Last stop: Siena

The most beautiful city in the world (in my humble opinion!) housed our closing concert. We had a wonderful time playing at Cacio e Pere, and hanging out with everyone at Piazza il Campo afterwards! Hoping to be back soon! Ciao for now, Italia : )

 

LUME Milano: a student-occupied church crypt

Next on our list was the Laboratorio Universitario MEtropolitano in Milan. It is basically an old church taken over by university students, and we got to play underground, where they have performances every week. What a cool space, and great energy from the crowd! More amazing shots by Francesco Moretti, and we even got to jam with the locals at the end!

up on the mountains: Crosano – province of Trento

Next we trekked up (literally) to the province of Trento, in the very north of Italy. We performed at the Circolo Culturale Crosano, in a building that used to house a school. The amazing Francesco Moretti joined us at this point and took these beautiful shots.

First stop: Rome

Rome was the home of our first two shows in our Italy winter tour. We had an amazing time playing inside a converted 1930’s tram that took us and our audience around town, stopping in front of historic spots (ahem, the colosseum, anyone?). The next evening we played for an enthusiastic audience at Ballad Cafe. The food of course was amazing at both locations 😉

 

Coming soon: Italy Tour February 2017

I’m very excited to announce the dates of our February tour in Italy! Come check us out and spread the word! Looking forward to making music with the amazing Yotam Ben Or, Bam Bam Rodriguez and Francesco De Rubeis!

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Galera Music Festival @ Club Bonafide

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Asaran Earth Trio will take part in a beautiful festival featuring talents from all over the globe! We’re very excited to participate alongside Lara Bello (Spain), Pablo Reyes (Mexico) and Sofia Ribeiro (Portugal).

Monday, January 9th from 8-11 at Club Bonafide (212 E 52nd st, NYC). $25 Cover to see all shows. Looking forward to this unique night of music!

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Wake up. A wave of hot air. One more day.

This song is a story about a woman with a past.

Guess I’ll do what I can around the house first, then I’ll go.

When you have a past that you’re forced to confront every day (be it in the mirror, or in the eyes of those crossing your path) you retreat and start building walls. The walls of your personal fortress. Lucky for her, some stones were already handy: the stones of a society in which women don’t speak to men unless they’re family; where different ethnicities do not interact, and outcasts are just that – out on their own, dead to the rest of the world.

Sometimes she wonders why she even bothers avoiding the other women. I mean, really, is it worth the trouble? Yet of course it is. She’ll take the dry heat and blazing sun anytime.

Same routine, for as long as she can remember… Until one day, her walls are breached through a crazy, loving, outrageous gesture by a crazy, loving, outrageous person (there was this great guy who hung out in Palestine some 2000 years ago, teaching and breaking rules, maybe you’ve heard of him?). She spots a figure in the distance.

Who could possibly be out here at this time of day?

Nothing would ever be the same after that encounter.

I wrote this tune a couple of years ago, and am delighted it’s been brought to life by this amazing band! It was one of the first songs we ever played, back at the jam session that brought us together. Featuring the incredible Yotam Ben Or on harmonica, Bam Bam Rodriguez on bass and Francesco De Rubeis on drums. Enjoy!

Two summer tours later…

50 days, two tours and 8 countries later, I’m finally back in NYC. It was such an incredible experience to travel with these two projects that are so close to me; first sharing my music in the north of Italy with wonderful Italian musicians (Achille Succi on reeds, Stefano Dallaporta on bass and Andrea Grillini on drums), and then with the lovely Asaran Earth Trio, singing, clapping, drumming and shaking all over the place with Artemisz Polonyi and Astrid Kuljanic.

Here are some pictures from both tours – many of the Asaran Pictures were taken by the incredible italian photographer Francesco Moretti. Europe, I’ll see you again very soon!