Musica Italiana 


The music was inspiring and enchanting, and I was lucky enough to find a copy of the CD at a Williamsburg record store (lucky because the album has been mostly out of print since it's release).

...Others might call it folk music , but the best (like Ritmia) unites traditional music with jazz and pop influences in a way that is both fresh and respectful to it's origins. 

Years ago I was designing the lighting for a performance by Orchesis , the student dance company at the College of William and Mary. The choreographer had chosen music by the Italian group Ritmia from their album "forse il mare". Ritmia was made up of Riccardo Tesi, Alberto Balia, Enrico Frongia and Daniele Craighead: sort of an Italian folk super group. The music was inspiring and enchanting, and I was lucky enough to find a copy of the CD at a Williamsburg record store (lucky because the album has been mostly out of print since it's release). You can currently purchase it from cdRoots. who has apparently worked out an arrangement with the Italian publisher to sell a CD-R version of the album.

Lately there seems to have been a resurgence of interest in "Italian roots music". Others might call it folk music , but the best (like Ritmia) unites traditional music with jazz and pop influences in a way that is both fresh and respectful to it's origins. cdRoots is a great source for this kind of music, and if you are interested I highly recommend them and their companion review site (RootsWorld ). However, Amazon.com does offer a few interesting compilations: Italian Music Odyssey by Putumayo and The Rough Guide to the Music of Italy .

To get a taste of what I'm talking about you can read more about Italian music in general ww and listen to the online radio station I created, Musica Italiana at Live365.com 

Posted: Thu - March 17, 2005 at 11:14 PM          


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