Donnacha Dwyer

Workshop Uilleann Pipe

The Italian Fusion Festival is happy to introduce the Uilleann PipeWorkshop lead by Donnacha Dwyer.

Donnacha Dwyer began playing the pipes in Na Píobairí Uilleann in the late 1980s where he was thought by Martin Nolan and John Murphy. By the mid ’90s he began to be influenced by recordings of Seamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, Leo Rowsome and Liam O’Flynn.

It was also in the mid ’90s where he began performing on the pipes and took a keen interest in reed and pipe making and began to study pipe-making, part-time initially with pipe maker Des Seery. Later he received an Arts Council grant to study pipe-making full time and has been a full time pipe-maker since 2008.

He has been a teacher in Henrietta Street for a number of years on Tueaday nights and has also thought a number of courses through NPU’s PipeCraft initiative.

In 2006 he released an album with fiddle player Malachy Bourke entitled “Bourke and Dwyer”.

He plays a D and a C set, both made by himself.

Website: http://www.donnachadwyer.com/

The Stoles

The Stoles

We are happy to introduce the rock part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents one of the most talented band in Dublin: The Stoles.

The Stoles are Antonio (Vocals/Bass),  Andrea (Guitar/Vocals), Ciaran (Drums/Vocals).

Since forming in 2015, the preceding years have proven very eventful for the band. 2016 started with the band writing and recording their debut album and ended with them signing a record deal with the largest independent record label in North America – Spectra Music Group. Following on from signing with Spectra The Stoles released their first single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Age Of Deception’ in February 2017. The single (titled ‘Getaway’) was released throughout Europe and America and received great reviews and mainstream radio play.

In support of ‘Getaway’ The Stoles launched an Irish tour which seen them play in some of Ireland’s most renowned venues for upcoming bands. Following on from that successful tour, and to coincide with the July 2017 release of their second single ‘Evelyn’, the band announced a further series of summer gigs in a select few venues throughout Ireland. This run of gigs also seen the band play at the Galway Fringe Festival.

In December 2017 The Stoles released ‘Age Of Deception’ – the third single and title track from their forthcoming debut album ‘Age Of Deception’.

The Stoles debut album was released on February 9th, 2018, with Irish and European tour dates expected to be announced.

Website: http://www.thestoles.com/

Seán Whelan

We are happy to introduce the Irish contribution of our music session. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents one of the best guitar player in Dublin: Seán Whelan.

Seán Whelan is a guitarist/mandolin player and producer working in the Jazz, Celtic and World music arena and is much in demand as both a studio and live musician.

Seán has established himself as a forerunner in Acoustic music by the passion, creativity and versatility of his playing.

He performs solo and also in a group setting. A former member of Swing Jazz group”Hotfoot”and “The Café Orchestra”Seán Whelan has performed and recorded in a wide range of styles including Folk, Jazz, Blues, Irish Traditional and World music. He has released two solo albums and his latest “From Gray to Blue”cd features many of his own compositions as solo pieces and also with a talented group of international and Irish players.

His music has been used for TV and Film productions. As a member of “Puck Fair”he has played with Flautist Brian Dunning for many years and has toured and recorded with singers and instrumentalists worldwide in an exciting and varied career.

Website: www.seanwhelan.com

Order of the mess

Order of the Mess

We are happy to introduce the alternative rock part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents a talented Italian band from Cork: the Order of the Mess.

Order of the Mess are an alternative/stoner-rock power duo formed in 2013 by Alessandro “TheLast” Vinci (guitar/voice) and Massimo “Maxeggio” Calò (drums) and hailing from Cork, Ireland.

With Alex also taking care of punishing low frequencies through a three amps set-up and Max providing thunderous skins work, the duo early on hit on a distinctive sound and set on to write. They soon started making the rounds playing live everywhere they could. Every performance saw them winning over more and more appreciation as their mix of melody, groove and enormous riffs truly comes to life on stage through the duo earnest, give-all-you-have energetic attitude and Alex passionate, larger-then-life stage presence.

In 2016 they locked themselves for a week in the historic Dublin’s Westland Studios to record their debut album, set to be released in early 2018.

“Life is to Love. Life is to Rock. Rock is to Love”

Website: http://orderofthemess.com/

eliana valentini

Workshop Traditional Dance from the South of Italy

pizzicaThe Italian Fusion Festival is happy to introduce the Traditional Dance from the South of Italy Workshop lead by Eliana Valentina.

The Pizzica is a dance for couples which forms part of the Popular Italian Tradition of the South. It is linked to the therapeutic ritual of Tarantismo, which started and thrived in the geographical area amongst the three towns of Bari, Taranto and Lecce.

The Tarantismo ritual was focused on the power of music to aid in the healing of physical and psychological disease during the Medieval Age, but its origins go back even further in time.
During the intervening centuries it became a social phenomenon that evolved into a dance for couples called Pizzica Pizzica. By the 1970’s the Tarantismo ritual had died out. However, a new movement arose to rediscover this traditional music and dance and this has generated both national and international interest.

A new generation has grown up in a modern social context and is reinterpreting the ancient tradition that today is known as Neo-Pizzica. To excavate the depths of this tradition it is necessary to study the original historical documents and written testimonies of those who lived and witnessed the magical and pseudo-scientific aspects of the “Aracnideo Myth “ (the original spider rituals and social events).

The Workshop

We are going to pass on the history and meaning of these dance through our personal experience and passion for them. We are hoping to give a greater awareness of these dances which today are part of a living tradition in the South of  Italy and can be experienced at first hand in festivals and celebrations by any interested traveler.

Eliana Valentini

Eliana’s arrival in Dublin on July 2008 marked an important moment in her life, a decision to give a concrete expression to her previous dance experience. Eliana was born in Milan where she lived and spent many years particularly studying and researching ancient dances.  Several holidays in the South of Italy reawakened a particular interest in the musical rhythms connected to the ritual of tarantism. With the musical band “Briganti” in Milan she practiced Pizzica, Tammurriata and other Tarantellas (Traditional Dances from the South of Italy), bringing her closer to other European folk dance traditions. Eliana’s project of multicultural fusion through the bodily communication of dance was born in Ireland, hich for her has been a place full of creative vibrations. In the process of getting used to a new culture, she chose folk dance from her own background as ameans of cultural and historical heritage of the world. Eliana hopes to reawaken in our modern society the ancient human instinct to express oneself through the movement of the body, enabling a communication without words, of deep values that seems destined to disappear.

Website: https://infinitwirl.weebly.com/

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Grazie and Arrivederci

​I wish to thank the audience for coming to the first edition of the Italian Fusion Festival! This first edition edition was very successful and was sold out.

For those who missed the event and would like to see it next year, following the great interested of this edition we are glad to announce that the festival will also come back in 2018!

We would like to thank the online ticket holders for filling the survey. All feedback will be taken into consideration to improve the event next year. Those who participated and would like to send their feedback, can also do so by e-mailing ​info@italianfusionfestival.com

For the next edition we are planning to book a bigger venue to accommodate a bigger audience, have more food stalls with italian food and drinks and workshops/ art exhibitions related to Italy.

​If you are an Italian musician/filmmaker/artist based in Ireland ​and you would like to partecipate to the next edition of the Italian fusion festival please contact us.

If you are business and are you interested in one of our sponsorship packages get in touch and we will be happy to assist you.

If you wish to stay in touch and know when the early bird tickets are available, you can subscribe to the Radio Dublino newsletter where we’ll announce the next year’s festival edition or follow our facebook page.

We also wish to thank everyone who collaborated with us:

  • The six music bands Miss Phoenix and the Jaffa Cakes, SteamFolks, Infinitwirl, The HQs, The Ballad of Adam and Eve, Mongrel State
  • Pit Stop Krew Vespa Club Dublin
  • Journalists and websites that promoted our initiative
  • The sponsors Sacla, The 100 Club, Chilly Monkeys Card, SenzaMeta
  • The food stalls PastaBox and Sweet Sicily
  • The filmmakers who gave permission to show their videos
  • The Italian Institute of Culture of Dublin for promoting the event
  • The Grand Social staff and sound engineers

Last but not least,​ I huge thank you to​ the Radio Dublino volunteers for making this edition possible. This event was entirely organised with the efforts of committed volunteers who regularly volunteer the Radio Dublino community project​.

We look forward to seeing you next year​.​

Ciao
Maurizio Pittau
Festival Director

maurizio@radiodublino.com