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Daffodils - April 10, 2013

I mailed my taxes yesterday and something shifted for me. Maybe it's knowing that I'm getting a nice return from Uncle Sam and the Empire State.

Certainly, it didn't hurt that we had the first 80 degree day since September 14!

But, I think perhaps it's because of the daffodils.

They've been blooming around me for a week now, but I've looked at them with disdain. Not because I wasn't happy to know that spring has finally arrived, but because they had the audacity to be so beautiful without apology. To be so seemingly happy for no reason. They were saying, "We made it!" "We're here!"

The cold weather in New York has left me feeling not so "fabulous," as is my usual humor throughout winter.

But, finally, something shifted for me yesterday: The sun hit those daffodils at a different angle. They were so yellow. Like hundreds of little suns. And they invited me to their party, versus dancing solely for exhibition. Yesterday they said, "Hey, we ALL made it. Let's dance together."

That made me feel better. That made sense to me.

That's what I'm going for with the latest songs we've been performing and those I've been writing: I'm interested in inviting you along for a journey. A journey that inspires and provokes community, love, and humanity. So, that's what we're doing. I hope you'll join us to find out what that means and how that manifests itself. Like me, you might be surprised how it shifts your perspective. Let's dance together.

Masked, but I'm Telling - March 1, 2013

In February I was fortunate to spend the evenings of Carnevale at SD26 Restaurant performing with of Alessandra Belloni's I Giullari di Piazza. We danced, sang, and played the nights away in celebration of the final days before Lent. Then on Fat Tuesday, which Italians call martedi' grasso, we dancers were featured on CBS' morning news show The Couch. 

Check out the links below (Part I and III are the best for seeing my cameo appearances.) to learn about Italian Carnival and watch us dance various tarantellas. In proper Carnevale style, I am masked along with Peter M DiGeronimo, Hillary Coniglio Lit, and Lindsay Poulis. The tradition of wearing masks for these final days before Ash Wednesday dates back to pre-Christian times when rites were celebrated to mark the end of the old year and the beginning of the new (Spring is well underway by now on the southern Italian peninsula.). Masks allowed revelers to practice outlandish and orgiastic behaviors without revealing their identities.

The Mobile Couch from CBS

Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

Following the Light - February 1, 2013

The days may still be short, but they are getting longer, and I am following the light.

I am looking forward to our show this weekend at Caffe' Vivaldi. I hope you'll join us for an evening that will prove to warm up your winter hearts, not only because of the cafe's fireplace, but because the music will be hot! Dave, Dave, and Joe sound so awesome, we've got something good going on for sure!

In other news, I was recently interviewed for by some wonderful music lovers. Please check out my musings and the terrific questions that inspired them at the following links:

Everything Sundry: Q & A with Allison Scola by Kathy Sands-Boehmer

Crankbox Music: Chris Koppers interviews Allison Scola


I'm honored to be featured on Dan Herman Radio Crystal Blue's broadcast again this week. Here are the details of how you can access the webcast:  

Radio Crystal Blue - January 30 - Dan Herman

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It feels great to be featured! It warms my heart. Which helps, because, despite the cold, I'm moving; I'm following the light.

The Chicks Raise $1000 for Sandy Relief - January 20, 2013

Chicks with Dip proudly raised over $1000 for super-storm Sandy relief from our Joni Mitchell's Blue concerts at Christopher Street Coffeehouse in New York City on Thursday, January 3 and at Common Ground Coffeehouse in Dobbs Ferry, NY on Saturday, January 5.

The funds raised were disbursed between two charities: All Hands Volunteers and Tunnel to Towers. Both organizations sent representatives to the Christopher Street Coffeehouse concert, and each representative described the important work that they are doing to support relief efforts in New York City and beyond.

Both charities still need your support to assist those families and businesses effected by super-storm Sandy. I encourage you to donate what you can today.

WFUV's John Platt Names Blue to His Top 10 - December 27, 2012

WFUV's John Platt, host of Sunday Breakfast, named Chicks with Dip's album Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration one of his Best of 2012 Staff Picks. Check out John's full list here:

Heading North, yet Bringing with Me the South - November 6, 2012

This coming weekend I'm heading North--to the North East Region Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference. Joe Ravo will be joining me as we bring our brand of southern Italian infused American folk music to the ears of folk DJs, folk-concert-series producers, and fellow musicians. I am very much looking forward to presenting some of my new songs as well as some traditional southern Italian canti at this annual gathering. 

I've been so blessed these past couple of weeks: I have presented this music in Little Italy/China Town for the Marco Polo Festival presented by the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and at University of Pennsylvania for the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Italian Studies Center. I loved teaching the pizzica pizzica tarantella to teenagers and children on Hester Street and to the students at UPenn. We had a pizzica party overlooking the city of Philadelphia! What a beautiful moment to see everyone waving their ribbons and spinning with their dance partners!

I've been fortunate to have spent an incredible afternoon with my mentor Alessandra Belloni reviewing advanced drumming techniques for the tarantella and the tammuriata; enjoyed an in-depth, lengthy conversation via Skype with the amazingly talented and giving Lucilla Galeazzi (Oh, to hear her sing Rosa Balistreri songs to me over the internet from Rome! What a gift!); and benefited from another private lesson with Sicilian percussionist Vincenzo Castellana who is currently in New York from Palermo.

Talk about riches! I feel so blessed that I've been able to surround myself with the inspirational music and dances from Southern Italy! At NERFA I hope to capture the interest of concert producers, so I can share the joy southern Italy inspires in me, with you.

Risking A Fall for Fall - September 17, 2012

I'm hanging on with dear life to summer, but day by day resigning myself that autumn is going to arrive at the end of this week. I hope you'll come out to hang-on with me for one last night this Thursday at Caffe' Vivaldi. It's our penultimate summer evening, and what better way to spend it than at a cozy cafe' in Greenwich Village?

As much as I regret that my beloved season is slipping away, I'm excited to say that lots of wonderful things have been happening! On August 27, I had a terrific time when I co-hosted the Bill Russo show on Centanni Broadcasting. You may hear the archived broadcast at this link:

The Bill Russo Show 8/27/2012 - with Allison Scola, Tyler Hollinger and Christian Keiber; and Rosanna Chiofalo
Bill is a wonderful host, and it was a great thrill to meet author Rosanna Chiofalo and filmmakers/actors/producers Tyler Hollinger and Christian Keiber.

In other news, our Joni Mitchell's Blue 40th Anniversary concert at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live on September 1 was a huge success--a packed house! Thank you to the wonderful audience and to my kindred sisters of Chicks with Dip for this incredible adventure! Don't miss this fabulous show. Check "Shows" ( for upcoming dates near you.

The Midnight Special, a national folk show hosted by Rich Warren played Anna Dagmar and my recording of Joni Mitchell's "This Flight Tonight" last week.

The Midnight Special - WFMT Chicago - Rich Warren - September 1

Selling out in Philly and being on The Midnight Special was marvelous for sure, yet I was even more thrilled to hear WFUV's John Platt spin "Marco the Barber" on his Sunday Breakfast on September 16. You can stream the full broadcast at this link:

WFUV Sunday Breakfast - September 16 - John Platt

Once again, I'm honored to be featured on Dan Herman Radio Crystal Blue's broadcast this week. Be sure to tune in after September 19 to listen. Here are the details of how you can access the webcast:

Radio Crystal Blue - September 19 - Dan Herman
1: FeedPlayer: This player is generated by Flash. If you have Flash in your
browser, surf over to, find the home or archive
pages and click the pop-up link. The player gives the listener numerous
options to stream, download and share the audio, as well as the player

If you don't have Flash, you can get this at
2: You can also access the podcast distributor, Big Contact, which renders
the FeedPlayer as a Web page:

At Caffe' Vivaldi we'll be performing a couple of new tunes, one of which I wrote after my travels this summer. You may see some of the photos I took that helped inspire the new song at

So much to be thankful for, I'm making myself vulnerable and "risking a fall" for fall, I suppose.

Simon & Garfunkel, Joni, and August - August 26, 2012

Although I've been somewhat quiet, there's been lots of activity and planning going on which I'm looking forward to talking about with Bill Russo on his internet radio broadcast on Monday, August 27 from 7 to 8 PM on

In early August I was thrilled to perform in Metuchen, NJ with the Chicks with Dip where we produced a Simon & Garfunkel tribute show called, Play Like a Girl: Simon & Garfunkel Re-imagined. We all split into various ensembles to retool songs that have been woven into our hearts and minds since we were children. I loved having the opportunity to play Clarinet and Italian frame drums and percussion, as well as lend my voice to a few songs. Check out the fruits of our labor. Videos recorded and edited by our dear friend Bill King:

The Boxer
Mrs. Robinson

Like our Joni Mitchell's Blue Celebration, after the first set of Simon & Garfunkel, we performed our original material. Here is a video, once again by Bill King, of my original Sicilian-style folk song "Canzone per Madre Terra."

Canzone per Madre Terra

Back in July, Chicks with Dip performed our Joni Mitchell's 40th Anniversary Celebration of Blue at New York's City Winery. City Winery is one of my favorite venues at which to listen to music, so to perform there was a treat. Once again, Bill King recorded the show, and here you can hear Anna Dagmar and my version of "This Flight Tonight."

This Flight Tonight (City Winery Show)

Our Joni Mitchell tribute show will be performed many more times over the coming months. Check out the Shows ( page to learn about upcoming performances throughout the East Coast.

I'm very excited to be performing Joni with Chicks with Dip at another fabulous venue on September 1 in Philadelphia, World Cafe' Live! Check out for the details.

My terrace garden is in bloom. The basil I planted before I left for Italy in June is just delicious! And the fresh mint leaves are wonderful with one of my favorite Sicilian dishes Tonno con Pomodori e Menta... Tuna with Tomatoes and Fresh Mint. Oh, yes, August is at its height, and after a very busy summer, I am hoping to enjoy this last month of warm sunshine. But, still, just around the corner is September 20, when I'll be back at Caffe' Vivaldi with an intimate group of Allison Scola Project band members. I hope you'll mark your calendars! We're working on some new material, and I'll be excited to share it with you.

Oh, and, I almost forgot, if you are inclined and want to join me for a off-beat event, on Saturday, September 8, I will be celebrating the Feast of the Black Madonna del Tindari at The Phoenix Bar at 447 East 13th Street, NYC. Read all about it the history of this feast and the New York City folklore behind it at It's a wonderful evening!

i Cannoli: Nothing Better in the World - July 9, 2012

I am thrilled to present an article I wrote this spring on The Inquisitive Eater food studies online journal: I Cannoli: Nothing Better in the World


Cannoli, the symbol of Sicilian sweets, are favored by “townspeople, by the middle class and by nobles, [and] desired by rich and poor alike,” wrote ethnographer Giuseppe Pitré in his Usi e Costumi, Credenze e Pregiudizi del Popolo Siciliano, Vol. 1.[i] Although Pitré focused his research and scholarship on folk traditions in Sicily during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, today, a century after the tens of thousands Sicilians immigrated to the United States, Pitré’s statement still rings true: love for cannoli is undying. Yet Italian cannoli and Italian American cannoli have distinct differences.

It is impossible to determine where cannoli were first made.[ii] However, historically, their origins are attributed to ancient times. In Sicily, pastries are strongly connected to annual rituals. For example, cassata, a ricotta cake presented in the form of a disk—the shape of the sun—is attributed to Easter, a holiday that marks rebirth; i.e., the start of the agricultural planting season when the sun begins to warm the earth again and days are longer. Another example is Minna di Sant’Aita, a small ricotta-cream cake with a candied cherry on top that is presented in the form of a woman’s breasts. Minna di Sant’Aita is meant to commemorate the martyrdom of Saint Agatha whose breasts were amputated in retaliation by her persecutor, a Roman prefect whose advances she shunned. It is traditionally eaten for the feast day of Saint Agatha, celebrated annually in early February in Catania. In this same vein, cannoli used to be the traditional dessert of the carnival season.

Read the full piece at...

Joni Mitchell's Blue Celebration CD Now Available Online - July 7, 2012

Our Joni Mitchell's Blue 40th Anniversary Celebration recording is now available for purchase online at CDBaby:
The Chicks with Dip have done it. Our recording of Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration features a stellar cast of twelve of the New York City area’s finest female singer/songwriters (and Philadelphia-based percussionist Cheryl Prashker) honoring the 40th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s landmark album, Blue.

The performers on Joni Mitchell’s Blue are members of a collective known as “Chicks with Dip” — a group of independently performing female singer-songwriters who gather semi-regularly to enjoy each other’s company and the pleasures of good conversation, good songs, and good dip. The Chicks will celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. The Blue project has provided them with a rare opportunity to perform together.

“The idea for the Blue show sprang up organically last summer,” says Carolann Solebello, longtime Chick and former member of female Americana trio Red Molly. “We were discussing Joni Mitchell and what her songwriting has meant to each of us, and since we’re always on the lookout for ways to collaborate, the 40th anniversary of Joni’s masterpiece seemed the perfect opportunity.”

The original performance of their tribute was held as a benefit for The Christopher Street Coffeehouse in NYC. The overwhelming response to the show prompted the Chicks to record a “cast album,” produced by Jay Mafale at his Hudson Valley NY studio, The Wind-Up Shop (

WFUV Public Radio's John Platt calls the album "a wonderful accomplishment -- it's one thing to come up with the's something else to pull it off so well, doing justice to the intricacies of Joni's words and music and the classic beauty of her voice at that moment in time."

Performers include:

For more information, visit us at

We made it. - May 27, 2012

I've always said that winter wasn't my forte. Well, despite the mild weather this year, I faced a lot of storms personally, and boy, I hope they are behind me now! Relatively speaking, I am blessed, because it wasn't all that bad in the scheme of the world, but I am just happy to be through the dark, cold days of December to April. And as far as I'm concerned, things can only be better when the sun sets after 8 o'clock at night, the temperature is over 68F/22C, and the Yankees are playing almost every day.

Furthermore, I am preparing to head to Italy again in mid-June, and I hope you'll come send me off on June 6 at Caffe' Vivaldi. I'm very excited about this show because it's my first true solo show in 2 years. I've been sharing a lot of bills with other artists, which of course, has been wonderful; however, it always splits my focus a bit. So for this show, I've assembled a wonderful ensemble of incredible musicians (Joe Ravo, Dave Romano, and Dave Mancuso--I have my work cut out for me!) and the themes are very close to my heart: Italian culture, the Italian-American experience, and Sicilian folklore.

I'm thrilled to welcome my compatriots from New York's Sicilian Meet-up group that just celebrated our 5th anniversary earlier this May--I'm hosting the show as a meet-up( I'm also proud that it's sort of an extension of a story that we've been able to tell from the college I work for at Columbia University... you may have heard about the janitor who graduated from Columbia with his bachelor's degree (with honors, I might add!) after nearly 20 years of taking classes. Well, that's Gac Filipaj! My incredible colleague Anna O'Sullivan is responsible for getting his inspiring story into the world. Check out the coverage he's received for his incredible accomplishment: We are so proud of him.

Gac's story is reminiscent of the story of so many Americans, and one that we'll be featuring at Caffe' Vivaldi: the immigrant experience, struggling to achieve personal goals, and hope for a better future. I hope you'll come hear us. I think it will renew your spirit... knowing that I'll be seeing you all has certainly renewed mine after the dark days of winter. Phew, we made it!

Joni Mitchell's Blue 40th Anniversary Celebration - April 22, 2012

I am thrilled to be a founding member of Chicks with Dip, a collection of some of New York's finest female singer-songwriters. We've been getting together to share new songs, obtain creative, constructive feedback about our latest work, bounce around ideas about life and music and everything in between for ten years. I remember hosting one of the first, biggest gatherings in my apartment in January 2003--a memorable afternoon of laughter, tears, and great songs!

In early 2012, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of Joni Mitchell's landmark "Blue" album, we were privileged to present concerts at Christopher Street Coffeehouse in New York City and at Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair, NJ, events that included most of the Chicks: Meg Braun, Anna Dagmar, Honor Finnegan, Sharon Goldman, Victoria Lavington, Catherine Miles, Karyn Oliver, Elisa Peimer, Cheryl Prashker, Allison Scola, Carolann Solebello, and Allison Tartalia(with support from musicians Jon Sobel, Jay Mafale, Paul Siverman (of The YaYas), and Eric Puente, to name a few!).

What has grown out of these initial performances is a reissue of the album "Blue," featuring our interpretations of Joni Mitchell's classic songs. Jay Mafale aptly recorded each of us, and as of March 30, we have a Chicks with Dip record! I am thrilled to be paired with Anna Dagmar ( for "This Flight Tonight." We have had a lot of fun rearranging this tune to match our artistic and musical strengths.

The record has received airplay on radio stations such as New York's WFUV and Philadelphia's WXPN.

We've now booked the Joni Mitchell Blue concert at a number of venues throughout the Northeast U.S. so, check out the calendar under "Shows" to hear this wonderful concert live. You may purchase our version of Blue at these performances as well as at our solo outings. I hope you'll check it out.

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Radio Crystal Blue to Broadcast Song - March 6, 2012

Radio Crystal Blue, an internet radio broadcast, will feature one my songs during this week's show that will be posted on 3/7/2012.

Here's how you could access the Radio Crystal Blue:
Go to and look for the Feed Player on the home page. The Feed Player streams audio and can be accessed in many audio formats including iTunes. You'll need Flash/Shockwave to view the Player. If it doesn't work, try a different browser, or go here: There is an RSS feed inside the player as well.

Thanks for listening! And Thanks to Dan Herman for broadcasting my music!

March 10 at Caffe' Vivaldi - February 11, 2012

I'm thrilled to be performing on Saturday, March 10 at Caffe' Vivaldi with Janie Barnett.

First Day of Winter - December 22, 2011

I am a summer person. It's the first day of winter.

It always takes me a bit of time to get accustomed to the idea of short days, cold weather, and (dare I say it) snow, but I've grown to like winter for a couple of reasons, the most important one is that it is time to reflect, turn inside, and stay home. In recent months I've been out a lot. Much more than I like, in fact. It's time now for me to hibernate, get some work done in my studio, and prepare for the rebirth that is the promise of spring.

So, you may not see me out and about as much in the months ahead, but that's only because I'm preparing to shine when the days get longer, the weather is warmer, and the sun is radiating in all its glory.

There are a couple of upcoming events to note, however:

January 5, Joni Mitchell's Blue Concert (Definitely one to check out! This is one I'll be performing in.)
January 8, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino in GlobalFEST at Webster Hall (I'll be in the audience dancing up a storm.)
January 14, Alessandra Belloni at Mehanata (Leading the audience, dancing up a storm)

Hope to see you there!

My Latest Adventures - September 20, 2011

I've been relying a lot on micro blogging to update you about what I've been doing and what I have coming up on my schedule. I find it easy to write these quick news bites, but also to keep things short and to the point. It's also a reflection that I've been very busy traveling, working, hearing concerts, and studying, and not taking much time to reflect upon what it is I've done. However, I know this isn't the best method to promote all I'm doing!

Despite this, here's an attempt with a post of some of my upcoming adventures for which I hope you'll join me. Perhaps when I slow down, I'll take a few minutes to reflect on it all!

Learn the Tarantella: Southern Italy's Folk Dance
7:30 to 8:30, Thursday, 22 September
Corner of Mulberry Street and Prince Street
New York, NY

Part of the Feast of San Gennaro Gateway North festival, this interactive workshop will teach you about the regional folk music and dances known as the tarantella. You'll fall in love with the passion, emotion, and energy of these dances. Wear comfortable shoes and a smile!

Discover the Power of the Tarantella
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Demonstration, Discussion, and Exchange

October 3, 2011, 6 p.m.
Casa Italiana NYU
24 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011-8697

Free admission.

Today in Southern Italy the ancient music and dance form known as the tarantella is alive and as vibrant as ever, and the Pugliese folk music ensemble Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is at its core. This evening, the seven-piece band and dancer will present a demonstration and discussion about the music and dance culture that annually draws thousands of people from across the globe to the deep south of Italy for the Notte della Taranta festival. Their presentation will connect you to the timeless power of the tarantella and its exuberance, tenderness, and passion. Be prepared to sing, dance, and be introduced to the unique technique used for playing Italian frame drums.

(I'm helping coordinate this event.)

Vote for "Labor of Love" Production - November 8, 2010

Please take a moment to help me and my fellow performing artists of TiPiace Italian American Performers. We are aiming to raise funds to complete our theater piece about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 in which 146 young women and men tragically died. We're in the running for a grant from Pepsi. Here's how you can help make "Labor of Love" a reality:

Vote by Web
Sign up and vote at for funding for our
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Theater Piece:
Vote by Text
Vote from your mobile phone by texting to:
TEXT Pepsi (73774) Type our code: 104150 in the body of the text!

It just takes a moment, and you can vote many times, so keep coming back!

Lilith Fair 2010 :: Help My Bid for the Village Stage - May 21, 2010

Lilith Fair, my favorite music festival, is returning to the scene this summer with a stop in New York (at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ) on Saturday, July 31. I’m currently in the running to appear on the local emerging artist stage, but I need your help! The final three days of voting for the quarter finals are upon us, and out of over 330 artists, I’m right at the 100 mark with “Your Key.” New York is, of course, one of the most competitive marketplaces, so your votes will make a difference. You don’t need to be in New York to vote for me. Would you please take some time to help my bid? Here is how:

1. Create a fan profile on or through Facebook at (Once on the page, choice the “Lilith Search” tab, click on “Lilith Local Search,” then choose the “Lilith Local Talent Search: New York” Channel.)
2. Find my Ourstage profile under Allison Scola (, and mark “Your Key” as a favorite track and me as your favorite artist (on the right side) this will ensure that I come up in the judging at least once in the first twenty battles you face per day. Also feel free to leave a comment under “Your Key,” this helps too!
3. Judge in the Lilith Fair Local Talent Search: New York contest.
4. Note: OurStage is not like other contests, it uses algorithmic formulas to determine scoring, so your behavior as a judge plays a role in the value of your opinion. If you listen to songs for more than 30 seconds for example, it considers your opinion with more weight. So be sure to listen for longer than that! The goal is to become a Gavel God so your judging contribution is worth a lot!
5. You can use two different voting methods, Sort-4 or Head to Head. It’s up to you which you prefer. I’ve found Sort-4 to be a bit easier, especially when I’m working on the computer because it’s just like listening to the radio, and when I’ve heard all four songs, I rate them. Make sure you rate “Your Key” as “Best!”
6. Judge, judge, judge. This round ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 23.

Thank you for your help! You’ll hear some great New York songwriters (and some not so good!), along the way and get a sense of what it’s like out there in Singer-Songwriter Land. Go team!

Thank you for your support!

"The Likes of Us" Premier and "Labor of Love" - March 28, 2010

I was thrilled to be at the premier screening of "The Likes of Us" film last night. This full-length feature film produced by Charles Greene and 700 Shades of Grey included 7 songs from A Braver Kind in its soundtrack as well as a cameo appearance by me as "Girlfriend with Knife." I have to say that I appreciate the excellent editing and camera-work employed for my big-screen debut. My 20 seconds on screen was hilarious!

I've learned that there will be another screening of the film in the next couple of months, and I hope to be able to invite friends to join me this time. Last night's screening was a private affair, with limited seating. I'll let you know when the next one will take place!

It's been a busy week... last Saturday, March 20th I performed with Alessandra Belloni and Daughters of Cybele in celebration of the spring equinox. It was a lovely show at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. What an incredible place! We had a terrific show in which I played clarinet, tamburro, castenettes, and various percussion instruments, sang, and danced various regional tarantellas. What fun we had!

Then Thursday, March 25 I was part of a very special event. The following paragraph was taken from the program...

The Triangle Shirtwaist Company was located one block east of Washington Square Park. The factory employed over 500 people on the top three floors of a ten story building. On March 25, 1911 a fire broke out on the 8th story then quickly spread to the floors above. On the 9th floor a critical exit was locked. Workers ran to the fire escape but it collapsed, dropping them to their death. Courageous elevator operators ran their cars for as long as they could. With the fire rapidly closing in on them, workers, unable to squeeze into the elevator cars, chose to jump down the elevator shaft. Fire trucks arrived, but their ladders only reached the 6th floor. People on the street watched in horror as the workers began to jump out the 9th story windows.

146 people died.

There was a trial but the owners, long known for their anti-union activities, were acquitted. The fire became a rallying cry for the international labor movement. Many of our fire safety laws were created in response to this tragic event.

Most of the 146 people who lost their lives were young Italian and Jewish immigrants, most of whom were women.

--From the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition

Since I learned of this fire many years ago after watching a PBS program about it, I have felt very strongly about remembering the young women and men who lost their lives in this worst industrial disaster in New York City history. I am proud to be part of a production called "Labor of Love" produced by TiPiace and written by Vincent Cuccia and JoAnn Robertozzi.

On Thursday, we performed a short version of our play with music at this 99th anniversary event.

The cast of "Labor of Love" includes me, Tre Bella (JoAnn Robertozzi, Lorraine Ferro, Rozie DeSanctis), Dimitri Minucci, and Jen Palumbo.

It was an emotional evening filled with wonderful performances inspired by the tragedy.

Feb. 21 Podcast of Radio Crystal Blue Features Song from A Braver Kind - February 24, 2010

Dan Herman's Radio Crystal Blue (RCB) stream and podcast for the week of 21 February 2010 features a song from A Braver Kind. You'll have to listen to find out which one! Here's how you can listen to the stream or download the podcast:

Go to the site:
You can find the RCB player on the lower left-hand corner of the page. If you'd like to download the podcast, you may do so at

DVD of Alive With Clive Television Appearance Available to Purchase - February 10, 2010

Thanks to some dedicated fans, I continue to hold a top spot on the Alive with Clive Top 20 since appearing with Janie Barnett on Clive Swersky's television program about living your life to its fullest potential last January. Thank you for voting for me... keep those votes coming at
The program was a 30 minute interview along with two live performances with Janie, Failure is Impossible and Your Key. Clive does a great interview, and we had a fabulous time discussing the A Braver Kind project, its themes, and my persistance to create great pop songs and performances.

If you are interested to own a copy of the program, Clive has created DVDs for you to purchase at

Clive will contribute $4 from every sale to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS or (RED). DVDs cost $19.97.

"The Likes of Us" Movie to Feature Songs from A Braver Kind - September 29, 2009

I've received confirmation that the indie film, The Likes of Us, produced by Charlie Greene and 700 Shades of Grey, is complete! That's only part of the good news; the other good news is that many songs from A Braver Kind make up the film's soundtrack.

The production team has already entered the film about a group of close-knit friends into Sundance Film Festival, and they will be submitting it to TriBeCa Film Festival in the weeks ahead. Keep your fingers crossed that we make it in!

Check out the trailer at

"My Naked Heart" Recognized by Billboard - July 30, 2009

I'm thrilled to report that my original song "My Naked Heart," one of the songs on A Braver Kind, received an Honorable Mention award in the 16th annual Billboard World Song Contest. Billboard reports, "Only the highest quality songs make it to the top, and this honor demonstrates the talent and dedication it takes to write a hit song."

If you haven't heard "My Naked Heart," check it out in the Listen ( section of the site. Additionally, you can watch live performances of it in the Videos ( area.

Most Inspirational Song and Gem Hotels - May 9, 2009

Alive With Clive Top 20 – Wall of Fame – Most Inspirational Song April was an exciting month for me! I’ve secured a top spot in the Alive with Clive Top 20,, because of the votes of you dedicated fans. Thank you for all of your votes! Furthermore, I was thrilled to learn that not only am I the first musician to be featured on Clive’s Wall of Fame, but "Your Key" also garnered the most votes in the launch of the "Most Inspirational Song of the Week" campaign between April 12 and April 19, 2009. You can see the video of the live performance of "Your Key" on Clive’s website at

Gem Hotels to Play Songs from A Braver Kind In other news, I am thrilled to report that Gem Hotels,, a hotel group in New York City, has selected songs from A Braver Kind to be rotated in their properties’ public areas. That means guests at the hotels in mid-town, Chelsea, and SoHo will be enjoying my songs!

Daughters of Cybele This month I’ll be performing with Alessandra Belloni’s Daughters of Cybele ensemble. I’m thrilled to be performing on clarinet, singing harmonies, playing the Italian frame drum, and doing some folk dancing in each show. So come check us out! We’ve had some terrific audiences and performances at Joe’s Pub in New York City and at the Colony Café in Woodstock.

House-Concert Series As summer approaches and autumn is on the horizon, I am putting some plans in to place to do some traveling. If you are interested in having me come to perform for you and your friends in your home, let’s talk! A house-concert is an excellent way to gather friends together and share music with your community.

Video Highlights from January CD Release Concert I’ve posted selected videos from the A Braver Kind CD release concert. If you weren’t able to make the show, check out the “Videos” page to get a sense of what it was all about. Thank you Benjamin Leavitt for recording and editing these!

Radio Crystal Blue (RCB) online radio station will air one song from A Braver Kind - April 2, 2009

Radio Crystal Blue (RCB) online radio station will air one song from A Braver Kind on April 4, 2009 at 5:30 EST on its Novus Ordo show. RCB founder and curator Dan Herman will spin one song, to be determined, from 10 different new CDs he’s received in recent weeks, a sort of test for the songs to be considered for future airplay on the main Radio Crystal Blue show, so tune in or follow up after. See below for details.

Novus Ordo can be heard by tuning in using one of the following methods:

(1) LIVE365 or the links at *Click the yellow 'mic' button on the station page during the time the show airs live. This opens the listening window. Radio Crystal Blue Novus Ordo runs 60-90 minutes
*Please IGNORE the "this station is currently not available" statement on this page. It's just a formality that can't be removed.
*Turn off all pop-up-blocker software
*Listen to Live365 with your favorite audio player or mobile device!
*Firefox and Safari browser users can use the Live365 Flash player.

(2) Syndication through Radio Bracknell This edition will be rebroadcast twice on Saturday, April 11, at 1pm EST, and then Tuesday, April 14, 7pm EST on Radio Bracknell, a community-based internet radio station in Bracknell, UK. Information on how to listen to Radio Bracknell is forthcoming, so please follow the website close to the date to get that info.

Archive page at *Click the .ram streams or the .mp3 downloads at the beginnings of each playlist.
*Listen with the free (basic) RealOneplayer *The show in both parts will be uploaded just hours after its completion.
Dan will upload the show on Monday morning, the day after original broadcast.
*All archived shows are being kept for at least 4 weeks after the live ones.

Stream shows after-the-fact in my FeedPlayer at Click the different glyphs to hear earlier shows, get the mp3 and RSS
feeds. RSS has other ways to make the audio accessible.
*As with the archives, the shows from the last several weeks are always available.
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