Italian Folk CD "Suitcase Serenata

The "Suitcase Serenata" CD

nominated for ABC Limelight Magazine's Best World Album  Award 2010.

Available Now in "Readings Books and Music" Lygon St Carlton Melbourne or can be purchased online at


"with a charming combination of Italian Standards and original songs by Kavisha Mazzella,and a touching version of Waltzing Matilda, this all accoustic album chronicles the hopes and memories of our italian community.An authentic,joyous,well performed musical travelogue.Four and Half Stars out of Five!"SETH JORDAN ,ABC Limelight Magazine May 2010

"This album is like a small precious jewel." Ivano Ercole  RADIO RETE ITALIA

Recorded in 2009 in Main Street Studio Wollongong ,The CD Suitcase Serenata transports you to forgotten fishing villages, moonlit olive groves, and a hard life under a hot sun where women sang melancholy songs of lost love, displacement and revolution and fought hardship with a fierce sense of humour.
I VIAGGIATORI’s debut album Suitcase Serenata is a poignant and earthy homage to Italy and the thousands of people who have immigrated to our shores. Part travelogue, part lament, part protest you will be captivated by this intoxicating album peppered with traditional and original roots music unearthed and inspired by Italy and the Italo-Australian diaspora.
Suitcase Serenata is a window into another time and another place, with the sounds of folk, celtic, gypsy, blues and Italian world music woven expertly together by this impressive quartet.

There’s the vocals of Aria award winner Kavisha Mazzella, well known in the Melbourne world music scene for her original songs which slide smoothly from heartbreaking passion to dreamy high notes. Her rich sound is reminiscent of Portuguese Fado queen Mariza, fused with the social commentary of Luka Bloom. The clarinet - sometimes haunting, sometimes joyful - is played expertly by multi-instrumentalist Mark Holder-Keeping; whilst the tremble of the bouzouki is enough to make you melt under the expert musicianship of Irine Vela from another lauded aria-winning group -The Habibis. David De Santi, one of the most well known names on the folk scene in Australia – as accordian player, band leader, folk historian and artistic festival director – is bound to get your feet tapping to his authentic yet fresh interpretations of Italy’s world-famous tarantellas and waltzes.

The Tracks

1 Angellare
2 Wedding Sheets
3 Reginella Campagnola
4 Mamma Mia Dammi Cento Lire
5 Canzone della Lega
6 Funiculi Funicula
7 Ciucciu Bellu
8 Bella Ciao
9 La Mazurka di Carolina
10 Tzivaeri
11 Tammuriata Nera
12 Valzer di Mezzanotte
13 Valzer della Fisarmonica
14 Santa Lucia
15 Tarantellas
16 Madonna Del Mare
17 Waltzing Matilda

Suitcase Serenata


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