Do you need an Italian music fix? The taste of exquisite olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar? A week in Calabria? michéal CASTALDO an Italian-born Canadian, now New York City resident offers up all these things and more. As he says, “Life is not a cup to be drained, but a measure to be filled.”
...“ His overwhelmingly penetrating emotions, dreamy voice aims straight for your heart"...
Jimmy Norman, The Coasters - Hit Songwriter (Rolling Stones, Bob Marley)
BERGAMOT – (BER-ga-mat) a lively, upbeat recording of original, folk, Italian classics and classic American hit songs, all sung in the Calabrian language. The vibe is a hybrid of Flamenco and Mediterranean tempos, preserving Michéal’s southern Italian culture.
Michéal CASTALDO, the independent classical-crossover artist has scheduled his album release just in time for summer. The album is entitled, BERGAMOT, subtitled A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. Poised to be another best-seller from CASTALDO.
The album's lead single, a traditional Calabrian folk song, now re-imagined by CASTALDO, is “CALABRISELLA MIA”, made its US video debut on Tuesday May 28, 2013 on Youtube. “CALABRISELLA MIA” premiered on TV during the cooking show Everyday Gourmet with chef Cindy Barbieri Anschutz on on NBC Connecticut Affiliate stations. Link to the TV show at www.cindystable.com.
The album, BERGAMOT, serves up 12 songs (Classic Italian songs, Calabrian Folk songs, American Hit songs, an Argentinean Classic song and a Spanish Hit song) all sung in the Calabrian language.
All these songs were handpicked by CASTALDO who also serves as producer and executive producer of the album along with co-producer and long-time collaborator (fellow Berklee College of Music alum), Norwegian born Stein B. Svendsen. Listeners will feast their ears upon familiar classics all recorded in the Calabrian language. “We’re keeping the song list a secret as it will ‘blow your mind’ when you hear some of them” says Michéal.
This album will be very unique & creative – the songs are sung in Calabrian, going back to Michéal’s roots. The Flamenco and Mediterranean tempos bring in a flavor of Greek, Byzantine and Spanish influence.
The CD is available on at all e-tail stores such as Amazon.com, all digi-download stores like iTunes.com and various mom & pop stores like E. Rossi & Co in Manhattan's Little Italy, and Sorriso's in Astoria, Queens NY.