"TERRA" - Sissy Castrogiovanni
• BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM - “TERRA”, Sissy Castrogiovanni
• BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS - “GANDALF (Wayfaring Stranger)”, arr. Sissy Castrogiovanni
• BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO - "GANDALF (Wayfaring Stranger)", soprano sax: Lihi Haruvi
• BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON CLASSICAL - “TERRA”, engineers: Rob Griffin, Harold LaRue, Peter Kontrimas
'Nsonna (Official Music Video)
Premiered on JAZZIZ Magazine's New Music Monday
GANDALF, Wayfaring Stranger (Official Music Video)
• BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCALS
• BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO (Sax soprano, Lihi Haruvi)
“Something very different, worthy of the utmost attention"
7 times Grammy Award winning Javier Limon, EL PAIS (Spain)
RELEASED on MAY 10th, 2020
"TERRA" it means "EARTH" in Sicilian Dialect.
This album 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 honoring and taking care of this Mother who gave life to us and those we love.
“Vivacious Sicilian chanteuse Sissy Castrogiovanni impresses an SRO audience with her mastery"
Bright as a rainbow and colorful as a fair whirl - this is the sound of Terra. And above and in it reigns the strong, expressive and emotional voice of Sissy Castrogiovanni herself.
THE JAZZ OWL
Sissy Castrogiovanni’s Terra is a description of, and a prescription for, life in harmony—harmony with the world, the human family, and ourselves. The compositions and arrangements are remarkable and the performances are stellar. The album is more than a CD, it is a philosophical-spiritual treatise.
MAKING A SCENE
It may have been John Coltrane who once said, “You don’t have to understand it, you just have to feel It.” Whether we understand Sissy or not, it’s impossible to not feel her passion.
Her talent is off the charts.
BROADWAY World Music
The impressive "Terra" showcases Castrogiovanni's lofty vocals, sung in her native Sicilian dialect. She once again impresses.
The audience was thrilled by [...] smoothly rendered workouts of Mediterranean-inspired sounds led by bluesy vocalist Sissy Castrogiovanni..
Sissy Castrogiovanni is a strong singer-songwriter, her voice is crystal clear and pleasing as it floats above contemporary jazz harmonies and African and Mediterranean rhythms. Her emotional delivery is precise and lovely.
Sissy Castrogiovanni is a Sicilian jazz award-winning singer, composer, producer and Berklee College of Music professor. Based in New England, and musically rooted in her native island Sicily, her arrangements and compositions are an attractive synthesis of musical cultures. Sissy’s music is an amalgamation of her Sicilian and Mediterranean influences, earthy African rhythms, tribal voices and post-bop Jazz harmonies. With her unique way of bridging contemporary Jazz with Sicilian idioms, Sissy’s music finds its niche between the vast sea of jazz and world music.
Sissy has toured throughout Europe, the United States and South America, and has collaborated with numerous distinguished musicians including legendary singer Bobby McFerrin and Latin-Grammy winning producer Javier Limon. In addition she has excelled in performance with Jack DeJohnette, and Patrice Rushen, to name a few.
With her expressive and emotional voice that’s been praised for its rare vocal extension, vocal control, and versatility by influential publications such as Jazziz Magazine, WNPR and Downbeat Magazine, Castrogiovanni’s soulful and powerful sound lets us discover a new universe, where her extremely rich melodies become soundscapes that transport us immediately into a world full of life and art.
"Castrogiovanni exhibits her expansive, gorgeous voice with melodic, soulful songs sung entirely in Sicilian dialect. International beauty full of charm and dynamic personality, the Sicilian diva could probably sing her songs in Esperanto and they'd still sound soulful and dramatic." – NPR
SISSY CASTROGIOVANNI: voice & compositions
TIM RAY: piano
LIHI HARUVI: saxophone soprano
JESSE WILLIAMS: upright & electric bass
JAMEY HADDAD: percussion
JORGE PEREZ-ALBELA: drums, cajon, djembe
PUCCIO CASTROGIOVANNI: marranzano, Sicilian Ciaramella pipes, voice
CLAUDIO RAGAZZI: guitar
FABIO PIROZZOLO: Sicilian frame drums
MARCUS SANTOS: percussion
LAYTH AL-RUBAYE, violin
SHAW PONG LIU, violin
EVE BOLTAX, viola
CATHERINE BENT, cello
EUGENE FRIESEN, cello
PAOLA MUNDA, ANNA SIGNORINI, AGNEY MULAY, CARLOTTA AMATO, MICAELA CATTANI, MANFREDI CAPUTO, CLAIRE MCFARLAND, ELEONORA RANCATI.
Produced by SISSY CASTROGIOVANNI
Recorded at PBS Studios, Westwood MA, USA 10 -11 June 2019
Recording Engineers: ROB GRIFFIN, PETER KONTRIMAS.
Gravity Art Studio, Boston MA; Ashby Acres Studio, Oberlin OH; Salvo Noto Studios , Sicily IT.
Audio Editing: Sissy Castrogiovanni.
Mixing: ROB GRIFFIN at AcousTech, Panama PA.
Mastering: HAROLD LA RUE Mastering, Houston TX.