Tony Marotta

Tony Marotta, contributing writer, Radio Italia 91.1FM<

Quarto Profilo: Resilience, Determination and Adaptability Personified

February 2020
Irish literary legend Oscar Wilde once asserted that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” Unknown and aspiring musicians usually resign themselves to this approach launching their careers as “cover”...


Pina Di Rosa: One Woman’s Magical, Musical Journey Across the Sea of Life

January 2020
The phrase “you play the hand you’ve been dealt” is a fancy way of saying “use the resources you have at your disposal and operate realistically within the limits of your circumstances.” The story of Neapolitan native and current Portland, OR...


Luca Rovini & Compañeros

February 2019
An Enjoyable Blend of Italian-Style, Blues-Inspired, Country-Rock Originals The universal yet simple nature of music allows it to travel beyond physical borders and to materialize in the most unexpected places. The issue of an unfamiliar foreign...


Newpoli - Talented international artists who masterfully interpret the southern Italian experience

November 2018
“Been there, done that” is a trite expression that acknowledges a person’s frustration or weariness in certain instances and often indicates their unwillingness to seek new opportunities or lethargy in reaching beyond their grasp. The assemblage of...


Irene Fornaciari Out From Under Familiar Shadows and Into Her Own Personal Spotlight

October 2018
The price of notoriety can be costly not only to the rich and famous but to their family members as well. Public scrutiny of one’s personal life can be invasive, cruel and relentless. Progeny who choose to emulate their successful parents have...


Tarantula Garganica - Intrepid Interpreters of Beloved Meridional Italian Musical Traditions

September 2018
The true beauty of Italy lies in the uniqueness of the 20 diverse regions that comprise this Mediterranean Basin peninsula. The Italian unification, or Risorgimento, was the political and social movement that consolidated the different states of...


Massimo Bubola (A Visionary and Socially-conscious Italian Folk-rock Pioneer)

August 2018
It has been said that “minds are like parachutes, that is, they only work when they are open.” Closing one’s eyes to the events that occur all around us does not render them non-existent or lessen their impact upon society. The music industry has...


Statuto - Defiantly devoted to preserving a unique and classic subculture

July 2018
Gli Statuto sono una realtà unica nel panorama della musica italiana, con il loro coerente ma non per questo mai evoluto stile mod, con la loro immediatezza e sfrontatezza nei testi impegnati, spesso ironici o sarcastici, aggressivi e umili, con...


A vintage musical artist who spins familiar modern tales Massimo Priviero

May 2018
WSpending time pondering what we might have done differently, in most instances, is looked upon as an “exercise in futility.” Regardless of where we are in our career, it is said that “we are the sum of our experiences,” and like a flowing river,...


Triumphing over familial, cultural and professional obstacles Ermal Meta

April 2018
Ermal Meta è un cantautore, compositore e polistrumentista italiano di origine albanese. Cresciuto ascoltando musica classica,  ha cominciato da ragazzo a suonare il piano e la chitarra insieme a vari gruppi prima di entrare a fare parte degli...


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