozzolo, il percussionista Mike Daillak, il fisarmonicista Roberto Cassan, il chitarrista classico Bjorn Wennas, il contrabbassista Kendall Eddy, il flautista Geni Skendo e la violinista Megumi Sasaki.


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Mazz Musikas 2008 -Belgium


(Translated from dutch)
An unusual story, that of Newpoli. In October 2003 the group sprang out of the ground as a result of a performance at an international folk festival. The members, all jazz students of Italian origin, liked that very much and started to apply themselves through the years to the music of their parents and grand parents. That means that we are here dealing with folk music and a "back to the roots" movement of the musicians. Something like that has been known to create an intriguing recording and that is also the case here. The the (musicians) have made the forms and theme structures of the Tarantella, Tammuriata, Villanella and the Neapolitan songs from the middle ages until today their own. The result is a beautiful recording, which made us recall more than once the effect the debut of Spaccanapoli had on us in the past. A new world opened up and since then we hav not stopped following the neo-traditionalists from the Napoli region.

The fact that the ladies and gentlemen of Newpoli (did you get that? New-Poli) master their instruments more than usual proves that their jazz education served a purpose. The singing is arranged for several voices and is strong, as it should be; the rhythms are surprising, so that one ends up on the wrong leg more than once. That is O.K., provided that the joy remains the most important. ON that point there is absolutely nothing wrong with the recording, which I can recommend with a clear conscience to anyone who is favorably disposed to the Taranta!
- Marc Nolis

KZSU radio review 2008


Neopolitan folk roots played (with gusto) by Jazz musicians. Vocals are particularly fine, ranging from simply beautiful to highly expressive. Songs are from the middle ages onward. Lyrics all in Neopolitan Italian, but the booklet tells their stories. Interesting stuff, extremely well done. No FCCs detected.
1. **handdrum intro, gradually building instruments into a somewhat uptempo tarantella with call and response vocals. Nice hand drum duet mid-song.
2. *downtempo, mellow serenade, lovely vocals, guitar and rain sounds.
3. ***many time changes and some very medieval harmonies. Interesting stuff.
4. *shuffling handdrum and solo vocal intro, downtempo 6/8 dance, again with many changes of pace.
5. *sweet and slow vocal and guitar. Apparently a pointed political parody from the 17th century, but who can tell?
6. **hand percussion and vocal interplay, music builds gradually.
7. **sweet medieval song about losing virginity...
8. *swingy syncopation, relaxed and pretty. Chorus sounds very much like the sort of Italian numbers popular here in the 60’s.
9. *downbeat accordion intro, instrumental tarantella gradually increasing in instrumentation and energy.
10. **rather somber sounding minor key chant, downtempo, changing time signatures. 11. ***very light uptempo and upbeat story-telling song (all about thwarted fish love). Fun vocal stylings, bouncy beat with flutes and guitar.
12. **sweet midtempo tarantella comparing the sting of love with the bite of the spider. Interesting bit of vocal interplay with only handdrum backing in second half. Long fade with cheering outro.
- by Sadie O

Grazia Francioli Bittner

Newpoli
This is a wonderful CD.the music and arrangements are fantastic.Coming from olden times, it sounds so upbeat and current. The voices are spectacular. I hope they do another recording soon! Bravo!