This is a passionate musical tribute to the traditional legends of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy, by the Southern Italian Music/Theatrical group I Giullari di Piazza. This is original music composed by John La Barbara with text and vocals by Alessandra Belloni and Dario Bollini. This album also features guest artists Glen Velez, frame drum and other percussion, and Steve Gorn, Indian bamboo flute and soprano saxophone. This new musical collaboration features a powerful blend of traditional rhythms and instruments from various cultures including Greece, Turkey, North Africa, the Middle East, Celtic France and Spain whose influences blended with those of Southern Italy in such regions as Naples, Puglia, Sicily and Sardenia. Belloni, La Barbara and company have created an explosive cross-cultural potion that is equal parts ancient Mediterranean, and contemporary world music, whose roots go as far back as the nomadic Gypsies travels from India to North Africa, and whose sound holds the fiery energy of a Mediterranean volcano! With her beautifully sensuous and unique vocal style, Alessandra Belloni could well be world music's next Ofra Haza or Sheila Chandra. John La Barbera's stunning compositions and phenomenal playing, as well as the entire ensemble's and guest artists' spirited performances, literally put this recording in a class by itself. Earth Sun Moon is a landmark world music recording that is a musical "Rosette Stone" of world styles, beats, melodies and traditions. In addition to the now world famous musical contributions of both Glen Velez and Steven Gorn, I Giullari di Piazza includes a cast of top musicians including award winning world-class baritone Ivan Thomas, multiple gold-record accordionist Charlie Giordano (who appears on albums by Cyndi Lauper, Buxter Poindexter and others), historic wind instrument and harpist Christa Patton, a regular member of New York's Ensemble for Early Music (see Istanpitta!) noted flutist Susan Eberenz, bassist Scott Thornton, and violinist Abrahn Stewart. With many live performances and radio appearances scheduled, including a showcase concert at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Earth, Sun Moon is the world music album to watch this year!