Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Vito Rezza’s skill-laden compositions on his 2011 release with the 5 after 4 quartet _ appropriately named Rome In A Day _ make it seem so. On the band’s first trans-Atlantic tour, all it took were 12 hours to visit the eternal city: “Suddenly, I get to Rome and all of these sites are popping up; the Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna.” says Rezza, whose personality and Italian heritage are major influences on the the Peter Cardinali-produced recording.
« L’Italia va di mal in peggio. Il ne reste vraiment plus qu’à s’en aller », constate Giulia, amère. Comme 1 million d’Italiens entre 20 et 28 ans, Giulia, originaire de Pise, a choisi d’émigrer pour s’ouvrir de meilleures opportunités d’emploi. Elle vit à Paris depuis 2 ans et fait des études d’histoire de l’art. Pour elle, l’Italie c’est fini.
Fame “tarantella punk” Italian composer-guitarist-accordionist Peppe Voltarelli lands in Toronto and the Montreal's Festival de Jazz for the first time this year with his characteristic humour and irony. With a satchel full of compelling musical stories, the proud Calabrese delves joyously into the traditions of his native Italy. The mustachioed vet will be performing solo to unveil a repertoire of songs crossing Italian trad, ska, and festive “Mediterranean blues” rhythms. Panoram Italia had a chat with this colourful character that will most likely enchant folk-rock afficionados with his notorious Calabrian piquancy.
As Luciano Casimiri, one of Canada’s top comedy wordsmiths explains it: a punch-up writer is someone called upon to doctor a lame or lifeless television script, and breathe life into it, give it wings. “This is where I come in,” he says, perhaps snapping an imaginary latex glove as he gets to work.
Pompeii has become the lens through which we have come to understand an entire ancient civilization. The city was founded in 600 BC and became a thriving Roman trading post that is said to have served an estimated 20,000 residents with 30 brothels and 130 bars, restaurants and hotels, before it was wiped out in 79 AD after the eruption of neighbouring Mount Vesuvius.
It’s the candidate in the best documentary film category along with I am Not Your Negro, Animated Life, OJ: Made in America and 13.