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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

The number of participants and length of the workshop can be customized to your needs--one day to 10 days is possible.

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Upcoming Dates

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Voyage of the Black Madonna Tour in Southern Italy!

Voyage of the Black Madonna Tour - August 4-17, 2014

Price: $2,800

 Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher 

Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist

proudly announces her 

FIRST TOUR OF THE SACRED SITES OF THE BLACK MADONNA IN SOUTHERN ITALY  

THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA

 August 4 to the 17, 2014

leaving  and coming back to Rome's airport only $2,650 !

See this newly released link: The voyage of the Black Madonna documentary promo by Alessandra Belloni about her field research in Southern Italy during the feasts of the Black Madonna filmed between 1991 and 1997 by Dario Bollini - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsvmSOI1PEQ
 
 
DEAR FRIENDS:

I am very happy and proud to announce that for the first time I will be leading  a special pilgrimage to the sacred sites of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy!!

The tour is from August 4 to the 17th, beginning and returning to Naples on the 17th to depart for home. See details below .

 

I will go to teach my annual workshop in Tuscany August 18th to the 25th and I am offering a special discount to the people that want to  follow me there, almost half price for the workshop!!

 

 

BLACK MADONNA TOUR 

I will take people on the same journey I have taken for  many  years as devotion to the Black Madonna, which inspired in 1990 me to write the Folk Opera THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA together with my music director John La Barbera, and my late ex-husband, Dario Bollini.

It is a very personal journey for me and full of incredible memories. I know the places, people, traditions really well, and you will enter this mysterious world with me.  You can see the places where we will go in the special demo-documentary that I just released online after so many years in the link above. 

This tour is a journey to 7 Black Madonnas that are called in the Italian Tradition as "7 sisters". They are connected to 7 Goddesses that are part of the ancient worship to the Mother Earth  and the Moon Goddesses and the Archetype of the African Mother (following the story of my Opera).

No one has ever put together this kind of tour dedicated to the Divine Feminine, and LA MADONNA NERA in places where she is still worshipped as she was in pre-Christian times. Unlike Spain or France, in Southern Italy we still play for her our drums, dance and chant.

We will also take part in some of the powerful feasts of the Black Madonna and you will meet my friends, local folk musicians who have been my teachers near Naples and in Calabria for nights of great folk music and dance.  In each location we will do a special ceremony singing the ancient healing chants to la Madonna Nera and drumming when appropriate.

I will bring words to the songs and chants, and in each place will do a short lecture on the history  behind the church, telling the legends of each Madonna, and talking about the Temples as the churches are actually built right on top or  next to an archeological site that has the original temple of the Goddess Cybele, Demeter, Isis, Artemis,  or Aphrodites.

I got a fantastic tour operator from the region of Campania from Federazione Campana, Stefania Gangone who had sent me a great itinerary and got  great places with good prices.

 

We will visit the following places and Black Madonnas: 

 1)  August 5th Madonna Nera della Neve, Torre Annunziata, spectacular feast along the sea near Sorrento/Pompei on the Amalfi Coast. 

In the morning we will watch the re-enacment of the fisherman fishing the Black Madonna found in a large cage in the sea. It will be spectacular as she is connected to the Goddess Aphrodites. We will also do a purification ritual in the sea and on the beach.  

2)  Visit to Black Madonna of Positano, also by the Sea, a beautiful Bizantine Icon, also connected to Aphrodites. Positano is one of the most beautiful towns of the Amalfi coast, and we will spend the day there. We will also Visit Pompei temple to the goddesses, and mosaics of drumming rituals.  Near Pompei we will also meet my Tammorra teacher and master player Raffaele Inserra from Gragnano, the best tammorriata player in the area.

3)  Black Madonna of Montevergine - also known as Mamma Schiavona (Serving Mother) spectacular sacred Mountain near Avellino- (beautiful mountain region called Irpirnia).

This is the most important of the seven sisters, ancient site and temple of the goddess Cybele, Black Mother Earth Goddess from Anatolia. We will go the famous throne (a special rock in the mountains called Seggia della Madonna ) where healing miracles happen,  play the tammorriata drumming and sing for her.

4) Black Madonna in Moiano, near Benevento, the one I am most devoted to and have personally received a miracle from her, she is the most magical!  Also an ancient site of the worship to the Goddess Isis.

5)  Black Madonna of sacred mountain Viggiano (Basilicata) ancient site of the Goddess Demeter. (Place used to be called Grumentum, from the grain and wheat coming from the earth. She is like Persephone & Demeter.)

6)  Black Madonna di Seminara, Madonna dei Poveri, in Calabria, Feast Day August 14 celebrated with a wild drumming ritual, reenacting an ancient fertility rite, and giant Puppets that dance to the fast 6/8 rhythm of the tarantella (Giganti).  In Calabria we will meet and feast with my  good friend and tarantella teacher Vittorio de Paola and have dinner and party in his beautiful restaurant on top of the mountain with a great view of the sea.

7)  August 15, we will honor the Black Madonna del Tindari on the Day of the Assumption, her feast day. This is a magical place, where the Madonna del Tindares (Ethiopian name) was found in cave under the mountain, which we will visit, by enchanted lakes of salt water, and a beautiful turquoise sea, where we will do a purification ritual.  The Madonna looks like an African Totem and is inside the church on top of the mountain, with the inscription Nigra Sum Sed Formosa (I am Black and Beautiful). Next to the church we will visit the archeological site that has the temples of Demeter and Cybele and drum  as we watcht he most spectacular sunset over the sea.

 

The cost of the tour is $2,650 if we are 10 people -- or $2, 550  if we are 12 people 

 

This does not include airfare and lunch as we will be moving around during the days. but includes:

1)  Hotel accommodations, double occupancy, 4 star hotels, 

2)  Breakfast and wonderful dinners in very good restaurants and hotels,

3)  Tour bus

4)  Ferry boat back and forth to Sicily

5)  My work as your tour-guide with lectures on site, leading drumming ceremonies, chants  and rituals in appropriate locations.

 

Please note that I will need a registration fee of $150 by May  15 th to ensure your participation and to have the tour operator secure the hotels.

The total deposit of $ , which is 30% of $2,650 (if we are 10 people) is needed by June 1st  and the remaining of the total amount due 30 days before the tour starts (July 4)

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Due May 15 - $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable)

Due June 1 - $795 tour Tuition 

Due July 4 - $1,960 (if 10 people register; $1,810 if 12 people register)

 

You can also pay by check made to Alessandra Belloni and should be sent to: 

Alessandra Belloni

1111 River Road 

Apt G33 

Edgewater NJ 07020

 

Please contact me right away at ABelloni@aol.com if you want to come to this tour, as we are aiming for 12 participants.  Join me for a life changing tour to the Great Mother, the Black Madonna that will always accompany you and protect you.

 

Register today!

 

 

Detailed itinerary information:

TOUR OPERATOR: Settimocieloviaggi

LOCATIONS: NAPOLI- POSITANO-POMPEI - MONTEVERGINE - BENEVENTO -VIGGIANO - TROPEA - TINDARI

 

ARRIVE: AUGUST 4;  DEPART: AUGUST 17

AUG 4 - ARRIVE AEROPORT NAPOLI - Naples

TRANSFER by bus to CASTELLAMMARE DI STABIA,  

IN HOTEL STABIA  ****  4 NIGHTS, WELCOME DINNER

AUG 5  FEAST OF MADONNA NERA DELLA NEVE- OF THE SEA TORRE ANNUNZIATA. (May see POMPEI later) DINNER AT HOTEL. 

AUG 6 whole day in POSITANO MADONNA NERA SUL MARE (on the sea) and out IN POSITANO.  DINNER IN SORRENTO (then back to HOTEL).  

AUG 7 -  free day at beach or Healing Mud in thermal baths of Stabia or Pompei (best in the world!! form the Volcano Vesuvio!), DINNER IN HOTEL.

AUG 8 -  after  breakfast  go the  Mountains of IRPINIA,  staying at AL GREEN PARK HOTEL**** (MERCOGLIANO) or CASTELVETERE SUL CALORE

Afternoon visit of black MADONNA OF MONTEVERGINE E L'ABBAZIA DI GOLETO  

DINNER IN GREAT TYPICAL TRATTORIA  

AUG 9 -  going to MOIANO for VISIT DELLA MADONNA DELLA LIBERA, 

back to Hotel, dinner in typical place or hotel 

AUG 10  - after breakfast leave for VIAGGIANO  BLACK MADONNA OF  THE SACRO MONTE. (SACRED MOUNTAIN), Dinner IN HOTEL. 

AUG 11 - LEAVE FOR CALABRIA, TROPEA.  VISIT VARIOUS BLACK MADONNAS. HOTEL ON THE BEACH MEZZA PENSIONE (2 meals) VILLAGGIO AGRUMETO Capo Vaticano visit various locations here and meet local folk musicians -free time at beautiful beaches

AUG 14 - FEAST DELLA MADONNA NERA DI SEMINARA (procession with drummers and flag dancer, amazing!)

AUG 15 -  After breakfast, leave for Sicily (100KM) - FERRY FROM VILLA SAN GIOVANNI- Go to MADONNA DI TINDARI (Mountain over the beach)  visit also the archeological site with the sacred temples to the Goddess Demeter) come back to TROPEA

 

AUG 16 - leave after breakfast for Rome by bus.

 

 

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Villa Chiara di Prumiano

14th Annual Rhythm is the Cure Healing Drumming and Dance Workshop in Tuscany! - August 18-25, 2014

Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist
as she proudly announces her 
 
14 Annual Healing Dance & Percussion Workshop from Southern Italy   
Rhythm is the Cure
 
August 18 to 25, 2014
 in a splendid Renaissance Villa in the magical hills of Tuscany, Italy 

Tuscany - videos of summer 2013!

Videography by Maurizio Longobardi. Edited by Rich Brotman.

 

Tammorriata from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

http://youtu.be/vIIEZNDsL94 

Spinning Dance from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013

Pizzica Tarantata Tuscany Italy 2013  http://youtu.be/DZQsqVKdWOM 

Fire Dance & Closing Ceremony Tuscany Italy 2013  http://youtu.be/DZQsqVKdWOM 

Dragata's Testimonial Tuscany Italy 2013  http://youtu.be/ea3X7z5Lx_Y 

Danielle's Testimonial Tuscany Italy 2013  http://youtu.be/l_xE9VgIiT8 

 
LIVING SHAMANISM: documentary film about Alessandra Belloni's work as a shaman by French American Film Maker/shaman Manex Ibar recorded in Southern Italy 2012  https://vimeo.com/87706104
 

Past Dates

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

New York Open Center

Tarantata! - 7:00pm

22 East 30th Street New York New York 10016 (212) 219-2527
Price: Members $33/ Nonmembers $35

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

& Brazilian rhythms

SATURDAY JULY 19TH - CONCERT TARANTATA at the New York Open Center

New York Open Center

22 East 30th Street

New York, NY 10016

http://www.opencenter.org/events/tarantata-tarantela-trance-dance-and-brazilian-sounds/

212-219-2527 ext 0

email: info@opencenter.com

View Open Center Digital Catalogs click:

https://flipflashpages.uniflip.com/2/8815/329733/pub/

Members $33/ Nonmembers $35
Early Bird rate $28/ $33 by July 11

 

 

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Francesca Silvano, Jillian Guinta,  Hillary Litwin

 

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition.

 

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Italian Cultural Institute

TARANTELLA Rhythms and Steps - 6:00pm

1023 Hildgard Avenue Los Angeles CA

The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles pressnts:
INTERNATIONALLY RENOUWED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST DANCER

ALESSANDRA BELLONI

REMO Signature Series Artist – presents:

 

TARANTELLA Rhythms and steps

Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

Monday July 14 6:00pm

 at the Italian Cultural Institute

1023 Hildgard Avenue

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

 

 

    by Alessandra Belloni

REMO Signature Series Artist

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women…( New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, always transforming  the lives of many women…

 

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece.

Students Should Expect to Learn the Following Dances:

 

 

TAMMORRIATA - This elegant and sensual dance from Naples is performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called the Tammorra. The dance movements have a strong Spanish and Middle Eastern flourish, with many recognizable movements of the Flamenco and Belly Dance traditions. These movements are set to the beat of African 4/4 rhythms. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and later, the Black Madonna.

 

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.  

www.alessandrabelloni.com www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloniwww.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

 

Workshop filmed by BAREFEET internet TV channel :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

About Alessandra Belloni

Award winner percussionist/singer/dancer/actress/ teacher  Alessandra Belloni is also an author, and renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals.

 Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine , an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive Notes among others.

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in  England, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Egypt, Israel, and throughout the U.S. and Hawaii.

 

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

REMO Recreational Music Center

Rhythm is the Cure! - 1:00 - 4:00pm

7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave North Hollywood CA 91605 (818) 982-0461
Price: $40 - cash only, please
INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST DANCER 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI

REMO Signature Series Artist -

Presents:

 RHYTHM IS THE CURE

 -featuring

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS AND DANCE

 

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE &
  FOLK  DANCE WORKSHOP

Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications
 

 

WHEN: JULY 12th

 

TIME: 1 PM to 4 PM

 

Cost: $40.00 

(cash only please)

 

WHERE: REMO Recreational Music Center

 

www.remormc.com

During these series of workshops, the participants will learn:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, creating the bouncing sound of the triplets.

 

* Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

 

* TAMMORRIATA a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, used to honor the Black Madonna

 

 

This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra will also teach chants and songs, sung as devotion to the Black Madonna (Montevergine near Naples the Sun (Jesce Sole),

 

 

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she's very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She's also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

 

 

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming tradition.

RHYTHM  OF SAN ROCCO

- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done as a musical exorcism  to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times

 

The workshop will end with the  authentic  Tarantella or Spider Dance.- a
very fast 6/8 rhythm with different accents - which originated as music & dance  therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula,  a form of depression that afflictedmainly women.
 
 

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Italian American Heritage Foundation (IAHF)

Tarantella Rhythms and Steps - 6:00-9:00pm

425 N. Fourth Street San Jose CA 408.293.7122
Price: $39.00 members / $49.00 non-members

Italian American Heritage Foundation (IAHF)

425 N. Fourth Street

San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408.293.7122

Email: info@iahfsj.org

The Alessandra Belloni workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. The purpose is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture practiced in Southern Italy and Sicily. Refreshments will be served. For more information about Alessandra go to http://www.alessandrabelloni.com Cost: $39.00 members / $49.00 non-members. RSVP http://www.iahfsj.org/programs/events/rsvp/

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS AND STEPS - JULY 8

TUESDAY JULY 8, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Alessandra Belloni workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. The purpose is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture practiced in Southern Italy and Sicily. Refreshments will be served.

 

Monday, June 30th, 2014

United Religions Initiative

Hidden Seeds of Natural Healing & Curing - June 30 - July 2; time TBD

1009 General Kennedy Ave. San Francisco CA 415-651-2300 x31
Price: TBD

 

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

CoSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

TARANTATA! - 8pm

46 Deer Hill Rd. Wappinger Falls New York 12390 845-297-2323
Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

 & Brazilian Rhythms

Saturday, June 28 concert TARANTATA AT COSM
CoSM.org
https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/cosm/event.jsp?event=1402

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition.

 

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Omega Institute

Tarantata! + Special Workshop June 9-13th - 8:00pm

150 Lake Dr. Rhinebeck NY 12572 US

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

& Brazilian rhythms

 

Special Workshop June 9-13th (for Omega residents) and Concert on June 14th!

Omega Holistic Center

150 Lake Drive

Rhinebeck, NY 12572

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

 Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Jillian Guinta, Francesca Silvano, Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

 

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Mehanta The Bulgarian Bar

Tarantata! - 9:00pm

113 Ludlow (between Irvington & Delancey) New York New York 10002 (212) 625-0981
Price: $10

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

& Brazilian rhythms

Saturday, June 7 at 9:00pm

Mehanata Bulgarian Gypsy Bar 

 

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

 Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Francesca Silvano, Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

 

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

St. John the Divine

Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop - 2-5pm

1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St. New York City NY (212) 932-7325
Price: $75 for 1 session, or $225 for all 3

Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

Saturdays, April 26, May 3, May 10
2 pm – 5 pm

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral.

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web " of the subconscious mind.

The workshops begin with a short lecture on the Black Madonna and the tarantella trance-dance. Participants will see films of Alessandra Belloni’s field research of the drumming rituals and procession in Southern Italy.
All workshop sessions will be in Synod Hall on the Cathedral Close.

These workshops will explore the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This beautiful, sensual dance from Naples is performed with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. Usually done during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica is played on medium size tambourines, producing a trance-like state beneficial for spiritual healing. Alessandra will lead workshop participants in a circle dance, creating "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as traumas and blocked emotions.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages, was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

Registration Fee
$225 for three workshop sessions, $75 for each session.
To register, contact education@stjohndivine.org or call (212) 932-7325.

For more about trance-dance and Alessandra Belloni, visit the video links below:

Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance
Film by Manex Ibar
Password: Shaman

Percussion lesson and interview with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

Pizzica rhythm and lesson with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

For all of the Cathedral's workshops, guided visits, programs and more, visit the Calendar.

 

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

St. John the Divine

Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop - 2-5pm

1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St. New York City NY (212) 932-7325
Price: $75 for 1 session or $225 for all 3

Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

Saturdays, April 26, May 3, May 10
2 pm – 5 pm

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral.

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web " of the subconscious mind.

The workshops begin with a short lecture on the Black Madonna and the tarantella trance-dance. Participants will see films of Alessandra Belloni’s field research of the drumming rituals and procession in Southern Italy.
All workshop sessions will be in Synod Hall on the Cathedral Close.

These workshops will explore the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This beautiful, sensual dance from Naples is performed with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. Usually done during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica is played on medium size tambourines, producing a trance-like state beneficial for spiritual healing. Alessandra will lead workshop participants in a circle dance, creating "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as traumas and blocked emotions.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages, was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

Registration Fee
$225 for three workshop sessions, $75 for each session.
To register, contact education@stjohndivine.org or call (212) 932-7325.

For more about trance-dance and Alessandra Belloni, visit the video links below:

Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance
Film by Manex Ibar
Password: Shaman

Percussion lesson and interview with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

Pizzica rhythm and lesson with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

For all of the Cathedral's workshops, guided visits, programs and more, visit the Calendar.

 

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

St. John the Divine

Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop - 2-5pm

1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St. New York City NY (212) 932-7325
Price: $75 for 1 session or $225 for all 3

Rhythm is the Cure: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

Saturdays, April 26, May 3, May 10
2 pm – 5 pm

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral.

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web " of the subconscious mind.

The workshops begin with a short lecture on the Black Madonna and the tarantella trance-dance. Participants will see films of Alessandra Belloni’s field research of the drumming rituals and procession in Southern Italy.
All workshop sessions will be in Synod Hall on the Cathedral Close.

These workshops will explore the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This beautiful, sensual dance from Naples is performed with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. Usually done during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica is played on medium size tambourines, producing a trance-like state beneficial for spiritual healing. Alessandra will lead workshop participants in a circle dance, creating "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as traumas and blocked emotions.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages, was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

Registration Fee
$225 for three workshop sessions, $75 for each session.
To register, contact education@stjohndivine.org or call (212) 932-7325.

For more about trance-dance and Alessandra Belloni, visit the video links below:

Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance
Film by Manex Ibar
Password: Shaman

Percussion lesson and interview with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

Pizzica rhythm and lesson with Alessandra Belloni
Film by Lee Free, Brooklyn Bike Beat

For all of the Cathedral's workshops, guided visits, programs and more, visit the Calendar.

 

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

William Wall High School

Days of Percussion

975 North Main Street West Hartford CT

 

DAYS OF PERCUSSION
Friday & Saturday, April 4 & 5, 2014

 

The Connecticut Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society will present its annual Days Of Percussion at William Hall High School, 975 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117

 

Friday, April 4th, 2014

William Wall High School

Days of Percussion

975 North Main Street West Hartford CT

 

DAYS OF PERCUSSION
Friday & Saturday, April 4 & 5, 2014

 

The Connecticut Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society will present its annual Days Of Percussion at William Hall High School, 975 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117

 

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

SD 26

Carnevale Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm

16 East 26th St. New York City NY 212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com
 

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

SD 26

Carnevale Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm

19 East 26th St. New York City NY 212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com
 

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Mehanta The Bulgarian Bar

Tarantata! - 9:00pm

113 Ludlow (between Irvington & Delancey) New York New York 10002 (212) 625-0981
Price: $10

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

& Brazilian rhythms

Saturday, March 22 at 9:00pm

Mehanata Bulgarian Gypsy Bar 

 

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

 Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Francesca Silvano, Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

 

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Rhythm is the Cure - 2:00pm

3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center College Park MD 301.405.ARTS (2787)

Rhythm is the Cure  at the Maryland Day of Percussion

Sunday, March 2nd at 2pm

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of MD- College Park.

Intersection of Stadium Drive and University BBlvd (Rte 193)
College Park, MD

For more information contact: Wes at wesdrummer@msn.com

 

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

SD 26

Carnevale Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm

19 East 26th St. New York City NY 212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com
 

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Golden Drum

Rhythm is the Cure Workshop - 2-5pm

97 Green St. Brooklyn NYC NY (203) 581-2005
Price: $65 in advance/$75 at the door

Rhythm is the Cure with Alessandra Belloni  Mar. 15, 2-5pm

Golden Drum is proud to present a concert and workshop with renowned tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress ALESSANDRA BELLONI. Ms. Belloni will offer participatory workshop on Saturday, March 15.

The workshop shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Check out Alessandra in this video:

 

Each class is designed to follow the method described in Ms. Belloni’s book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes.

Students shall begin with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present.

They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance.

Students will learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.

STUDENTS WILL ALSO LEARN:

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA – The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dance for many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who suffered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they’ll create “spider-like” movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) – This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.
TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE – A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.

Bio:

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress ALESSANDRA BELLONI is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in “La Lupa,” and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in “Casanova.” She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD “Rhythm is the Cure,” published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that “Alessandra Belloni and “Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider” is a revelation, utterly fascinating.”

Drum Magazine noted that “Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer.”

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that “Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum.

 

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

SD 26

Carneval Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm

19 East 26th St. New York City NY 212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com
 

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Sage Academy of Sound Energy

Voyage of the Black Madonna - 8 - 9:30pm

6 Deming St. Woodstock NY sagehealingcenter@gmail.com
Price: $20 exchange. Workshop and Concert for $50.
Saturday March  8th: 8pm - 9:30pm 
SAGE ACADEMY OF SOUND ENERGY PRESENTS:   
VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA 
A musical journey to the ancient sacred sites of the Mother Goddess 
With Alessandra Belloni & Olimpia Avignone + Guests 

A concert honoring The Black Madonna, the Mystical Great Mother of the 
Western world featuring traditional songs, healing chants, and drum rhythms of Southern Italy, the Near East, North Africa, Spain, France, Portugal, Brazil, and Mexico.
A musical journey around the world to the sacred sites of The Black Madonna, some of which have existed since the time of The Great Mother Goddess of antiquity.
The ancient Mediterranean sound created in The Voyage of the Black Madonna is combined with contemporary world music making a bridge between primitive, traditional, and modern music.

For more information about the artist please visit: alessandrabelloni.com
$20 exchange. Register:  sagehealingcenter@gmail.com or 845 679 5650

 

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Sage Academy of Sound Energy

Rhythm is the Cure Healing Dance & Percussion Workshop - 2-5:30pm

6 Deming St. Woodstock NY sagehealingcenter@gmail.com
Price: $40 exchange. Workshop and Concert combined $50
Saturday March  8th: 2pm - 5: 30pm 
SAGE ACADEMY OF SOUND ENERGY PRESENTS:   
RHYTHM IS THE CURE - A HEALING DANCE & PERCUSSION WORKSHOP 
WITH ALESSANDRA BELLONI & GUESTS 

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals,
we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of frame drums and tambourines.
Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.
Representing an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present these dance movements embody and culminate the different dance traditions which we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance and Tribal
Dance.

Please bring tambourine or frame drum if you have them.
To purchase one of Alessandra's Remo Signature series drums in advance,
http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/store/

$40 exchange. Workshop and Concert combined $50
Register: sagehealingcenter@gmail.com or 845 679 5650

 

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

SD 26

Carnevale Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm

19 East 26th St. New York City NY 212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com
 

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Clarence Smith Performing Arts Center

Maryland Day of Percussion - 2:00pm

Intersection of Stadium Drive & University Blvd (Rt. 139) College Park MD
Price: General Admission - $15

 

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

NYU Percussion Penthouse

NYU Percussion Department Master Class - 7-9pm

35 West 4th St. 13th Floor New York NY 10013
Price: TBA

Feb 25th, 2014. 7-9pm

Percussion Penthouse 13th floor. 

35 west 4th street

NYC NY 10003

 

INTERNATIONALLY RENOUWED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST DANCER

ALESSANDRA BELLONI

REMO Signature Series Artist – presents:

 

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE

& FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP

including special  arrangements for tarantella on marimba

 with drummer/percussionist Peter Abazia 

Taught by Alessandra Belloni

REMO Signature Series Artist

 

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice inSouthern Italy.

 

During the percussion workshop, the participants will learn:

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

* Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and

accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.

RHYTHM  OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of San Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval TimesThe tambourines for the workshops can be made available through REMO.

 

1.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3:  Pizzica srhythm and lesson on tambourine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3:  TAMMORRIATA RHYTHM for the Black Madonna http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w

 

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

SD 26

Carnevale Celebration at SD 26 - 6:30-10pm

19 East 26th St. New York City NY 212-265-5959
Price: $38
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA and ALESSANDRA BELLONI will be performing a special series of Carnevale events at the renowned restaurant SD 26 owned by the legendary TONY MAY. The special dinners with music will be from 6:30 to 10pm on:
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 3
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, March 16
Sunday, March 23
Sunday, March 30
 
We will feature Commedia dell'Arte characters as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Ricciulina, and special music, with special great food!! the menu will be only $38!
 
SD 26 is located at 19 East 26 Street, near Fifth Avenue. For reservations please call 212-265-5959, or email reservations@sd26ny.com
 

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

TRANSnDANCEnDRUM Center

Tarantella Trance Rhythms - Hands-On Workshop - 2-5pm

415 Main street Rosendale NY 12472
Price: $30

 INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER,

 PERCUSSIONIST DANCER

ALESSANDRA BELLONI

REMO Signature Series Artist – presents: 

TARANTELLA TRANCE RHYTHMS

 

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE WORKSHOP

Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications

www.alessandrabelloni.com 

www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23  from 2:00 to 5:00pm fee $30.00

TRANSnDANCEnDRUM Center, 415 Main Street, Rosendale NY 12472. email: info@transndancendrum.com

 

1.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3:  Pizzica rhythm and lesson on tambourine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3:  TAMMORRIATA RHYTHM for the Black Madonna http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w

 

This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra will also teach chants and songs, sung as devotion to the Black Madonna (Montevergine near Naples the Sun (Jesce Sole), Pugliese, Calabrese and Sicilian chants.

                                               

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

 

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming tradition.

 

 During this workshop, the participants will learn:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

 

* Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

 

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)

 

*DANCE AND   RHYTHM  OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of SAN Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times.

 

* Pizzica Tarantata , a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents - which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles and the dance were performed as a musical exorcism to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice.

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

ABC/Commedia video http://youtu.be/qXSMdLhZdAU

Alessandra Belloni on Brazilian Globo TV July, 2012 http://youtu.be/jwX0PNwZjKM

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive Magazine.

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

The Rosendale Cafe

Tarantata! - 8:00pm

434 Main St Rosendale New York 12472 845.658.9048
Price: $15

A fiery percussive journey through the South of Italy, with a crossing of the Atlantic into Brazil. Through songs, dance, and rhythm; it will explore magic rituals,"tarantellas", used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. There will be healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna"Tammorriata" love ballads. 

The night features Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro-Brazilian Yoruba tradition. Alessandra Belloni is joined by John La Barbera on a variety of string instruments, Peter Abazia on drums, and Giuseppe de Falco on vocals and guitar.

 

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Rhythmic Integration Center

Rhythm is the Cure Drumming Workshop - 3-7 pm

261 New Milford Turnpike Marbledale CT John Marshall jomarshall@earthlink.net
Price: $75
INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST, DANCER

ALESSANDRA BELLONI 
REMO Signature Series Artist – presents: 

RHYTHM  IS THE CURE  
February 15 from 3 to 7 cost $75
at The RIC, (Rhythmic Integration Center), www.rhythmicintegrationcenter.weebly.com
organized by John Marshall at jomarshall@earthlink.net
 located in Marbledale CT, which is a sub-hamlet of Washington CT
261 New Milford Turnpike, Marbledale CT 06777 for directions from wherever you're coming from-
 teaching in the downstairs gallery space which is a large open space with a wooden floor
 
  HANDS-ON   TAMBOURINE & FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP
 including  special brush technique
with Alessandra Belloni's tam-brush made Regal Tip 

Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay  Publications


www.alessandrabelloni.com 
www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

REMO Signature Series Artist and designers of 
brushes with Regal Tip


Alessandra  Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

The  purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich  tambourine and folk 
dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy.


During the percussion workshop, the participants will learn:

*  The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist  and elbow 
technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing  sound of the triplets.

*  Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and accented  fast 6/8 rhythm. 

Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the 
Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm. 
 
Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples)  played 
on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8.  This 
rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the  god of wine.

·Pizzica Tarantata, a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents - which originated 
  as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm,  
played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles  
as they frantically danced for days during the Summer  Solstice


·Brazilian rhythms with Southern Italian tambourine technique using also special Tambourine brushes 
(Tam  brush) especially designed by Alessandra Belloni with Pro-Mark. 
The  length of the workshops should be 2 to 4 hours, divided into two  parts.

The  tambourines for the workshops can be made available through REMO.



 Alessandra Belloni Live at WOMA Jazz 2009

Tambourine Solo 
http://youtu.be/-h2pyzZBUBM

Tarantella&PizzicaTarantata\lesson 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds


Tammorriata 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w


SOLO  CONCERT AT MOUNT SHASTA 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKbmO2c20fohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55
 

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Golden Drum

Rhythm is the Cure Concert - 8-10pm

97 Green St. Brooklyn NYC NY (203) 581-2005
Price: Friday night concert $20, Saturday workshop (4 hours) $65 in advance/$75 at the door; $80 for both

Rhythm is the Cure with Alessandra Belloni –

Concert Feb. 7, 8-10pm; Workshop Feb. 8, 3-7pm

Golden Drum is proud to present a concert and workshop with renowned tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress ALESSANDRA BELLONI. Ms. Belloni will offer songs accompanied by tambourine on Friday, Feb. 7 and will then offer a participatory workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The workshop shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Check out Alessandra in this video:

 

Each class is designed to follow the method described in Ms. Belloni’s book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes.

Students shall begin with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present.

They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance.

Students will learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.

STUDENTS WILL ALSO LEARN:

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA – The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dance for many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who suffered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they’ll create “spider-like” movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) – This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.
TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE – A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.

Admission Cost:

Friday night concert $20, Saturday workshop (4 hours) $65 in advance/$75 at the door; $80 for both

Bio:

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress ALESSANDRA BELLONI is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in “La Lupa,” and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in “Casanova.” She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD “Rhythm is the Cure,” published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that “Alessandra Belloni and “Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider” is a revelation, utterly fascinating.”

Drum Magazine noted that “Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer.”

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that “Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum.

 

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Mehanta The Bulgarian Bar

Tarantata! - 9:00pm

113 Ludlow (between Irvington & Delancey) New York New York 10002 (212) 625-0981
Price: $10

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

& Brazilian rhythms

 

 

SATURDAY, February 1 at 9:00m

MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR 113 Ludlow (btw Irvington & Delancey) tickets $10

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/ 

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

 Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Francesca Silvano, Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

 

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Soul de Cuba

Honoring the Sea Goddess - 7:00pm

1121 Bethel St. Honolulu Hawaii 96813 (808) 545-2822
Price: $20; $15 for students
Internationally renowned singer, dancer, percussionist
Alessandra Belloni (REMO Artist)
proudly presents her Women's Ensemble DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE in

"HONORING THE SEA GODDESS"
 at SOUL DE CUBA -  THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

 

at 7:00pm  Admission $20 ($15 for students)

Reservations: (808) 545-2822 or www.souldecuba.com

Featuring:

   ALESSANDRA BELLONI: voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance

DANCERS: NADIA INSERRA & CHIARA LOGLI

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer to honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea. This is unique passionate show  with great music and joyous ritual that invokes the healing power of primordial waters, was presented in Italy (Venice, Salsomaggiore Thermal resort, PERC FEST,  New York OPEN CENTER, Los Angeles Italian Cultural Institute, Indianapolis PASIC 

www.alessandrabelloni.com  

www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

KAHUMANA Organic Farm

Rythym is the Cure Workshop in HAWAII! - January 12 through 18, 2014

Waianea, Oahu Hawaii
Price: see below

Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher

Alessandra Belloni, Remo Artist,

proudly announces her First retreat in the magical land of HAWAII!

Please register early, only 13 spaces available!

 

Rhythm is the Cure

Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop from Southern Italy

with special Hawaiian guests

 

January 12 to January 18, 2014

in a beautiful and peaceful setting, retreat house of KAHUMANA Organic Farm, Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii

 

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/673269

 

  

Location:

Kahumana retreat houses offer a unique setting within the context of their diverse community in a truly restful environment of healing and wholeness. All of the rooms are secure and come with clean linen, towels & internet access. The swimming pool is available for those 18 years and older. Conveniently located on the Honolulu City Bus route.

 

Comfortably accommodates 14 people. All rooms have single beds and share 2 full baths. There are 11 rooms - 8 single beds, 3 double beds. A microwave & refrigerator provided for your convenience and  the cafe offers a variety of Organic Foods & vegetables.

 

Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe is open Tuesday

 through Saturday for lunch from 11:30a - 2:30p and dinner from 6:30p - 8:00p.

 

Rhythm is the Cure is a 6-day intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

 

This special retreat will also explore the natural beauties of the Island, tour of the organic farms, and will include the participation of Jesus Puerto. 

 

He and his foundation, Cubanakoa, have fostered a culturally base community exchange program between Cuba and Hawaii which has developed into annual people to people mission trips for environmentalists and cultural practitioners. Cubanakoa's projects and collaborations are pragmatic examples of how sacredness, sexuality, sustainability, and self-sufficiency are globally transferable tools manifested in diverse ways and accessible to all cultures. 

 

Objectives of the workshop are:

--To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella,

--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

--To bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals

--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression. 

 

Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:

 

TAMMORRIATA 

A beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time in honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele. 

 

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA -

The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, was performed as an exorcism ritual that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras. 

 

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) -

This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies. 

 

Alessandra ends the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water with chants to the Goddess of the Sea, the Sun and the Black Madonna.

 

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

 

Special guest: TBA

Cultural Excursion: TBA

 

The Rhythm is the Cure Experience:

Rhythm is the Cure is a transformative week filled with intensive study, play, and joy. It's a time shared with new friends you'll cherish for years to come all while you are learning the thrilling powers of the Tarantellas of Southern Italy. You'll draw energy from the earth and sky of Hawaii, the sun, the beaches, and delighted by the culinary delights Kahumana organic farm and be inspired by the artistry and healing energy cultivated by Alessandra. And when you're not enjoying your lessons you might nibble on fresh food you just picked in the garden, nap on the sun-drenched beaches or take a dip in the refreshing swimming pool. The week ends with a final fire ceremony and a party under the stars in a spectacular organic farm in the mountains.

Sharing meals together is a special part of each day,  The ingredients used include grains and legumes, fresh fish and free-range meats, and of course, seasonal vegetables-many grown organically right on the premises.

Join us for a week you'll always remember. Register today!

PRICES

The fee for the workshop is $600

Plus accommodations which include 3 spectacular meals.

 

$490 for double room (can be divided at $ 245 each) $ 40 for food total $280 for the week

$315 for single room (45 p/night ) plus $40 for food total $280

Total for workshop single room and food:
$1,200

Total for double room , double occupancy

$1,125 single occupancy $1,370

 

The fee does not include airfare or local transportation.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Due December 7st- Registration Fee $150.00 (Non Refundable)

(Pay Now with PayPal)

Accommodation fee: 25% of total room charges due December 1

 

Remaining  Workshop Tuition $ 450 due January 1, 2014

(Pay Now with PayPal)

 

****PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - Workshop is limited to 13 students****

Any questions? Contact us at: 

ABelloni@aol.com or Tuscanyworkshop@aol.com

 

Payment may be made by check, credit card or Paypal

 

Checks or money orders must be made payable to Alessandra Belloni and should be sent to:

 

Alessandra Belloni

1111 River Road, G-33

Edgewater, NJ 07020

 

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Theater For The New City

Drums of Illumination! - 5:00pm

155 First Avenue New York NY 10003 US
Price: $25

Theater for the New City Crystal Field director presents: 
celebration of the epiphany - the coming of the light! with 

  

Alessandra Belloni & I Giullari di Piazza 

'DRUMS OF ILLUMINATION' 

Native American, Southern Italian & Middle Eastern Sacred Drumming & Chants, sensual bellydances

bringing in the New Year with A World Peace Celebration, originally premiered at Theatre for the New City  

  

Special Guests:

the SilverCloud Native American Singers & Dancers

 

     

Sunday, January 5th - 5:00pm

 Theatre for the New City - 155 First Avenue (10 St ) 

Tickets: $25  Reservations: 212-254-1109 or www.theaterforthenewcity.net 

 

Link to Drums of Illumination Sample Video: 

http://youtube/ekDfEYvluDw

 

Watch Alessandra Belloni and her group perform live on ABC-TV in Chicago:ABCLocal.go.com

 

 

Featured Performers:

Alessandra Belloni - artistic director, voice, percussion, ritual dance. Her instruments include Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers

SilverCloud Singers and Dancers

Kevin Tarrant - director, lead vocals, pow wow drum  

Murielle Borst - vocals, drums

Josephine Tarrant - vocals, dance

Sergio Bellotti - drum set

Vinnie Scialla - Middle Eastern percussion

Hillary Litwin - bellydance

Peter DiGeronimo - capoeira, Brazilian & Southern Italian dance

Mark Mindek - stilt dancer

Francesca Silvano - ritual dance

Giuliana Pico - ritual dance

 

"Alessandra Belloni, before each song, outlined the tradition in each culture. Her intense love of each form supported the entire event. And what could be more appropriate for an evening of connection and community than to end with an invitation to the audience to dance? ... We all linked hands and made our way to the stage to share in joyous movement and music."

-Mary Ellen Carafice, Bearnstowjournal.com, December 2011

 

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Mehanata

Tarantata - 9:00pm

113 Ludlow New York NY 10002 US
Price: $10

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

 & Brazilian rhythms

 

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7  AT 9:00m

MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR 113 Ludlow

(btw Irvington & Delancey) tickets $ 10

 

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/ http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

 Joe Deninzon, acoustic & electric violin,

Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion Peter Abazia drumset, cajon dancers:

Peter De Geronimo, Francesca Silvano , Hillary Litwin

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

 

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago
http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw
TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE film trailer https://vimeo.com/59786628 pw shaman
Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q
Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0
Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Timesfound that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."
Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."
Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

 

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Harlem Family Institute

Holiday Musicale Benefit and Appeal - 6:00-9:30pm

275 West 11th Street NY NY 10027
Price: View website below for pricing for details

http://harlemfamilyinstitute.org/HFI-Email/Holiday2013/hfi_musicale_2013.html

 

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

CoSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

Tarantella Percussion Workshop - Afternoon session: 3-6pm Evening session: 7-10pm

46 Deer Hill Rd. Wappinger Falls New York 12390 845-297-2323
Price: $65 online/ $75 at the door

TARANTELLA: RHYTHMS AND STEPS

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 - 3-6 (afternoon session), 7-10 (evening session)

Tickets - $65 online / $75 at the door

Tarantella Rhythms and Steps:
Hands-On Tambourine & Frame Drum Workshop


Taught by Alessandra Belloni, a REMO Signature Series Artist Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications. The workshop will be followed by Southern Italian Ritual Folk Dances and chants.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming. This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra will also teach chants and songs, sung as devotion to the Black Madonna (Montevergine near Naples the Sun (Jesce Sole), Pugliese, Calabrese and Sicilian chants.


During these workshops, participants will learn:

- The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

- Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

- Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)

- Neapolitan, Sicilian, Calabrese and Pugliese style tarantellas, which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin.

THE FOLK DANCES:

- Dance and Rhythm of San Rocco, a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of San Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times.

-Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.

- Pizzica Tarantata, a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents - which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles and the dance were performed as a musical exorcism to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice. Originally these where the ancient Greek rites for the God Dyonisus as Puglia was part of Greece and was called Magna Grecia.

The length of the workshops should be 2 to 4 hours, divided into two parts. The tambourines for the workshops are available through REMO.


Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

CoSM Event Page:
https://secure.cosm.org/np/clients/cosm/event.jsp?event=1345

Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/374655909304826/

 

Monday, November 25th, 2013

NYU Casa Italiana

Daughters of Cybele - 6:30pm

24 W 12th St. NYC NY 10011 212-998-8739
Price: TBA

Join us for a special showing of Daughters of Cybele at NYU's Casa Italiana!  The show begins at 6:30pm. 

For more info contact:

 

tel. (212) 998-8739

 

casa.italiana@nyu.edu 

 

www.CasaItalianaNYU.org

 

 

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Church Street School of Music

Rhythm is the Cure Drumming and Dance Workshop - 6:00-9:00pm

74 Warren Street NY NY 10007
Price: $60 for one, $100 for both!

Saturday, Nov. 9th and 23rd. 6-9pm
Church Street School of Music
74 Warren St. NYC
$60 for one workshop or $100 for both dates
RSVP by email to ABelloni@aol.com if you want to attend. You can also mail a check c/o Alessandra Belloni to 1111 River Road Apt G33 Edgewater NJ 07020 to pre-register.

 

Each class is designed to follow the method described in her book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes.

Students shall begin each session with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present.

They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance.

Students will learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.


STUDENTS WILL ALSO LEARN:

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dance for many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who suffered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.


Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q
Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0
BARE FEET TV PROGRAM – DANCE AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55
https://vimeo.com/597866281.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: Pizzica srhythm and lesson on tambourinehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: TAMMORRIATA RHYTHM for the Black Madonnahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w


Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.


Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

DROM

Daughters of Cybele at DROM - 9:00pm

85 Ave. A (btwn 5th and 6th St.) NYC NY 212-777-1157
Price: $10 in advance, $15 at the door!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 9:00pm DROM
85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th St) in East Village, NYC
Tickets $10 in advance $15 at the door
212-777-1157 / www.dromNYC.com
Event page : http://www.dromnyc.com/events/2886/daughters-of-cybele-women-percussion-ensemble#.UnAIgfmsiSq
Ticket link : http://www.ticketfly.com/event/410887

Internationally renouwed Singer, dancer, percussionist
Alessandra Belloni (Remo Artist) proudly presents her
Women percussion Ensemble DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE, HONORING THE SEA GODDESS

Featuring guest drummers from Italy Kikki delli Santi, (Professor of percussion at Venice Conservatory) and drummer Serena Davini especially coming from Italy for PASIC INDIANAPOLIS , the largest percussion festival in the world, sponsored by REMO Inc, Yamaha, Conservatory of Venice Italy.

For the first time the Daughters of Cybele ensemble from New York, which premiered at DROM in 2009, will play together with the ensemble from Italy.

New article from Percussive Notes about this show with Daughters of Cybele in Indianapolis at PASIC:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/pasdigitaledition/onlinemags/notesseptember13/index.html

Featuring:
Alessandra Belloni : voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance

Kikki delli Santi, marimba, djembe, frame drums, shakers, bells, dumbeck, riqq, snare drum, tamburello

Serena Davini – djembe, congas, shakers, dumbeck, snare drum, tamburello

Dancers: Caterina Rago and Francesca Silvano, and Danielle Hartman, Beth Mastroianno, tamburello and dance.

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer to honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

They recreate rituals with songs, chanting and dancing, drumming and offerings of flowers to the images of Yemanja and the Black Madonna. The music played will include fisherman;'s songs, and love laments, from Southern Italy and Brazil, as original songs written by Alessandra Belloni inspired by her trips to Hawaii and Brazil written in honor of Yemanja. This is unique passionate show with great music and joyous ritual that invokes the healing power of primordial waters, was presented in Italy (Venice, Salsomaggiore Thermal resort, PERC FEST, New York OPEN CENTER, Los Angeles Italian Cultural Institute) Trum
· Alessandra Belloni & DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE Live at WOMA Jazz 2009
· Tambourine Solo
· http://youtu.be/-h2pyzZBUBM
· Cuncti Simus' Requiem
http://youtu.be/pdoMPzTVEKQ
A Sereja
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ze4XlKh7J8&feature=share&list=PL7DBD7B6782604E59

 

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

PASIC - Percussive Arts Society International Convention

Daughters of Cybele - 5:00pm

110 West Washington Street Indianapolis Indiana 46204 317-974-4488
Price: TBA

This amazing set is sponsored by REMO.  More information coming soon!

 

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Church Street School of Music

Rhythm is the Cure Drumming and Dance Workshop - 6:00-9:00pm

74 Warren Street NY NY 10007
Price: $60 for one, $100 for both!

Saturday, Nov. 9th and 23rd. 6-9pm
Church Street School of Music
74 Warren St. NYC
$60 for one workshop or $100 for both dates
RSVP by email to ABelloni@aol.com if you want to attend. You can also mail a check c/o Alessandra Belloni to 1111 River Road Apt G33 Edgewater NJ 07020 to pre-register.

 

Each class is designed to follow the method described in her book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes.

Students shall begin each session with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present.

They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance.

Students will learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.


STUDENTS WILL ALSO LEARN:

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dance for many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who suffered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.


Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q
Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographichttp://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0
BARE FEET TV PROGRAM – DANCE AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55
https://vimeo.com/597866281.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: Pizzica srhythm and lesson on tambourinehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCWGQ6URds

2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: TAMMORRIATA RHYTHM for the Black Madonnahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w


Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.


Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Namaste Bookshop

Rhythm is the Cure ft. bansuri flutist Steve Gorn - 8:00pm

2 West 14th St. New York City New York 212-645-1014

*Please note the change in date!

Visit us on Facebook!: https://www.facebook.com/events/676615405684969/?ref=br_tf

 

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Cathedral of St John the Divine

Tarantata - Tarantella Trance Dance and Brazilian Rhythms and Chants - 8:00pm

1047 Amsterdam Avenue New York NY 10025 USA (212) 932-7325
Price: $25

Friday October 18 - 8:00pm ST JAMES CHAPEL,

CATHEDRAL OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE 

1047 AMSTERDAM AVENUE (112Th Street)

New York City, tickets: $25

For Tickets: http://www.stjohndivine.org/Belloni2013.html

Visit us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/373168859452916/

 

Featuring excerpts of the musical Tarantella Spider Danceabout the myth of the spider & ecstatic rites of Dionysus.

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, (TAMMORRIATA)  love ballads,  and the healing trance dance of the   PIZZICA TARANTATA.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition . The  dancers all dressed in white, blue and red (traditional colors in Italy & Brazil)  will lead the audience in a  final ritual dance, from Southern Italian 6/8 trance rhythms of the Pizzica to the Brazilian Samba and Baiao celebrating two cultures that have common roots in Africa.

 

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Million Women Drummers at Ulster County Fairgrounds

Drumming Performance and Workshop - TBA

Libertyville Road New Paltz NY 12561 US
Price: $15 for adults, $10 for children

Join Alessandra and at the Million Women Drummers Gathering on Sunday, October 13th all day in New Paltz at the Ulster County Fairgrounds near the Shawangunk Mountains!

 

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Cathedral of St John the Divine

Tarantata at St. Francis Day! - 1:00pm

1047 Amsterdam Avenue New York NY 10025 USA (212) 932-7325
 

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

California Institute of the Arts

Rhythm is the Cure Percussion Workshop - 2:00-4:00pm

24700 McBean Pkwy Valencia CA 91335
Price: Free for students, open to public

Meet Alessandra on Tuesday, October 1st in the CalArts Percussion Studio (A300) for an incredible tambourine drumming workshop!

 

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

HOLLYWOOD FEAST OF SAN GENNARO

Tarantata - 12:00pm

Los Angeles CA

Tarantata! Live performance at the Hollywood Feast of San Gennaro!

 

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Watts Tower Festival

Day of the Drum - 11:30am

Los Angeles CA
 

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Goddess Temple Orange County

Tarantata - 7:00pm

17905 Sky Park Circle, A Irvine CA 949-651-0564
 

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

San Diego College

Tarantata - 9:40am

San Diego CA
 

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

REMO Recreational Music Center

Rhythm is the Cure Workshop - 1:00-3:30pm

7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave North Hollywood CA 91605 (818) 982-0461
Price: $25

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE & FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP,

Based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications.

This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra will also teach chants and songs, sung as devotion to the Black Madonna (Montevergine near Naples the Sun (Jesce Sole), Pugliese, Calabrese and Sicilian chants.

 

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life. She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.


 

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming tradition.

 

During these series of workshops, the participants will learn:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

 

* Playing Hand technique of the Tarantella and Pizzica style with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and

accented fast 6/8 rhythm

 

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm. The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)

 

 Calabrese  Tarantella di San Rocco which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin.

 

The tambourines for the workshops can be made available through REMO RMC.


 

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Garden of Healing Yoga and Wellness Center

Rhythm is the Cure Drumming and Dance Workshop - 6:30pm

49 Bayard St. New Brunswick New Jersey 08901 732-718-8381

Visit us on Facebook!: https://www.facebook.com/events/622857051071032/?ref=2

 

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

The Old Glenford Church

Tarantella! Revive the Divine Feminine through Rhythm, Ritual and Dance! Weekend Workshop - Daytime on Saturday and Sunday until noon!

corner Ohayo Mountain Road and Old State Route 28 Glenford NY
Price: $150 for Tarantella Weekend Workshop

Participants should plan on attending the full schedule, both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Saturday

10:00 am           Morning session

Noon                      Lunch

1:00 - 7:00 pm       Afternoon session

7:00 pm                 Dinner

8:30 - 11:30 pm     Evening ritual

Midnight                 Depart home or to overnight accommodations

Sunday

9:00 am                 Breakfast

10:00 am               Concluding session

Noon                     Departure


Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7968360581/?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NDA2NTk0NS92aW9sZXRzbm93NzdAZ21haWwuY29tLzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend&ref=enivtefor001

 

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The Old Glenford Church

Tarantella! Revive the Divine Feminine through Rhythm, Ritual and Dance! - 8:00pm performance

corner Ohayo Mountain Road and Old State Route 28 Glenford NY
Price: $20

Friday night:

8 PM: A special performance in the Glenford Church. Learn from Alessandra and Glenn about the ancient roots of the Tarantula, its healing power, and journey to New York and how the Ancient African Healing methods and the Tarantula came together and how they can support one another.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7968360581/?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NDA2NTk0NS92aW9sZXRzbm93NzdAZ21haWwuY29tLzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend&ref=enivtefor001

 

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Tuscany Workshop

Rhythm is the Cure - Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop in Tuscany! - 7 day intensive - end August 26th

Price: from $1,400
Experience the healing power
of the Tarantella rhythms and dance
with
Internationally renowned singer, 
percussionist, teacher
Alessandra Belloni , Remo Artist,
 
As seen in the film  Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance Trailer shot in Italy last summer by French/American film maker Manex Ibar https://vimeo.com/59786628about Alessandra Belloni, as artist/healer    
as she proudly announces her
  
 13th annual Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop from Southern Italy  
RHYTHM IS THE CURE
  
 AUGUST 19 to 26 2012
 in a splendid Renaissance Villa in the magic hills of Tuscany, Italy    
 ***NEW THIS YEAR!***
Alessandra's summer workshop in Tuscany featuring Tarot puppet-making classes
led by Puppet Artist Gaia Pescetti    
 

 

 See a glimpse of last year's Rhythm is the Cure in Tuscany, Italy:

Russian TV Travel Channel Dancing Planet:     

 

 

Alessandra Belloni  tarantella Interview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQj30s71Zy0

 
 

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

CoSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

Tarantata -- Tarantella Trance Dance - 8:00pm

46 Deer Hill Rd. Wappinger Falls New York 12390 845-297-2323
Price: $20

Friday, June21 concert HONORING THE SEA GODDESS at 7pm
Saturday, June 22 from 1 to 6pm RHYTHM IS THE CURE workshop $50.00
Contact: Bharati Carla Carla Haynes Siglam LPN, RYT
Garden of Healing Yoga & Wellness Center 49 Bayard St. 2nd Floor New Brunswick, NJ 08901 T: 732-718-8381 F: 800-849-0359 www.agardenofhealing.us agardenofhealing@gmail.com
Alessandra Belloni is an internationally renowned singer, dancer and percussionist and artist-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. This workshop will give participants the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students will become empow-ered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.
Each class is designed to follow the method described in her Book/DVD Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The workshop consists of four two-hour classes. Students will begin each session with 2 hours of drumming followed by 2 hours of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present. They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance. Students will also learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.
THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a healing trance dance for many mental-health disorders and imbalances, done mainly by women, who experienced depression known as tar-antismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of energy.
Internationally renowned singer/percussionist Alessandra Belloni presents
DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE women’s ensemble HONORING THE SEA GODDESS
Featuring:
Alessandra Belloni: voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance
Olimpia Avignone: African percussion, frame drums
Presented to sold out audiences at the New York Open Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Venice, Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore, Italy.
The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purifica-tion rites and procession performed in the summer to honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West Afri-can Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internation-ally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean, her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea
 

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Quantum Creativity Radio

Live Interview on Quantum Creativity Radio! - 6:00am EST

Price: FREE

QUANTUM CREATIVITY Radio and Cezarina & Santari host Alessandra Belloni on Tuesday, June 25th!  

Listen LIVE at http://bit.ly/16dH1E5

 

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Garden of Healing Yoga and Wellness Center

Rhythm is the Cure - 1:00-6:00pm

49 Bayard St. New Brunswick New Jersey 08901 732-718-8381
Price: $50

 

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Garden of Healing Yoga and Wellness Center

Honoring the Sea Goddess - 7:00pm

49 Bayard St. New Brunswick New Jersey 08901 732-718-8381

 

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Tarantella Workshops

Tarantella Workshops with Alessandra Belloni!

(802) 282-2149

 

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

IAHF

LA TARANTELLA! Or "The Spider Dance" - 7:00pm

425 N. 4th St. San Jose California
Price: $20 - discounts available for IAHF members and students

 

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Percussion Paradise Ranch

RHYTHM IS THE CURE - to May 26 10:30 to am to 5:00pm

43351 Lake Hughes Road Lake Hughes, California 93532 USA
Price: $ 280.00 to $ 300.00

Rhythm is the Cure Healing dance and percussion workshop featuring hands-on tambourine & frame drum workshop based on her book Rhythm is the Cure with Mel Bay Publications, followed by Southern Italian Ritual Folk Dances and chants.

Beginners welcomed!

Workshop includes:
3 meals per day
Available options for overnight accommodations
Click here for more information
http://percussionparadiseranch.com/purchase.html?utm_source=Email+Created+2013%2F02%2F02%2C+3%3A32+PM&utm_campaign=Events&utm_medium=email

Percussionist Chalo Eduardo extends an open invitation to come, visit and explore your inner rhythms through your passion for the drum at PERCUSSION PARADISE RANCH!

Nestled in the bucolic and serene Angeles National Forest, in Lake Hughes CA, come and discover the positive, non-competitive atmosphere that awaits you at Percussion Paradise Ranch (aka, PPR).

 

 

Friday, May 10th, 2013

LYRIC HALL

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE - 8:00PM

827 Whalley Ave New Haven Connecticut 06515 USA 203 389-8885
Price: $ 33.00

 

New Haven is bitten by the Spider  with

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE  - music & dance production

written & directed by Alessandra Belloni

 FRIDAY MAY 10 & SATURDAY MAY 11 - 8:00pm - tickets $ 33.00 at cubanakoa.ticketleap.com


PRESENTED BY SOUL DE CUBA, JESUS PUERTO & MICHAEL IAMELE   at Lyric Hall Theater 827 Whalley Ave New Haven, CT 06515 (203) 389-8885 web site www.lyrichallnewhaven.com

  

CRITIC'S CHOICE OF  BEN BRANTLEY from THE NEW YORK TIMES !

Spider Dance promo video : ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-2VPrBUqdw&lc=yzssJlpJyHf5aAz8zXbyH1ISYghbVf6zM1bpqr-8wDg&lch

 Photos of TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE  recent production January 2013, revised version https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151239981092665.439556.583752664&type=3

 Leading off the celebration of 2013 as the "Year of Italian Culture in America," Alessandra Belloni, international REMO artist and award-winning Southern Italian percussionist and singer,  COMES TO nEW hAVEN with her unique 14-member ensemble that includes musicians, vocalists, stilt dancer, aerial dancer, fire dancer, tarantella dancers drawn from the Martha Graham Dance Company, and guest percussionist Massimo Cusato of Calabria, in the exotic spectacle "Tarantella - Spider Dance," a sensual and mystical musical about the healing power of the Tarantella trance dance. A rich and fascinating trip into Southern Italian music, dance, history, and ancient legends.

 Cusato of Calabria, in the exotic spectacle "Tarantella - Spider Dance," a sensual and mystical musical about the healing power of the Tarantella trance dance. A rich and fascinating trip into Southern Italian music, dance, history, and ancient legends.

Alessandra Belloni is known around the world as a superb percussionist specializing in Southern Italian music, dance and tradition. The Rome native has received many awards, including "Best Female Percussionist" from Drum Magazine, travels the world appearing as guest artist, performing solo concerts, and teaching workshops in ritual drumming, dance and healing. Belloni is a subject of a recent documentary by French filmmaker Manex Ibar, focusing on her gifts as a shaman/healer, possibly to be released for PBS and the BBC.

Tarantella - Spider Dance" - abuse, repressed sexuality, powerlessness, and the feeling of being "caught in a web that binds them" - causes many women, known as "tarantate" to suffer "tarantismo" - a lethal mixture of depression, loneliness, and oppression. Their cure is to dance the "pizzica tarantata"- The Spider Dance!

The revised show follows the new storyline created for the film, which features Shakespearean actress in the role of the Sybil, the narrator, and fire dancer/acrobat/singer/capoeira master Anthony Anderson as the young Dionysus. As in the film, we witness the healing journey of a "tarantata" played superbly by dancer Francesca Silvano as she is taken by Dionysus to the shaman (Alessandra Belloni), who cures her with the tarantella trance dance. Her amazing journey includes
** a powerful procession of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy

** a healing ceremony of the pizzica tarantata, the wild erotic trance dance, attended by townspeople in the piazza. The authentic music is mainly percussion, with large tambourines playing non-stop to a 12/8 beat with loud accents

** a celebration of the Feast of St. Rocco, where another dance form, "hip-hop," entices her and the viewers.

 

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I Giullari di Piazza: Tarantella - Spider Dance · Plot Description

The "Spider Dance" or Tarantella, is a quite erotic trance dance ritual from Southern Italy, which has been used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This new 'Spider Dance' production infuses the ancient melodies and instrumentation of the authentic tarantella with modern electronic dance beats. It features aerial, fire and stilt dancers, acrobats and a techno Tarantella trance dance. As with all of Belloni's presentations, the show is meticulously researched, with costumes and instrumentation as authentic as possible. The music ranges from traditional 6/8 southern Italian to 12/8 heavy-accented modern sounds, and includes tarantellas, sensual love songs, and women's work chants.

http://theater.nytimes.com/show/24430/I-Giullari-di-Piazza-Tarantella-Spider-Dance/overview

 

Alessandra Belloni TV Appearances:

To view a portion of "spider Sex Documentary" on National Geographic: http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

 

Appearance on ABC-TV7 in Chicago with Italian Cultural Institute at the navy Pier http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

 

 

 Artistic Director
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA
c/o Cathedral of St. John The Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
New York NY 10025
www.alessandrabelloni.com
www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni
(646) 322-4637

 

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Theatre for the New City

RHYTHM IS THE CURE ONE WOMAN SHOW - 8:00PM

155 First Ave & 10th street New York New York USA (212) 254-1109
Price: $ 20.00

Monday  April 22 & Tuesday April 23 – 8:00pm

Theatre for the  New City – 155 First Avenue – (10th St.)

Tel.(212) 254-1109 - tickets $ 20.00 www.theaterforthenewcity.net www.alessandrabelloni.com www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

This fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song. Original songs compose by Alessandra  dedicated to the Black Madonna, and  Goddess of Love and Waters Yemanja, Brazilian Rhythms and chants inspired by her travels to Brazil , Hawaii, Italy and France.

The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.  Featuring Alessandra Belloni : voice , Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.

Alessandra will also show the trailer of the film TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE made by French American film maker Manex Ibar about her work as artist and healer. Shot in Southern Italy last summer and in New York during the production of Tarantella Spider Dance last January , very powerful and dedicated to the healing of women who have been abused, through trance dance and drumming.

The film tells the true story of young French Amaia, her abuse amd her healing experience with the Tarantella trance Dance and Alessandra’s workshops.

As this is part of Alessandra’s mission, she will also invite some of her students to play the tambourines with her and to tell their story of healing and transformation through this ancient tradition of drumming and dance from the Mediterranean. As the ancient priestesses of the Goddess, Alessandra has initiated many women around the world .

 

 

Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance Trailer https://vimeo.com/59786628

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE presentation video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-2VPrBUqdw&lc=yzssJlpJyHf5aAz8zXbyH1ISYghbVf6zM1bpqr-8wDg&lch=

SOLO CONCERT AT MOUNT SHASTA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKbmO2c20fo

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Women ensemble daughters of Cybele

Alessandra Belloni Live at WOMA Jazz 2009

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Theatre for the New City

RHYTHM IS THE CURE ONE WOMAN SHOW - 8:00PM

155 First Ave & 10th street New York New York USA (212) 254-1109
Price: $ 20.00

Theatre for the New City Crystal Fields director presents:

Internationally renowned singer, dancer, percussionist, teacher,   ALESSANDRA BELLONI

 

director of the Italian Folk Music, Dance & Theatre company I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA

Artist in Residence at the cathedral of St John the Divine, REMO artist

   In:  RHYTHM IS THE CURE  A ONE WOMAN SHOW

Dedicated to the healing of women through the power of drumming & dance 

Monday  April 22 & Tuesday April 23 – 8:00pm

Theatre for the  New City – 155 First Avenue – (10th St.)

Tel.(212) 254-1109 - tickets $ 20.00 www.theaterforthenewcity.net www.alessandrabelloni.com www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

This fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song. Original songs compose by Alessandra  dedicated to the Black Madonna, and  Goddess of Love and Waters Yemanja, Brazilian Rhythms and chants inspired by her travels to Brazil , Hawaii, Italy and France.

The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.  Featuring Alessandra Belloni : voice , Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.

Alessandra will also show the trailer of the film TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE made by French American film maker Manex Ibar about her work as artist and healer. Shot in Southern Italy last summer and in New York during the production of Tarantella Spider Dance last January , very powerful and dedicated to the healing of women who have been abused, through trance dance and drumming.

The film tells the true story of young French Amaia, her abuse amd her healing experience with the Tarantella trance Dance and Alessandra’s workshops.

As this is part of Alessandra’s mission, she will also invite some of her students to play the tambourines with her and to tell their story of healing and transformation through this ancient tradition of drumming and dance from the Mediterranean. As the ancient priestesses of the Goddess, Alessandra has initiated many women around the world .

 Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance Trailer https://vimeo.com/59786628

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE presentation video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-2VPrBUqdw&lc=yzssJlpJyHf5aAz8zXbyH1ISYghbVf6zM1bpqr-8wDg&lch=

SOLO CONCERT AT MOUNT SHASTA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKbmO2c20fo

Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Women ensemble daughters of Cybele

Alessandra Belloni Live at WOMA Jazz 2009

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Mehanata

TARANTATA - 9:00PM

113 Ludlow New York NY 10002 US
Price: $ 10.00

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS: TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian rhythms

SATURDAY   March 23 rd AT 9:00m

MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR 113 Ludlow (btw Irvington & Delancey) tickets $ 10

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/ http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

http://www.facebook.com/events/304242236262509/

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

Wilson Montuori - electric and acoustic guitars, Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion , Peter Abazia drumset 

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition 

 

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Queens Public Library

DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE - 2:00pm

89-11 Merrick Blvd Jamaica, Queens New York 11432 USA
Price: free

DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE women ensemble IN HONORING THE SEA GODDESS

Presented to sold out audiences at the New York Open Center, Cathedral of St . John the Divine, Venice , Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore Italy.

Featuring:

Alessandra Belloni : voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance

Eve Sicular, drumset, dumbeck ,

Susan Eberenz – Flutes, recorder, piccolo vocals

Kristine Massari - vocals

Olimpia Avignone -african percussion frame drums

 Hillary Litwin dancer

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer o honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

New York press: Noted Italian percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni and her all-female trio As the lights onstage went down, it was as if the crowd had been transported to a secret clearing somewhere in the Piemonte to witness some wonderfully obscure, mystical ritual. Alternating between high, eerie incantations and earthy folk melodies and playing a small museum’s worth of percussion instruments, they wove a sonic web not unlike another very popular vocal group, le Mystere des Voix Bulgares.

As head spell-caster, Belloni was so wrapped up in the music herself that she’d back off the microphone, eager to launch into the next song, even as she announced what it would be. In addition to melodies from various parts of Italy as well as Brazil and a couple of impressive solo turns from band members, their dancer whirled through the club, finally dragging a couple of audience members out on the floor as the drums and voices wailed high overhead. It was a performance that was as physically gripping as it was sonically captivating, even psychedelic.

 

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Trumpets Jazz Club

DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE - 8:00pm

Montclair NJ 07042 US 1-973-744-2600
Price: $ 15.00

DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE women ensemble IN HONORING THE SEA GODDESS

 Presented to sold out audiences at the New York Open Center, Cathedral of St . John the Divine, Venice , Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore Italy.

Featuring:

Alessandra Belloni : voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance

Eve Sicular, drumset, dumbeck ,

Susan Eberenz – Flutes, recorder, piccolo vocals

Kristine Massari - vocals

Olimpia Avignone -african percussion frame drums

Francesca Silvano dancer

 The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer o honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

 New York press: Noted Italian percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni and her all-female trio As the lights onstage went down, it was as if the crowd had been transported to a secret clearing somewhere in the Piemonte to witness some wonderfully obscure, mystical ritual. Alternating between high, eerie incantations and earthy folk melodies and playing a small museum’s worth of percussion instruments, they wove a sonic web not unlike another very popular vocal group, le Mystere des Voix Bulgares.

As head spell-caster, Belloni was so wrapped up in the music herself that she’d back off the microphone, eager to launch into the next song, even as she announced what it would be. In addition to melodies from various parts of Italy as well as Brazil and a couple of impressive solo turns from band members, their dancer whirled through the club, finally dragging a couple of audience members out on the floor as the drums and voices wailed high overhead. It was a performance that was as physically gripping as it was sonically captivating, even psychedelic.

 

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Mehanata

TARANTATA Italian psy Music - 9:00pm

113 Ludlow New York NY 10002 US
Price: $ 10.00

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian rhythms

 ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

Wilson Montuori - electric and acoustic guitars, Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion ,

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

 

 

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Cathedral of St John the Divine

RHYTHM IS THE CURE drumming and dance workshop - March 16, 23, April 13 2 :00 to 4:00pm

1047 Amsterdam Avenue New York NY 10025 USA (212) 932-7325
Price: $ 300 for 4 workshops , 80 for 1

Celebrate Women History Month with  ALESSANDRA BELLONI  Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

Artist in residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine

RHYTHM IS THE CURE Dance & percussion workshops

with healing power of the Tarantella trance rhythms  

 

At cathedral of St John the Divine – 1047 Amsterdam Avenuenear 112th Street. Saturdays from 2 :00pm to 4:00pm March 2nd, 16th, 23rd , April 13 –fee $ 300, for registration email Kevin Bloom at KBlum@stjohndivine.org or Abelloni@aol.com

This seminar shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Each class is designed to follow the method described in her book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes. Students shall begin each session with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present. They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance. Students will also learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.

 THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dancefor many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who fufered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 –This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.


c/o Cathedral of St. John The Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
New York NY 10025
www.alessandrabelloni.com
www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni
(646) 322-4637

 

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

University of Hawaii

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS AND STEPS - 3:00 TO 6 :00PM

2500 Campus Road Honolulu HI 96822 US email
Price: CONTACT INSERRA@HAWAII.EDU

This seminar shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Each class is designed to follow the method described in her book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, a haling trance dancefor many mental-health disorders and imbalances., done mainly by women, who fufered from depression known as tarantismo. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water.

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 –This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.

 

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

RHYTHMS IS THE CURE dumming and dance workshop

Rhythms is the Cure Workshop - February 19, 20 and 21 st.

Indigenous Mind Science at Buddist Temple Maui , Lahaina Shores Hawaii USA email Apela@wisn.org

RHYTHM IS THE CURE Dance & percussion workshops

with healing power of the Tarantella trance rhythms  

  

 

This seminar shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses. Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Each class is designed to follow the method described in her book/dvd Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete. The course consists of four two-hour classes. Students shall begin each session with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present. They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance. Students will also learn the Tammorriata, an elegant and sensual dance from Naples performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of a large drum, called the Tammorra. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and now worshipped as the Black Madonna.

 

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Ohio University

Ohio University 3rd Annual world Music & Dance Concert - 7:30pm

Athens OH 45701 US (740) 593 –1780
Price: $12.00 General Admission

 

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Synthesis 2012 Festival ~ Chichén Itzá, Yucatan, Mexico

Alessandra Belloni performing at THE PYRAMIDS OF CHITCHENITZA!

Chichén Itzá Pyramid - Yucatan, Mexico Yucatan Mex
Price: *Check Synthesis Website for Festival packages and ticket information*

During the Solstice of 2012, Decemebr 21st, Alessandra Belloni will be performing at the most magical place: THE PYRAMIDS OF CHITCHENITZA! Celebrating the Mayan Calendar in the heart of the Mayan Culture!

For the event entitled Synthesis 2012 organized by Michael Di Martini. For more information please check these links:

http://www.facebook.com/events/431115643597241/?ref=ts
www.synthesis2012.com

 

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Church Street School of Music

RHYTHM IS THE CURE A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop (series) - 2:00pm-6:00pm

74 Warren Street NY NY 10007
Price: The cost is $ 60.00 per class or $ 100 for 2 classes.

RHYTHM IS THE CURE

A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

by Alessandra Belloni

REMO Signature Series Artist

Saturday December 8 from 2 to 6pm, Saturday December 15 from to 6 pm and Sunday December 16 from 2 to 6 pm. The cost is $ 60.00 per class or $ 100 for 2 classes. You can register by emailing me atABelloni@aol.com or with paypal.

 

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women…( New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, always transforming the lives of many women…

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.

 

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP ARE:

--To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella, an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna.

--To bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

--To learn the powerful Italian tamburello technique and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals as they use their bodies in movements that help open the energy points such as the Heart Chakra-by holding the frame drum close to the heart-and the Root Chakra-by doing movements that help participants stay grounded.

--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.

 

Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This is a beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. This powerful dance is done during the rituals held in the summerin honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, was performed as an exorcism ritual that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking ht healing power of the water.

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

 

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Church Street School of Music

RHYTHM IS THE CURE A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop (series)

74 Warren Street NY NY 10007
Price: The cost is $ 60.00 per class or $ 100 for 2 classes.

RHYTHM IS THE CURE

A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

by Alessandra Belloni

REMO Signature Series Artist

Saturday December 8 from 2 to 6pm, Saturday December 15 from to 6 pm and Sunday December 16 from 2 to 6 pm. The cost is $ 60.00 per class or $ 100 for 2 classes. You can register by emailing me atABelloni@aol.com or with paypal.

 

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women…( New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, always transforming the lives of many women…

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.

 

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP ARE:

--To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella, an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna.

--To bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

--To learn the powerful Italian tamburello technique and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals as they use their bodies in movements that help open the energy points such as the Heart Chakra-by holding the frame drum close to the heart-and the Root Chakra-by doing movements that help participants stay grounded.

--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.

 

Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This is a beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. This powerful dance is done during the rituals held in the summerin honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, was performed as an exorcism ritual that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking ht healing power of the water.

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

 

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Church Street School of Music

RHYTHM IS THE CURE A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop (series) - 2:00pm-6:00pm

74 Warren Street NY NY 10007
Price: $60.00 per class or $100 for 2 classes.

RHYTHM IS THE CURE

A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR410cTt4Y&feature=share&list=PL90C87419399B6C55

by Alessandra Belloni

REMO Signature Series Artist

Saturday December 8 from 2 to 6pm, Saturday December 15 from to 6 pm and Sunday December 16 from 2 to 6 pm. The cost is $ 60.00 per class or $ 100 for 2 classes. You can register by emailing me atABelloni@aol.com or with paypal.

 

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women…( New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, always transforming the lives of many women…

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.

 

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP ARE:

--To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella, an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna.

--To bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

--To learn the powerful Italian tamburello technique and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals as they use their bodies in movements that help open the energy points such as the Heart Chakra-by holding the frame drum close to the heart-and the Root Chakra-by doing movements that help participants stay grounded.

--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.

 

Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:

TAMMORRIATA - This is a beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. This powerful dance is done during the rituals held in the summerin honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, was performed as an exorcism ritual that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Baccus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8 rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets. Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking ht healing power of the water.

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

 

Friday, December 7th, 2012

New York Open Center

Honoring the Sea Goddess: Yemaja, Yemanja & The Black Madonna - 7:30pm

22 East 30th Street New York New York 10016 (212) 219-2527
Price: Members: $25 / Nonmembers: $28

Alessandra Belloni and ensemble at the The New York Open Center

This concert is inspired by the Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and processions performed in the summer to honor the archetypal sea goddess. In Brazil she is called Yemaja (or Yemanja), from African culture; in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the sea (or Aphrodite). Alessandra Belloni and a small ensemble of women musicians will recreate these traditional rituals with songs, chanting, dancing, drumming and offerings of flowers to these sea goddesses. Don’t miss this evening of unique, passionate music and joyous ritual.


 

 

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant

TARANTATA Southern Italian TARANTELLA & Brazilian rhythms - 4:00pm

6 Depot Square Montclair NJ 07042 973-744-2600
Price: $15.00

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance WILSON MONTUORI - electric and acoustic guitars, JOE DENINZON electric/acoustic violin GIUSEPPE DE FALCO _ Neapolitan singer, PETER ABAZIA – drum set This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/ http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni http://www.facebook.com/events/304242236262509/

 

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Harlem Family Institute

Harlem Family Institute Holiday Benefit - 6:00pm-9:00pm

275 West 11th Street NY NY 10027
Price: Tickets at the door: $125. (Full-time students: half price)

http://harlemfamilyinstitute.org/events/2012-holi/2012-Holi-tickets.htm

 

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Mansion in Norfolk Connecticut

Rhythm is the Cure Workshop & Weekend Retreat - 7:00pm

*Address will be given to participants* Norfolk Connecticut
Price: $450.00

Alessandra Belloni will be presenting a 4th Healing Dance and Percussion retreat in Norfolk Connecticut in a splendid Mansion, owned by her friend Arden Mason, surrounded by 42 acres in the woods, beautiful mountains, and has a stream!
The mansion has beautiful bedrooms, private baths, a huge hall, a theatre with balcony, where we will dance and drum, a jacuzzi in the green house, fire place, and beautiful artwork by Arden Mason, painter & sculptor. He has painted the beautiful Black Madonna, and the original is now in his house. Special gourmet food is prepared by the wonderful Chef Heidi, also made for vegetarians.

Rhythm is the Cure
The dates are: Friday November 9th: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday Nov 10th from 10:30am-1:00pm  &  3:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday Nov 11th from 10:30am-1:00pm  &  3:00pm-6:00pm
The cost is $450.00 includig meals and accommodations.


*Please note that we can only accommodate a maximum of 10 people*

Please send a deposit of $100.00 or the entire fee as soon as possible to confirm your place as there are only 10 spaces available. You can write a check and email Alessandra at Abelloni@aol.com for the mailing address, mansion location, etc.


Rhythm is the Cure Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop
will also include walks in the woods, processing with the Black Madonna, and a fire ceremony!

Rhythm is the Cure is a 3-day intensive Healing Workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.
The sessions feature the ancient chants used as an invocation to the healing energy of the sun, the Black Madonna (the ancient Earth Goddess of female energy), the moon, and the Goddess of Water and Love (Aphrodite/Yemanja/Madonna del Mare)

The Rhythm is the Cure Experience:
Rhythm is the Cure is a transformative week filled with intensive study, play, and joy. It's a time shared with new friends you'll cherish for years to come all while you are learning the thrilling powers of the Tarantellas of Southern Italy. You'll draw energy from the earth and be inspired by the artistry and healing energy cultivated by Alessandra and Arden Mason. The week end ends with a final fire ceremony and a small party.

 

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center

LA NAVE - 8:00pm

10 Columbus Circle (corner of 60th and Broadway) New York New York 10019 212.258.9800
Price: Tickets $75-50-25-15 available at Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office OR Centercharge 212-721-6500 www.jalc.org - (starting on September 29th)

Alessandra Belloni will be featuring her unique and stunning choreography with her wonderful dancers as apart of: TEATRO GRATTACIELO, at the ROSE THEATRE, Lincoln Center, featuring the Opera LA NAVE. 

http://www.grattacielo.org/current.html

 

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Sachem Public Library

Tarantelle & Canti d’Amore - 2:00pm

150 Holbrook Road Holbrook NY 11741 631.588.5024

Tarantelle & Canti d’Amore

Sunday, October 14 2:00pm

Renowned singer, dancer, percussionist Alessandra Belloni, accompanied by Wilson Montuori on guitar, will perform authentic Southern Italian Folk Music and ritualistic dances from regions including Naples, Calabria, Sicily, and Puglia. Ms. Belloni is the artistic director, founder, and lead performer of I Giullari di Piazza; an Italian music, theatre, and dance ensemble who are artists-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

 

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Mehanta The Bulgarian Bar

TARANTATA Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian rhythms - 9:00pm

113 Ludlow (between Irvington & Delancey) New York New York 10002 (212) 625-0981
Price: $10
ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA
Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian rhythms

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance
Wilson Montuori - electric and acoustic guitars
Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar
Vinnie Scialla percussion, drums
Guest Drummer from Calabria, Southern Italy: MASSIMO CUSATO form the group QUARTA AUMENTATA

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition
 

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

California Institute of the Arts/Herb Alpert School of

Percussion Workshop at California Institute for the Arts - 2:00-4:00pm

24700 McBean Pkwy Valencia CA 91335

Workshops are in the main percussion studio A300

 

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

SAN GENNARO HOLLYWOOD FEAST

TARENTELLE E CANTI D'AMORE - 12:00-1:00pm

Internationally renowned Singer, Dancer Percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI & I Giullari di Piazza

PRESENTS: TARANTELLE E CANTI D’AMORE

Southern Italian folk music & Dance

at the San Gennaro Hollywood Feast and presented by the Italian Cultural Institute and Remo

With Greg Dormani, guitar, Jean Paul Tobin, viola

This concert is a fiery "journey" through the South of Italy featuring also magic rituals, sensual mystical trance dances performed as ritual by the women of Southern Italy, haunting love songs, lullabies, processional chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, known as: Tammorriata, and more dances as well as original songs by Alessandra Belloni inspired by the rituals and rhythms of Brazil.

 

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

REMO Recreational Music Center

1:30 - 5:00pm

7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave North Hollywood CA 91605 (818) 982-0461
Price: $40.00

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REMO & Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles PRESENT :

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST, DANCER ALESSANDRA BELLONI

REMO Signature Series Artist

IN RHYTHM IS THE CURE

Tambourine & frame drum workshop followed by healing dance workshop from Southern Italy

http://remormc.com/calendar/events/194/2012/09/29/

 

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE & FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP

This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and tamburello techinque following her book Rhythm is the Cure Southern Italian Ritual drumming with Mel Bay Publications

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming.

During the workshops, the participants will learn:

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

* Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)

* RHYTHMS OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of Sna Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times.

 

Healing Dance Workshop

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece.

Students Should Expect to Learn the Following Dances:

TAMMORRIATA - This elegant and sensual dance from Naples is performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called the Tammorra. The dance movements have a strong Spanish and Middle Eastern flourish, with many recognizable movements of the Flamenco and Belly Dance traditions. These movements are set to the beat of African 4/4 rhythms. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and later, the Black Madonna.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA – This erotic and dynamic ritual dance originated as a cure for the mythical bite of the Tarantula, a condition causing a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate) in Southern Italy. The wild rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance was performed as an exorcism ritual which produced a trance-like state beneficial for the healing of many disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance accompanied by her magic tambourine 6/8 rhythm and singing. During the ritual each student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which means “ bite,” building up to a culmination where each student will enter the circle and lay down upon a white sheet, surrounded by red ribbons, and emulate "Spider" like movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras. The dance comes to completion as each participant dances their way out of an imaginary “Spider Web.”

Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni on Brazilian Globo TV July, 2012 http://youtu.be/jwX0PNwZjKM

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

 Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

 

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

TRANSnDANCEnDRUM Center

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS AND STEPS - 2:00 - 5:00pm

415 Main street Rosendale NY 12472

TARANTELLA RHYTHMS AND STEPS

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD - 2 :00 to 5:00pm

taught by ALESSANDRA BELLONI

REMO Signature Series Artist

 

www.alessandrabelloni.com www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE & FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP, chanting and dance following her book Rhythm is the Cure Southern Italian Ritual drumming with Mel Bay Publications. This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming.

During the workshops, the participants will learn:

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

* Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.  

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)

* RHYTHMS OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of Sna Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times.

TARANTELLA : Spider Dance: A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop by Alessandra Belloni REMO Signature Series Artist

 From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women…( New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, always transforming the lives of many women…

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.

Students Should Expect to Learn the Following Dances:

TAMMORRIATA - This elegant and sensual dance from Naples is performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called the Tammorra. The dance movements have a strong Spanish and Middle Eastern flourish, with many recognizable movements of the Flamenco and Belly Dance traditions. These movements are set to the beat of African 4/4 rhythms. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and later, the Black Madonna.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA – This erotic and dynamic ritual dance originated as a cure for the mythical bite of the Tarantula, a condition causing a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate) in Southern Italy. The wild rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance was performed as an exorcism ritual which produced a trance-like state beneficial for the healing of many disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance accompanied by her magic tambourine 6/8 rhythm and singing. During the ritual each student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which means “ bite,” building up to a culmination where each student will enter the circle and lay down upon a white sheet, surrounded by red ribbons, and emulate "Spider" like movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras. The dance comes to completion as each participant dances their way out of an imaginary “Spider Web.”

Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw

Alessandra Belloni on Brazilian Globo TV July, 2012 http://youtu.be/jwX0PNwZjKM

Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q

Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

 

 

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

The Rosendale Cafe

ALESSANDRA BELLONI presents: DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE women ensemble IN HONOR OF THE SEA - 8:00pm

434 Main St Rosendale New York 12472 845.658.9048
Price: $10

 

Internationally renowned singer/percussionist - ALESSANDRA BELLONI  presents:
DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE women ensemble IN HONOR OF THE SEA
Presented to sold out audiences at the New York Open Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Venice, Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore Italy. 
HONORING THE SEA GODDESS
ALESSANDRA BELLONI: voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance, EVE SICULAR, drumset, doumbek , FRE AT LAST – percussion, doumbek 
Saturday September 22nd – 8:00pm tickets $ 10
The Rosendale Cafe® 
434 Main St. • PO Box 436 • Rosendale, NY 12472 • 845.658.9048 
Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm, seven days a week (except major holidays) 

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer o honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja, in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean, her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.
links: www.alessandrabelloni.com or www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni For Feature articles on Alessandra Belloni visit link to the New York Times article. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/those-melodic-sounds-from-mysterious-spaces/ 
the NorthJersey Bulletin and Drum Magazine
Award Winner Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive. She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S. 
Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating." 
Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."
Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."
New York press: Noted Italian percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni and her all-female trio As the lights onstage went down, it was as if the crowd had been transported to a secret clearing somewhere in the Piemonte to witness some wonderfully obscure, mystical ritual. Alternating between high, eerie incantations and earthy folk melodies and playing a small museum’s worth of percussion instruments, they wove a sonic web not unlike another very popular vocal group, le Mystere des Voix Bulgares. 
As head spell-caster, Belloni was so wrapped up in the music herself that she’d back off the microphone, eager to launch into the next song, even as she announced what it would be. In addition to melodies from various parts of Italy as well as Brazil and a couple of impressive solo turns from band members, their dancer whirled through the club, finally dragging a couple of audience members out on the floor as the drums and voices wailed high overhead. It was a performance that was as physically gripping as it was sonically captivating, even psychedelic. 


Internationally renowned singer/percussionist - ALESSANDRA BELLONI presents:
DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE women ensemble IN HONOR OF THE SEA


Presented to sold out audiences at the New York Open Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Venice, Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore Italy. 

 

HONORING THE SEA GODDESS

 ALESSANDRA BELLONI: voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance, EVE SICULAR, drumset, doumbek , FRE AT LAST – percussion, doumbek 

Saturday September 22nd – 8:00pm tickets $ 10

The Rosendale Cafe® 434 Main St. • PO Box 436 • Rosendale, NY 12472 • 845.658.9048 

Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm, seven days a week (except major holidays) 


The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer o honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja, in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean, her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.


links: www.alessandrabelloni.com or www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni For Feature articles on Alessandra Belloni visit link to the New York Times article. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/those-melodic-sounds-from-mysterious-spaces/ the North Jersey Bulletin Drum Magazine

Award Winner Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive. She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S. 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating." Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

New York press: Noted Italian percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni and her all-female trio As the lights onstage went down, it was as if the crowd had been transported to a secret clearing somewhere in the Piemonte to witness some wonderfully obscure, mystical ritual. Alternating between high, eerie incantations and earthy folk melodies and playing a small museum’s worth of percussion instruments, they wove a sonic web not unlike another very popular vocal group, Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares.  

As head spell-caster, Belloni was so wrapped up in the music herself that she’d back off the microphone, eager to launch into the next song, even as she announced what it would be. In addition to melodies from various parts of Italy as well as Brazil and a couple of impressive solo turns from band members, their dancer whirled through the club, finally dragging a couple of audience members out on the floor as the drums and voices wailed high overhead. It was a performance that was as physically gripping as it was sonically captivating, even psychedelic. 

 

Friday, September 7th, 2012

MONSELICE ETNO FILM FESTIVAL

RITMI TRANCE DIONISIACI - 8:00PM

Monselice (Padova) Ita director Fabio Gemo

Alessandra Belloni – artista di fama internazionale,,da New York, creatrice di una linea di tamburelli e tamburi a cornice prodotti dalla REMO – con il grande percussionista, cantante Giovanni Imparato  

Presentano "RITMI TRANCE DIONISIACI"

Viaggio percussivo attraverso i riti trance del Sud Italia, Africa, Brasile e Cuba

 CONCERTO DI VOCE, PERCUSSIONI E DANZA RITUALE:

Alessandra Belloni – voce (mezzo soprano), danza rituale, tamburelli della linea REMO/Alessandra Belloni, ocean drum, bodhran, pandeiro, gaval, nacchere-

Giovanni Imparato – voce percussioni afro cubane, tamburelli

  Questo concerto ha debuttato al teatro Palladium di Roma nel Febbraio 2005, con grosso successo di pubblico, dopo varie collaborazioni che Alessandra (residente a New York) ha sviluppato con vari percussionisti (Gilson Silveira, Giovanni Imparato) presentato dalla Fondazione Donne in Musica, fondata da Patricia Chiti Adkins ed e' stato presentato in vari teatri, a Roma la Fonderia delle arti, ed al Carnevale di Venezia.

RITMI TRANCE DIONISIACI  e’ un viaggio " molto focoso e percussivo" attraverso varie regioni del Sud Italia, del Brasile e Cuba che riscopre antichi riti femminili magico-religiosi, canti curativi, processionali e danze in onore della Madonna Nera, canti di lavoro femminili, canti d'amore, tammorriate e tarantelle transe. Il concerto comprende anche una fusione di musica acustica ed elettronica, con un dance beat molto particolare e dei tracks creati a New York con la direzione musicale di un eccezionale violinista, Joe Deninzon, insieme ad Alessandra Belloni che hanno creato suoni molto particolari usando anche il violino elettrico e drum beats, accentuati e rielaboai dal grande batteristsa Maurizio Boco. Questi tracks vengodo dal msuical TARANTELLA SPDIER DANCE, scritto da Alessandra Belloni e presentato sia a New York che in Italia, dedicato al mito di aracne ed il culto di Dionisio, le Baccanti ed i riti orgiastici. del concerto sono anche brani originali scritti da Alessandra Belloni in seguito ai suoi numerosi viaggi in Brasile, canti in onore della dea del mare e dell’amore Yemanja, e OXUN, dea dei fiumi, della bellezza e dell’eros.

Tutti gli arrangiamenti sono stati elaborati in collaborazione con gli altri musicisti appositamente per voci e percussioni raggiungendo una perfezione ritmica ed un’esplosione di passione ed erotismo espressi attraverso i canti e la danza. Il concerto termina con la danza transe PIZZICA TARANTATA, coinvolgendo il pubblico in un rito collettivo. Il concerto e’ dedicato al potere curativo del ritmo, dei canti e delle danze rituali soprattutto Tarantella, Tammorriata, Pizzica ed ai riti afro-cubani e brasiliani.

 Nelle sue ricerche Alessandra Belloni ha ritrovato che il tamburello,e tutti I tamburi a cornice sono strumenti appartenenti ad antichi riti femminili, cominciando dagli antichi egiziani, i sumeri, per proseguire con gli antichi greci e i romani. Nel Sud Italia, come nel Medio Oriente e Nord Africa le donne, spesso sacerdotesse, usavano il tamburo a cornice soprattutto per rituali in onore della Dea della Luna e della Terra, Cibele. Nell'antica Roma le donne usavano il tamburo ed i tamburelli in rituali in onore di Dioniso e la Grande Madre Terra. Questo strumento viene usato ancora oggi in rituali magico-religiosi per la Madonna Nera (tammorriata) e per la danza transe conosciuta come tarantella.

Alessandra Belloni e' l'unica donna in Italia e nel mondo che usa e riporta il tamburo a cornice alla sua antica origine femminile unita al canto, alla danza , e alla terapia della transe creata dal ritmo in 6/8. riportando alla loro antica origine gli strumenti femminili delle dee della Luna e della Madre Terra.

 

 

 

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Orval, Bois-le-Comte

Rhythm is the Cure Workshop - 19:00

Belgium
Price: 515.00 EUR
31 August 2012 to 04 September 2012

A dance and percussion workshop featering the tarantella healing trance dances and drumming from the South of Italy

Rhythm is the Cure is a 3 -day intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean.
The sessions also  feature the ancient chants used as an invocation to the healing energy of the sun, the Black Madonna (the ancient Earth Goddess of female energy), the moon, and the Goddess of Water and Love (Aphrodite/Yemanja/Madonna del Mare).
the objectives are:
--To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella, an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.
--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna..
--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.
Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

Rhythm is the Cure is a 4 -day intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. 
The sessions also  feature the ancient chants used as an invocation to the healing energy of the sun, the Black Madonna (the ancient Earth Goddess of female energy), the moon, and the Goddess of Water and Love (Aphrodite/Yemanja/Madonna del Mare). 
the objectives are: --To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella, an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.
--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna..
--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian healing dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the earth, sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra Belloni presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to the Middle East.
Within this workshop participants shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress or negative patterns, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.

Participants take part in:
• The sensual dance and drum rhythms of the Tammoriata
an elegant and sensual dance from Naples, performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, the Tammorra. It is a sacred dance in honor of the Black Madonna or the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele.

• Ritmo e Danza di San Rocco or Spinning Dance
originated in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It evokes the elegant and meditative movements of the Whirling Dervish ceremonies of the Sufis. This dance was used during the time of the plague to heal people and as a release from overpowering fears of death. Because of the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many dancers enter ecstatic states.

• The healing dance and drum Rhythms of the Pizzica Tarantella
This dance is used traditionally to free women from a disease called tarantismo due to the mythical bite of the spider.
the wild rhythm of the Pizzica, are played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance. It was performed as a ritual to cast out negative energy by producing a trance-like state, beneficial for the healing of many disorders and imbalances. Students will learn the steps of the Pizzica, "the bite," building up to an ecstatic culmination when each student enters the circle and lays down on a white sheet, surrounded by red ribbons, emulating spider-like movements on the ground. This ritual dance releases stress and blockages of spiritual energy and opens the heart chakra in coordination with the lower chakra.

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

 

 

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Tuscany, Italia

RHYTHM IS THE CURE - Summer Healing dance and Percussion workshop - Until August 28 2012 - 7 days intensive

Price: $ 1,400 to $ 1,500 including lodging and 3 meals per day
Rhythm is the Cure Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop
  
Rhythm is the Cure is a 7-day intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.
 
The sessions feature the ancient chants used as an invocation to the healing energy of the sun, the Black Madonna (the ancient Earth Goddess of female energy), the moon, and the Goddess of Water and Love (Aphrodite/Yemanja/Madonna del Mare).
 
 
This the 12 year at La Chiara di Prumiano, a beautiful 17th century villa set high in the rural hills of Tuscany's Chianti Classico vineyards, hosts our group of about twenty-five women and men who come from all over the world. As their guest, you'll stay in a spacious and comfortable room that boasts windows with shutters that open onto the surrounding shimmering olive groves.
 
 The Objectives of the workshop are:

  -To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella, an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

 
--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna.
 
--To bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.
 
PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Due April 30 - Registration Fee $150.00 (Non Refundable)
Due  May 30 th -  $ 550
 total cost in  dollars ($ 1,500 for triple room)
 
Final Payment EU 500 -- for triple room;
EU 560 -- for double room 
 EU 650 must be made on site at La Chiara di Prumiano upon arrival

 

****PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - Workshop is limited to 25 students****

  
Any questions? Contact us at: ABelloni@aol.com or Tuscanyworkshop@aol.com 


Payment may be made by check, credit card or paypal
Checks or money orders must be made payable to Alessandra Belloni

Rhythm is the Cure 

 

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

GLOBAL SUMMIT

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE (excerpts) - August 15 to August 17

London Pleasure Gardens London Eng email melanie@empowermentworks.org

Alessandra Belloni will be featured speaker, presenter, with healing dance and pecussion workshop and excerpts form the musical TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE.

 

THE GLOBAL SUMMIT 2012: Co-Creating Our Sustainable Future

This July and August, more than three billion people will gather to watch the greatest peaceful engagement between the nations of the world – the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Held in peacetime, testing athletes’ physical and moral character, the Olympics are more than a series of sporting events. They are universal symbols of peace, prosperity and sustainability, and the most powerful example of global collaboration.

That is why in its third biennial meeting, THE GLOBAL SUMMIT™, dedicated to uniting the world’s social, economic and environmental movements for a sustainable future, has set course to follow the Summer & Winter Olympics through 2020.

United by the belief,

Welcoming thousands of Londoners, globe-trotters and Olympic fans to a three day an extravaganza of social impact training, innovation showcases, solution councils, and cultural celebrations, THE GLOBAL SUMMIT™ 2012 will be held immediately following the Summer Olympics, August 15-17 in Europe's premier festival destination, the London Pleasure Gardens (LPG). Developed for the Olympics, through a creative contest by the London Mayor, LPG is just across the Thames from the ExCel Center and within the official Olympic Last Mile Route.

Called to co-create in three main event areas, World Culture, a Future Faire, and 2-day action tank -- 1PIE Convergence; The Global Summit 2012 delegates will identify shared values, discover synergies, reduce duplication of efforts, and develop initiatives to catalyze year-round collective impact.

"Through collaboration, powerful changes can happen!", The Global Summit was launched in 2008 in San Francisco by hundreds of social innovators, sustainable business leaders and organizations. Together they laid the bedrock for a new system of collaboration with the potential to change history.

Designed to foster unity through diversity, The Global Summit 2012 multi-event format has something for everyone:

The Future Faire - 15-17 Aug 2012

:

Blending its HUB venue space-age architecture with the historical theme of the Pleasure Gardens, The Global Summit 2012 presents a "Future Faire". A Celebration of Everything Sustainable, it runs day and night hosting an extravaganza of art, a Sustainable Technology Showcase, interactive eco-village and discovery experiences for all.

Art & Culture - 15-17 Aug 2012

:

Harnessing the passion of the arts, Live Music, Poetry, Fashion & Dance,

a Film Festival(!), and Theatrical performances, are woven through every part of the Summit. Highlights include Italian singer, dancer, cultural icon, Alessandra Belloni in her latest off-Broadway Masterpiece, TARANTELLA Spider Dance, Composer Richard Shulman’s epic Dream of Camelot, Award winning AAA, Pop, Rock singer, Heidi Little; and Late night Dance Parties w/ #1 World Female VJ Psyberbixie, DJ Scalar, +.

1PIE Convergence - 16-17 Aug 2012

:

Empowering change-makers with the partners and tools they need to create rippling impact, the 1PIE Convergence unites 700 Partners In Empowerment (PIE) from across the planet working in business, media, arts, education, social change and philanthropy arenas. Key thought-leaders in this year’s Summit include Dr. Helen Caldicott (Nuclear Peace Hero), James Greyson (Systems Thinker), Professor Jan Black, PhD (Human Rights Leader/Amnesty International USA Board Member), Dr. Saurabh Kwatra (Innovation Expert, Indian Institute of Technology), Jenny Huang, (Strategic Standards, AT&T/ Empowerment WORKS); Media Maverick, Nick Jankel; Media Mogul, Mike Jarvis; and more.

As the Summer Games come to a close, we invite you to join us in a true global adventure -- to ignite a whole system re-design. For general event news, or to request invitation to the 1PIE Convergence, please visit: www.theglobalsummit.org

3 Days of Social Innovation, Collaboration & Fun.

 

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Southern Italian documentary tour

Rhythm Is The Cure - one week filming in Calabria until August 2nd

Calabria Briatico Ita

More details to come

 

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

WERTEP FESTIVAL

TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE (EXCERPTS) - From August 3 to August 6

Policna 40 17-250 Kleszczele Pol
Price: free

Internationally renouwed singer, dancer , percussionist Alessandra Belloni presents  excerpts from TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE  Created by Alessandra Belloni in New York City in 2007.http://youtu.be/5-2VPrBUqdw

A mystical and sensual concert , about the history of the dance TARANTELLA, a wild erotic trance dance , the myth of the tarantula and the birth of Spider Woman, celebrating the wild ecstatic rites of Dyonisus. Featuring the techno tarantella trance dance beat.

 Alessandra Belloni live on ABC TV http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=resources&id=8592878 YouTube Playlist: Tarantelle Canti D'Amore 10/30/09 at Symphony Space in New York 2009http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=79FD7875439A4D1C 

 The concert features music from the CDs released by SoundsTrue & Naxos chosen as best Italian CD of the year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles and from the show presented to a sold out audience at Symphony Space in October 2009. The ensemble includes :

Alessandra Belloni - lead vocals, percussion ritual dance.

Wilson Montuori - classical guitar

guest artist from Puglia Gianni De Gennaro -Voice, viella, accordion, percussion, bagpipe.

This concert is a fiery "journey" through the South of Italy featuring also magic rituals, sensual mystical trance dances performed as ritual by the women of Southern Italy, haunting love songs, lullabies, processional chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, known as :Tammorriata, and more dances as well as original songs by Alessandra Belloni inspired by the rituals and rhythms of Brazil..The music comes from different regions of Italy, mainly Naples, Calabria, Sicily, Puglia and Sardegna, and it has been arranged with a very unique World Music Sound. The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus. At the end of our concert we invite the audience to dance the tarantella or “pizzica” in a celebration of life and good energy unique of the Italians using red ribbons in a circle.

 

 

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Caramoor

A DAY IN THE RENAISSANCE - 12:30 pm to 5:30pm

149 Girdle Ridge Road Katonah NY 10536 US 914-232-1252
Price: $ 10.00

Experience what thousands of school kids have enjoyed at Caramoor. A Day in the Renaissance will take your family to Italy and England in the sixteenth century with songs and dances, street theater, music, falcons, masks and banners and a few words from Will Shakespeare. Come in costume, bring a picnic and join the fun! From the Picnic Lawns to the Spanish Courtyard and the Venetian Theater, all the beauty and excitement of Caramoor awaits you.

A special children’s workshop of Italian Renaissance Instruments, music , dance and Theatre of the Commedia dell’Arte:
The actors will explain the Italian Renaissance history, talking about the painters, art, sculptures, explorers, music and theatre. The musicians will demonstrate instruments as recorders, viola, violin renaissance guitar, will demonstrate the masked character of the comical Renaissance theatre of Commedia dell’Arte such as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Don Giovanni and the woman Ricciulina, they will teach the song with gestures typical of the Commedia character entitled Ricciulina, and the popular Renaissance dance tarantella del ‘600.

 featuring  the children’s production of : THE ADVENTURES OF DON GIOVANNI AND HIS SERVANT ARLECCHINO" comic opera based on a 16th century Neapolitan Commedia dell'Arte manuscript, the play features the hilarious shenanigans of  Arlecchino his fiancee "Ricciulina", a servant who falls instead for his master Don Giovanni, and the servant  Sebastiano,  Ricciulina’s brother, who favors his sister match with the wealthy Don Giovanni rather than Pulcinella. As in the opera, Don Giovanni is punished in the end when he meets a ghost (giant puppet) and he’s taken to hell by the devil in a "dance macabre" This opera is featured at the CARAMOOR workshops, where children are inviteed to join singing and dancing the Tarantella with the "irresistible" Ricciulina.

 

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Espaco Coletivo teatro

O RITMO E A CURA - and July 8 - 2 to 6 pm To beconfirmed

Ruas dos Artistas 106 Torre Recife Pernabuco Bra 81 9735-4241
Price: 200 reais

O workshop “Ritmo é a Cura – Dança & Percussão”

apresenta uma série de rituais de danças e músicas

folclóricas do sul da Itália que, combinados com o poder

único dos tamborins e dos tambores, são usados como

terapia. Alessandra Belloni inicia o workshop, liderando o

antigo canto Napolitano “JESCE SOLE”, invocando o sol

para pedir sua energia curativa (simboliza a energia

masculina), seguido do canto de procissão “CANTO DELLA

MADONNA DI MONTEVERGINE” em homenagem a

Madonna Negra (Deusa Mãe Terra que representa a

energia feminina). Fazem parte do programa os seguintes

rituais de dança: TAMMORRIATA, PIZZICA TARANTATA,

DANZA DI SAN ROCCO.

RITMO É A CURA

[ Percussão ]

Alessandra Belloni apresenta os diversos tamborins e

pandeiros italianos utilizados nas danças e rituais do Sul da

Itália, ensinado as

 

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Museu de arte de Sao Paulo

Antropologia vai aos Museus - all day

Avenida Paulista 1578 Cerqueira cesar Sao Paulo SP Bra 11 3284-0574
Price: free

Special Lecture on Southern Italian Folk Music, ritual drumming and trance dance, tradition of the tarantella from Puglia and Black MAdonna rhythms and chants from Naples.

 

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Espaco Cachuera

A ATARANTADAS - 9:00pm

Rua Montealegre 1094 Sao Paulo SP Bra 11 3872-8113
Price: $ 20

 

ATARANTADAS - Mawaca & Alessandra Belloni (Itália) com Thomas ROrher, rabecam violin, saxophone

O espetáculo ATARANTADAS apresenta melodias ancestrais do sul da Itália com toadas de orixás e ladainhas brasileiras unindo a cultura popular da Itália e do Brasil com uma roupagem atual visando envolver públicos de todas as idades.

 

Criado por Alessandra Belloni e Magda Pucci (Mawaca), o espetáculo

ATARANTADAS reúne melodias ancestrais do sul da Itália com toadas de orixás e ladainhas ibérico-brasileiras. As melodias - medievais, renascentistas e atuais - serão acompanhadas por uma instrumentação mediterrânea como os pandeiros italianos, tambores do Oriente Médio, rabeca e djembés e congas afro-brasileiros. O espetáculo apresenta uma atmosfera inebriante, intercaladas com momentos mais intimistas, e conecta tradições que apresentam elementos em comum como o transe e uma rítmica frenética. Alessandra Belloni é profunda pesquisadora dos ritos do sul da Itália (Puglia) e tem recolhido, há mais de 30 anos, vários temas antigos da Tarantata e da Pizzica, rituais de transe que remetem ao mito da Aranha. A celebração da Tarantata é realizada, até hoje, no sul da Itália em 29 de junho, em honra à São Paulo, protetor das tarantati.

Para este espetáculo, o grupo será formado por Alessandra Belloni (pandeiros e voz), integrantes do grupo Mawaca, Thomas Rohrer (rabeca) e Victor da Trindade (percussão e violão) entre outras participações especiais a serem definidas posteriormente.

Nos rituais de Candomblé no Brasil, são várias as melodias acompanhadas por uma rítmica intricada e polifônica que cumprem o papel de dar suporte ao ritual de transe, quando os iniciados recebem seus orixás. Assim, estes temas serão intercalados com as melodias frenéticas da

O Mito da Tarântula

O espetáculo apresenta a dança de transe

A música da tarantata é realizada com pandeiros com platinelas de diversos tamanhos (frame drums) tocados num ritmo sincopado de 12/8, com acentos marcados. Girando e batendo os pés, os participantes expulsam de seus corpos, simbolicamente, o "veneno" da mordida da mítica tarântula. As mulheres, tradicionalmente, se vestem de branco e usam lenços e fitas vermelhas. Todos os participantes experimentam um estado de transe induzido pela combinação de música e dança.

As

tarantata em um criativo diálogo, costurado pelas ladainhas antigas do pastoril brasileiro de origem ibérica. Canções daqui que se entrecruzam com os ritmos e melodias do sul da Itália. tarantata que, antes de se transformar na dança folclórica tarantela, teve origem no do sul da Itália na Idade Média para curar a mordida mítica da tarântula. Esta forma de dança teve origem na Grécia antiga e era um rito de devoção ao deus do êxtase e do vinho Dionísio, cujo equivalente romano seria o Deus Baco. As mulheres envolvidas nestes ritos eram chamados de "baccanti", e mais tarde "tarantati", e dançaram o "Pizzica Tarantata" ("a picada da tarântula aranha", também chamado de "mordida de amor"). tarantati, principalmente as mulheres, fazem esse ritual de transe coletivo em Puglia no dia 29 de junho na festa de São Paulo, hoje substituto do Deus Dionísio, um ritual pré-cristão assumido pela Igreja Católica pela sua grande popularidade, assim como alguns orixás ganharam seus equivalentes como santos da Igreja Católica.

WORKSHOW -

 

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Espaco Cultural B-arco

O RITMO E A CURA - 9:PM

Rua Dr Virgilio de Cavalho Pinto 426 Sao Paulo SP Bra 11 3081-6986
Price: 20 REAIS

 

Mix inusitado entre a música do sul da Itália e a brasileira

principalmente nordestina, com influências orientais, da

África do Norte e da Índia. Esse trabalho sob a direção de

Alessandra Belloni, desenvolveu-se em Nova Iorque, ponto

de encontro entre várias culturas. Melodias místicas e

ritmos hipnotizantes do Sul da Itália dialogam com os

toques do candomblé, o maracatu e o samba, focalizando

as canções e ritmos das tradições no que elas possuem de

comum: a origem africana.

 

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Espaco Cachuera

O RITMO E A CURA workshop de dancas rituais - 7 to 10 pm

Rua Montealegre 1094 Sao Paulo SP Bra 11 3872-8113
Price: 100 reais

O workshop “Ritmo é a Cura – Dança & Percussão”

apresenta uma série de rituais de danças e músicas

folclóricas do sul da Itália que, combinados com o poder

único dos tamborins e dos tambores, são usados como

terapia. Alessandra Belloni inicia o workshop, liderando o

antigo canto Napolitano “JESCE SOLE”, invocando o sol

para pedir sua energia curativa (simboliza a energia

masculina), seguido do canto de procissão “CANTO DELLA

MADONNA DI MONTEVERGINE” em homenagem a

Madonna Negra (Deusa Mãe Terra que representa a

energia feminina). Fazem parte do programa os seguintes

rituais de dança: TAMMORRIATA, PIZZICA TARANTATA,

DANZA DI SAN ROCCO.

RITMO É A CURA

[ Percussão ]

Alessandra Belloni apresenta os diversos tamborins e

pandeiros italianos utilizados nas danças e rituais do Sul da

Itália, ensinado as técnicas e ritmos de percussão típicos

dessa região.

 

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Espaco Cachuera

WORKSHOP DE PANDEIRO ITALIANO - 4 to 6pm

Rua Montealegre 1094 Sao Paulo SP Bra 11 3872-8113
Price: 100 reais

 

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE & FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP, chanting and dance

 

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

 

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming.

 

During the percussion workshop, the participants will learn:

 

* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

 

* Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and

accented fast 6/8 rhythm.

 

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)

 

* Neapolitan, Sicilian, Calabrese and Pugliese style tarantellas, which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin.

* RHYTHMS OF SAN ROCCO- a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of Sna Rocco to send away fear of death by the plague from the Medieval Times.

 

* Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.

 

* Pizzica Tarantata , a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents - which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles and the dance were performed as a musical exorcism to cure a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate), who fell into a hypnotic state of mind, and in a trance they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice. Originally these where the ancient Greek rites for the God Dyonisus as Puglia was part of Greece and was called Magna Grecia..

 

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

ESPACO CULTURAL UNGAMBIKKULA

workshop O RITMO E A CURA - and June 24 - from 2 to 6 opm

Av Sta Isabel 1834 Barao Geraldo Campinas Sao Paulo Bra 19- 3288.1063
Price: 190 /230 reais

WORKSHOP: O RITMO É A CURA

[ Dança & Percussão ]

 

O workshop “Ritmo é a Cura – Dança & Percussão” apresenta uma série de rituais de danças e músicas folclóricas do sul da Itália que, combinados com o poder único dos tamborins e dos tambores, são usados como terapia. Alessandra Belloni inicia o workshop, liderando o antigo canto Napolitano “JESCE SOLE”, invocando o sol para pedir sua energia curativa (simboliza a energia masculina), seguido do canto de procissão “CANTO DELLA MADONNA DI MONTEVERGINE” em homenagem a Madonna Negra (Deusa Mãe Terra que representa a

energia feminina). Fazem parte do programa os seguintes rituais de dança: TAMMORRIATA, PIZZICA TARANTATA, DANZA DI SAN ROCCO.

 

 

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

ESPACO CULTURAL UNGAMBIKKULA

O RITMO E A CURA - 9:00PM

Av Sta Isabel 1834 Barao Geraldo Campinas Sao Paulo Bra 19- 3288.1063
Price: $ 30 Reais

 

a one woman show  featuring voice, percussion and ritual dance, including Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.

              This fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song.

The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.

 Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in the United States and in Italy specialized in the Southern Italian tambourine style together with the singing and the dancing.  She is also the first one to design a line of Southern Italian Signature Series tambourines made by REMO, author of the first book/DVD on Tarantella  rhythms entitled RHYTHM IS THE CURE with Mel  Bay Publications. Now designing special tambourine brushes with Pro-Mar.

Artist in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, she has been voted one of the best percussionists in the world.

SHOW: O RITMO É A CURA

[ Show solo ]

 

Show de voz e percussão apresentado por Alessandra Belloni que, através de danças, rituais e canções ancestrais em homenagem à Madonna Negra, transporta o público a uma viagem mágica ao sul da Itália. A performance conta com a autêntica Pizzica Tarantata - que deu origem à Tarantella - proveniente de Puglia e que descende dos rituais a Dionísio na Grécia Antiga. Alessandra toca com virtuosismo diferentes tamborins tipicamente italianos, assim como o tamborim do mar, o Bodhran, chocalhos, o berimbau e a harmônica.

 

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Cathedral of St John the Divine

DRUMS OF ILLUMINATION - 8:00PM

1047 Amsterdam Avenue near 112th St. New York NY 10025 USA http://stjohndivine.org/Drums.html
Price: $ 25.00

Alessandra Belloni & I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA present: 

A World Peace Celebration

'DRUMS OF ILLUMINATION'

Saturday June June 16 at 8:00pm – St James Chapel – Cathedral of St John the Divine – tickets $ 25 http://stjohndivine.org/Drums.html

 

Southern Italian, Afro- Brazilian, & Native American Ritual Drumming and Dance  featuring the Silverclouds Native American Singers

Link to Drums of Illumination Sample Video http://youtu.be/ekDfEYvluDw 

  

 




 

In "Drums of Illumination" Alessandra Belloni unites four great cultures: the powerful African, Native American, the fiery Brazilian, and the passionate Southern Italian, for a journey back in time into a world of ritual drumming, voice and trance dances.

Week end of Featured performers are:

Alessandra Belloni - artistic director, voice, percussion, ritual dance. Her instruments include Southern Italian

tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers

Sergio Bellotti - drum set

SilverCloud Singers - Kevin Tarrant, director, lead vocals, pow wow drum

Murielle Borst - vocals, drums

Josephine Tarrant – vocals, dance

Davi Vieira - Brazilian percussion and vocals

 Mark Mindek – stilt dancer

Francesca Silvano ritual Dance

Artistic Director Alessandra Belloni has gathered a remarkable group of percussionist/vocalists/dancers for "Drums of Illumination," noting that its purpose is "to invoke World Peace, thus showing that we are all one following the beat: the pow wow drum, the Italian tambourine, the Brazilian pandeiro or timbale, and the drum set. All will send good vibrations in to the air as a collective ritual of purification."

Outfitted with an extensive complement of exotic percussion instruments, and both Remo Artists, tambourine virtuoso Alessandra Belloni and drummer Sergio Bellotti (drum teacher at Berklee School of Music in Boston), both from Southern Italy, have enjoyed a long collaboration celebrating and exploring the rhythmic similarities between Southern Italian and other cultures by blending various percussion instruments. With music both ancient and new, Belloni and Bellotti create a bridge between ancient rituals and modern rhythms into a vibrant musical tapestry.

The evening's repertory will include: Tarantellas from Southern Italy, including the authentic Pizzica Tarantata, healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula

Tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, dating back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus . Healing chants and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna

Work chants and protest songs Original songs to honor the Goddess of Love and the Sea, written by Belloni

Brazilian ritual drumming, chants and trance dancing . Native American ritual singing and drumming.

 

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Davi Vieira, percussionist/songwriter/vocalist, and 10-year member of the off-Broadway show "Stomp." The native of Salvador-Bahia, Brazil has performed, recorded, and toured with a great variety of artists including David Byrne, Wyclef Jean and Bebel Gilberto. Vieira will play the songs and rhythms performed in Brazil as purification rites to honor the sea goddess and goddess of the river.

 

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Santa Barbara Retreat

RHYTHM IS THE CURE - 11:AM TO 3:PM

private Santa Barbara California USA (323) 363-1378
Price: $ 60.00

 

 HEALING DANCE AND PERCUSSION FROM SOUTHERN ITALY

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women…( New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, always transforming  the lives of many women…

 

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.

Students Should Expect to Learn the Following Dances:

 

 

TAMMORRIATA - This elegant and sensual dance from Naples is performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called the Tammorra. The dance movements have a strong Spanish and Middle Eastern flourish, with many recognizable movements of the Flamenco and Belly Dance traditions. These movements are set to the beat of African 4/4 rhythms. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and later, the Black Madonna.

 

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA – This erotic and dynamic ritual dance originated as a cure for the mythical bite of the Tarantula, a condition causing a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate) in Southern Italy. The wild rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance was performed as an exorcism ritual which produced a trance-like state beneficial for the healing of many disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance accompanied by her magic  tambourine 6/8 rhythm and singing. During the ritual each student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which means “ bite,” building up to a culmination where each student will enter the circle and lay down upon a white sheet, surrounded by red ribbons, and emulate "Spider" like movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras. The dance comes to completion as each participant dances their way out of an imaginary “Spider Web.”

 

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.  

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO or SPINNING DANCE – This dance originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages evokes the elegant and meditative movements of the Whirling Dervish ceremonies of the Sufis. This dance was used during the time of the plague to heal people and as a release from overpowering fears of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning many people enter ecstatic states during this dance. The session ends with a meditation utilizing a chant to the Sun, Jesce Sole, in the Lydian scale. The calming and lilting harmonies of this chant combined with the ocean drum guides students into complete relaxation. Participants emerge feeling light and joyful after this healing journey through sound and dance…

 

 

 

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Center of the Heart

RHYTHM IS THE CURE concert - 7:00pm

487 North Turnpike Road Santa Barbara California 93111 USA (323) 363-1378
Price: $ 15.00

a one woman show  featuring voice, percussion and ritual dance, including Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.

 

             This fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song.

The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus.

 

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

SICILIAN FESTIVAL

TARANTELLE E CANTI D'AMORE - 3:30 PM

Cedar Street Stage San Diego California USA
Price: FREE

Internationally renowned Singer, Dancer Percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI & I Giullari di Piazza

PRESENTS:

TARANTELLE E CANTI D’AMORE



Southern Italian folk music & Dance

With John Paul Tobin, viola

This concert features sensual mystical trance dances performed as ritual by the women of Southern Italy, haunting love songs and healing chants to the Black Madonna.

 A fiery "journey" through the South of Italy featuring magic rituals and tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, and love ballads .Featuring Alessandra Belloni, vocals, percussion and ritual dance. John Paul Tobin viola and Greg Dormani Guitar.

 

Friday, May 18th, 2012

MOMAI Museum of Music and Instruments

TARANTATA - Southern Italian & Brazilian Music - 8:00pm

711 Hampton Venice California 90291 USA 1 310.977.4307
Price: $ 15.00

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

Remo Artist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA
Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian rhythms - 8:00pm

  Featuring:

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - voice, Southern ltalian tambourines & frame drums , ritual dance,

 Greg Dormani - guitar,

John Paul Tobin, Viola,

Miranda Rondeau - voice and percussion,

Joyce Ferrer ritual dance

VIDA VIERA, & Swing Brazil - Brazilian percussion, vocal and ritual dance,

Doug Lun bass and special guest dancer DANI LUNN

 This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chantsand protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions and Vida Viera's beautiful repertoire from Brazil honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition.
Miranda Rondeau will open the night with her original & powerful chants and drumming .

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive . She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil,

 

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing Alessandra, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

 

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

 

 

 

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Mehanata

Tarantata Italian Gypsy band - 9:00pm

113 Ludlow New York NY 10002 US
Price: $ 10.00

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music
& Brazilian rhythms

SATURDAY  MAY 12  AT 9:00m

MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR 113 Ludlow (btw Irvington & Delancey) tickets $ 10

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ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

Wilson Montuori - electric and acoustic guitars, Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar,

Jessica Valiente: flutes, Rick Faulkner : bass , guest drummer: Sergio Bellotti.

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition

 

Friday, May 11th, 2012

The Dancing Gypsy

THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA - 7:30PM

, 117 Main St, Spencer MA 01562 US dina@thedancinggypsy.com
Price: $ 15.00

THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA with ALESSANDRA BELLONI:
A musical journey to the ancient sacred sites of the Great Mother Goddess

This special concert honors The Black Madonna, the Mystical Great
Mother of the Western world. Included in this exclusive salon
performance are the traditional songs,
healing chants, and drum rhythms of Southern Italy, the Near East, North Africa, Spain, France, Portugal, Brazil, and Mexico. Take a musical
journey around the world to the sacred sites of The Black Madonna, some
of which have existed since the time of The Great Mother Goddess of
antiquity. On this night, Alessandra will lead us in a cross-cultural
music and dance celebration of the healing power of the Divine Feminine. The music features excerpts from a folk opera written by Alessandra
with composer John La Barbera; the concert features a special
collaboration between Alessandra as mezzo soprano, percussionist and
ritual dancer, with Dina LeDuke as narrator and Brian LeDuke as
assistant percussionist. The ancient Mediterranean sound created in THE
VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA is combined with contemporary world music
making a bridge between primitive, traditional, and modern music. This
brings people together through the universal connection of the Great
Mother Earth Goddess, creating a spiritual and joyous celebration. Do
not miss this transformational experience!


 

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Fratelli La Bufala

FLASH MOB TARANTELLA - 6 :00pm to 9:00pm

2161 Broadway New York NY USA
Price: party
An exciting night with Alessandra Belloni and her group I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA for the  first Flash Mob Tarantella and Tammorriata, for the opening of what is going to be a great Neapolitan restaurant by Fratelli la Bufala Thursday night 76 Street & Broadway, come dance with us! All my students are welcome !

And  is my wonderful violinist Joe Deninzon as tarantato is playing with me (he is amazing!) and Wilson Montuori on guitar ! And dancers Francesca Silvano, Sharon Li vardo, Mark MIndek, Greta Campo, Peter De Geronimo, Allison Scola, Hillary, Danielle, and drummers Peter Abazia and Anthony Tadeo  , see you all

 on Thursday night in New York !
 

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Cathedral of St John the Divine -St James Chapel, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue

Tarantella Dance and Drumming Seminar - 1pm

1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Price: The all-inclusive course fee is $300 per participant.

Alessandra Bellon is very proud to announce a series of workshop at the Cathedral of St John the Divine -St James Chapel, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue - near 112 Street-

Tarantella Dance and Drumming Seminar  April 7, April 14 and April 21 May 5th  at 1pm

The all-inclusive course fee is $300 per participant.  Reservations are required and space is limited to 25  participants.  To reserve please email education@stjohndivine.org or call 212 932 7325.

Alessandra Belloni, tambourine virtuoso considered one of the world’s best percussionists, is the only woman in the United States and Italy who specializes in the southern Italian traditional tambourine technique and tarantella rhythms.  She has taught drumming and dancing for the last thirty years and is an artist in residence at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

This seminar shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses.  Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.  

Each class is designed to follow the method described in Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete.  The course consists of four two-hour classes.  Students shall begin each session with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance.  Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present.  They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance.  Students shall be enraptured by these exciting and healing drumming and dancing.

 

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Italian American Museum

Tarantella rhythms and steps - 6:30 to 9:30pm

155 Mulberry Street New York NY 10013 USA (212) 965-9000
Price: $ 50

Presents TARANTELLA RHYTHMS AND STEPS A Hands-On Tambourine & Frame Drum Workshop with Chanting and Dance From Alessandra Belloni's book: Rhythm is the Cure: Southern Italian Ritual Drumming Mel Bay Publications Conducted by Alessandra Belloni REMO Signature Series Artist www.alessandrabelloni.com www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni The purpose of these workshops is to introduce general audiences to a rich tambourine and folk dance culture that is still practiced in Southern Italy today and also to bring women back in touch with their lost tradition of drumming. This second workshop will be a review of the techniques taught at the previous workshop such as the Tamorriata and will focus on the Tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra will also teach chants and songs sung as devotion to the Black Madonna. During these tambourine workshops, the participants will learn: * The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires strength to create the bouncing sound of the triplets. * Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and accented fast 6/8 rhythm. * Tammorriata: a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm. * Neapolitan, Sicilian, Calabrese and Pugliese style tarantellas, which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin. * Rhythms of San Rocco: a healing trance 6/8 rhythm from Calabria performed in honor of San Rocco to free oneself from the fear of death by the plague during Medievel Times. * Pizzica Tarantata: a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents - which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. * Tarantella alla Montemaranese: a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8. This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor of Bacchus, the god of wine. Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari Di Piazza successfully performed at The Navy Pier in Chicago and were presented by the Italian Cultural Institute. Please follow this link to view their live performance on ABC TV: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/ story?section=resources&id= 8592878 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm Italian American Museum 155 Mulberry Street New York, NY 10013 Suggested donation of $50 PLEASE RESERVE EARLY To reserve a place for this workshop please call the Italian American Museum at (212) 965-9000 or email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com www.ItalianAmericanMuseum.org http://www.facebook.com/pages/Italian-American-Museum/90138502227 For information on the Museum's Travel Program, please call (718) 597-1414 or email: JRusso-Winner@ItalianAmericanMuseum.org The IAM is chartered by the University of the State of New York and has a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS.

 

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

long Island School of the Gifted

A Day int he Italian Renaissance - 10:30 am

165 Pidgeon hill Rd Huntington NY 11746
Price: free

A DAY IN THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE

A special children’s workshop of Italian Renaissance Instruments, music , dance and Theatre of the Commedia dell’Arte:
The actors will explain the Italian Renaissance history, talking about the painters, art, sculptures, explorers, music and theatre. The musicians will demonstrate instruments as recorders, viola, violin renaissance guitar, will demonstrate the masked character of the comical Renaissance theatre of Commedia dell’Arte such as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Don Giovanni and the woman Ricciulina, they will teach the song with gestures typical of the Commedia character entitled Ricciulina, and the popular Renaissance dance tarantella del ‘600.

Also available for schools is the children’s production of : THE ADVENTURES OF DON GIOVANNI AND HIS SERVANT ARLECCHINO" comic opera based on a 16th century Neapolitan Commedia dell'Arte manuscript, the play features the hilarious shenanigans of Pulcinella, his fiancee "Ricciulina", a servant who falls instead for his master Don Giovanni, and the servant Arlecchino, Ricciulina’s brother, who favors his sister match with the wealthy Don Giovanni rather than Pulcinella. As in the opera, Don Giovanni is punished in the end when he meets a ghost (giant puppet) and he’s taken to hell by the devil in a "dance macabre" This opera is featured at the CARAMOOR workshops, where children are inviteed to join singing and dancing the Tarantella with the "irresistible" Ricciulina. 

 

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Quees Bororough public Library

The Adventure of Don Giovanni & His Servant Arlecchino - 2;00pm

41-17 Main Street Flushing NY 11355 USA 718 661-1200
Price: free

A DAY IN THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE

A special children’s workshop of Italian Renaissance Instruments, music , dance and Theatre of the Commedia dell’Arte:
The actors will explain the Italian Renaissance history, talking about the painters, art, sculptures, explorers, music and theatre. The musicians will demonstrate instruments as recorders, viola, violin renaissance guitar, will demonstrate the masked character of the comical Renaissance theatre of Commedia dell’Arte such as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Don Giovanni and the woman Ricciulina, they will teach the song with gestures typical of the Commedia character entitled Ricciulina, and the popular Renaissance dance tarantella del ‘600.

Also available for schools is the children’s production of : THE ADVENTURES OF DON GIOVANNI AND HIS SERVANT ARLECCHINO" comic opera based on a 16th century Neapolitan Commedia dell'Arte manuscript, the play features the hilarious shenanigans of Pulcinella, his fiancee "Ricciulina", a servant who falls instead for his master Don Giovanni, and the servant Arlecchino, Ricciulina’s brother, who favors his sister match with the wealthy Don Giovanni rather than Pulcinella. As in the opera, Don Giovanni is punished in the end when he meets a ghost (giant puppet) and he’s taken to hell by the devil in a "dance macabre" This opera is featured at the CARAMOOR workshops, where children are inviteed to join singing and dancing the Tarantella with the "irresistible" Ricciulina. 

 

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Cathedral of St John the Divine -St James Chapel

Tarantella Dance and Drumming Seminar - 1pm

1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Price: The all-inclusive course fee is $300 per participant.

Alessandra Bellon is very proud to announce a series of workshop at the Cathedral of St John the Divine -St James Chapel, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue - near 112 Street-

Tarantella Dance and Drumming Seminar  April 7, April 14 and April 21 May 5th  at 1pm

The all-inclusive course fee is $300 per participant.  Reservations are required and space is limited to 25  participants.  To reserve please email education@stjohndivine.org or call 212 932 7325.

Alessandra Belloni, tambourine virtuoso considered one of the world’s best percussionists, is the only woman in the United States and Italy who specializes in the southern Italian traditional tambourine technique and tarantella rhythms.  She has taught drumming and dancing for the last thirty years and is an artist in residence at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

This seminar shall give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stresses.  Students shall become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming and a technique of music and dance therapy that shall enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy.  

Each class is designed to follow the method described in Rhythm is the Cure. This enables students to continue their studies independently after the course is complete.  The course consists of four two-hour classes.  Students shall begin each session with an hour of drumming followed by an hour of dance.  Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The dance movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present.  They embody and culminate the different dance traditions that we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Tribal Dance.  Students shall be enraptured by these exciting and healing drumming and dancing.

 

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Chicago NAvy Pier Crystal Gardens

Tarantelle e Canti d'Amore - 12:00 to 1:00pm and 1:30 to 2:30pm

700 East Grand Avenue Chicago Illinois 60611 USA 312 832-4055
Price: free

Special World festival, Bell'Italia sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute, Dr Silvio Marchetti Director contact: Mary Ann at segr.iicchicago@gmail.com or Dilan Rice drice@navypier.com

Alessandra Belloni & I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA present a special music and dance cocnert,

Featuring special guest artist from Italy Gianni De Gennaro, viella, accordion, bagpipe, percussion, Steve Gorn, bansuri flutes, saxophone, clarinet, Susan Eberenz, flutes, piccolo, recorders, Wilson Montuori guitar, Francesca Silvano ritual dance, Mark Mindek, stilt dancer.

I Giullari di Piazza, New York's Southern Italian folk music/dance/theater company now in its 31th year, presents a program of ecstatic dances, musical exorcisms, and the tarantella trance dance. The program includes excerpts from the company's production “Tarantella - Spider Dance” which feature the wild erotic dance ritual (pizzica tarantata) from Southern Italy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula (“the bite of love”). This ancient healing trance dance and exorcism was used to cure a mental disorder called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. The program also includes the tarantella delle streghe  from the Renaissance; the medieval danza della morte, the spinning dance to send away the fear of death performed on stilts; powerful ritual drumming and healing chants in honor of the Black Madonna; lullabies; love ballads; and original songs by Alessandra Belloni , the group's -founder and director.

 

 

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Remo Music Center

TARANTATA Southern Italian Gypsy Music & Brazilian rhythms - 7:00pm

7308 Cold Water Canyon North Hollywood CA 91605
Price: $15.00

 

Featuring ALESSANDRA BELLONI - voice, Southern ltalian tambourines,
ritual dance, VIDA VIERA, Brazilian percussion and special guests

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants

and protest song.  

 

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters,  Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian  Yoruba tradition 

 

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

The Goddess Temple of Orange County

Spring Equinox 2012 with Alessandra Belloni - 7:00pm

17905 Sky Park Circle, #A Irvine CA 92614 USA (949) 651-0564
Price: $20 a woman

Come celebrate the Spring Equinox and Women's History Month with Alessandra Belloni!

THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA, a musical journey to the ancient sacred sites of The Great Mother Earth Goddess!

With narration with AVA, with healing chants and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna from Southern Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Brazil and Mexico!

 

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Mehanata Bulgarian Bar

TARANTATA: Southern Italian Gypsy Music  & Brazilian rhythms - 9:00pm

113 Ludlow (btw Rivington & Delancey)  NY
Price: $10.00

ALESSANDRA BELLONI -  vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance 

   Wilson Montuori - electric and acoustic guitars, Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar, Jessica Valiente:  flutes, Rick Faulkner :  bass guest drummer:  Sergio Bellotti.

 

 This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants

and protest song.  

 

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters,  Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian  Yoruba tradition    

 

 

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Trumpets Jazz Club

Alessandra Belloni and DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE present: HONORING THE SEA GODDESS

Montclair NJ 07042 US 1-973-744-2600
Price: $15.00

Alessandra Belloni and DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE present:   HONORING THE SEA GODDESS, Presented to sold out audiences  at the New York Open Center, Cathedral of St . John the Divine, Venice , Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore Italy.    Featuring   Alessandra Belloni : voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance Eve Sicular, drumset, dumbeck, Susan Aquila acoustic and electric violin, Jessica Valiente – Flutes, vocals, cngas, shakers, agogo, Kristine Massari - mandolin


The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer o honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

They recreate rituals with songs, chanting and dancing, drumming and offerings of flowers to the images of Yemanja and the Black Madonna. The music played will include fisherman;'s songs, and love laments, from Southern Italy and Brazil, as  original songs written by Alessandra Belloni inspired by her trips to Hawaii and Brazil written in honor of Yemanja. This is unique passionate show  with great music and joyous ritual that invokes the healing power of primordial waters, was presented in Italy (Venice, Salsomaggiore Thermal resort, PERC FEST,  New York OPEN CENTER, Los Angeles Italian Culural Institute)  


New York press:  Noted Italian percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni and her all-female trio   As the lights onstage went down, it was as if the crowd had been transported to a secret clearing somewhere in the Piemonte to witness some wonderfully obscure, mystical ritual. Alternating between high, eerie incantations and earthy folk melodies and playing a small museum’s worth of percussion instruments, they wove a sonic web not unlike another very popular vocal group, le Mystere des Voix Bulgares.

As head spell-caster, Belloni was so wrapped up in the music herself that she’d back off the microphone, eager to launch into the next song, even as she announced what it would be. In addition to melodies from various parts of Italy as well as Brazil and a couple of impressive solo turns from band members, their dancer whirled through the club, finally dragging a couple of audience members out on the floor as the drums and voices wailed high overhead. It was a performance that was as physically gripping as it was sonically captivating, even psychedelic.      

 

 links: www.alessandrabelloni.com or www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni For Feature articles on Alessandra Belloni visit link to the New York Times article. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/ those-melodic-sounds-from-mysterious-spaces/?scp=1&sq=alessandra%20belloni&st=cse  the NorthJersey Bulletin and Drum Magazine

 

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Studio Artemis

Healing Dance Workshop RHYTHM IS THE CURE in Washington DC - 2:00 - 6:30

2945 Woodstock Avenue Silver Spring MD 20910 301 706 9653
Price: $80

The subjects are Tar 600 and Pizzica and a ritual. Cost is $80.

Please wear white.

 

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Studio Artemis

Healing Dance Workshop RHYTHM IS THE CURE in Washington DC - 2:00 - 6:30

2945 Woodstock Avenue Silver Spring MD MD 20910 301 706 9653
Price: $80

The subjects are Tammorriate, San Rocco and Spinning dance.

 

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The Italian American Museum

Special Tarantella workshop celebrating MArdi Gras, Carnevale - 6:30PM-10:00PM

155 Mulberry Street New York City NY
Price: $50

 

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Alla Fonderia delle Arti

IL RITMO E' LA CURA; Seminario di danza terapia e percussioni - Dalle 16:00 alle 20:00

via Assisi 31 Roma Italia
Price: $ 40 euro

LA FONDERIA DELLE ARTI presenta:

Alessandra Belloni – da New York –

  artista di fama internazionale, creatrice di una linea di tamburelli e tamburi a cornice prodotti dalla REMO - l’unica donna percussionista specializzata nell’uso di tamburi a cornice riportando alla loro antica origine gli strumenti femminili delle dee della Luna e della Madre Terra.

 

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IL RITMO E' LA CURA 

Seminario di danza terapia e percussioni sabato 18 febbraio 

Dalle 16:00 alle 20:00 – costo $ 40 euro

Alla Fonderia delle Arti – Fonderia delle Arti via Assisi 31  - Roma

www.fonderiadellaarti.com www.alessandrabelloni.com

www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni  

IL RITMO E’ LA CURA e' un seminario di tamburlello e danze rituali dell’Italia meridionale che si concentra sulla tarantella come danza terapeutica e purificatrice.  Fra le danze rituali dell’Italia meridionale utilizzate come musica e danza terapia, unite allo stile singolare del tamburello, particolare attenzione viene dedicata alla danza terapeutica della tarantella, nata per curare dalla mitica puntura della tarantola.

I partecipanti apprenderanno le seguenti danze e ritmi di tamburello: 

PIZZICA TARANTATA, originaria della Puglia usata per curare una condizione mentale definita Tarantismo, che colpisce principalmente le donne intrappolate nella ragnatela creata dalla società. Alessandra ha riportato questa danza alle sue antiche origini come danza sciamanica per curare soprattutto donne che soffrono di depressione, e altri problemi emotivi causati da amore non corrsiposto, forme di abuso e sfruttamneto. E’ una danza dal ritmo veloce ed energico. Parte del rituale si svolge a terra e la danza rappresenta il movimento tipico del ragno. Questa parte ha un incredibile effetto terapeutico e aiuta a combattere lo stress, il blocco di energie sessuali e permette anche di aprire i chakra del cuore e della gola in base ai movimenti fatti, come se si uscisse da una ragnatela immaginaria.

TAMMORRIATA, una danza sensuale di origini napoletane danzata in coppia, usando le nacchere durante le celebrazioni della Madonna Nera, collegata all'antico culto della Grande Madre la dea Cibele – Suonata su un grande tamburello chiamato tammorra, con un ritmo improvvisato di 4/4.

TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE, una danza processionale in cerchio proveniente da Montemarano (Avellino) che risale alle antiche celebrazioni orgiastiche romane in onore di Bacco, dio dell'estasi e del vino. Gli studenti avranno l'oppurtunita' di usare delle maschere carnevalesche.

TARANTELLA DI SAN ROCCO – DANZA A SPIRALE - ispirata al rituale di danza transe in onore di San Rocco celebrato a Gioiosa Ionica (Calabria). I partecipanti formano una spirale ed un cerchio, e girano su stessi al finale come nelle danze dei Dervish. Il giro su se stessi ha un enorme effetto curativo. 

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Alessandra inizia e termina le sessioni con antichi canti rituali e curativi usando l'ocean drum (tamburo con il suono del mare) con canti dedicati all’ energia terapeutica del Sole, della Madonna Nera (l’antica Dea della Terra), della Luna e alla Dea dell’Acqua e dell’Amore (Yemanja/Madonna del Mare).

L’effetto calmante del canto dedicato al Sole (Jesce Sole, Napoli) usando il modo lidio, unito al suono delle onde creato dal tamburo permette di raggiungere uno stato di totale rilassamento.  
I partecipanti, invocando il potere terapeutico delle acque primordiali attraverso il canto, proveranno una sensazione di grande sollievo.  Alla fine del seminario ogni partecipante scoprirà il valore personale di queste danze e canti rituali e sarà in grado di creare movimenti personali.


 

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Alla Fonderia delle Arti

"RITMI TRANSE DIONISIACI" Viaggio percussivo attraverso i riti transe del Sud Italia, Brasile e Cuba - 21:00

Fonderia delle Arti via Assisi 31 Roma Italia
Price: 15 Euro

"RITMI TRANSE DIONISIACI"

Viaggio percussivo attraverso i riti transe

del Sud Italia, Brasile e Cuba

 Venerdi 17 febbraio alle ore 21:00 Costo $ 15 euro

Alla Fonderia delle Arti – Fonderia delle Arti via Assisi 31  - Roma

www.fonderiadellearti.com o  www.alessandrabelloni.com www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

CONCERTO DI VOCE, PERCUSSIONI E DANZA RITUALE:

Alessandra Belloni – voce (mezzo soprano), danza rituale, tamburelli della linea REMO/Alessandra Belloni, ocean drum, bodhran, pandeiro, gaval, nacchere

Maurizio Boco - batteria

Giovanni Imparato – voce percussioni afro cubane, tamburellio

Francesca Silvano – danza rituale 

 

Questo concerto ha debuttato al teatro Palladium di Roma nel Febbraio 2005, con grosso successo di pubblico, dopo varie collaborazioni che Alessandra (residente a New York) ha sviluppato con vari percussionisti (Gilson Silveira, Giovanni Imparato) presentato dalla Fondazione Donne in Musica,  fondata da Patricia Chiti Adkins

 

RITMI TRANSE DIONISIACI

e’ un viaggio " molto focoso e percussivo" attraverso varie regioni del Sud Italia, del Brasile e Cuba che riscopre antichi riti femminili magico-religiosi, canti curativi, processionali e danze in onore della Madonna Nera,  canti di lavoro femminili, canti d'amore, tammorriate e tarantelle transe.

 

Il concerto comprende anche una fusione di musica acustica ed elettronica, con un dance beat molto particolare e dei tracks creati a New York con la direzione musicale di un eccezionale violinista, Joe Deninzon, insieme ad Alessandra Belloni che hanno creato suoni molto particolari usando anche il violino elettrico e drum beats, accentuati e rielaboai dal grande batteristsa Maurizio Boco. 

 

Questi tracks vengodo dal msuical TARANTELLA SPDIER DANCE, scritto da Alessandra Belloni e presentato sia a New York che in Italia, dedicato al mito di aracne ed il culto di Dionisio, le Baccanti ed i riti orgiastici.

 

Parte del concerto sono anche brani originali scritti da Alessandra Belloni in seguito ai suoi numerosi viaggi in Brasile, canti in onore della dea del mare e dell’amore Yemanja, e OXUN, dea dei fiumi, della bellezza e dell’eros.

Tutti gli arrangiamenti sono stati elaborati in collaborazione con gli altri musicisti appositamente per voci e percussioni raggiungendo una perfezione ritmica ed un’esplosione di passione ed erotismo espressi attraverso i canti e la danza. Il concerto termina con la danza transe PIZZICA TARANTATA, coinvolgendo il pubblico in un rito collettivo.

Il concerto e’ dedicato al potere curativo del ritmo, dei canti e delle danze rituali soprattutto Tarantella, Tammorriata, Pizzica ed ai riti afro-cubani e brasiliani.

 

Nelle sue ricerche Alessandra Belloni ha ritrovato che il tamburello,e tutti I tamburi a cornice sono strumenti appartenenti ad antichi riti femminili, cominciando dagli antichi egiziani, i sumeri, per proseguire con gli antichi greci e i romani.

Nel Sud Italia, come nel Medio Oriente e Nord Africa le donne, spesso sacerdotesse, usavano il tamburo a cornice soprattutto per rituali in onore della Dea della Luna e della Terra, Cibele. Nell'antica Roma le donne usavano il tamburo ed i tamburelli in rituali in onore di Dioniso e la Grande Madre Terra. Questo strumento viene usato ancora oggi in rituali  magico-religiosi  per la Madonna Nera (tammorriata) e per la danza transe conosciuta come tarantella.

Alessandra Belloni e' l'unica donna in Italia e nel mondo che usa e riporta  il tamburo a cornice alla sua antica origine femminile unita al canto, alla danza , e alla terapia della transe creata dal ritmo in 6/8.  riportando alla loro antica origine gli strumenti femminili delle dee della Luna e della Madre Terra. 

Per Alessandra Belloni vedere anche i links: 
www.youtube.com/alessandrabella7, www.facebook.com/alessandrabelloni

 

 

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

La Scuola di teatro iniziatico ARTENA

RITMO E' LA CURA; Seminario di danza terapia e percussioni - Dalle 16:00 alle 20:00

Price: 40 Euro

 

La Scuola di teatro iniziatico ARTENA diretta da Angelo Tonelli

presenta

Alessandra Belloni – da New York –

 artista di fama internazionale, creatrice di una linea di tamburelli e tamburi a cornice prodotti dalla REMO - l’unica donna percussionista specializzata nell’uso di tamburi a cornice riportando alla loro antica origine gli strumenti femminili delle dee della Luna e della Madre Terra.  in  il RITMO E' LA CURA

Seminario di danza terapia e percussioni sabato 18 febbraio 

Domenica 5 febbraio 

Le Tre Strade 15  _ Lerici Pozzuolo -

Dalle 16:00 alle 20:00 – costo $ 40 euro

 

 

 

 www.angelotonelli.com  www.alessandrabelloni.com

www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

IL RITMO E’ LA CURA e' un seminario di tamburlello e danze rituali dell’Italia meridionale che si concentra sulla tarantella come danza terapeutica e purificatrice.  Fra le danze rituali dell’Italia meridionale utilizzate come musica e danza terapia, unite allo stile singolare del tamburello, particolare attenzione viene dedicata alla danza terapeutica della tarantella, nata per curare dalla mitica puntura della tarantola.

 

Il Comune di Salzano, Venezia presenta Alessandra Belloni, Gilson SIlveira, Sergio Laccone in CONCERTO DI RITMI TRANSE DIONISIACI DEL SUD ITALIA E BRASILE    Giovedi 15 febbraio - festa di Carnevale presentata dal comune di Salzano

   
 

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Center for Modern Dance Education

TARANTELLA: Spider Dance A Healing Dance Workshop - 1:30 to 3:30 PM

84 Euclid Avenue Hackensack NJ 07601 201-342-2989
Price: $30

TARANTELLA: Spider Dance

A Healing Dance Workshop by Alessandra Belloni

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women, featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals

 

       SUNDAY  January  29– 1:30 to 3:30 PM

                     Center for Modern Dance Education

                                               84 Euclid Avenue,

                                          Hackensack, NJ 07601

 

Price: , $30 day of; call 201-342-2989 to purchase

 

In this workshop we will learn healing dances that trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Andalusia, North Africa, Sicily and Calabria, including TAMMORRIATA - a sensual Neapolitan dance with African influences in honor of the Earth Goddess cycle/Black Madonna - and TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – an energetic Renaissance folk dance. These movements are a part of the different dance traditions we know today as TARANTELLA!

It is preferred that women wear skirts and bare feet, and if possible white clothe, to help facilitate the feeling of being part of a "ritual."

Alessandra Belloni is a singer, percussionist, dancer and actress who stands as one of the most important voices of traditional southern Italian music and dance today. She is artist in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC, and Artistic Director/Founder of I Giullari di Piazza (Players of the Square).  Acclaimed for her mastery of musical styles at home and abroad, she has her own signature series of Italian tambourines designed with the largest percussion industry in the world, REMO.

 More information and videos go to www.alessandrabelloni.comandwww.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni.

Currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary Year, the Center for Modern Dance Education (CMDE)is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making dance available to everyone. For more information and class schedules visit www.cmde.org.

 
 

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

The Studio CMDE

TARANTELLA DANCE WORKSHOP - 1:30 to 2:30 pm

84 Euclid Ave , Hackensack New Jersey USA Phone #201-342-2989,
Price: $ 25/30

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned   workshop for Women, featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals

In this workshop we will learn healing dances that trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Andalusia, North Africa, Sicily and Calabria, including TAMMORRIATA - a sensual Neapolitan dance with African influences in honor of the Earth Goddess cycle/Black Madonna - and TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – an energetic Renaissance folk dance. These movements are a part of the different dance traditions we know today as TARANTELLA!

It is preferred that women wear skirts and bare feet, and if possible white clothe, to help facilitate the feeling of being part of a "ritual."

Currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary Year, the Center for Modern Dance Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making dance available to everyone. For more information and class schedules visit www.cmde.org. or call 201-342-2989

 

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Mehanata

ITALIAN GYPSY MUSIC &TARANTELLA; DANCE - 9:00pm

113 Ludlow New York NY 10002 US
Price: $ 10.00

Alessandra Belloni

 and drummer Sergio Bellotti

present

TARANTELLA 

A night of Southern Italian Gypsy Music

Dedicated to the healing power of drumming  featuring the trance 

dance of the tarantella

 



BACK UNDER POPULAR DEMAND OUR MONTHLY CONCERT

 in our favorite New York WOrld Music Club! 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI -  vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance 

   Wilson Montuori - electric and acoustic guitars, Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar, Jesica vAliente flutes, vocals, Rick faulkner, electric bass  This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy & Brazil  will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants &  and  wild ritual drumming and guitar solos by Sergio Bellotti and Wilson Montuori.  Bring your dancing shoes!

 

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Theatre for the New City

DRUMS OF ILLUMINATION - 8:00pm . Dec. 20 8:00pm

155 First Avenue (near 10th St) New York New York USA (212) 254-1109
Price: $ 25.00

In "Drums of Illumination" Alessandra Belloni unites three great cultures: the powerful Native American, the fiery Brazilian, and the passionate Southern Italian, for a  journey back in time into a world of ritual drumming, voice and trance dances, December 19 & 20, 8PM, in Theater for the New City's CINO Theater, 155 First Avenue.

 

Featured performers are:

Alessandra Belloni - artistic director, voice, percussion, ritual dance.   Her instruments include Southern Italian

       tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers

Sergio Bellotti - drum set

Giuseppe De Falco - Neapolitan singer

SilverCloud Singers - Kevin Tarrant, director, lead vocals, pow wow drum

Murielle Borst  - vocals, drums

Josephine Tarrant - vocals

Davi Vieira - Brazilian percussion and vocals

Mark Mindek - traditional stilt walker

 

Artistic Director Alessandra Belloni has gathered a remarkable group of percussionist/vocalists/dancers for the World Premiere of "Drums of Illumination," noting that its purpose is "to invoke World Peace, thus showing that we are all one following the beat: the pow wow drum, the Italian tambourine, the Brazilian pandeiro or timbale, and the drum set.   All will send good vibrations in to the air as a collective ritual of purification."  

 

Outfitted with an extensive complement of exotic percussion instruments, and both Remo Artists, tambourine virtuoso Alessandra Belloni and drummer Sergio Bellotti (drum teacher at Berklee School of Music in Boston), both from Southern Italy, have enjoyed a long collaboration celebrating and exploring the rhythmic similarities between Southern Italian and other cultures by blending various percussion instruments. With music both ancient and new, Belloni and Bellotti create a bridge between ancient rituals and modern rhythms into a vibrant musical tapestry.

 

The evening's repertory will include:

Tarantellas from Southern Italy, including the authentic Pizzica Tarantata, healing trance dance from Puglia used

     as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula

Tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, dating back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus

Healing chants and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna

Work chants and protest songs

Original songs to honor the Goddess of Love and the Sea, written by Belloni

Brazilian ritual drumming, chants and trance dancing

Native American ritual singing and drumming.

 

 

Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals.  Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova."   She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century.  Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay.   The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive

She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.  

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."  

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice.   The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

Special guest Davi Vieira, percussionist/songwriter/vocalist, and 10-year member of the off-Broadway show  "Stomp."  The native of Salvador-Bahia, Brazil has performed, recorded, and toured with a great variety of artists including David Byrne, Wyclef Jean and Bebel Gilberto.   Vieira will play the songs and rhythms performed in Brazil as purification rites to honor the sea goddess and goddess of the river.

 

Murielle Borst, Artistic Director of The SilverCloud Singers and Dancers, also distinguished herself in her one-woman show "More Than Feathers and Beads," which was nominated for a Rockefeller grant and selected to participate in the Global Indigenous Theater Festival in Sydney Australia, as well as several venues in NYC.   She has completed six books in her fantasy series, "The Star Song Carriers."   Borst and Belloni, "soul sisters" who share the same energy and spiritual beliefs, first collaborated in 1992 on I Giullari di Piazza's "Earth, Sun and Moon," commissioned by Lincoln Center and performed for years in NYC and on tour.  

 

The SilverCloud Singers and Dancers is an intertribal Native American troup weaving  the traditional with the contemporary Native American song and dance.   Founded in 1991, the company is named in tribute to Josephine Mofsie Tarrant, mother of the founding directors.   The singers come from many tribes, and many parts of the U.S. and Canada.   They have appeared in numerous Pow-Wows across the continent as well as in tours to Europe.

 

Sergio Bellotti moved from the south of Italy to the US in 1995 and since 2002 has taught drum set at Berklee College of Music in Boston.   Active in the Boston music scene, Bellotti currently plays with fusion ensemble Spajazzy, co-leads a duo with Alessandra Belloni and performs weekly with WeJazzUp! and with many other local musicians and visiting artists.  Sergio is a regular visiting artist  at the GM Drum School in Torino and the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano Switzerland.

 

Amazing stilt dancer Mark Mindek will represent the Sun, the Moon, the Angel of Death, and bringer of Light the Archangel Gabriel - all on stilts, in traditional Southern Italian style.   Mindek, a longtime member of I Giullari di Piazza, is engaged for special events around the world, and has also been seen towering over singers in several productions at the Metropolitan Opera.

 

 

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating"

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer." 

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice.   The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

 

 

For more information, please visit these links:

www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

www.youtube.com/alessandrabella7

www.tigerbill.com/media/cbsergio05.wmv

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Meeting House,

RHYTHM IS THE CURE - 8:00pm

Tiverton Four Corners Tiverton Rhode ISland USA 401 338 9905 -
Price: $ 20.00
Classic Cultural Dance and Music Show with a wonderful gathering of fine performance artists Alessandra Belloni will present her show RHYTHM IS THE CURE, voice, percussion and ritual dance, dedicated o the healing power of the trance dance TARANTELLA. Sele sono concerts for more infromation on www.alessandrabelloni.com
 

Friday, December 16th, 2011

DAncing Spirit Studio

Tarantella Dance workshop - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

1759 Main Rd, - Tiverton Rhode Island USA 401 338 9905
Price: $ 50 -

At The Dancing Spirit Studio,1759 Main Rd, Tiverton  -Call 401 338 9905 -

email:  Barb@thedancingspirit.com - www.thedancingspirit.com

A Healing Dance & Percussion Workshop  

  From the Ancient Mediterranean to today a world renowned workshop for Women of Southern Italian folk dances and ritualsLearn dance steps and rhythms which trace roots from Southern Italy to ancient Greece,connected to Andalusia, N Africa, Sicily & Calabria-

Dance TAMMORRIATA,the sensual Neapolitan dance with African influences in honor of the Earth Goddess cycle/Black Madonna and  TARANTELLA DE’ 600, a Neapolitan Renaissance folk dance.

 

 

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

RHYTHM IS THE CURE HEALING DANCE AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOP - icluding December 3 & 4th, all day

Price: $ 450, including accomodations and food
Rhythm is the Cure Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop
will also include walks in the woods, processing wit the Black Madonna, and a fire ceremony
3rd retreat in he US in a splendid  Mansion in Norfolk Connecticut,  2 & half hours from NYC , near Massachussets,  surrounded by 42 acres in the woods, beautiful mountains, and with a stream!
Rhythm is the Cure is a 3-day intensive healing workshop f
eaturing Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.
 
The sessions feature the ancient chants used as an invocation to the healing energy of the sun, the Black Madonna (the ancient Earth Goddess of female energy), the moon, and the Goddess of Water and Love (Aphrodite/Yemanja/Madonna del Mare).
 

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Alma Mathews House,

Holiday Spiritual Music - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

275 West 11th St., New York NY USA sandra.fell@harlemfamilyinstitute.org
Price: $ 20.00

 

Join us for the

Harlem Family Institute's Holiday Musical

Thursday December 1st  

Benefit for Harlem Family Institute    

to celebrate the Institute's volunteers, faculty and administrators

featuring Alessandra Belloni, singer/dancer/drummer, presenting traditional southern Italian spiritual and folk music.

 

Alma Mathews House, 275 West 11th St., Greenwich Village. From 6 pm to 9 pm.

RSVP to sandra.fell@harlemfamilyinstitute.org   

by Sunday November 27

 
Suggested admission: $20 Donations (tax-deductible) of $100 or more will receive a

www.harlemfamilyinstitute.org

(Use the How You Can Help tab.)

  Thank You

 

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

TARANTATA - ITALIAN GYPSY & TRANCE MUSIC - 8:30 PM

Price: $ 15.00

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19 AT 8:30pm tickets $ 15

MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR

113 Ludlow (btw Irvington & Delancey)  New York, New Yooni -

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI -  vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance 

   Wilson Montuori - electric and acoustic guitars, Giuseppe De Falco: vocals, guitar, Peter Abazia: Brazilian and Italian percussion, guest drummer:  Sergio Bellotti, from Berkelee, Boston

 

 This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming  in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song.

 

 

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

TARANTELLA DANCE WORKSHOP - 2:00 to 4:00pm

Price: $ 25.00 in advance, $ 30.00 at the door

TARANTELLA: Spider Dance

A Healing Dance Workshop for Women by Alessandra Belloni

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women, featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals

 

        November 12, 2:00-4:00 PM

                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Healing Dance Workshop for Women by Alessandra Belloni

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women, featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals

Center for Modern Dance Educ   84 Euclide Avenue,   Hackensack, NJ 07601

Price: $25 in advance, $30 day of; call 201-342-2989 to purchasIn this workshop we will learn healing dances that trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Andalusia, North Africa, Sicily and Calabria, including TAMMORRIATA - a sensual Neapolitan dance with African influences in honor of the Earth Goddess cycle/Black Madonna - and TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – an energetic Renaissance folk dance. These movements are a part of the different dance traditions we know today as TARANTELLA!

 

 

                                           

                                           

                                           

 

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Theatre for the New City

HALLOWEEN BALL - 8:15pm

155 First Avenue near 10th STret New York NY 10003 USA (212) 868-4444
Price: $ 25

Alessandra Belloni's one woman show TARANTATA ' Southern Italian healing trance drumming, chants, and dances for the special Halloween Ball at the Theatre for the New City, Crystal Fields Director , performance at 8:15,

 

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

CoSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

Tarantata!

46 Deer Hill Rd. Wappinger Falls New York 12390 845-297-2323

Internationally renowned Singer, dancer, percussionist

ALESSANDRA BELLONI PRESENTS:

TARANTATA

Southern Italian Gypsy Music

& Brazilian rhythms

Saturday June 28 concert TARANTATA AT COSM

www.CoSM.org 
https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/cosm/event.jsp?event=1402

http://www.alessandrabelloni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni

 

ALESSANDRA BELLONI - vocals, southern Italian tambourines, ritual dance

Wilson Montuori, acoustic & electric guitar,

Vinnie Scialla durms & percussion, Peter Abazia drumset, cajon

Dancers:

Peter DiGeronimo, Francesca Silvano, Hillary Litwin, Jillian Guinta

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy and crossing to Brazil will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula , healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants  and protest song.

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro- Brazilian Yoruba tradition.