Mimmo Cavallaro Live in Concert!
Mimmo Cavallaro Live in Concert!
The Rustica Project presents

Mimmo Cavallaro Live in Concert!

Thornbury Theatre - Ballroom (Thornbury, VIC)
Sunday, 10 November 2019 6:00 PM
21 days away
All Ages

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Mimmo Cavallaro 
live in Concert - Melbourne!

The Calabrian songkeeper and songman is on his way to Australia to bring his magical music to our shores!

For the first time in Melbourne, Mimmo Cavallaro brings us his dynamic and passionate modern mix of traditional Calabrian folk music in this one night only event!

He is presently the most dominating interpreter of the Calabrian musical tradition, packing out the piazzas all across Italy and Europe, Canada, Argentina and beyond - taking his vibrant and rich performance abroad to audiences far and wide.

His music is alive and throbbing with rhythm, rich in culture and tradition and very much loved and enjoyed by all who see him. Both young and old flock in the thousands to watch his show, to dance and and be taken by the magic of his music. Be prepared to be left mesmerised and forever changed after seeing a show unlike any you have ever seen!

Accompanied by his consummately professional band consisting of:

- VALENTINA DONATO: Diatonic accordion, dancing, percussion/frame drum/tamburello and vocals.

Saxophone, Zampogna (Medieval Italian Bagpipes) Ceramella, Calabrian Lira, Marranzano; Artonic flute, Vocals.

Electric bass;

Classical guitar, Mondola and Vocals.

Drums, percussion and frame drums/tamburelli.

The Mimmo Cavallaro Story:

Born and raised in the culturally rich area for which he is spokesman, Mimmo Cavallaro has always conducted his own cultural research through "field investigations", analyzing and recording a variety of stylistic features that characterize the different regions of Calabria - investigating culture, music, tradition and how they correlate with everyday life even today. With this he has forged a path of southern style ethnomusicology, bringing the peoples’ music back to the people, thus giving birth to a passion in unique songwriting and interpretations of traditional verse. 

His music features dialect and the use of traditional instruments, such as the Calabrian lira, mixed with old texts and harmonies - making him one of the most dynamic and influential interpreters and authors of Italian popular music.

His musical project was officially born in 2009 with the launch of his first album "Sona Battenti", produced by Taranta Power under the guidance of respected Italian folk musician Eugenio Bennato.

He has been performing his mix of traditional and modern Calabrian/Meridian folk music locally and throughout Italy and abroad, performing at important festivals such as May Day in Rome, Musicultura, Folkest, Notte della Taranta, Rome meets the World) and at foreign Stimmen festival, Sfinks festival, Toronto Tarantella Festival and more. The piazzas have been packed beyond capacity. The people have been taken by emotion and the organisers overwhelmed with the public response he has generated. 

Career Timeline and discography:

2009 - Creates the debut album: "Sona Battenti", produced with Taranta Power under the guidance of Eugenio Bennato.

2010 - "Sona Battenti" won the award for best disc of popular music at the Cicada Festival in Naples.

2011 - Founds the TaranProject group with which he realizes the album "Hjuri di Hjumari". An artistic idea that, starting from the language of traditional music, expands towards distinctly world music horizons.

2012 - Publishes the second album with TaranProject: "Rolica"

- He was appointed artistic director of the Kaulonia Tarantella Festival, within which he duets, in the various editions with Antonella Ruggero, Davide Van De Sfross, Cristiano De Andrè, Marcello Cirillo.

2013 - Publishes the third recording work with TaranProject: "Sonu" (candidate for the Tenco award for best dialectal album).

2014 - He decides to use the material collected over the years and create a new record product that contains the most significant pieces of his research period, dividing them into two categories: those of a sacred nature (Christmas songs and Easter songs) and those of matrix lay (love songs, departure, disdain and episodes of daily life related to the world of work), a double CD with the name "Sacro et Profano" that reinterprets 31 traditional songs with a strong poetic content and a refined, modern sound but without betraying the ancestral original language. Present the project as a guest at the 2014 Loano Award.

2015 - He collaborates with the singer-songwriter from Piacenza, Daniele Ronda, on the video clip of the song "Hymn to Diversity", produced by i-Company and published in preview on the website of "Repubblica".

Expo 2015 with the videoclip “Lu cantu di lu marinaru and a seminar”, as a speaker at the conference on Calabrian folk music at the Calabria Region stand.

2017 - "Live in studio" is released, a compilation with its most representative songs and in the same year it realizes the videoclip "Europa che danza", premiered at the May Day concert in Rome and published exclusively on the show section of the portal Fan Page.

 2018 - Publishes the new album "Calanchi", a word that refers to the Earth, that of the South, where the rugged mountains plunge into the Ionian Sea. The video clip of the new single "Calanchi e Criti" that closes the album, the story of a people forced to abandon their roots, is released.

- In April 2018 he performed with his band in Buenos Aires, making more than 30,000 people dance in the beautiful Plaza de Mayo.

And now Mimmo Cavallaro and his band are on their way to MELBOURNE!

Don’t miss this opportunity to be reconnected with your own history, your own inner rhythm of life, no matter from where you come, no matter what language you speak. You will feel the power of every beat and every verse of this unique music and be changed forever. 

Elvira Andreoli


This is a standing event with limited seating available.