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Fwd: (H)IT WEEK FESTIVAL of NEW ITALIAN MUSIC DEBUTS in NYC (Oct. 8 - 13)

From: Jeanette
Sent on: Thursday, August 26, 2010 3:43 PM
> Date: Thu, 26 Aug[masked]:39:48 -0400
> Subject: (H)IT WEEK FESTIVAL of NEW ITALIAN MUSIC DEBUTS in NYC (Oct. 8 -
 13)
> From: Mark Gartenberg <[address removed]>
> To: MGLimited <[address removed]>
> 
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> 
> August 27, 2010
> 
> Contact:  Mark Gartenberg
> (212)[masked]
> [address removed]
> 
> (H)IT WEEK FESTIVAL of NEW ITALIAN MUSIC DEBUTS in NYC
> Headliners of October 8 - 13, 2010 Event Announced:
> Acclaimed pianist LUDOVICO EINAUDI, pop songstress ELISA, alt-rockers
> NEGRITA, "Latinista" ROY PACI
>  
> After a successful 2009 inaugural edition in Los Angeles, Hit Week
> (http://www.hitwee...­) -- the only North American festival showcasing
> Italy's current music scene -- adds New York City to its annual calendar.
> 
> New York audiences, no strangers to genre defying new-generation Italian
> artists such as Jovanotti, Vinicio Capossela and Carmen Consoli, will be
> treated to live concerts and DJ sets by an all-star line-up of Italian
> talent headlined by Ludovico Einaudi, Elisa, Negrita and Roy Paci.  The
> intimate surroundings offered by Manhattan's top club venues will set the
> stage for Stateside fans to take a deeper look into these, and more to be
> announced, top-flight Italian acts already known on the international scene.
> The traditional Columbus Day Week provides an intriguing backdrop for (H)it
> Week's modern musical discovery and exploration.
> 
> On Columbus Day, Monday October 11, singer-songwriter Elisa
> (http://www.myspac...­) marks her Manhattan return with a concert
> at Highline Ballroom.  In 2008 Elisa's song  "Dancing" was featured in the
> US FOX TV series "So You Think You Can Dance", quickly racking up over
> 100,000 downloads iTunes and leading to the artist's first North American
> album release and tour which included two sold-out New York appearances at
> Joe's Pub and Bowery Ballroom.  Earlier in 2010, Elisa and Carmen Consoli
> were the only new generation female voices chosen by Italy's storied Sanremo
> Festival to re-interpret classic songs drawn from the event's 60-year
> history.  Elisa won the San Remo competition in 2001 with her composition
> "Luce", the Italian language lyrics written by superstar Zucchero.  Hailing
> from the region of Friuli, whose national borders were redrawn multiple
> times in modern conflicts, Elisa's work has always looked outward.  Her most
> recent studio effort, 2009's Heart, features a duet with the British-born,
> New York-based Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons.
> 
> On Tuesday, October 12 (Le) Poisson Rouge becomes the site of the the
> Italian diaspora's intersection with Latin America in a double bill
> consisting of Negrita (http://www.myspac...­) and Roy Paci
> (http://www.myspac...­).
> 
> Formed in Arezzo, award-winning alternative-rockers Negrita are widely
> considered the most influential act on the Italian scene of the last
> generation.  Extended South American sojourns have seen the platinum-selling
> Tuscans on tour in Argentina, Chile and Brazil.  Recorded collaborations
> with the likes of Colombian mega-star Juanes and the socially conscious
> Brazilian rapper Gabriel o Pensador have fine-tuned the band's sound into
> the rock-based global-mix of Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese
> languages which can be heard on Negrita's most recent album HELLdorado.
> Negrita have recently toured Spain with like-minded Argentine rockers
> Bersuit.
> 
> Spain is also the site where Sicilian trumpeter Roy Paci hit the global
> stage as a member of Manu Chao's Radio Bemba recording and touring outfit.
> A child prodigy, the Sicilian-born Paci cut his teeth in the island's jazz
> and folk music circuits.  He moved to Uruguay as a young man and immersed
> himself in the sounds of the Rio De La Plata and Musica Popular Brasileira
> (MPB), working south from Buenos Aires up to Salvador da Bahia from his
> Montevideo base.  When Paci returned to Europe, he developed a career as one
> of international music's most sought after sidemen working with the likes of
> Zap Mama, Macaco as well as US-based acts such as New York City's Gogol
> Bordello and Los Angeles' Mike Patton.  Ongoing Paci projects include a
> three trumpet line-up along with the Klezmatics' Frank London and Serbian
> virtuoso Boban Markovi�� called Il Terrone, l'Ebreo e lo Zingaro ("terrone"'s
> literal meaning being "farmer" but used as derogatory term for Southern
> Italians, The Jew and The Gypsy) and la Banda Ionica, a group which explores
> Sicily's traditional funeral marches.
> 
> As a band leader, Paci's solo project Aretuska has been featured on no less
> than three editions of WOMAD.  A sort of Louis Prima -- with shades of Doc
> Severinsen -- for the Global age, Roy Paci & Aretuska served as house band
> for Italy's wildly popular late-night TV chat show Zelig.  Calling himself a
> "Latinista", Paci sings in Italian, Sicilian, Spanish, Portuguese and
> English often mixing languages from line to line creating a unique and
> frenetic pop/world music mix.  Additionally, Paci has collaborated in Italy
> with acts well known to New York audiences including Jovanotti, Vinicio
> Capossela as well as Peppe Voltarelli in the film The Legend of Tony Vilar
> (TriBeCa Film Festival 2007).
> 
> A special (H)it Week concert performance by contemporary Italian composer
> and pianist Ludovico Einaudi (http://www.myspac...­)
> will take place on Friday October 8, 2010 at the Angel Orensanz Foundation.
> Especially popular in the UK where he has sold out London's Royal Albert
> Hall, Einaudi is familiar to New York audiences that have caught previous
> performances of his compositions at Lincoln Center.  Einaudi's minimalist
> mix of acoustic piano and subtle electronics have made his work a mainstay
> in television and film music internationally.  Einaudi's diverse
> collaborators range from Malian harp-master Ballake Sissoko to electronica
> artists German Robert and Ronald Lippok, favorites on the indie circuit with
> their band To Rococco Rot.  Einaudi's grandfather served a 7-year term as
> Italy's second president.  His father Giulio founded one of Europe's most
> respected publishing houses, working with authors such as Italo Calvino and
> Primo Levi. 
> 
> A complete list of confirmed (H)it Week events is below.  (H)it Week will
> continue its 2nd edition in Los Angeles from October 13 - 17 2010.  The
> (H)it Week name is a combination of the words Hit and Week.  The letter H is
> not pronounced in Italian.
> 
> ELISA:  Monday, October 11, 2010 @ Highline Ballroom
> 
> Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
> 431 W 16th St (between 9th and 10th Ave)
> Concert starts @ 8PM (Doors open @ 6PM)
> Tickets: $20.00 in advance / $25.00 day of show
> Info.: http://www.highli...­ or (212)[masked]
> Tickets: 
> http://www.ticket...;­
> eventId=[masked]
> 
> NEGRITA and ROY PACI & Aretuska:  Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ (Le) Poisson
> Rouge
> 
> (Le) Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
> 158 Bleeker St (@ Thompson St)
> Concert starts @ 8:00PM (Doors open @ 7:00PM)
> Tickets: $20.00 in advance / $25.00 day of show
> Info.: http://lepoissonr...­ or (212)[masked]
> Tickets: https://secure.gig...­
> 
> LUDOVICO EINAUDI Special (H)it Week Performance:  Friday, October 8, 2010 @
> Angel Orensanz Foundation
> 
> Angel Orensanz Foundation
> 172 Norfolk St (between Houston and Stanton)
> Concert starts @ 9:30PM (Doors open @ 8:00PM)
> Tickets: $30.00 Main - $40.00 Balcony
> Info.: (310)[masked]
> Tickets: http://www.intick...­
> 
> 
> (Photo Left - Right: Ludovico Einaudi; Elisa; Negrita; Roy Paci & Aretuska)
> 

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