Private Serenade

Last night, we enjoyed a private house concert by a trio of musicians from Casteldaccia who performed traditional Sicilian and Southern Italian folk songs for us on my cousin Evelina’s patio. Fiorenza, Raffaele, and Ettore were fabulous. They even were gracious enough to play three of my songs with me! As a group we enjoyed…

Santo Vitale is a very talented drum maker and percussionist based in Palermo. He made one of my favorite drums—the one I play most often. Santo is a member of La Bottega delle Percussioni. More at http://www.santovitalepercussioni.it #palermo #drums #drum #tamburelli #tamburello #percussion #santovitale #bottegadellepercussioni #music #musica #folkmusic #musicafolk #sicily #sicilia #sicily_tourism #italy #ig_sicily #italia…

Gruppo Folk Soluntum is a music and dance ensemble made up of performers from Casteldaccia, Santa Falvia, Bagheria, and other communities. The ensemble researches, preserves, and performs the folk traditions of Sicily. They perform throughout Sicily and beyond. #singer #cantante #tambourine #tamburello #strumentipopolari #folkmusic #musicafolk #musicapopulare #casteldaccia #santaflavia #bagheria #palermo #sicily #sicilia #siciliabedda #italy #italia…

Southern Italy and Sicily have an ancient tradition of drumming and dancing practiced for anything from celebrations to healing rituals. These frame drums (called tamburelli in Italian) are a modern example of the instrument design used for centuries: wood treated and formed into a circle, then covered with a dried goat, sheep, or even, fish…

An ancient urn from Sicily depicts a scene inspired by the rites of the Greek god Dionysius as celebrated by his cult, who are known as Bacchantes. Note the frame drums or tamburelli and the thyrsus, a giant fennel staff topped with a pine cone and ivy leaves. A thyrsus is a symbol of fertility….