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10/12/2018
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Oral History: Newpoli Italian Performing Group

Stephen Winick interviews Carmen Marsico, Angela Rossi and Bjorn Wennas of Newpoli. Newpoli performs folk songs and dance music from southern Italy, mainly from the regions of Campania and Puglia.They integrate a wide variety of styles such as Tarantella-Pizzica, Tammuriata, Villanella and the Neapolitan Canzone, encompassing music from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Because Italian folk music, with the exception of a small number of Neapolitan songs, has not received much global attention or recognition, Newpoli concerts are often the first exposure audience members have to these traditions, even among Italians. Newpoli members are careful to highlight the joy and beauty of the music while explaining the rituals behind the dances and the ancient stories described in the lyrics. Most of the members are graduates of the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, and are proficient on a wide range of folk and early instruments including bagpipes, flutes, drums, accordions, viols and lutes.