Wed, November 20th



Doors 9PM
Show 9.30pm
Advance Price $10
Door Price $15
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Internationally renouwed Singer, dancer, percussionist
Alessandra Belloni (Remo Artist) proudly presents her
Women percussion Ensemble DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE


Featuring guest drummers from Italy Kikki delli Santi,  (Professor of percussion at Venice Conservatory) and drummer Serena Davini especially coming from Italy for  PASIC INDIANAPOLIS , the largest percussion festival in the world, sponsored by REMO Inc, Yamaha, Conservatory of Venice Italy.
For the first time the Daughters of Cybele ensemble from New York, which premiered at DROM in 2009, will play together with the ensemble from Italy.

Alessandra Belloni : voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance
Kikki delli Santi, marimba, djembe, frame drums, shakers, bells, dumbeck, riqq, snare drum, tamburello
Serena Davini - djembe, congas, shakers, dumbeck, snare drum, tamburello

Olimpia Avignone- djembe, African Percussion, tamburello, shakers
Dancers: Caterina Rago and Francesca Silvano, and Danielle Hartman, Beth Mastroianno, Jillian Alighieri tamburello and dance.

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer to honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

They recreate rituals with songs, chanting and dancing, drumming and offerings of flowers to the images of Yemanja and the Black Madonna. The music played will include fisherman;'s songs, and love laments, from Southern Italy and Brazil, as  original songs written by Alessandra Belloni inspired by her trips to Hawaii and Brazil written in honor of Yemanja. This is unique passionate show  with great music and joyous ritual that invokes the healing power of primordial waters, was presented in Italy (Venice, Salsomaggiore Thermal resort, PERC FEST,  New York OPEN CENTER, Los Angeles Italian Cultural Institute)

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."