INTRA LU MUNNU
INTRA LU MUNNU is the name of Sissy's first work as solo artist, entirely signed under her name as singer and composer. It means “INSIDE THE WORLD”. A collection of 9 original compositions entirely sung in Sicilian dialect, with the addition of a song from the Sicilian tradition. Mediterranean, Jazz and World Music, with a touch of classical and African influences, all blended into Sicilian lyrics, rhythms and old Sicilian Folk traditions. INTRA LU MUNNU’ s musicians come from every part of the world, bringing all their musical colors and beautiful energies into this music: Italy, Palestine, Argentina, Uruguay, Finland, Sweden, Balkans, Israel, Turkey. The album features Christiane Karam & the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir (track 5: Intra Lu Munnu).
TERRA it means "Earth", purposely released on Mother's Day, MAY 10th, to celebrate the Mother of all the mothers: Mother Earth. This album found its inspiration after I studied a book of Developmental Biology and Genetics. I was blown away by the process through which life is created, by its magical perfection and complexity which happens on this planet every single second. It has since billions of years.
Terra, Mother Earth, knows what to do and how to do things way better and before than us.. and I believe (now more than ever) it also knows when and how to find its balance... We have lots to learn from HER.
TERRA is about the Earth’s astonishing power, which also lives within us. TERRA is about trusting this power, the magic of life and the Earth’s millenary wisdom. Finally, it’s about taking care of this Mother who gave life to us and those we love..
THE TIME IS NOW
Jorge Perez-Albela feat. Sissy Castrogiovanni
Sissy's voice is featured throughout this beautiful debut offer of drummer, percussionist and educator Jorge Perez-Albela.
This spirited amalgam of the percussionist’s jazz influences and his South American roots includes rhythms from Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Africa and India. The Time is Now features vocalist Jorge’s spouse Sissy Castrogiovanni, pianist Tim Ray, bassist Jesse Williams, guest artists saxophonist Lihi Haruvi, vocalist Santiago Paredes, trumpeter Phil Grenadier alongside Jorge on drum set, Peruvian cajon, percussion and vocals. The album was recorded and mixed by Grammy winner sound engineer Rob Griffin.
by Christiane Karam, 2013
collaboration on track 13
Released in September 2013, EASTERN TAPESTRIES is a multi-media production series that celebrates the stirring vocal and rhythmic traditions of the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Caucasus, as well as the traditions on either end of those regions, namely South Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean. It's a dance between tradition and unknown, preserving what has been and diving into what could be. It's a tribute to song and the human voice as a vehicle for hope, joy, mourning, celebration and survival. And most importantly, it is a powerful testimonial of the healing power of music and an inspiring platform where love, light and beauty stand a chance to prevail over conflict, anger and darkness.
more info at www.christianekaram.com
SUNG DEEP is a seven voice A cappella Band with musical color's that span the globe. The repertoire includes original compositions and arrangements of songs chosen from a broad field of musical styles. Soul ballads, new adaptions of Jazz standards, Originals influenced by Latin rhythms, Indian ornaments and Italian folklore are all part of the group's musical program. The members, coming from the U.S., India, Italy, Austria/Venezuela and Korea, represent a cultural tapestry that gives them the unique ability to take their audiences on a melodious trip around the world through song. Members: Sissy Castrogiovanni, Joey Blake, Stefano Marchese, Sentirenla Lucia, Anita Vitale, Tracy Robertson, Patricia Moreno.
more info at www.sungdeep.com
VOICES FROM THE VILLAGE
by Joey Blake & The Singing Tribe
The Singing Tribe was formed by Professors Joey Blake and Rhiannon Watson of Berklee College of Music on 28th October 2010.
300 students auditioned for this a cappella group formed to perform with Bobby McFerrin for his visit to Berklee. On February 2011, The Tribe, consisting of members from 14 countries performed at the Berklee Performance Centre at a mainly improvised concert with Bobby McFerrin. Since then, The Singing Tribe released the album "Voices from the village" in October 2011 and has been performing in USA
more info at http://www.fizzkicks.com/joey/