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!
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!
We were so fortunate to be able to record some videos while on tour – this is one of them! In the beautiful crypt of a church in the region of Trento, in the north of Italy, we got to sing Artemisz Polonyi’s arrangement of this haunting Hungarian folk song. Captured live by Francesco Moretti.
What a fun way to end this tour – playing the composition I wrote for Achille Succi and having him go crazy on it : ) Here’s a glimpse of the fun we had! Featuring Achille on bass clarinet, Stefano Dallaporta on bass and Andrea Grillini on drums.
I’m getting ready to go play two tours back-to-back in 8 European countries! Very excited to be able to play my music with the stellar italian-version of my band (featuring Achille Succi on reeds, Stefano Dallaporta on bass and Andrea Grillini on drums). Check out the blue pins for our dates and locations on the map below. After that I’m joined by Artemisz Polonyi and Astrid Kuljanic of my beloved Asaran Earth Trio for a tour all over the place, with venues ranging from living rooms to performing arts centers, bars, cafés, music festivals… you name it. The grey markers show Asaran’s tour stops. Follow our stops through the map or the Schedule page and find out where in the world I am until I get back in early September!
|July 22nd - Bologna, Italy. Anne Boccato & Grupo|
|July 23rd - Pomposa (FE), Italy. Anne Boccato & Grupo|
|July 24th - Marina Romea (RA) Italy. Anne Boccato & Grupo|
|July 25th- Ozzano dell'Emilia (BO), Italy. Anne Boccato & Grupo|
|July 28th - Napoli, Italy. Asaran Earth Trio|
|July 30th - Procida Island, Italy. Asaran Earth Trio|
|August 11th- Trentino, Italy. Asaran Earth Trio|
|August 13th- Vrbnik, Croatia. Asaran Earth Trio|
|August 18th-20th - Cres, Croatia. Asaran Earth Trio|
|August 23rd- Cologne, Germany. Asaran Earth Trio|
|The table above is listing 10 out of 19 markers (sorted by ID ascending)|
One of my tour stops in Italy this summer will be the Cueva Summer Jazz Festival, in Pomposa (FE). Check out this article about this year’s lineup, which mentions our show, published earlier this week!
Asaran Earth Trio will be participating in this year’s edition of the RiverArts Music Tour, taking place on June 4th all over Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. We will play at 1pm at the First Reformed Church (18 Farragut ave, Hastings). The whole event is FREE and open to the public! For more info check out: http://riverarts.org/2016-riverarts-music-tour/.