Tony Marotta

Tony Marotta, contributing writer, Radio Italia 91.1FM<

Elisa

November 2013
It is usually easier to take the path of least resistance and "play it safe". Musical virtuosos, such as Elisa Toffoli, however are not "wired that way". She was born in the province of Trieste, a border town in the northeastern region of...


Emma Marrone, a fearless and principled performer

September 2013
Courage is often seen as fundamental component of success and the most important of human virtues. History is replete with instances of extraordinary accomplishments that came as a direct result of bold convictions. Scientific discoveries,...


Castaldo is enjoying the fruits of his labor

August 2013
The nearly twenty-year professional music recording career of michéal CASTALDO is a classic example of how art imitates life. It strikes me as having been a process not unlike the life cycle of the native Calabrian bergamot citrus fruit....


Pronti? It's Festival Season

July 2013
One sure sign of summer having arrived is the beginning of Italian Festival Season. Italians across the United States can usually find a cultural celebration taking place within hours if not minutes from wherever they may live. The 2013 National...


Jovanotti

June 2013
He is one of Italy's most recognized and beloved pop stars. His style is so broad and diverse that it cannot be described with a mere few words. Indeed, trying to identify his motivations or explain the reasons that drive the man known as...


Carmen Consoli, a distinctive voice and tenacious rocker

April 2013
Success in the competitive world of music is measured in different ways. For some, it is the skill to author compositions, which touch the masses. For others, it is the ability to enchant their followers with charismatic charm. For the rest, it...


Max Gazzé, unconventional and worldly eclectic

March 2013
The sum of the parts that comprise the whole being of Italian singer/songwriter and bassist Massimiliano Gazzé is replete with the sights, sounds, flavors and experiences of a lifetime spent in foreign countries, perpetually on the move....


Malika Ayane, a new face of Italian Music

February 2013
Italy, like many other countries in Western Europe, has been undergoing a radical transformation in the makeup of its population as foreign immigrants and displaced refugees have found throughout the Italian peninsula. This trend has had a...


Moda', from obstacles to success

December 2012
The seemingly "overnight" success of the Italian pop-rock group Modà has actually been fraught with turmoil and challenges along the way. The group was founded in Milan during the summer of 2002 by charismatic front man and singer/songwriter...


Syria (Musical bloodlines and boundless energy)

December 2011
It is said that a child is a product of their environment as they begin to mature and grow. Cecilia Cipressi, better known as Syria, is no exception to this rule. She is an endowed singer, songwriter and actress who was raised in a musical family....


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