Dago Red (2018)

Rascel, Garinei, Giovannini, Marley, Del Prete, Senese, Hendrix, Cannio, Califano, Alfieri, Giordano, Bovio, Townshend, De Curtis, Palomba, Bruni, Cohen, Carosone, Bonagura, Gamzu, Buongiovanni, Ferguson

FAUSTO MESOLELLA, Raiz

Dago Red is a unique album from guitarist Fausto Mesolella and Italian singer Raiz.  They are joined on the album by Rita Marcotulli (piano), Ferdinando Ghidelli (pedal steel guitar), Mimi Ciaramella (drums), Adolfo La Volpe (harmonium) and Wena (choirs).  

Mesolella and Raiz describe Dago Red as a mix of traditional Neapolitan music from Italy with rock and reggae music classics.  Resulting in a fascinating album that includes performances of I'm Your Man by Leonard Cohen, See Me Feel Me by Pete Townshend of The Who, Give Me Love by George Harrison of the Beatles, Rastaman Chant by Bob Marley and Arrivederci Rome made famous by Dean Martin. Each of these classics is paired with the music of Italy.  Resulting in a unique musical experience. 

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FAUSTO MESOLELLA

Fausto Mesolella collaborated with Gabriella Ferri, Nada, Andrea Bocelli, Gianmaria Testa, Gianna Nannini, Paolo Conte, Giorgio Conte , Paolo Belli, Samuele Bersani, Francesco Tricarico (for which he wrote the song presented at the Sanremo Festival in 2011 ) and many other great artists. 

As a guitarist he participated with the Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel in two editions of the Sanremo Festival in Section Champions, winning the 1998 Critics Award Mia Martini at the 48th Sanremo Festival with the song Sleep and dreams and in 2000 the 50th Sanremo Festival with the song Feeling . 

As a composer and arranger has participated in four editions of the Festival of Sanremo.

Raiz

Raiz was born in Naples, Italy and has become a popular singer in the Mediterranean music scene.  He loves Mediterranean and reggae/dub music. Raiz is the lead vocalist for Almamegretta, an Italian collective of ethnodub/electronica music since its founding.  

In 2002 Raiz started his solo career. Since then, he's worked at WOP (Universal 2004), at "Uno" (Universal 2007) and "YA!". He's also recorded two albums with Ashes, the project by Eraldo Bernocchi / Bill Laswell. Raiz collaborated with the Venetian combo Laboratorio Novamusica on the album "Alphabet Music", a meeting between contemporary music and Jewish music. 

In 2011 I released the album "Casa" with the Bari band Radicanto.  Raiz won the Tenco Prize in 2015 for the album "DagoRed" realized together with Fausto Mesolella, guitarist and producer for Avion Travel.

Raiz has collaborated with many artists during his solo career including Massive Attack, Leftfield, Pino Daniele, Adrian Sherwood, Gaudi, Eraldo Bernocchi, Bill Laswell, Stewart Copeland, Meditronica, Sum, Teresa De Sio, Luigi Cinque and Zion Train.

Raiz likes reading, writing and acting.  From 2001 to 2005 Raiz was on tour with Cantieri Teatrali Koreja as an actor in their show "Brecht's Dance" - original music by Kurt Weill revisited by me and Pier Paolo Polcari.  Raiz stars as Moreno in the film by Ago Panini "Waiting for the Sun" - on movie screens since 2008.  He also appears as Salvatore Vitiello in "Tatanka Scatenato" by Giuseppe Gagliardi and myself in the docufilm by John Turturro on the Neapolitan song "Passione".

photo: from Artist's Website raizmusic.com

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Dago Red (2018)

Rascel, Garinei, Giovannini, Marley, Del Prete, Senese, Hendrix, Cannio, Califano, Alfieri, Giordano, Bovio, Townshend, De Curtis, Palomba, Bruni, Cohen, Carosone, Bonagura, Gamzu, Buongiovanni, Ferguson

FAUSTO MESOLELLA, Raiz

    Storia della Musica

Raiz, one of the most beautiful, hot, intense and personal voices of Italian music, has embarked on a path of personal research with Fausto Mesolella, former guitarist of Avion Travel, as well as a collaborator and producer of a large number of Italian musicians. Mesolella is a guitarist that is equally personal and eclectic. He is able to go from the traditional Neapolitan song to rock, crossing all the possible contaminations, but maintaining its specificity and its original touch. So it was almost destiny that the two Italian musicians of the south should eventually meet, and they did it in the best way, in this Dago red , which comes to seal a path started on Italian stages. (...) Perhaps not a new experiment, but the uniqueness of this album is the mixing of genres and styles that we find within each song. The starting point is the Neapolitan song, the classic one, the one that my generation, grown up on bread and punk rock, has always hated. And yet one is left speechless listening to a blending of Lacreme Napuletane and Immigrant punk. It has an intro voice and guitar, for one of the great classics of Libero Bovio, which deals with the theme of the emigration of the South to America (how bitter the bread of emigration). The voice of Raiz of stands in all its power and emotional charge, backed by touches of acoustic guitar Mesolella , which turns into an angry electric guitar when the song turns into punk scream, mixing in the center of the classic Neapolitan's famous Immigrant Punk of Gogol Bordello, to close in a final voice and really touching acoustic guitar. (...) Next we experience a Rastaman Chant with dialog between James Senese, the blackest of the Neapolitans, and Bob Marley. This is a meeting between music and cultures. It has a vaguely funky base supported by the battery of Mimi Ciaramella. Mesolella displays his talent, making the guitar talk with the voice of Raiz. (...) Equally reckless is the experiment blending Third Stone From The Sun / 'O surdato' nnammurato / Give Me Love , where the electric guitar of Mesolella, plus the electronics of Eraldo Bernocchi, brings us the music of Jimi Hendrix, while Raiz sings the Neapolitan classic turning slowly into Give Me Love by George Harrison of the Beatles. Five pieces, five jewels of skill for inventiveness, originality, technical and interpretative ability. Three other blends, perhaps less reckless, but equally convincing, complete the album. But the hu oseh, Hebrew version of the classic Maruzzella by Renato Carosone. The Neapolitan songs here mixes with klezmer sounds and guitarist Mesolella meets the harmonium played by Adolfo La Volpe. (...) Dago Red (term taken from a story by John Fante which indicates the red wine of the Italian-born immigrant to America, where Dago was one of the derogatory terms with which Italians were called) is positioned a notch above the average of Italian music. It is one of the most interesting and intelligent discs from the Italian record market.

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Dago Red (2018)

Rascel, Garinei, Giovannini, Marley, Del Prete, Senese, Hendrix, Cannio, Califano, Alfieri, Giordano, Bovio, Townshend, De Curtis, Palomba, Bruni, Cohen, Carosone, Bonagura, Gamzu, Buongiovanni, Ferguson

FAUSTO MESOLELLA, Raiz

Digital Converters: DCS
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Producer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recording Engineer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recording location: Gaia Recording Studio
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64

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Lacreme Napulitane - Immigrant punk
Bovio,Buongiovanni,Ferguson
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Ma hu oseh la (Maruzzella)
Carosone,Bonagura,Gamzu
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Carmela - I'm your man
Palomba,Bruni,Cohen
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See me, feel me - Tu can u chiane
Bovio,Townshend,De Curtis
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Ipocrisia
Alfieri,Giordano
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Third stone from the sun - O surdato 'nnammurato - Give me love
Hendrix,Cannio,Califano
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Campagna - Rastaman chant
Marley,Del Prete,Senese
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Arrivederci Roma
Rascel,Garinei,Giovannini
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