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Newpoli and John La Barbera Bring Italian Folk to Regattabar (June 8)

When: Friday, June 8, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Regattabar at Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Join Newpoli, Boston’s own Italian Folk Music ensemble, for their concert at The Regattabar. The group will feature a collaboration with world-renowned New York based musician, John La Barbera.

Newpoli will perform at The Regattabar in Cambridge on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 7:30pm. Admission is $18. All ages. Advance tickets can be purchased on www.regattabarjazz.com or by calling 617.395.7757.

Founded in 2003 by Carmen Marsico, Angela Rossi and Björn Wennås, Newpoli is a group of exceptionally talented musicians who perform Southern Italian Folk Music from the regions of Campania, Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria, integrating a wide variety of styles such as Tarantella-Pizzica, Tammuriata, Villanella and the Neapolitan Canzone, encompassing music from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

Newpoli is very excited to present a program that will bring a focus on traditional Italian stringed instruments, such as Chitarra Battente, Mandola and the Neapolitan Round Back Mandolin. Joining the ensemble on stage will be multi-instrumentalist John La Barbera and special guest Pasquale Iocola.

The group has been enthusiastically received in theaters and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe, with audiences mesmerized by the vitality, energy and spice of their music. The group’s debut CD “Newpoli” has been heard across the U.S. through radio play and TV broadcasting. The eight-piece ensemble has been nominated four times by the Boston Phoenix Music Poll in the category “Best World Music Act” in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

John La Barbera is an award winning composer, arranger, guitarist and mandolinist who has enchanted audiences in the United States, Europe and South America for more than three decades. He is a celebrated folk opera composer and ethnomusicologist of world fame with performances including Carnegie Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center and San Francisco World Music Festival, just to name a few.

Pasquale Iocola is a mandolinist and singer raised in Naples who performed extensively in Italy with renowned folk groups and artists such as Alfio Antico, Mario Vorraro, Olen Cesari, Enzo Carro, “Meridia”, “I Giullari di Piazza” and Allesandra Belloni. He performed at the annual contest “Festival Nazionale di Artisti di Strada” and won first prize three consecutive times.

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