Songs of Migration

September 23, 2018 4:00 pm

Malarazza Band (Laura Grimaldi and Robbie Link) present “SONGS OF MIGRATION”
Stories of migration through the ages as told through Italian songs and visual art.
Sunday, September 23rd at 4:00pm
Mahalo Arts Studio on the Haw River in Saxapahaw, NC
Please see reservation/location information below

Italy has traditionally been a place of passage and migration because of its peculiar position in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Wars, domination, and cultural and commercial exchanges have rendered the Italian culture a mix of traditions, languages, and customs.

Malarazza Band explores these themes of migration with a set of Italian traditional and popular songs in the various musical styles and dialects that reflect the influence of Greek, Turkish, Arab, North African, Spanish, French, and Norman cultures. The program’s first part consists of songs that explore migration in general. The second part narrows its focus to the Italian migration to the United States and explores the cultural influences between the two countries since the end of the nineteenth century. The oldest of these songs were written in the sixteenth century, while the newest were composed in the second part of the twentieth century. Understanding the Italian language is not a requirement for the enjoyment of this program! We tell the story and historical background of each song.

Malarazza Band is:
Laura Grimaldi, an Italian folk music singer and musician who plays the doumbek and the Italian tambourine. Laura is also a visual artist. In her latest paintings she uses her personal experience of leaving her birthplace for a new continent in order to reflect on the global phenomenon of migration, a major event of our time. The paintings will be on display at the concert. Laura is a member of the Orange County Artist Guild. Visit her website and her OCAG profile:

Robbie Link, who is mostly known for his ability to move seamlessly from early Baroque music played on period instruments to free-improvised jazz and just about everything in between. In Malarazza Band he primarily plays cello, bouzouki, and accordion.

Malarazza band website:


Doors open at 4:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 4:30p.
A suggested offering of $20-25 will be gratefully received at the gathering.

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If life gets in the way and you are not able to attend, please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

Ensemble:  Malarazza Band

Venue:  Studio Mahalo