(H)it Week L.A. The hippest Italian way of life presented in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA. “Italian music is not just mandolino and people in the streets of Italy singing, Volare,” says Francesco Del Maro the organizer of the first (H)itWeek L.A. This fifteen year veteran of the Italian music industry became frustrated with having to explain this to nearly everyone he met. It was out of this frustration that (H)itWeek L.A. was born, his goal to introduce authentic Italian music to the world will begin in America. This upcoming week, October 13th through October 18th , fifteen of some of the top performers from Italy will perform at various locations through out Los Angeles, CA.
Francesco decided upon Los Angeles as the location for the very first (H)itWeek because “it is known to many as the capital of the music business.” Besides that he says, “Los Angeles is my favorite place to come.” But Francesco doesn’t want to stop there, he was clear to let i-Italy.org know they are the first to hear that he has already laid the ground work for (H)itweek 2010, which will be taking place simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York.
It is hard to believe now that when he first brought the idea of (H)itWeek to the attention of his contemporaries, most balked at such an undertaking and many thought he was crazy. Without funding from the Italian government even he began to wonder if his friends might be correct. Investing his own money and working for a year and a half with no salary, this has truly been a labor of love for Francesco. With a generous smile he says that “I have always worked from passion, I have never started something for money only.” Now with over forty of the top Italian companies joined to sponsor the event and fifteen of the countries top performers participating, the former naysayers are rallying behind him. “Music is my passion and I am a very very lucky guy because I have got to live in a good way with my passion and most of all I want people to have fun … and maybe people will have fun together with us.”
(H)itweek launches Tuesday night, October 13th, at 6:30pm at the Italian Cultural Institute – located at 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024. From there the week blasts off with DJ sets at The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, concerts at The Music Box @ The Fonda Theatre in the heart of Hollywood, even a Ducati Motorcycle Parade will take place on Saturday, October 17th, starting from the Italian Cultural Institute at 3pm and traveling all the way to The Music Box. “The Ducati extravaganza will feature bikes, hot chicks and wine.”
Here is an overview of the artists involved. For the full line up and schedule of events go to http://www.hitweek.it
AFTERHOURS. In 1989 the debut mini album "All the Good Children Go to Hell" is mentioned by the most influential Italian alternative music magazine Mucchio Selvaggio among the best 10 records of the 80s. A year later independent label Vox Pop releases first album "During Christine Sleep" that gets an exciting review by American magazine Alternative Press. A flight to New York follows: the band fronted by Manuel Agnelli goes to represent Italy at the New Music Seminar. They are later invited to the Berlin Independence Days. (Read more>>)
AFRICA UNITE is an Italian Reggae Band from Turin, named after one of Bob Marley’s songs. It is led by charismatic Bunna and Madaski, who produced all their albums and also most of the top reggae bands in Italy.
They formed in 1981, when R.N.Marley prematurely died.
For 25 years AFRICA UNITE whose background is top-class reggae, have played hundreds of concerts, have taken part to a good number of international festivals, and have released 11 albums, establishing as the most prestigious and popular Italian reggae bands. (Read more >>)
LE VIBRAZIONI are one of Italy’s main rock bands. The group is composed of Francesco Sàrcina (vocals and guitar), Alessandro Deidda (drums) and Stefano Verderi (guitar).
2003 is The year: the video “Dedicato a Te” hits Italian music tv - constantly broadcasted, stays at the number one spot for 14 weeks, dragging along their first album Le vibrazioni, with 300 thousand units sold. "Dedicato a te" went platinium and Le Vibrazioni remained in the charts for 40 weeks. (Read more>>)
BELLADONNA. How many artists can claim to have single-handedly originated a musical genre? Italian quintet Belladonna are amongst that rare breed of bands whose absolute uniqueness enraptures and inspires countless followers and imitators all over the world.
Rock noir, that Belladonna extraordinary brand of emotionally-charged rock’n’roll melodrama utterly seduced those beautiful hordes of Music lovers sick’n’tired of being force-fed today’s computer-driven, fake-angst-ridden pseudo-rock down their ears. (Read more>>)
CALIBRO 35. Researches begun years ago, diggin dusty vinyl crates for obscure samples. The discovery of italian '60s and '70s soundtracks was a crucial point; from that moment on nothing sounded as good and interesting as electrifying tracks from exploitation movies.
By the summer of 2007 time was ready and Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Arto Lindsay) invited an incredible jam band formed by Massimo Martellotta (Stewart Copeland, Eugenio Finardi, Mauro Pagani) on guitars and lapsteels, Enrico Gabrielli (Afterhours, Mariposa, Morgan) keyboards and brass, Fabio Rondanini (Pino Marino, Roberto Angelini, Collettivo Angelo Mai) on drums and Luca Nano Cavina (Transgender, Lindo Ferretti, Beatrice Antolini) on bass to record at omniaB studios in Milan. (Read more>>)
“My grandmother was a jazz vocalist and I remember loving listening to her sing while ironing. By the time I was a teenager I knew so many old jazz songs it surprised even her… I enjoyed them so much, they just stuck” she says. (Read more>>)
JESUS WAS HOMELESS is a project born on the road during a round trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. A trip originated from a desire to feel alive again. A travel where freedom of movement became freedom of espression, where the diverse artistic, cultural and social issues arising from those American metropolies enriched and re-ignited the creative sparks of the band founding members, giving birth to their debut album: The Landing, a collection of songs that definitely gathers all the experiences of the road trip in one coherent work.
This project is then deeply rooted in international grounds, untamed by the Italian scene logics and market, aiming toward wider horizons. The band is a four piece with a mixed musical background: we have Tiziano on vocals and guitar, Amorosi on bass, Maruko on guitars and electronix and Alessandro on drums. (Read more>>)
Accompanying Marco Fabi will be talented violinist Andrea Di Cesare, who has established himself as one of the country’s most sought after session violinists, working with such notable artists as: Carmen Consoli, Negroamaro, and Ron. (Read more>>)