Hasa-Mazzotta – Novilunio (Ponderosa, 2017)
Redi Hasa and Maria Mazzotta is a remarkable duo representing two diverse European traditions. Redi Hasa is a remarkable Albanian cellist who appears in many of Ludovico Einaudi’s recordings. Maria Mazzotta is a passionate singer, one of the greatest voices from Salento in southern Italy.
Novilunio is the duo’s new collaboration. Here, Redi Hasa and Maria Mazzotta continue to explore the sounds from the two southern banks of the Adriatic Sea: Albanian music and southern Italy’s tarantellas; although this time the two musicians go beyond, incorporating evocative classical music, jazz, Mediterranean, Moroccan and Middle Eastern influences.
On most of the songs Maria Mazzotta the Apulian dialect, while she sings in French on two tracks.
Novilunio is a beautifully constructed album that brings together the wonderful voice of Maria Mazzotta and the spectacular, versatile cello of Redi Hasa.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.