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' POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 Page 5 Italian Artists Strive to Showcase their Roots with their Music A Frank De Pasc uale Venture by Ivanha Paz Stefano Marchese, originally from Pescara, Abruzzo came to Boston in 2010 after winning a scholarship for Berklee College of Music, where he majored in Contem- porary Writing Produc- tion. During his time at Berklee he studied un- der musicians such as Andrea Pierolo and Mat thew Nicholl. He col- laborated with renowned artists, the likes of, Bill Elliot and Luis Erique, who Marchese said is known as the "The Prince of Salsa." On August 15 th he released his first solo album which is available on iTunes and his website: Marchese explained that this album is very personal to him and that the key to it all are his roots, which is why he named it "Radici," roots in Italian. "When I came here, the thing that I didn't have the chance to see anymore: my city, my region, the people that I love; that started in my mind some kind of madness-not madness, but I was sad in general," he said. Marchese took this sadness and used it as inspiration, "I started thinking about how you go away from your country, how your roots become stronger and stronger ... Your roots are like your best friend, the person that knows you better than anybody; your roots are your identity." With this in mind he took some traditional songs from Abruzzo: "Addije Addije Amore" and "Vola Vola" which is Abruzzo's hymn and kept the melody of the traditional songs while chang- ing the harmony. This resulted in an original combination between the traditional and contemporary music. He did the same with the rest of the album; although they're not traditional songs he used typical melodies from Mediter- ranean music and then put them in a Jazz/ American context, thus creating a very original sound with a distinct flavor. Marchese explained that he was not the first to do this, but actually one of the last from a wave of musicians that traveled to the United States from Italy and had a similar line of thinking. Among these are: Marco Pignataro, Andrea Pejrolo, Butino D'Agostino and Georgio Arenosto. Marchese decided to get all of them together to form a committee to plan a festival where this new Italian fusion would be performed. He shared his idea with the Consul General of Italy Giusseppe Pastorelli, who Marchese said "was excited and very enthusiastic." They decided the fes- tival would include a series of concerts with musicians from Berklee College, those in the committee themselves and some big names which he did not divulge. He explained that in order to get some of these big Italian artists, they are conduct- ing a fundraising event called Notte Ros which will take place on October 22 "d at Gennaro's restaurant, located at 5 North Square in the North End of Boston. Marisa Iocco, the restaurant's chef, is from Marchese's hometown and she has planned a very distinct night. Rosd wines and passed hor d'ouvres will be prepared by Chef Iocco. This is typical in Italy and the theme is the color pink. Don't miss it! For further information or to purchase tickets, please contact Genarro's 5 North Square at 617-720-1050. www.depas Christopher Columbus Day Celebration at Christopher Columbus Park The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) con- tinues its tradition of mark- ing Christopher Columbus' arrival in America with a free Columbus Day Celebra- tion, this year to be held on Monday October 14 th from 10:45 am to 3:00 pm. Events will kick off with our annual Christopher Columbus Kids Parade, where kids of all ages are invited to bring their decorated bikes, scooters or strollers at 10:45 am for a promenade through the Park. At the conclusion of the pa- rade, there will be a short ceremony at the Christo- pher Columbus statue, in- cluding a wreath laying cer- emony led by Mayor Thomas Menino. Entertainment will include performances by Jenny the Juggler, Peter O'Malley the Magician, Boris the Penny- farthing Bicyclist and T-Bone the Interactive Pied Piper, as well as readings by Eliot School students and a patri- otic musical performance by the North End Music & Per- forming Arts Center. Other fun activities include face- painting, NEMPAC's famous crafts table, lawn games with prizes and tours of a real working fire truck. Ann Babbitt, co-chair of this celebration, spoke about the Columbus Day event. "To encourage year-round activity at our Park, The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park fund and sponsor many free events throughout the year, includ- ing the Winter Trellis light- ing, the Independence Day celebration, Sunday Free Movie nights, and others. This month's Columbus Day event, however, is one of our most special events because we are celebrating our Park's namesake. We are proud to have the sup- port of responsible and gen- erous corporate sponsors for this event. Thank you to Al Dente Restaurant, Boston Pushcart, Benevento's, CL Waterfront Properties LLC, and Tia's Restaurant. We also thank our membership whose yearly contributions help fund this and other events." 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