Bell’Aria’s debut CD Little Italy is a celebration of the music that helped to shape and define the Italian-American experience, not only for immigrants and their families but also for the larger American audience that have come to love the classic Italian American songs. A vocal quintet made up of young Italian-Americans, Bell’Aria reinvigorates these well-known songs, creating a sonic journey for listeners of all ethnic backgrounds through the rich cultural history Italian immigrants and their descendents have forged in America. Bell’Aria— Gabriel Burrafato, Jessica Carvo, Angelica DiCastro, Christopher Macchio and Miriam Pultro, —pay homage to the likes of Dean Martin, Mario Lanza, and Louis Prima, while adding a contemporary spin on staples like “That’s Amore,” “Mambo Italiano” and “Volare” as well as Italian standards such as “Funiculi Funicula” and “Santa Lucia.” Available November 23, 2010 on EMI’s Manhattan Records, Little Italy provides younger listeners with an introduction to timeless tunes, while giving the older generation a fresh perspective on some of the most loved traditional songs. (read more)
There’s a lot to love about Bell’Aria.
First of all, they sing a wide array of classic Italian pop songs with a modern swagger and, more importantly, they pull it off live with panache, power and a boat load of passion. The quintet gave the Los Angeles San Gennaro Festival a show that was northing short of magical this past Friday night. Performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live outdoor stage, the group supplied the soundtrack for any voyage back to the old country. (read more)