Rosa Tatuata – A Michela Musolino Ensemble
August 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
“Can you imagine the wild soulfulness of Tina Turner and the earthy yet ethereal voice of Neapolitan songstress Teresa De Sio combined? Well imagine that; then think even more vibrancy, more urbanity, in songs that somehow also feel impossibly intimate…. No wonder Michela Musolino has such a devoted underground following; full divahood seems scarily within reach.” -Peter Covino, Pen America prize-winning poet and University of Rhode Island Assistant Professor of English
Michela Musolino, American-born-and-raised, has a secret she has trouble keeping to herself: she loves Sicilian music. Known for her fiery and passionate interpretations of both traditional and contemporary Sicilian folk and roots music, Musolino e infuses her vocals with the emotions of life. Musolino enchants with a voice that seems to float between the ages.
Buttonwood Tree has the special pleasure of hosting Michela’s recent passion project: Rosa Tatuata. Named after the beloved play about the cultures of Americans and immigrants wildly melding together, Rosa Tatuata pays tribute to that blend with traditional songs playing in different genres, mirroring the commingling of the clash between Old and New Worlds. Come on by and support the performance of this culturally rich ensemble!
Instrumentation includes guitar, organetto, accordion, baglama, mandolin, ciaramedda, zompogna, frischialettu, flute, clarinet, marranzano, tamburello, tamburo, and lira calabrese.