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Songs from the Island (Playlist)

By On September 29, 2016

Last night, I dreamed an island and as I slept, I heard the music playing. On her golden shores, I heard the blend of languages and traditions conversing and of voices joyfully… Read More

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Bella Ci Dormi (Songs I Love #23)

By On July 25, 2016

I recently worked with my friend Mauro Durante on a song for the new album I Dreamed An Island. The song called “Bring Down The Wall” is sung in English but has… Read More

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Tombstone for Anna

By On July 18, 2016

There are countless examples in the art and architecture of Norman Sicily that show quite what an extraordinarily cosmopolitan environment there was during the short reign of the Norman kings. I wanted… Read More

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Cloak of Blue

By On June 13, 2016

Today in the 21st century and in Europe in particular, we have access to so much materially that it’s easy to forget how precious and rare certain materials were centuries ago. I’ve… Read More

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Sicilian Poet

By On June 2, 2016

These days, I’ve been working on the last few songs of the new album. Although mostly sung in English, I also wanted the album to have a multi-lingual dimension like the cosmopolitan… Read More

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Santa Maria La Blanca, Toledo

By On April 14, 2016

I recently visited the church of Santa Maria la Blanca in the medieval city of Toledo in Spain. This remarkable building, despite its name, was a synagogue until the expulsion of the… Read More

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Mediterraneo

By On March 12, 2016

I’ve always been fascinated by the Mediterranean’s extraordinarily rich cultural traditions, built up over millennia and which span Europe and Africa, East and West as well as the Greek, Latin, Berber and… Read More

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Origins

By On March 11, 2016

When we forget where we come from, we run the risk of forgetting who we are and where we’re going. If the average European examined his DNA and genealogy, I’m sure he… Read More

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Stories hidden in the stone

By On March 2, 2016

Visiting the beautiful architectural sites of southern Italy or Spain, I love observing the small details engraved or carved into the stone. In Sicily it might be an Arabic inscription on the… Read More