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  • Art & Culture
    Tiziana Rinaldi Castro(February 17, 2014)
    Once again on music, politics, culture, and life in New York. But also on the Sanremo Festival—for decades the platform for main- stream music in Italy. Pagani is directing it for the second year in a row, and we want to know why. "As we used to say, the quality of everything one does is political, so music is always political in that it has a political effect. An ugly song is a 'carrier' of subculture whereas a good song is the opposite, so the only way to be positive in music is to produce beautiful songs."
  • Facts & Stories
    Tiziana Rinaldi Castro(January 07, 2014)
    Continuing our conversation with Maestro Mauro Pagani, with whom I met over the course of the summer in the city to talk about music, politics, culture, and his New York experience. One of the topics we covered during a long walk along the Hudson River was Southern Italian Music and its influence on Italian music at large “Modernity’s problem is communication, especially in this time of cultural globaliza-tion. And good communication depends upon cross-cultural exchange.”
  • Art & Culture
    TIziana Rinaldi Castro(November 21, 2013)
    IN CONVERSATION WITH MAESTRO MAURO PAGANI. It is one of the great cultural riches of our country; our culture’s capacity to touch and be touched has been expressed by music in a sublime manner
  • Violinist, composer, co-founder of the legendary Italian Rock band PFM, and conductor, the Maestro Mauro Pagani brought l'Orchestra della Taranta ensemble from Salento to Le Poisson Rouge in New York. Two evenings of feverish folk-music with a peastant's dance, Pizzica, performed during the celebrations surrounding religious festivities or in weddings
  • The multi-instrumentalist returns for concerts in New York and Boston. This time he’s showcasing the tradition and flavor of the taranta. "I hope that Italians and the children of Italians will attend, those who have connections to the music’s historical roots, but we also hope to attract a local audience." Mauro Pagani has been a steady presence at the Notte Della Taranta as its “Maestro Concertatore” from 2007 to 2009. Other than being a key figure in folk music, he was also a member of PFM, the historical progressive-rock band and first Italian group to achieve success abroad in both the British and American charts. He worked side by side with first-class singer-songwriters such as Fabrizio De Andrè (as its co-author, arranger, and artistic producer, winning two ‘Album Of The Year’ awards), Ornella Vanoni, Roberto Vecchioni and Gianna Nannini. Mauro Pagani & La Notte della Taranta Jul 15 - 16 7:30p Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
  • The five-evening pop-song competition was a success; it captured an average audience of more than 11.9 million viewers, the best achieved since 2001. High praise for hosts Fabio Fazio and comedian Luciana Littizzetto (despite pre-fest fears they might impinge on the election campaign), the participating singers and special guests who gave a unique touch of quality to an otherwise stale format.
  • 2012 New York International Holocaust Remembrance Day
    

Reflections on indifference and forgetfulness between musical notes as the names of families deported to Auschwitz are read on Park Avenue. Against the ever-present risk of non-acceptance of the “Other.”
  • Facts & Stories
    (January 26, 2012)
    New York City. On January 27, Giornata della memoria, we gathered outside the Consulate General of Italy on Park Avenue to read the names of the thousands of Italian Jewish victims of the Holocaust. This year the traditional ceremony is enrich with a new feature: the invitation to the public is not just the one to read, but to play music as a counterpoint to the ongoing reading. Among the performing artists, guitarist and arranger Brandon Ross, composer and conductor Lawrence "Butch" Morris, multi-instrumentalist Avram Fefer, guitarist Marco Cappelli, bass player Bernd Klug, and musician Mauro Pagani who will play the violin.

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