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Alessandra Belloni


Alessandra Belloni - Singer, Percussionist, Dancer, Actress, Director of Italian theatre Group I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

A REMO Signature Series Artist with her line of Italian tambourines.

A REMO ARTIST, Alessandra is the first to introduce her line of Italian signature series tambourines especially designed with the internationally renowned REMO INC, leader in the industry of percussion. She is also the Artistic Director/Founder/Lead Performer of "I Giullari di Piazza", Italian Music, Theatre and Dance, Artists in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York City.
Often called a "MEDITERRANEAN VOLCANO"Alessandra Belloni is a singer, tambourine virtuoso, dancer and actress, she was born in Italy, and is committed to preserving the strong and rich traditions of her culture. The only woman in the U.S. and in Italy who specializes in Southern Italian percussion combined with ritual dances and singing, that she learned from the old people in the field research, and also with the legendary Italian percussionist Alfio Antico.
She has spent more than twenty years participating every Summer in the authentic drumming Festivals in remote areas of Southern Italy, held in honor of the Black Madonna and as rituals of purification.
She has also created a special collaboration with master drummer Glen Velez, with whom she has performed and recorded her last CDs. Under invitation of Nana Vasconcellos and Gilberto Gil, she was featured in PERC PAN `98, in Bahia, Brazil, one of the best Percussion Festivals with artists from all over the world. She was nominated among the three best drummers of World Percussion by DRUM MAGAZINE, along with Baba Olatunji, Mickey Hart, with Arthur Hull winner of first prize. She recently had feature stories in Modern Drummer, Rhythm & Drum Magazine, and wrote articles for Percussive Notes Magazine. In the last years she has created a new World Music Sound, cross-cultural operas and percussion ensembles.

With her one woman show "Rhythm is the Cure" she tours across the US and Internationally, performing and teaching workshops in places like WOMAD (Seattle), RHYTHM STICKS, Royal Festival Hall (London), Teatro Castro Alves (Salvador,Bahia) PASIC (Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville) Drumming at the Pyramids (Egypt), Julliard (New York), Oberlin (Ohio), PERKUSIA (Warsaw), Berkeley World Percussion Festival (Boston) Monterey World Music Festival, Conservatory of Milan ( Italy), Italian PAS & I SUONI DAL MONDO (Trento, Italy) Royal Marine School School of Music (England), UHURU- Weltmusikladen , VALS, (Switzerland), Theatre of SESC Ipiranga (Brazil) with Siba from Mestre Ambrosio, Cultural Center in Tel Aviv together with master percussionist Zohar Fresco. Recently she has been featured on TV with Worldbeat (CNN)

Alessandra Belloni has studied acting at H.B. Studios, Voice with Prof. Michael Warren, Mime and Commedia dell'Arte with Dario Fo (1997 Literature Nobel Prize) at New York University. She has worked in theatre and film both in New York: "Next Stop the Greenwich Village" by Paul Mazursky and in Italy with Anna Magnani : "La Lupa", and Federico Fellini "Casanova".

She founded "I Giullari di Piazza" with classical guitarist/Composer John La Barbera in 1979, and was Artist in Residence at New York University for 10 years. Lately she has created cross-cultural productions dedicated to Mother Earth, featuring the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, African and Latin American Artists and is featured on the PBS documentary : "LA FESTA" with "The Voyage of the Black Madonna". She also won the Award as the Italian American Woman of the Year 1996, for her achievements in music and theatre, and the Community Arts Project Award from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In the Fall 1997 she was awarded a special grant from the Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund for a residency with the women studies at SUNY Fredonia.

Ms. Belloni teaches special healing workshops combining percussion and dance at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and in Ialy and Brazil together with healing specialist Dr. Jose Bittar. As guest artist she cllaborates with the Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels Company, expanding her work in the origins of tarantella as music & dance therapy. At the Cathedral of St. John the Divine she holds regular classes on Italian tambourines and ritual dances.

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