Free event,

Silvia Bolognesi Italian Trio with Special Guest Irene Monteverde

Sep 19, 2023 - Sep 19, 2023 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Agnes Katz Plaza
667 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The compositions as well as frequent moments of collective improvisation, exhibit the defining characteristics of a classic modern jazz quartet. The quartet’s first recording, “aLive Shouts” (Fonterossa 2019) contains the “Suite for Bessie Jones”, inspired by the lyrics of some songs made famous by the singer, recorded by Alan Lomax. A second record followed in 2021 “A Frame in the Crowd” (Fonterossa 2021). It is comprised of all original compositions written and recorded during the pandemic - dedicated to a “missing” audience. The group will also present the Suite “storia di un femminiello” (Fonterossa 2023) written by “Il Pavone” . The “Femminiello”is a typical figure of traditional Neapolitan popular culture, used to refer to a male with markedly feminine attitudes and expressiveness. Often related to a transgender or transsexual or hermaphrodite. A figure that is part of the society in the neighborhoods of the historic center of Naples: a respected person, generally considered a person who brings good luck. For this reason, it has become custom to take a picture of a newborn baby in the arms of the femminiello. This character has existed for a long time in the Campanian tradition, within which manages to enjoy a relatively privileged position thanks to the participation in some folkloristic events (sometimes even of a religious nature).

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