June 1, 2012

La Grande Madre with Pino Daniele and John Turturro

June 6, 2012
6:00 PM

New York University
24 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

Pino Daniele and John Turturro in conversation with:

Letizia Airos, journalist,
Editor of i-Italy.org
Massimo Gallotta, Producer
Stefano Albertini, Director, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

A conversation about the importance of Naples as a source of inspiration for both artists, and about their collaboration in Turturro’s movie “Passione,” which features the famous hit song “Napule è” by Pino Daniele, released in 1977 and considered one of the most powerful declarations of love to Naples ever sung.

The event will take place on the eve of Pino Daniele’s first US concert for 2012. On June 7, the artist will perform at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, where he will present the American audience with tracks from his new album. Click here for information and ticketing for the concert.

Analyzing the importance of Naples as a source of artistic inspiration, Turturro’s “Passione” is a remarkable case-study: the Italian-American director decided to embark on a journey of discovery of Naples’ music and musicality. From the “bel canto” tradition to the newest popular sounds, Turturro documents the immense cultural heritage of Neapolitan music, and does so by directly involving Neapolitan artists in the process. Among these artists is Pino Daniele.

The sound of Naples permeates the musical DNA of Pino Daniele, from the debut album “Terra Mia” to the latest works. His songs echo Mediterranean vibrations, mixing the Neapolitan dialect’s peculiar musicality to influences from different genres. The result is a unique “world music” sound, his creative hallmark, also characterizing his latest record, “La Grande Madre,” released last March, about which Daniele will answer questions at Casa Italiana. 

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò has been offering for years an intense calendar of events in many different cultural and social fields, such as art exhibits, concerts, lectures, screenings and previews, literary presentations and awards, and other events open to the public, all of which pertinent to Italian culture and made available - in English - for an American audience. Unless stated otherwise, all events are FREE and open to the general public. It is not possible to reserve seats and seating will take place on a first-come first-serve basis.

This event will be in ENGLISH and ITALIAN