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• Director of Italian theatre Group I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
• Author of the book/DVD RHYTHM IS THE CURE –Mel Bay Publications
• A REMO Signature Series Artist with her own line of Italian tambourines.
Alessandra Belloni is Artists-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St.John the Divine in New York City. She is also the designer of a line of signature series Italian tambourines made by Remo, and of special brushes for tambourine with Pro- Mark.. . She is the only woman in the U.S. and in Italy who specializes in traditional Southern Italian folk dances and percussion that she learned from the old people in the fields
A tambourine virtuoso, singer, dancer and actress, Ms.Belloni was born in Rome, Italy and is committed to preserving the strong and rich traditions of her culture. She has performed extensively with master drummer Glen Velez and was invited by Nana Vasconcellos and Gilberto Gil to perform in PERC PAN '98 in Bahia, Brazil. Alessandra was also selected as one of three runners-up (along with Babatunde Olatunji and Mickey Hart) to Arthur Hull in DRUM! magazine's "New Age/Worldbeat Percussionist" category in their 1998 awards. She was featured in Modern Drummer magazine and has written articles for Percussive Notes.
She has collaborated with the Raven Drum Foundation, founded by Rick Allen, acclaimed drummer of the rock group Def Leppard and other world famous drummers.
Her CD’s "Tarantelle & Canti D’amore" released by Naxos of America on 2003 has been considered the second best percussion CD of the year by DRUM Magazine and has received many favorable reviews from major press.
The CD "Tarantata: The Dance of Ancient Spider" (on the Soundstrue label) released in 2000, has received a wide critical acclaim and distribution. It was also nominated one of the best CDs of the year (2002) by Jon Parales from the New York Times and Dan Hackman from the Los Angeles Times, and won the Best World Percussion CD of the Year by DRUM Magazine.
Alessandra Belloni created a new World Music Sound with her group, using electronic music combined with acoustic, in her new show TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE, with electric violin master Joe Deninzon . She has recently founded a Women’s percussion ensemble called DAUGHTER OS CYBELE . She tours the world her one woman show "Rhythm is the Cure" - also available as a duo with drummer SERGIO BELLOTTI, (BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC)
With her ensemble from New York she tours across the U.S. and abroad, performing and teaching workshops in various Festivals and halls –
In New York:
SYMPHONY SPACE. World Music Institute
ST. JOHN THE DIVINE, RIVERSIDE THEATRE
KOREA PERCUSSION FESTIVAL
BERKLEE PERCUSSION FESTIVAL , Boston
CROSS DRUMMING Warsaw, Poland), PERC PAN, (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil,
KOSA PERCUSSION FESTIVAL (Vermont)
SEATTLE WORLD PERCUSSION FESTIVAL
CAPE BRETON DRUM FESTIVAL (Canada)
PERC FEST and PAS , Italy
JOURNE DE LA PERCUSSION, Paris, France
RHTYHM STICKS, (royal Festival Hall, London)
PASIC 1996, 97, 2000 (Dallas), 2003 Louisville
DRUMMING AT THE PYRAMIDS ( Egypt)
Oberlin (Ohio), University of Buffalo, Fredonia (NY)
Conservatory of Milan (Italy) , Royal Marine School of Music (England),New York University, Julliard
WORLD MUSIC FESTIVALS
WOMAD (Seattle and Sicily), NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FESTIVAL , CHICAGO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
LOTUS WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL RHYTHM STICKS, Royal Festival Hall (London)
MONTREAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, Canada,
ACOUSTICA FESTIVAL, Sidney, Australia)
Getty Center, Los Angeles,
Glastonbury Goddess Festival, England, Cultural Center in Tel Aviv (Israel)
IN ITALY: VENICE, MUSICA VENEZIA
PALLADIUM , QUIRINO AND ARGENTINA THEATRES (Rome ,Italy)
LERICI,, SORRENTO JAZZ (Sorrento),
IN BRAZIL : REC BEAT, PERC PAN,Recife,Bahia, Sau Paulo, Maranhao, Belo Horizonte
She has also been featured on Television with the National Geographic documentary SPIDER SEX with the Tarantella, as well as WORLD BEAT on CNN.
featured on the PBS documentary, "LA FESTA" with The Voyage of the Black Madonna. She holds annual healing dance and percussion workshops in Tuscany, Italy Alessandra Belloni has studied acting at H.B. Studios, voice with Professor Michael Warren, and mime and Commedia dell'Arte with Dario Fo (winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature) at New York University. She has worked in both theatre and film in New York - "Next Stop the Greenwich Village" by Paul Mazursky - and in Italy with Anna Magnani in "La Lupa" and Federico Fellini in "Casanova". Ms. Belloni founded "I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA" - a company performing traditional Italian Folk Music and Theatre – with classical guitarist/composer John La Barbera in 1979 and was Artist-in-Residence at New York University for ten years. Fluent in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese plus Southern Italian dialects, Alessandra Belloni also speaks through her tambourine and drums.
For her achievements in music and theatre, she won the following awards: from the ITALIAN ORAL HISTORY INSTITUTE IN Los Angeles, Fall 2005, Award for Italian American Woman of the Year in 1996 and the Community Arts Project Award from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as well as the Sons of Liberty "Citation of Honor" award in 2001.
TARANTELLA –SPIDER DANCE
DAUGHTER OF THE DRUM –REMO, INC.
TARANTELLE E’ CANTI D’AMORE – Naxos World
TARANTATA: THE DANCE OF ANCIENT SPIDER – Sounds True - MOTHER EARTH LULLABIES - Ellipsis