Performance Friday, March 27, 2015 | 8:30 PM

Lucilla Galeazzi

Festa Italiana

Zankel Hall
Noted for her exquisite voice, Lucilla Galeazzi brings to life the old folk music of Italy, from Umbria to Calabria and Puglia. Her arrangements of Italian songs and dance melodies celebrate the beauty and vitality of the Mediterranean’s multicultural heritage with an ensemble that features fiddles, guitars, and percussion.


  • Lucilla Galeazzi, Vocalist
  • Carlo Rizzo, Tamburelli, Tambourine, and Tammorra
  • Kevin Seddiki, Guitar
  • Marco Ambrosini, Nyckelharpa
  • Fausto Beccalossi, Accordion
  • Leonardo Teruggi, Double Bass


  • Lucilla Galeazzi

    Lucilla Galeazzi is regarded as one of the greatest interpreters of traditional Italian folk song. Born in Terni, Italy, she showed an interest in the popular music of Umbria during her university years, and studied singing with soprano Michiko Hirayama and bass Gianni Socci. After graduating in 1977, she became a member of the vocal quartet of Giovanna Marini, with whom she collaborated until 1994. During this time, she also pursued a solo career.

    Ms. Galeazzi came to the attention of French audiences in 1982 with the show Un Sogno Cosi by Osvaldo Calò and Tomás Gubitsch that was dedicated to Italian songs of the 1960s. In 1987, she founded her own group, Il Trillo, with Sparagna Ambrogio and Carlo Rizzo, which presented concerts in all the European festivals. In 1990, Ms. Galeazzi was a winner of the famous Recanati Festival with the song "Il Canto delle Sirene Magico." In 1994, she embarked on the project Cuore di Terra with Massimo Nardi, Carlo Mariani, Nicola Raffone, Ramous Antonio, Salvatore Zambataro, and Massimo Carrano. She has also collaborated with artists in early music, contemporary music, and jazz. In France, she is known particularly for her work with L'Arpeggiata, led by Christina Pluhar, with whom she made such popular recordings as La Tarantella andAll'Improvviso.

    After many tours throughout Europe, the US, and Japan, Ms. Galeazzi began collaborating in 2013 with the Moroccan female vocal ensemble B'net Houariyat in Voix Magiques. That same year, she released her latest album, Festa Italiana. Ms. Galeazzi's extensive discography also includes Lunario, L'albero del canto, Castel del Monte (with Michel Godard), Stagioni, Trio Rouge, and Bella Ciao. The prestigious Académie Charles Cros in France awarded a noted distinction to Stagioni in 2004, and a 2005 "Coup de Cœur" in recognition of Ms. Galeazzi's professional achievements.

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  • Carlo Rizzo

    Born in Venice, Carlo Rizzo is well known for playing frame drums of his own creation. He began his studies as a painter at the Fine Arts Academy of Rome, but soon switched his focus to music. In 1979, he was inspired by Alfio Antico and Raffaele Inserra, two traditional percussionists from Southern Italy. He continued studying the tambourine on his own, and discovered traditional repertories as well as ancient and modern music, covering the entire range of possibilities for hand-held percussion. He designed a new instrument-a poly-timbral tambourine-that adapts to all types of repertories. Since 1988, Mr. Rizzo has formed many jazz, traditional, and contemporary music groups. He has played in Europe's most prestigious venues, including the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, La Monnaie in Brussels, and Cologne's Philharmonie. In 2009, he was a special guest in performances by Bobby McFerrin. In addition to performing and designing instruments, he has composed many new works, including the first concerto for tambourine and string orchestra.

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  • Kevin Seddiki

    Kevin Seddiki, active in the classical and jazz worlds, has performed and recorded with guitarist Al Di Meola, Argentine bandoneon player Dino Saluzzi, Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, percussionist Bijan Chemirani, Malagasy accordionist Régis Gizavo, and viola da gamba player Paolo Pandolfo, among others. In addition to the guitar, Mr. Seddiki plays the zarb, an Iranian percussion instrument he studied with the Chemirani family. He has worked with percussionist Glen Velez, and in 2009 was awarded the European Guitar Award in Dresden. He released his first album, Il Sentiero (Wildner Records), in 2012, and has composed and arranged pieces for solo guitar.

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  • Marco Ambrosini

    Marco Ambrosini
    studied violin and composition in Ancona and Pesaro. He has performed with the Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra and various chamber ensembles of early, Baroque, and contemporary music. With Peter Rabanser, he founded the Oni Wytars Ensemble in 1982, with which he still performs. Since 1990, he has appeared as a soloist with the Clemencic Consort in Vienna and has been the artistic director (with Katharina Dustmann) of the Studio Katharco-sound:creations since 1991. Mr. Ambrosini's extensive credits include La Scala in Milan; Alte Oper Frankfurt; the Cologne, Berlin and Moscow philharmonics; and Camerata Nordica. He also collaborated with Carlo Rizzo, Jean-Louis Matinier, Valentin Clastrier, and Michael Riessler. He was chosen to be a composer at the New Jazz Meeting 1993 and authored the book Introduction to Early Music with Michael Posch. In recent years, he has participated in numerous radio and television shows and CD recordings, both as a solo artist and with ensembles such as Els Trobadors, Unicorn, Accentus, Armonico Tributo, and Ensemble Kapsberger.

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  • Fausto Beccalossi

    Fausto Beccalossi, born at Castenedolo (Brescia), was very young when he started playing chromatic accordion in the classical style. He began his professional career with the Italian groups Gramelot with Simone Guiducci, Bombardieri Quartet, Nuevo Tango, and Otello Savoia Quartet. He then worked and recorded with some of the finest Italian, European, North American, and South American musicians. In 1999, he began playing in Gianluigi Trovesi Nonet. Among his many projects, he has also collaborated with Lito Epumer, Salvatore Maiore, Andrea Parodi, and Tamara Obrovac. In the last five years, Mr. Beccalossi has performed with Al Di Meola and the New World Sinfonia, touring and recording three CDs and two DVDs. In 2011, he founded his own group, Fausto Beccalossi Quartet, with Ares Tavolazzi, Peo Alfonsi, and Emanuele Maniscalco. He is presently working and performing with his own solo project, My Time.

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  • Leonardo Teruggi

    Leonardo Teruggi studied with bassist Jean-Paul Celea at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, from which he graduated in 2009. A versatile musician, he is a member of numerous ensembles, including the Bass Orchestra, Buenos Aires Madrigal, Tonos y Tonadas, and Diagonal. He is also a composer and arranger in films, where he has worked with the ensemble La Chimera led by Eduardo Egüez. Passionate about education, Mr. Teruggi teaches bass at the conservatories of Châtenay-Malabry and Viroflay, where he directs a workshop of popular music.

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"La tarantella de lu terremotu"
Lucilla Galeazzi, Vocalist

Festa Italiana

Italy did not become a unified country until the latter part of the 19th century. Thus, unlike the more homogenized cultures of England and France, Italy has retained its regional traditions to a far greater extent. In addition to distinct linguistic variations in some areas, there are many dialects throughout the country. While each region is noted for its particular dances and song types, there are two major secular festivals that are celebrated throughout the country: the Carnival and the Maggio (May Festival). Carnival, taking place in January and February, stems from ancient rites of death and rebirth that bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one with masks, dances, and parades. The Maggio was initially a fertility rite and is a celebration of fecundity and abundance. As with most ancient rites, the church was not happy with the erotic overtones of this festival. Thus, in the mid–16th century, the Council of Trent dictated that May would be dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Since the late–19th century, however, the first of May has been celebrated throughout Europe as Labor Day, reiterating its secular reference. Festa Italiana builds on these two festivals, uniting the rural and the urban, the ancient and the modern, in a jubilant celebration of Italian life.
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Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Robert Browning Associates LLC.
This performance is part of World Views.