Sissy Castrogiovanni

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“Sissy is the voice and the image of Sicily, her songs are starting a new era for Sicilian popular music. Thanks to her, we can discover a new universe within traditional Sicilian music, extremely rich and powerful melodies and soundscapes, that transport us immediately to this island’s streets and fields full of life and art, something very different, worthy of the utmost attention.” more

“Sissy is the voice and the image of Sicily, her songs are starting a new era for Sicilian popular music. Thanks to her, we can discover a new universe within traditional Sicilian music, extremely rich and powerful melodies and soundscapes, that transport us immediately to this island’s streets and fields full of life and art, something very different, worthy of the utmost attention.”
7 times Grammy Award winning Javier Limon, El Pais (Spain)

SISSY CASTROGIOVANNI mesmerized audience during the release celebration of her latest album, Intra Lu Munnu, at the world renowned venue RegattaBar in Boston.

She toured around Europe and USA, in festivals like MIDEM Cannes Music Festival, 4th Annual Middle Eastern Festival, Sounds of Italy Festival, Umbria Jazz, Women Network Festival, etc. Also she performed in such venues as RegattaBar Jazz Club, Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall (Boston), Cotton Club (NYC), European Parliament (Brussels) etc.

Powerful and warm voice, Sissy has a unique and soulful sound. Jazz harmonies, Mediterranean and Sicilian roots, African rhythms and a touch of classical music, all combined together to support beautiful original melodies in Sicilian dialect.

Fire on stage. Sissy's stunning energy comes as much from her home as it does her unique spirit. Born in Sicily (Italy) into a musical family, Sissy is firmly planted between the Mediterranean Sea and Volcano Etna in an island with a long history of foreign domination, from the Greeks to the Romans, from the Arabs to the Spanish, from the African to the Normans. The result is a mixed culture where every single domination left something to see, to taste, to hear... And all of this shines trough Sissy's latest record, Intra Lu Munnu. It means "Inside the World". It's a collection of 10 original Sissy's compositions entirely sung in Sicilian dialect, with musicians coming from every part of the world and a special collaboration with the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir.

Sissy's creativity starts flowing at the age of five. She started early on to delve into a wide variety of musical styles, from jazz to blues, to soul and funk, being at the same time exposed to Sicilian traditional folk music. Grown as a self-taught musician, in 2009 Sissy becomes Berklee College of Music scholarship recipient and she specializes in Jazz Composition and Mediterranean Studies. In 2011 she's awarded as full scholarship and invited as performing artist at the Mediterranean Music Institute (Valencia, Spain). While living in Spain she lines out the first sketches of her compositions.

Among others, Sissy had the opportunity to collaborate with several world renowned artists such as jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette (Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, John Coltrane etc.) - 10 times Grammy Award winning, Bobby McFerrin – producer/composer Patrice Rushen – 7 times Latin Grammy Award winning, Javier Limon.

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