Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Project has been dazzling audiences worldwide with its intriguing mix of rare Old World Sicilian folk and New World adventurous electric guitar, chamber music, modern jazz, global rhythms, and modern grooves.
Using music sung by Sicilian fishermen, sulphur miners, and folk musicians as a starting point, the performance takes the audience on a journey that reveals the drama and passion of Sicily’s past and showcases the global sound and great musicianship of modern day Canada.
Michael Occhipinti was recently in Nelson with his project Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon.
Occhipinti’s work has been called "a masterpiece of cultural fusion” and his album The Sicilian Jazz Project received a 2009 JUNO Award nomination. He was recently in Nelson with his project Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon.
Joining Occhipinti is Italian singer Pilar. She is an absolutely stunning vocalist, able to move between art song, Sicilian folk, and world pop (she sings in 5 languages), and she is a highly creative improviser. Audiences at venues across Canada are all saying the same thing: Pilar throws herself completely into a song. She is fearless.
Italian singer Pilar will join Michael Occhipinti on stage as he returns to Nelson with his show The Sicilian Project. They will appear at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall in Nelson on November 28.
The performance includes Tony Ferraro on Drums, Scott Kemp on Bass and a cameo appearance from Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology vocal students.
Tickets are $15 and $10 for seniors and students. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
The duo will also be doing individual voice and guitar clinics in the morning of November 28 and general clinics between 2 and 3:30 p.m. The general clinics are open to the public. For more information about this event contact Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Instructor Laura Landsberg at 250.505.2445.