Tony Marotta

Tony Marotta, contributing writer, Radio Italia 91.1FM<

Dirotta Su Cuba

April 2014
The high-energy Italian musical group known as "Dirotta Su Cuba," have successfully combined components of "acid jazz" with "pop-influenced funk" during their career. They trace their origin back to Florence in the late 1980s as keyboardist Rossano...


I Rio

March 2014
It may be difficult to find an Italian pop-rock band that enjoys touring and sharing their upbeat messages more than the group known as I Rio. Although they are celebrating ten years of recording in 2014, their roots date back to 2001. A chance...


Audio 2

February 2014
Contemporary Italian music is difficult to categorize into a few simple genres or explain with simple definitions. The Italian music that most people in America usually hear in restaurants, outdoor festivals, indoor dances or concerts is often an...


Nina Zilli

January 2014
A cursory listening to the works of Maria Chiara Fraschetta defies any simple explanation or categorical classification. Maria grew up listening to a multitude of artistic styles and decided to dedicate herself to the study of piano, guitar and...


Sergio Cammariere

December 2013
The biggest names in the field of commercial mainstream popular music rarely feature artists in genres outside the areas of pop, country, adult contemporary and rock. This holds true for the music scene in Italy today as well. So when a talented...


Elisa

November 2013
It is usually easier to take the path of least resistance and "play it safe". Musical virtuosos, such as Elisa Toffoli, however are not "wired that way". She was born in the province of Trieste, a border town in the northeastern region of...


Emma Marrone, a fearless and principled performer

September 2013
Courage is often seen as fundamental component of success and the most important of human virtues. History is replete with instances of extraordinary accomplishments that came as a direct result of bold convictions. Scientific discoveries,...


Castaldo is enjoying the fruits of his labor

August 2013
The nearly twenty-year professional music recording career of michéal CASTALDO is a classic example of how art imitates life. It strikes me as having been a process not unlike the life cycle of the native Calabrian bergamot citrus fruit....


Pronti? It's Festival Season

July 2013
One sure sign of summer having arrived is the beginning of Italian Festival Season. Italians across the United States can usually find a cultural celebration taking place within hours if not minutes from wherever they may live. The 2013 National...


Jovanotti

June 2013
He is one of Italy's most recognized and beloved pop stars. His style is so broad and diverse that it cannot be described with a mere few words. Indeed, trying to identify his motivations or explain the reasons that drive the man known as...


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