On Friday, March 2, Flushing Town Hall presents an evening of southern Italian music and dance when Newpoli takes the stage with a repertoire of upbeat, danceable folk music that merges influences from Africa, the Middle East, and Greece.
The award-winning Newpoli has a unique and powerful sound, with a modern take on traditional music, and is an inspiring interpreter of southern Italy’s taranta, drawing deeply from this lesser-known music genre. The group stirs up a mesmerizing meld of traditional Italian folk music, Greek, and Turkish grooves, Mediterranean and Spanish colors, and a contemporary sensibility they call Mediterranean Pulse – Ritmi della Terra.
You can see highlights from Newpoli performances here. The group is fronted by singers Carmen Marsico and Angela Rossi, a pair that PopMatters called “visual and musical cynosures with their contrasting looks and twining vocal lines.” The tamburello, played by virtuoso Fabio Pirozzolo, pounds out the heartbeat of Newpoli’s music, and the singers launch into a frenetic dance destined to bring audience members to their feet. Newpoli’s latest album is Nun te vutà, which won the 2016 Independent Music Award for “Best World Traditional Album.”
Tickets – which you can purchase here – are $16/$10 Members and Students. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222. This winter and Spring, Flushing Town Hall will continue to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program”, which is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture, all 13- to 19-year-olds (whether a member or not) are welcome to attend any performance for free.
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens.Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.