Roberto Gatto and Danilo Rea with Joseph Lepore

Roberto Gatto and Danilo Rea with Joseph Lepore

December 3, 2007 Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center Produced by KIT in collaboration with Enzo Capua From the New York Times, Sunday December 2nd, 2007 “DANILO REA/ROBERTO GATTO TRIO (Monday) The pianist Danilo Rea and the drummer Roberto Gatto are two of Italy’s most accomplished jazz musicians, with a shared history stretching back more than 30 years; here they team up with a responsive American bassist, Dennis Irwin. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, (212) 258-9595, jalc.org; cover, $20, with a minimum of $10 at tables, $5 at the bar.... Read more
TOTÒ’S POETRY IN WORDS AND MUSIC

TOTÒ’S POETRY IN WORDS AND MUSIC

With & directed by Laura Caparrotti With the BIG Neapolitan help of Principe Antonio De Curtis TOTÒ: There is no opposition between my job – that I adore – and the fact that I am composing songs and sometimes I write melancholic verses as well. I am Neapolitan, and Neapolitans are very good at switching from laugh to tear. Toto’s Poetry in Word and Music presents a selection of about 20 between songs and poems written by Antonio De Curtis – Toto’, included the most famous ones. The goal is to give excerpts of his art even in writing. Hopefully this way you’ll be able to meet the other side of the moon of the hemisphere Toto’. Most of the people know Antonio De Curtis-Toto’ as an actor and it would be better to say they know him as a comic actor. Useless to say, he was so much more. He carried the spirit of a neapolitan genius, who has to express his soul in any possible way. And give credit to any different side of his soul, the comic one, the serious one, that malicious one and the romantic one. The songs, as the poems, for Antonio De Curtis were creatures coming from the depth of his soul. Like children, he loved his songs, and he would have liked to hear people sing them. Beautiful or not, the songs for him were the way to express feelings he was ashamed to talk about in his everyday life; a way to visit his poor and painful past, that he was very proud of. He wrote about 40 songs and... Read more
Le Macchiette di Eduardo Migliaccio "Farfariello"

Le Macchiette di Eduardo Migliaccio "Farfariello"

KIT – Kairos Italy Theater presents Le Macchiette di Eduardo Migliaccio detto FARFARIELLO A show by Laura Caparrotti as shot for the PBS documentary “Italian-Americans” Pasquale Passaguai (Shooting for the PBS documentary Italian-Americans) L’areoplane ‘e Balbo (Shooting for the PBS documentary Italian-Americans) L’Allegra Sartina (Shooting for the PBS documentary Italian-Americans) Neapolitan-born Eduardo Migliaccio (1892-1946), (his stage name Farfariello meant “Little Butterfly”) was one of the most popular and greatest entertainer of Little Italies. He emigrated to the United States in 1897 and got a job in a New York City bank writing to clients in Italy, a task that incidentally caused him to become well acquainted with various immigrant types. He interpreted all his characters, the male as well as the female ones. The show presents a sample of his characters: the married woman, the engaged one, the boy just arrived in NY, the man living in NY for 30 years, the Hollywood star, the man praising the Italian Language versus the English one and the more political ones. The audience will have the opportunity not only to experience Migliaccio’s work, but also to enter the New York of the beginning of the past century, with its slang, its habits, its new ideas, its smells, its noises, and so on. Each character is introduced by Laura Caparrotti in English; the actual performance of the character is in the original language, that is sometime Neapolitan, sometime Italian, sometime Italian+English. The sketches included in the show are: Cunailando L’allegra sartina La donna moderna La stella di Hollywood A lengua taliana L’areoplane ‘e Balbo Mastantonio Franceschino a New York My Boy Friend Please... Read more
A Tour In Rome

A Tour In Rome

Living in Rome A 40 minutes tour of the Eternal City with voices from the past, from the present and from the future… I am in Rome! Oft as the morning ray Visits these eyes, waking at one I cry, Whence this excess of joy? What has befallen me? And from within a thrilling vice replies, Thou art in Rome! A thousand busy thoughts Rush on my mind, a thousand images; And I spring up as girt to run a race! From Rome by Samuel Rogers, 1830 The tour starts from Porta del Popolo, the door of Piazza del Popolo. Then, you’ll be brought in Via del Corso, but be careful because it’s Carnival-Time and the roman Carnival could be really tough. Next stop will be Saint Peter, the Vatican. After all this walking, there will be a break in one of the Osterie… to listen to some singing and some satirical jokes by Pasquino. Before leaving Rome, the tour will walk you through some real roman traditions and it will end at the Accademia di Francia, better known as Villa Medici. And here, looking from the moon, we’ll say… “Arrivederci Roma, Good-Bye, Aurevoir”. THE TOUR HAS BEEN CONCEIVED BY LAURA CAPARROTTI WITH THE HELP OF  THE ITALIANS: CLAUDIO VILLA (1926-1987): Villa was the “Reuccio” (“Little King”) of Italian Songs. GIUSEPPE GIOACCHINO BELLI (1791-1863): G.G.Belli is considered one of the most traditional roman dialect poets. Between 1824 and 1846 he wrote over 2,200 sonnets, each of which is a faithful picture of what Rome was like in the early nineteenth century. The very first words in his introduction are... Read more
Accattone in Jazz – A Homage to Pier Paolo Pasolini

Accattone in Jazz – A Homage to Pier Paolo Pasolini

December 4th, 2007 – 9 pm Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center 165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Plaza Level, NYC A one-of-a-kind concert/reading based on Accattone’s screenplay Valerio Mastandrea (voice) Roberto Gatto (drums) Danilo Rea (piano) Pier Paolo Pasolini’s celebrated screenplay for Accattone is revisited by Italian movie star Valerio Mastandrea, as he weaves a unique interplay of words and music together with Italian jazz legends and longtime collaborators Roberto Gatto and Danilo Rea. The performance is In Italian (actually, in Roman) with English subtitles. Accattone in Jazz has been presented in collaboration with The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Italian Cultural Institute of NY. The performance marked the closing night of the series Pier Paolo Pasolini Poet of Ashes organized in New York by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and The Fondazione Aida. Accattone in Jazz has been realized with the support of the Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali del Comune di Roma and The Italian Cultural Institute in New York, and it has been endorsed by Silversalt pr – international film... Read more