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From Calabria to Boston: Pianist Moira Lo Bianco

Moira Lo Bianco

A native of Calabria, Moira Lo Bianco came to Boston in 2011 after earning a scholarship for Berklee College of Music. Now, after more than two years here, the classically trained pianist is getting ready to release her debut album, “Lunaria,” which is a collection of 13 deeply personal and heartfelt tracks, including 11 original compositions. We recently sat down with Lo Bianco, who told us all about her new CD, what she loves about the piano and why she believes that “the beauty of a chord change will save the world.” Briana Palma: You started playing piano at a ...

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The Music and Life of Arlington High School Music Director Tino “Mr. T” D’Agostino

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As the notes from Hollywood’s most famous scores – from “Star Wars” to “Titanic” all the way to a goose bump-inducing rendition of Schindler’s List theme – filled a jam packed Arlington City Hall Auditorium, many in the audience kept their eyes closed: after all there is no better combination than movies and music to be swept away by powerful memories and emotion. Especially when the music is so flawless it could be coming out of the speakers of a theater or from the seasoned instruments played by the expert hands of an orchestra of famous professional musicians. Instead, when ...

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Jazz musician and educator Marco Pignataro finds his place in Boston

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After 20 years away from his native Bologna, jazz saxophonist and composer Marco Pignataro is finally feeling at home in Boston. But as he discusses his latest album Sofia’s Heart – released in late 2011 to critical acclaim – it becomes clear that hasn’t always been the case. On an album that Pignataro describes as a “personal musical diary,” songs like “Homesick” and “Bologna d’Inverno” express his sense of longing for Italy. “Once you’re outside your country, you feel like part of you is still there,” Pignataro says. “It never leaves. Through a part of my life it was a ...

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Nella de Luca Lush Paints Unconventional Beauty

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As a child growing up in Puglia, Nella de Luca Lush found herself surrounded by art and artists, so it’s no surprise that she carved out a career for herself as a painter. Though the North Andover-based artist has been living in the United States on and off since 1983, “the old country” – as she calls it – still influences her immensely, with scenes of Italy constantly showing up on her canvasses. Here, she talks about Italy, her inspiration and why she doesn’t create conventionally “beautiful” works. Bostoniano: How did you first discover the world of art as a ...

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Pugliese Ceramicist Enza Fasano

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Once a month, the business and artistic spaces of SoWa come alive in the evening when they open their doors to the public for First Fridays. And for Giardini di Sole, an importer of handmade Italian ceramics and tables, the First Friday of February proved to be extra special, as it marked the opening of a new installation of works by Enza Fasano. A respected figure in the world of Italian ceramics, Fasano lives and works in the pottery-rich town of Grottaglie, Puglia, where she grew up watching and learning from her father, Nicola, a master ceramicist. She was just ...

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247 Drums founder Sergio Bellotti

Sergio Bellotti inside his Winchester store.

“I was fired for love,” recalls musician and teacher Sergio Bellotti from behind the counter of his brand new drum store in Winchester, Mass. It happened in the middle of the ocean, aboard the cruise ship he was playing on, at the hands of the bandleader he was playing for. A native of Bari, the capital of the Apulia region, he was a professional drummer from Italy who had never set foot on American soil. “A telex had come with a message for me, and at a time of no cell phones, when international communication was super expensive, when a ...

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Graphic designer Donald Tarallo

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Donald Tarallo is a graphic designer and assistant professor and presidential Fellow at Bridgewater State University. Since 2011, he has been researching Italy’s contributions to graphic design and typography, dating from ancient Rome to modern times. Tarallo has exhibited his findings at the Italian Consulate in Boston, Worcester Public Library and Italian American Cultural Center in Worcester. Here, he speaks about the inspiration for researching ancient inscriptions and typography (since they are technically considered different–typography was born with the invention of printing in the 1450s, but the Roman inscriptions are as far back as 62AD), the discoveries he made in ...

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Contemporary Painter Marian Dioguardi

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An exclusive interview with painter Marian Dioguardi, who recalls how she was influenced growing up in an Italian family in East Boston and her fascination with laundry lines... and Jell-O.

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Caffe Sicilia – Photographing an Italian Cafe in Gloucester

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Paul Cary Goldberg is a photographer based in Gloucester, Mass. From 2007 to 2012, he has been photographing the patrons of the city's Caffe Sicilia, frequented by many of the local Sicilian community.

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Pino Daniele Talks of New Album, U.S. Tour

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Italian singer and guitarist-extraordinaire Pino Daniele talks about his new album, his upcoming U.S. tour and what he thinks about today's music.

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Interview: Stefano Arienti on “Ailanthus” Outdoor Art at Gardner Museum

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Italian artisti Stefano Arienti talks about "Ailanthus," his outdoor artwork displayed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's new wing.

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Interview with Artist Alfred Mira

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We visited Alfred Mira to know how he reinvents his job as an artist.

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