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The harmonic symbiosis between well-established memories and inevitable present experiences, is the formula from which the expressiveness of the Isola originates, and the concert is only the natural synthesis of this journey…
music of strong expressive
value and theatrical flavour, it communicates
the rhythms most connected to the earth and the most rarified
atmosphere of dreams. It is a
poetry of instruments, of sonority exquisitely acoustic and of electronics
which are alternated and wed with
entertainment and elegance in a distinctly charming fashion.
the concerts, stories and legends intertwine to inspire dance or sober
listening with a
communicative energy that leaves a key to understanding this language even
to those who may not speak it. The
Italian language and the Sicilian dialect become a single voice: sometimes
purely melodic sometimes recitative, sometimes determined to the point of
prolonged emotional extension.
research done by the group Isola among the roots of the Mediterranean
culture, outstretches to welcome the sacredness of the places, which is
hidden behind the traditions and customs of the people, in order to get to
the feelings and emotions of the inhabitants of the single, great island
research has resulted in three record productions.
first, “St’isola" (This Island), produced in 1997 by the Jasad B Cultural Association
in conjunction with department of culture pro tempore of the local
government, which printed the first 1000 copies of the record: contains 10
tracks whose themes concern the stories, legends, traditions and customs
of the people of the South.
second, “Mundus Imaginalis”, was produced in 2000 by CNI, Compagnie
Nuove Indye, of Rome (www.cnimusic.it)
which is also the distributor.
work, in which the acoustic coexists with the electronic, includes 9
tracks which represent a voyage to an interworld suspended between the
real and the imaginary, where dreams are combined with reality and the
sacred with the secular.
third, which was produced in 2004 by CNI, Look Studio and Elikonia of Rome,
is entitled “Dea” (Goddess), the ancient phrase meaning “woman much loved”; there are 11
tracks concerning the delicate, complex and magical feminine world; from
“Lucy”, the oldest woman on earth found in Africa and here ascended to
the level of Eve first-born daughter, first mother and female archetype;
through the Mediterranean colours and flavours of “Ars Culinaria”, and
through the sensual instinctiveness of the
“Lupa”, a character taken from the novel by Verga of the same
name; to “Veronica”, inspired by a painting by Migneco (“La Veronica
of Calabria”) in which a woman shows the sheet soiled with blood from
the loss of her virginity after the first night of marriage, here seen as
a symbol of the oppressive conditions of women in too many parts of the
From the stories collected in this magical land of Sicily, or sometimes invented, IOLANDA VACALEBRE, the group vocalist who is the composer of the words and the music, creates the literary structure of the tracks from which the harmony, the melody and the rhythm is woven.
music and most of the arrangements are by NICOLA RUSTICA, who, together
with Iolada Vacalebre founded the group Isola in Messina in 1995.
The following year, GIOVANNI CRISPINO, polinstrumentalist, composer
and arranger, joined the group. He
associates to his knowledge of bow and plectrum instruments , an extensive
knowledge of computers and technology.
trio avails itself of the collaboration of professionals dealing in
musical scenery which gives life to different atmospheres and various
versions of the concert. The complete formation, with GIORGIO DI BELLA (drums,
percussion) and FABIO SODANO (flautes).
musical group Isola was selected first among the twelve groups chosen at
the 10th edition of the “Arezzo
Wave Festival” in 1996 out of a total of
965 Italian groups. It
was also included in the medley produced by BMG, with the track “Panagia”,
which tells the story of a ritual still in use today in a community in the
area of Messina, in which a sorceress
drives the fire of St. Anthony (better known as herpes zoster) away from
the body of a patient;
group is also present in French medleys (Italia Nuove Indye) produced by
CNI; in the medley “Le
Regine della Musica” produced by Fabbri Editori and distributed by RCS ;
;in the medley "Antologia della Musica Siciliana" (Anthology) produced by Recording Arts in October 2006 with international distribution.
was invited in September 2002
to represent the island of Sicily in a concert
during the fifth Italian stopover of “WOMAD”, the multiethnic festival
created by Peter Gabriel and organized all over the world.
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