March 9 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Music from the criminal underworlds of Sicily, Calabria and Naples
Malandrino (“Little Criminal” in Southern Italian dialects) presents rarely heard songs from the criminal underworlds of Sicily, Calabria and Naples collectively known as “Canto di Malavita”, or “Songs from the Bad Life.” This small acoustic ensemble brings to life a dark and starkly beautiful repertoire of prison songs, revenge ballads, tales of bandit life in the hills of Calabria, love songs, and traditional folk melodies from the early 1900’s poverty of the “Mezzogiorno” or “Land of the Noonday Sun”, as Southern Italy and Sicily are known. This music is almost never performed either in or outside of Italy, and these simple yet vivid and evocative songs immediately transport the listener to a time and place so often misrepresented and sensationalized in films and television. Please join us for this very special performance.