Julian Colarossi Organ Trio

The Jazz & Prosecco edition Lineup 2019 in 5 Videos

7PM – Brixia Trio

8PM – The Jones Way

9PM – Luisa Annibali in “Compartir” Project

10PM – The Jaffa Cakes

11PM The Julien Colarossi Organ Trio with Laoise Leahy



Winners Gift Vouchers 2019

The winners of  of Gift Vouchers at the Italian Fusion Festival 2019 edition are:
  • Deirdre Daly
  • Ciara Jackson

Italian Dinner for Two

  • Sara Martinez
IFF volunteers

Grazie e Arrivederci

I wish to thank the audience for coming to the third edition of the Italian Fusion Festival!

This edition was very successful and we are happy about our decision to organise another edition of our festival in a more intimate venue with jazz music, poetry reading, short videos… and of course Prosecco!  We will send a survey to the online ticket holders. 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

If you are a musician/filmmaker/artist/ poet 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. Contact us also to become an Italian Fusion Festival volunteer next year.

This edition was sold out very early ad more than 100 people in our waiting list were not able to attend the event. If you wish to stay in touch and know when the early bird tickets are available and buy the ticket in advance , you can subscribe to the Radio Dublino newsletter where we’ll announce the next year’s festival edition or follow our facebook page and our other social media channels.

We also wish to thank everyone who collaborated with us:

  • The event partner Italian Institute of Culture – Dublin.
  • The music bands Brixia Trio, The Jones Way, Luisa Annibali in “Compartir” Project, The Jaffa Cakes, The Julien Colarossi Organ Trio + Laoise Leahy.
  • The filmmakers Sefora Castro, Chiara Viale, Marcus Maher, Maria Fiorentini, Joseph Morris, Miro Mastropasqua who participate in the short-video competition.
  • The poets James Marchiori, Merv Nickleman, Massimiliano Bianchi who participate in poetry reading sessions.
  • Laura Rossi and the fire dance performers,
  • Journalists and websites that promoted our initiative.
  • Pinocchio Cookery School and Ciao Bella Roma Restaurant Pizzeria & Wine Bar for the vouchers.
  • The BelloBar staff and sound engineer.

Last but not least, I huge thank you to the 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.

Stay in touch with us (WebsiteRadio DublinoFacebookTwitterYouTube), the next days we are going to share our photos and videos, the name of the winners of the vouchers, the video of the short-video competition winner and more…

We look forward to seeing you next year.

Maurizio Pittau
Festival Director

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Fire Dance Ferformance at the Festival

We are happy to announce that this year  we have fire dance performance with live music in Portobello Square in front of the venue.  Synchronised movements on a gypsy sound will amaze the audience with visual and dangerous live fire flames during the festival.

Pizza Van

Dave’s Wood-Fired Pizza at the Festival

Dave's Wood-Fired PizzaAn Italian Festival without Pizza? No way! We are happy to announce that this year we have a pizza option on the 13th July during the Italian Fusion Festival. Pizza & Prosecco is a great combination!

On the Portobello Harbour in front of the BelloBar will be available the Dave’s Wood-Fired Pizza Van. In 2008 Dave Lennon, a Chef from Dublin, was traveling through Europe where he discovered traditional woodfired pizza ovens. So impressed by how these authentic ovens baked and tasted he knew he wanted to share this experience with Irish foodies.

Dave’s pizzas are made using the age old method that dates back to Roman times. The pizzas are made with a natural wild yeast (just like the Romans did!) to create a great tasting sourdough base. Better dough!!!

In 2009 Dave opened his first wood fire pizza truck, in a Dublin farmer’s market. Today, Dave’s operate a fleet of trucks, catering to markets, parties and events. And still, all pizzas continue the tradition of baking in a true wood fire baking, using sourdough with carefully selected ingredients.

The Piazza van will be open from 7PM during the Italian Fusion Festival.

Laoise Leahy

Laoise Leahy

We are happy to introduce the special guest of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents, from Cork, Laoise Leahy, who will sing in the last act with the Julien Colarossi Organ Trio.

With a wealth of experience and having trained in both London and Ireland, vocalist Laoise Leahy (Née O’Hanlon), has developed into one of the most accomplished, versatile and in-demand singers on the Irish jazz and pop scene. Laoise has performed and recorded with Bon Iver (4AD), Gilbert O’ Sullivan and the RTE Concert Orchestra, Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), Brian Deady (Decca Universal), Efterklang (4AD/Rumraket records), Mary Coughlan (Rubyworks Records), Niall Mc Cabe Band, Jack O’ Rourke and Waiting Room in addition to varied theatre, commercial & studio sessions.

As lead vocalist, Laoise performs as jazz vocal soloist with many bands and large ensembles such as The Paul Dunlea Big Band / New Irish Jazz Orchestra, Hothouse Bigband, Cork Concert Orchestra, Cork Pops Orchestra, Opus Pocus Big Band among others and has toured with theatre companies throughout Europe. She is an avid songwriter and has had original music released by a UK independent record label and internationally broadcast on BBC, RTE 1, Sky Showcase, RTE Lyric Fm, Newstalk, RTE Pulse, Bath fm and Today FM among others. She has performed at many festivals including Electric Picnic, Cork Jazz Festival, Limerick Jazz Festival, Sproi fest and many more.

Laoise is passionate about vocal education. She graduated BMus (‘Vocaltech’ London College of Music, London 2004- 2007) and MA (Cork School of Music 2008 – 2010) with 1st class honours degrees and top overall performer awards from both institutions. She co-founded Corks first specialist vocal tuition centre ‘Voiceworks Studio’ with colleague Gemma Sugrue and currently enjoys lecturing full time at the Cork School of Music, specialising in pop and jazz vocal performance on the BA, BMus and MA degree courses.

IIF 2019 Video Finalists

Short Video Competition 2019 Finalists

We are happy to present the finalists of the Short Video Competition 2019. All video will be projected on the 13th July during the Italian Fusion Festival. The winner will be announced during the event and will be awarded with a plaque and a small cash price.

Abrasion by Sefora Castro

Sefora Castro is a versatile artist, at 360 °. She began studying ballet dance and theatre at the age of five; at 18 she attends a professional Academy to become a complete performer in Milan, MTS – Musical the School, graduating in 2002. So she becomes a professional dancer, studying for years also modern dance, tip- tap, contemporary with great world-famous masters, and performing in the most renowned Italian theatres. In addition to dance, she also works in theatre as an actress for various companies; she works for the TV and the big screen too. After a 25-year career, in 2017 she moved to Dublin, where began working immediately as an actress: in two years she worked on more than 50 jobs such as adverts, music videos, short films, promos, etc.

Clown by Chiara Viale

Chiara Viale is an Italian born writer, director and producer based in Ireland. After obtaining a degree in English as a Foreign Language and Literature in Milan, I went on studying screenwriting in Dublin and I began making independent films. Since then she has written, directed and taken part numerous short films. In 2017 she started her first Independent Feature Film ‘The New Music’, which has reached completion in 2019. She also co-founder of the Dublin based independent production company Built To Fail Productions.

The Siege of Bóthar Anam by Marcus Maher

Marcus started out as a screenwriter, commissioned screenplays included the life of Simon Bolivar and Fredrico Garcia Lorca. In 2007 Marcus’ play Las Casas was performed at the prestigious Canning House in London, also his play Walton Lock was performed in Dublin. During this time Marcus’ passion for sport has seen him contribute and appeared on Team 33/Newstalk in Football/Cycling and Triathlon. In 2017 Marcus set out to complete a trilogy of Irish short films called ‘Cumann’ (Society) which reflect modern Ireland, his first short ‘The Siege of Bothar Anam’ which is set around the housing crisis won the special commendation at the x1 London Short Film Festival, Best Film at the Bedford International Film Festival in the US and the European Film Festival in Barcelona. His 2nd film -The Gallows Tree’ is currently in pre-production.

Bright Eyed in the Mornin by Maria Fiorentini

Maria Fiorentini, is an Italian director, actor and editor based in Dublin. She trained in Italy and Ireland in camera and stage acting. Since 2012, Maria has been involved in several short films selected in film festival in Ireland and world-wide. In “Container” directed by Baz David, she played a young immigrant mother on the streets of Dublin. In August 2015 she was awarded Best Actress at the Pav Reel film festival for her performance in that role.

Amore in Translation  – Tuttifrutti by John McNally

Amore in Translation is web series produced by Joseph Morris, a writer director, a role where he leverages his passion for filmmaking and his extensive experience to further develop Amore in Translation. Joseph is truly versatile in the filmmaking spectrum from concept to storytelling and more recently video production and effects. He has directed on a range of award winning short film, most recently winning best short film at the Elevation indie Film Awards for Stuck home Syndrome.

Cascao & Lady Maru “One Place” by Miro Mastropasqua

Mirko Miro Mastropasqua is Miroimages. After his BA in literature sciences in Rome he starts to work for Xenon, a Berlin local TV creating short films and reportage shown in the Berlin regional broadcasting. He changes afterwards as video producer for MTV Networks. After producing and directing some music videos for  the Berliner and Roman music scene he produces and directs many shorts, supported by different film festivals and institutions around the world such as Nisi Masa (FR),  Generation Campus (RU), Black International Cinema (USA/DE), Molodist Talent LAB (UA), Longocampo Dox (RO), The Dresden Visegrad Forum (DE), Mediterranean Film Institute (GR), Reykjavík Talent LAB (IS) and many others. He is currently developing his first feature film supported by the Mediterranean Film Institute and Riga Script Meeting within an MA at the National Film School of Ireland.

Out of Competition

  • The wilderness within by Luca Trufarellli
  • The first was a boy by Shaun Dunne

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Poetry Reading

Poetry Readers at the Festival

We are happy to present the finalists of the Poetry Reading session “Beat it” who will be performing on the 13th July during the Italian Fusion Festival.

James Marchiori

James MarchioriJames Marchiori is an Italian born, Dublin based poet and writer. He wrote his first verses at nine years old and, being part of prestigious cultural organisations, he has been collecting various literary awards across Italy, London, Barcelona, and Prague. He’s also been awarded at the European Parliament in Brussels for one of his poems, and he’s always been devoting his years between the professional and the artistic life with a great interest for the Surrealism era passing through the French Symbolism and Decadentism, the Dada Movement, and the Beat Generation.  At twenty-one years old he published his first book of selected poems and, by his 28th birthday, other two poetry anthologies and short stories were out. His professional career brought him around the world from London to Los Angeles and New York, but he never stopped writing and studying philosophy and literature always taking tons of notes with him, no matter where his job experiences were heading to.

His last novel, ‘To My Beloved Heart’ is a tribute to the master, Edgar Allan Poe, his primary source of inspiration, and some signed copies are still available at Dubray Books, Rathmines. 2019 will also see his first English collected poems anthology; he’s also currently working on a crime story set in Dublin, with fragments of gothic, occult and supernatural elements. Bohemia incarnate, a soul devoted to Surrealism and Poetry. More details and complete Bio at jamesmarchiori.com

Merv Nickleman

Merv NicklemanMerv Nickleman, international poet, writer and philosopher is absolutely delighted to share his inspirational new poetry book, “Ten Phenomenal Poems That Might Just Change Your Life”, with his world-wide followers and lovers of poetry. Through his poems, Merv seeks to help readers embrace their universal, never ceasing human struggles, needs and desires.

His poems shed light on a myriad of shared human experiences including, first love, searching for home, pondering untaken paths, allergies, gaining insight, reminiscences, home from home, compassion, connecting to your roots and finding your tribe.

Massimiliano Bianchi

Massimiliano BianchiMassimiliano Bianchi was born in Rome, the job of his father implied a change of location every three years leading to integrate the journey as a constant of his life. He lived in several Italian cities to then settle in the beautiful Verona at the age of 12. After his undergraduate studies in Italy, he obtained a PhD in Neuropsychopharmacology from the University of Nottingham in England.

Massimiliano worked as a neuroscientist for the pharmaceutical industry first in Italy, then in the United Kingdom, France and finally Ireland, where he created a private neuroscience research company based in the prestigious Trinity College Dublin. In this University, he is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology.

A professional neuroscientist and poet during the spare time, in his poems Massimiliano revisits psychological and introspective themes such as the human mind, existential traumas, the relationship with the ego, the journey, the encounter with spirituality and the nature. His first collection of Italian poems entitled “Odysseus – A poetic journey” was published in June 2018 by Oédipus Edizioni with the preface of the Italian writer Dario Voltolini.



Italian Fusion Festival Sold Out

The Italian Fusion Festival 2019 is now Sold Out

We’re delighted that this edition of the Italian Fusion Festival has sold out! Thank you to everyone who has bought tickets. We can’t wait to see you at the third edition of the Italian Fusion Festival.

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Julien Colarossi

The Julien Colarossi Organ Trio

We are happy to introduce the final act of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents The Julien Colarossi Organ Trio.

Despite the name, the Julien Colarossi Organ Trio is led by three distinct voices, working together in harmony and syncopation to make ‘Music’ the only real leader of the band.

This tight and groovy band draws inspiration from the straight ahead jazz classic organ trio sound of Jimmy Smith, all the way to the more modern Larry Goldings trio.The rhythm section features the very experienced Spanish drummer Gonzalo Del Val and the Irish Organ player Darragh Hennessy making for a very tasteful, solid and synchronized unit.

Floating in and out with the rhythm section, Julien Colarossi is known as a ‘dyed in the wool jazzer’ but he also brings a lyrical quality to his guitar playing from his roots deep in the mountains of beautiful “Val Di Comino” in Italy.

Their longstanding collaboration is quite evident in the original material that the band presents. The band recorded their first album in March 2019.

Julien has collaborated with many of Ireland’s finest jazz musicians, his professionalism, his ductility and his dedication to music has made him one of the most hired guitarist in the Irish scene. At the moment he’s actively involved in these projects: the Julien Colarossi Quartet, Francesco Turrisi Trio, Phisqa, the Riona Sally Hartman’s Band, Edel Meade Quintet, the Hot House Big Band.

Just for the Italian Fusion Festival the Julien Colarossi Organ Trio will play a few songs with the Irish jazz singer from Cork Laoise Leahy.