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Gioiamia 04:54
101 02:20
Addàura 05:53
Tagliavia 04:04
sketches 2a 01:16
sketches 2b 01:55
sketches 2c 00:21
sketches 2d 01:37
Charleston 05:39
Punta Raisi 08:25


Music by Blaise Siwula, Rocco John Iacovone, Giancarlo Mazzù, Luciano Troja

Blaise Siwula (R) : Clarinet, Alto Sax (on tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 15)
Rocco John Iacovone (L): Soprano Sax, Alto Sax (on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 12, 13, 15)
Giancarlo Mazzù: Electric Guitar, Voice, Drums
Luciano Troja: Piano

What you hear on this album was captured live-in-studio on a Spring afternoon in Palermo, after a week of concerts that the quartet played around Sicily. It was spontaneously composed in a free flow of ideas, with no edits and no overdubs, resulting in music that comes from Palermo's atmospheres, mysteries and secret corners.
There is in fact a lot to be inspired by in the capital city of Sicily, an island which has been for millennia at the crossroads of civilizations. There are the prehistoric graffiti in the Addaura cave, on the coastal side of Mount Pellegrino, the hill overlooking Palermo, attesting the presence of humans beginning in the Paleolithic. Not far from the Addaura cave, the tropical-color panorama of Mondello opens up to a sandy bay, whose seafront promenade doesn't go unnoticed not least due to The Old Bathhouse known to the locals as 'Charleston', a building unique of its kind and one of the most beautiful flowers of European Art Nouveau style. Once you get into the city center you may want to take a bus, might be the 101 line, and have a general impression of the city's everyday life. After that you may also want to have a walk in the alleys of the older districts, bearing such suggestive street names as 'Sedie Volanti' ('Flying Chairs') or 'Gioiamia' ('My love'), and there learn from the locals why, when the figures don't add up and it's impossible to have accurate information, they say: “it's the number of the Devils of the Zisa!”.
The time the quartet spent in Sicily, which resulted in the music on this album, was of particular significance especially to Rocco John Iacovone, as he has stated once back in the USA: “Sicily was an experience beyond my wildest dreams. It is the place of my ancestral home, my roots; filled with amazing art, culture, music, and great food. It is serene with a natural beauty both peaceful and rugged at the same time. It is a land filled with good, generous people and friends all full of life. I hope to come “home” to Sicily again and again. It is a miraculous place."


released October 30, 2018

Produced by Luciano Troja, Giancarlo Mazzù, Luca Rinaudo

Recorded live-in-studio on May 5, 2017 by Luca Rinaudo and Danilo Romancino at Zeit Studio (Palermo, Italy)
Mixed and mastered by Luca Rinaudo at Zeit Studio (Palermo, Italy)

Art direction and graphic design: Antonio Cusimano | 3112htm

Original painting on inlay: Denise Fusco Iacovone

Product manager: Gianluca Cangemi

This album is dedicated to Manlio Nicosia


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