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Dear young people from all ages,

An update about  my upcoming performances.

As you know, travelling around is my main activity. Just back from Prague. Breathing atmosphears, sharing and researching old and new sounds. This season has been full of satisfactions. As I wrote in the last post, I had an extraordinary experience teaching in Poland to mervelous open students and also in a dance festival in Krakow.

December 2014 will be a busy and an important month for me. I was asked to play music for the show 100% Amsterdam, a great theatrical concept produced by Rimini Protokoll that has been presented in the biggest cities of the whole world. It’s an huge production with 100 people on the exclusive Royal stage of Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg. Take notes: from december 10th to the 13th. Don’t miss it!

AcquAria project, in the meantime, continues to be appreciated by very attentieve audiences through Europe.

Mezrab collective Applause

With the Master Sahand Sahebdivani – Storyteller of the year 2014 – and the Mezrab Collective, we are having beautiful experiences around the Netherlands at prestigious venues. After Concert Gebouw Amsterdam, Podium Mozaiek and TU Delft, we will be performing with bunches of top musician at Erasmuspark on january 4th! If you like Storytelling there’s where you want to be!

The repertory of Caspian Scratch Trio, after a beautiful tour in Berlin, is finally ready to kick some ass! Delightful Music to jump and to shake yourself. You will hear very soon about this band! Here a video from a spontaneus live performance. Enjoy it!

With Tamorra quartet we are recording a couple of songs that we will spread around very soon. On december 5th we will perform with a larger group at Fullmoon Babylon at Grounds/WMDC Rotterdam where we will also record some nice videoclip.

One more news: I am very proud to announce the birth of a special Duo project I am working on with the excellent Marije Nie, poet of steps. Together we created a piece called Passi/e where we combine traditions and innovations, percussion workshop, roots and directions, folk music and tap dancing. We will be presenting our program at Mezrab on january 16th soon at Splendor Amsterdam. Check out this brilliant artist: she is a power of nature! And together… well, I guess you can imagine the result!

Everything for now! I will keep you posted about many other news. See you soon!

Yours,

V


Hello foolks!

Just a couple of upgrading about my activity…

This winter in Amsterdam has been very clement. Now officially spring is flourishing with many news.

With my partner Nicola Scagliozzi, we have been performing in many venues in The Netherlands with lots of success as Musica ViNicola. Between the others I would like to notice the concert at Grounds Podium – World Music and Dance Center in Rotterdam and Podium MozaiekTobacco Theater and Mezrab in Amsterdam. People was very surprised by our powerful sound! In april we will have more concert upcoming, I will keep you posted. Meanwhile, more projects and ideas are in progress.

I was recently asked from the Director of the Bytom Theater and Dance Academy in Poland to teach a course on the Sicilian culture and music patrimony. This experience will be for me an exciting and satisfying event and will happen at the beginning of may. After that I will be busy with concerts between Netherlands, Belgium and France with few bands: a Solo project, Musica ViNicola, Tamorra XL, Duo Marziano and the new born Caspian Scratch Band.

Till soon, I will keep you posted for the appointment of the next seasons. Stay tuned!!

 


Hello dear people,

summer it’s almost gone!

I came back from the US in june where I had a very successful tour with Michela Musolino and the project AcquAria. The American audience was very enthusiastic and appreciated the performance very much. We performed in NJ, NY, MA, CT and Illinois (we had a great show at Old Town Schoo of Folk Music in Chicago!).

Afterwards, l I had great time in Italy with good friends in places of rare beauty. Now, the fall is coming and few important appointments are waiting to me. It’s almost time to travel again.  I will be teaching music in the Netherlands and Poland soon.

I would like to notice a beautiful interview I had in America by the music journalist Gianluca tramontana for Resonance FM Radio, which broadcasts in NYC and London. Enjoy the discussion and my bizarre english and… I will get back soon to you!

Have a good life!


Welcome friends,

Long time ago the last post! In the meanwhile a lots of things happened and many miles have been traveled… A short trip to Germany, a car travel to Sicily and… here again in the US! AcquAria going to perform at important venues till june 2013. Hereby a provisory list of the shows. Stay tuned for more details!

April 18th, York CUNY, Jamaica, NY – 

April 22nd, East Meadow Long Island

May 18th, Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham, MA

May 19th, Montauk, LI

May 22, Shrine World Music Venue, NYC

June 6th – 9th, Sea Music Festival – Mystic CT

June 19 & 20 Old Town School, Chicago, IL

sincerely Yours: Vincenzo


Dear Friends,

The new year came with a bunch of news! First of all I was amazed to perform with Katapulta, my funny band in Amsterdam. We played at BadHuisTheater, a little cozy theater. (Here some pictures of it!) The concert was sold out and people was impressed by the power of our repertoire! Everybody was dancing onSouthern Italian Music without any difficulty. Just enjoying the energy of the warm South!

Bad Huismad band Smiling gipsy flying dutch Tuccio e Pantuccioscreaming

Many appointment for me in the next months! I’m going to have a couple of gigs with my fellow accordionist Erik De Jong and the magic of Duo Marziano, here in The Netherlands.

In april and in june I will be busy again in the United States with AcquAria featuring the singer Michela Musolino. Among all the places in which we will perform, I want to report you the CUNY University in New York City, the East Meadow Library in Long Island and some performances in Chicago, including Old Town School.

What more? Stay tuned for more details and contact me if you need some infos! Everyone of you is welcome in my music!

CIAO!

yours Vincenzo


Dear Friends,

just came back from the States and the Netherlands!

I had long and successful tour on the North-Atlantic coast with my project AcquAria feat. American singer Michela Musolino. All the public amazed by the expressiveness of our Sicilian roots music, gave us enduring applauses and standing ovations on every performances. It happened also to meet beautiful people, producers and high-level artists.

The next tour will be in April 2013.

Soon, the release of Katapulta’s CD in Amsterdam and.. more and more.

Well, a lot of things are happening. Please, be tuned on this website for further infos. To close

I want to wish you all the best for the upcoming new year and lot of good hope for OUR future. We got it in our hands! Let’s be grateful to the life and try to keep the world beautiful, as it is already.

Till soon,
Vincenzo

 
Leslie Ebony

Dear Friends,

My travels don’t stop!

This September I was busy in The Netherlands. An amazing tamburello workshop at Stiggelbout Schlagwerk (my great Sponsor), in Groningen. On 29th of September I had a beautiful theatrical experience with wonderful Leslie Ebony & co. at Crea Cafè, Amsterdam. This is the name of the show: Happiness! Was a big success… sold out!

 

Now… I’m back to USA!! 😉

I will be on tour all the month of october in the East Coast. The project “Sempri AmMari” by AcquAria is invited to perform in several venues in 6 American States. On Friday, 12th of  October, the Première at American Maritime Museum of Mysticm Seaport (CT). Then, we will perform our show in Philadelphia,  Rhode Island, Massachussets and several times in New York City. Please take a look of my agenda for further details!

I will let you know more… Till soon!


 

Dear Friends,

I will give a tamburello workshop in Groningen (NL) on the 15th of September, organized by Stiggelbout Schlagwek.

It will be a great day, full of music, beats, stories in the middle of high quality percussion instruments…

The store is amazing (my dream’s space!), people mervelous and… I will let you enjoy with sicilian music!

See you there!!!

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VINCENZO CASTELLANA
Vincenzo Castellana is een virtuoze percussionist uit Sicilië. Hij is opgegroeid met Siciliaanse en Zuid-Italiaanse muziek. Hij bespeelt onder meer de tamboerijn, tamburello, framedrums en darbukka. Hij heeft met talloze groepen en projecten over de hele wereld gespeeld. Een van de meest aansprekende is het opnemen van fimmuziek met Ennio Morricone in 2009.
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Dear Friends,

Back again to Amsterdam!

The solo performance at Noorderparkkamer in Florapark and the little concert at Langendijk Eetcafè was very nice and representative! Solar people in a rainy day!

In the beginning of july with Katapulta Band we will record a disc. Will be an amazing experience and the sound will be energetic. CD release coming soon!!

After recording I’ll quickly travel to London to play with my dear friend Giovanni Cacioppo and few international musician in a world music project.

On the 8th of july another event in Amsterdam with Katapulta: PROFILE Eindexamenexpositie 2011/2012

Stay tuned!!


Dear Friends,

Right now, I’m in Sicily!

I’d like to tell you about my next shows. Coming soon…

Touring with Piccola Orchestra Malarazza: on the 22nd of june we will perform at Simposio Agrigento.

On June 24th, I’ll give two performances in Amsterdam: at 15:00 I’ll give a solo performance representing Sicily at Noorderparkkamer (click for infos and the program); at 17:00 I’ll perform with Sud al Nord Trio at Langendijk Eetcafè (near the beer mill).

Looking forward to see you at the shows!

 

Dear Friends,

New release the amazing DVD “Sulle Orme dei Suoni” directed by Michele Piccione and S.A.C. Associated.

An ethnomusicological travel in Sicily.

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Vincenzo Castellana

You can contact me here for further infos


Welcome Friends,

today, 30th of january is my 30th birthday.

We’ll have a nice party… Come to celebrate with me!!

Ciao!


Well found friends!

The new year starts with many things!

Info about the tambourine course…


 

Sudio Lingua presenta:

Muziekcursus: introductie tot de Siciliaanse tamboerijn – vanaf 11 januari 2012


U picciottuVINCENZO CASTELLANA BEGELEIDT U OP EEN ONTDEKKINGSTOCHT NAAR EEN ‘MUZIEKMIDDEL’ DAT EEN ZEER OUDE OORSPRONG HEEFT, EN ZICH DIRECT LAAT BESPELEN.
DE TAMBOERIJN BEHOORT TOT DE FAMILIE VAN DE ‘OMRANDE TROMMELS’. VORMEN VAN HET INSTRUMENT VINDEN WE IN ALLE TIJDPERKEN EN CULTUREN.
IN DEZE CURSUS VERWERFT U DE EERSTE, VOORAL PRAKTISCHE BEGINSELEN VAN HET  BESPELEN VAN DE TAMBOERIJN.DE TAMBOERIJN IS EEN SIMPEL INSTRUMENT MET EEN GROTE VEELZIJDIGHEID. U ZULT HET ZELF ONTDEKKEN!
DE CURSUS IS GESCHIKT VOOR IEDEREEN DIE VAN MUZIEK HOUDT – OOK VOOR HEN DIE GEEN ERVARING HEBBEN IN HET BESPELEN VAN EEN INSTRUMENT. U MAAKT KENNIS MET DE SICILIAANSE VOLKSMUZIEK, EN IN HET BIJZONDER MET DE ROL VAN DE TAMBOERIJN DAARIN.

 

ZEVEN LESSEN VAN TWEE UUR, ELKE WOENSDAG, VANAF WOENSDAG 11 JANUARI 2012 (TOT EN MET 22 FEBRUARI 2012), AANVANG 19 UUR. DE VOERTAAL IS ITALIAANS MET WAAR NODIG UITLEG IN HET ENGELS.
DE CURSUS WORDT AFGESLOTEN MET EEN KLEINE GEZAMENLIJKE UITVOERING.
KOSTEN:  110 EURO, EXCLUSIEF HET MATERIAAL

Welcome back friends!

Erik De Jong and Vincenzo Castellana

Few wonderful reloading days / nella mia bella Sicilia … … … …

I spent an hour on air in a stimulating conversation… full of content. In Palermo, as guest of my friend Filippa Dolce at Radio Action. Playing, telling stories, chatting… food for the soul.

Again on my trip way! Palermo – Amsterdam by car. Come back to this huge village leaves me beautiful sensation… The lights on the water, the bikes, the ladys… :) I missed you!

Meanwhile December came! Duo Marziano played already in the “Vlaamse Arsenaal” of Nijmegen , at Archeon in Alphen Aan den Rijn, at Q-Bus, in Leiden (sharing the stage with plenty of graceful musician and people. The name of the band are SnaarmaarwaarNaragonia,  please check on the web for more infos).

Last sunday another radio experience. As special guest of Nello and Radio Cicada located into the Pakhuis de Zwijger, in Amsterdam. That network broadcasts in all southern Europe. Performing live and chatting about Sicilian heritage; anthropological topics concerning the prominence of the roots music. After the radio, a Slow Food party in Amsterdam Noord :)

Also many gigs are planned for the band Sud AL Nord, it’s Christmas time!

I wish you all the best,

till soon. Stay cool!

V


 

Dear Friends,photo © ana berry

Back to Amsterdam! My American trip was really awesome (PO CHEMU NIET TOUR! There’s who can understand it!) and I discovered a lots of friends!!

This was my best first time in New York City!! I will definitely go back there. I feel home there!

Who wants can see the short of AcquAria’s concert on NYU – Casa Italiana “Zerilli -Marimò” clicking on this link: http://www.casaitaliananyu.org/content/multimedia#page_top (look for AcquAria short)
Couple of months full of performaces (or as the Dutchs say “Optredens”)with Duo Marzianoin the Netherlands

Please take a look on my agenda (finally updated!!) for further details…

Have fun and to the next news!

Ciao!


Dear Friends,

This trip is over. I love NYC and NYC love me! Great chapter #1!

A lots of good people, feelings, gifts… Thanks so much to everyone! I will definitely come back soon! AcquAria project will go ahead…



 

Dear Friends,

tomorrow afternoon AcquAria band will be on line on WPKN radio. One of the best world music radio of America based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. We will perform Sicilian Music for the sea. Who wants can listen us on this site: http://www.wpkn.org/ontheair.html

Please leave comments…

USA time: 13.00 PM / European time: 19.00 PM. Amazing time in America!!!

Ciao! To the next news!


Dear Friends,

yesterday we had a beautiful concert at Casa Italiana “Zerilli Marimò”. This is an Italian cultural center of the New York University. People, friends, journalists, Americans, Sicilian Americans an all around the world public was listening and appreciating the songs and the musics that the band AcquAria dedicated to the Sicilian Sea in our project Sempri amMari. Was a great experience for us and the auditorium. This is only the beginning!!! Soon the video and the pictures of the soiree.

Saturday we will start with Halloween’s parties. Monday, october 31, everybody invited to Anyway Cafè, between 2nd street and 2nd Avenue, in the East Village. During the Halloween Night we will perform our program of Sicilian Music there! Please come!

Bye!

 


Dear Friends,

Today was great day! Morning started with a radio interview in New Jersey, were we played live. ICN Radio has hosted us a whole hour asking us aboutAcquAria projects and the next appointment here in the United States.

Last night we performed in trio in the East Village, at the 5th anniversary of the Sicilian restaurant Cacio e Vino, on the 2nd Avenue. All the people had an amazing soirèe with high quality food, drinks and, of course… our intense music. Everybody enjoyed it! Infos and pictures here.

Thursday 20 Oct we will perform again at Cellar 58 in Manhattan. Friday morning 21, again Radio ICN, in the Queens, will host us for an interview about our work. The transmission is called Buongiorno Italia and is conduced by Sal Palmeri. Saturday 22 we will be in the Queens, playing a concert in quintet at Bayside’s library…

New YorkCity people really love Sicilian music!!


Dear Friends,

Yesterday was a great success in the Columbus Day Parade! Michela Musolino and I, we were guests of the Comites of NY and CT.

We received a lots of applause and a warm reception from the Sicilian and Italian Community along 5th Avenue! Long live the tarantella effect!


Dear Friends,

I’m glad to communicate you that we had a very nice evening, in the Public Library of Montclair, we marked the 40th anniversary of Cross-Cultural Communications, foreign language publisher of poetry.

With Michela Musolino and Vito Galante we brought some Sicilian music to celebrate Stanley & Bebe Barkan’s first 40 years of CCC and we wish them another 40!

Soon the pictures of the eve!

 

 


Dear Friends,

A long visit to the Big Apple!

I’m invited to discover the city life, music and feelings

of one of the most bizarre metropolis.

Let’s go ahead!


 

 

Dear friends,

The event Taste of Amsterdam 2011 was even more enhanced by the music of Sud al Nord!

Excellent sunny days in Amstelpark, with a beautiful energy, new and old friends, high quality products and beautiful energy.Enthusiastic visitors and exhibitors about our performance. A great success! A big applause to the organization.