“The players deeply feel this music… a triumphant recording on many levels”    Michael G. Nastos Billboard 

“This is really why we listen to music: to be surprised and lifted up, stripped of our preconceptions and left breathless”  Bill Bentley - Sonic Boomer 
 

Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Jazz Project has been dazzling audiences world-wide with an intriguing mix of rare Old World Sicilian folk material and the New World sounds of electric guitars, chamber music, funk and reggae grooves, and modern jazz. Using music sung by Sicilian fishermen, sulphur miners, and folk musicians as a starting point, the music is like a trip on the Mediterranean that somehow manages to detour to Mali, Jamaica, and Toronto.     

Michael Occhipinti's Sicilian Jazz Project News:

Well, we were supposed to do a few things this spring, including shows with Sicilian vocalist Daniela Spalletta and a showcase at the Global Toronto conference in May.    However Covid 19 has put all of those things on hold for now, so our fingers are crossed.

I'm hopeful that in August we'll do something at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Hudson Music Festival with vocalist Ilaria PILAR Patassini and singer/songwriter Giuseppe di Bella.

Ilaria and I have been planning on writing some new music together, so we may have to do that at a distance, but I'm looking forward to working together soon.  In the meantime, since all my gigs are now canceled, I'd love to sell you a copy of my Muorica book or at least have you streaming my two Sicilian albums The Sicilian Jazz Project and Muorica 

Muorica

Michael Occhipinti & The Sicilian Project

“Like taking a cruise on the Mediterranean that somehow managed to stop in Bamako, Mali, Kingston, Jamaica, and Toronto, Canada.

“Imagine if Sicilian chocolate were music”

Muorica is the brilliant follow up to Michael Occhipinti's award winning "The Sicilian Jazz Project"and creates an eclectic sound all its own. Bringing together Sicilian poetry and folk songs with his own interests in jazz, global grooves and chamber music, Michael Occhipinti has assembled a stellar cast to create his new Sicilian Project. Featuring the passionate vocals of Dominic Mancuso and Pilar and such notable guests as clarinetist Don Byron, and the Cecilia String Quartet, the album is also a showcase for Michael Occhipinti's inventive guitar sounds and his refusal to be defined by any one genre.
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