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A fresh take on traditional Italian music

Newpoli, a band Songlines says grabs “southern Italian traditional music by the neck and recasts it in a dramatic style,” will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Avalon Theatre’s Stoltz Listening Room in Easton. “What you can experience in a Newpoli show,” said Suzy Moore, house manager at the Avalon, “is virtuoso Fabio Pirozzolo pounding out the heartbeat of the band’s music on the Italian tamburello as female singers start up an energetic dance to high-tempo music full of drama and passion.” Fronted by singers Carmen Marsico and Angela Rossi, Newpoli offers an interpretation of southern Italy’s taranta tradition. The group stirs up a sound that melds traditional Italian folk music, Greek and Turkish grooves, Mediterranean and Spanish colors, and a contemporary sensibility it calls “Mediterranean Pulse — Ritmi della Terra.” Tickets are $25, and available by calling the Avalon box office (410-822-7299) or visiting