Duo Pizzicato

A Special Concert by Carla Marulo, WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow!

Carla Marulo, WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow will be performing Italian and American music Saturday, August 4 2018 at the Bernal Star, 410 Cortland Ave, San Francisco CA, 7-9 PM. No cover, but donations suggested. 

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Carla Marulo, originally from Napoli, Italy, joins up with WB Reid & Bonnie Zahnow for an evening cross cultural collaboration. The trio met last Spring at Carla's present day home in Bologna, and discovered a mutual love for American Old-Time stringband and Jugband music, as well as Carla's specialty, Neapolitan popular song of the last century. Gigs in Bolgna and Venice followed, and they are so happy to be reuniting now in California. This will be their last evening together, ending a three week tour that includes teaching at Lark Camp and performing in Santa Cruz. Expect an night of much musical fun and strong human emotion. Surprise musical guests are quite likely.

Carla Marulo fell in love with traditional Neapolitan music about 20 years ago. This lead to her scholarly studies in Italian popular song as well as Afro-Cuban folklore (percussions, dance and songs) and the frame drums of the Mediterranean region. She has been singing and playing percussion in different traditions for 15 years with bands from Napoli, Bologna, and Florence, playing at festivals, weddings, and barbecues throughout Europe with joy and emotion. She plays regularly with with guitarist Antonio Stragapede "Marulo canta Murolo" performing the songs of the great mid 20th century singer. She also plays percussion with the venerable marching band Banda Roncati, and, on washboard, with Craig Judelman and his Milksoup Orchestra. In addition to performing, Carla conducts music workshops for children and juvenile prisoners, and uses Italian songs in her work teaching Italian to migrants and refugees.

WB Reid & Bonnie Zahnow, from Seattle, are well known in traditional music circles throughout the West Coast through their decades of community based music making. They visit California each summer to tour and teach at music camps, including Lark Camp. Back home they play regularly for preschools, community dances, weddings, bars, and house concerts. Together they accompanied Northwest legend Lee Stripling for many years, and ex-Californian WB performs regularly with the Todalo Shakers. Centered in old-time fiddle and banjo music and songs, their repertoire is wide and deep, drawing from blues, Jugband, tin pan alley, and Mexico.