Inaugural Free Musical Event

Aurora and Antonella

  • Madaus is composed of Aurora Pacchi (vocalist), Antonella Gualandri (pianist, vocalist, and accordion) and David Dainelli (vocalist, guitar, bass, synthesizer). The group has received numerous prestigious awards in Italy, including winners of the XVII Edition Piero Ciampi, Citta’ di Livorno, 2011; Premio De Andre’ in Rome, 2012; and Senza filo Contest at the Cantiere San Bernardo in Pisa, 2013. They have performed in theatres and on television throughout Europe. All three members of Madaus are professors at the Accademia della Musica Citta’ di Volterra, Italy. 

Bailen

  • Bailen is composed of 25-year-old twins Daniel (bass) and David Bailen (drums), and Julia (guitar), their 19-year-old sister. The three have been writing songs and performing since they can remember. As children, the siblings were all soloists in the Metropolitan Opera’s children’s chorus, singing alongside the likes of Pavarotti, Rene Fleming, and Placido Domingo. They have written music for Sons of Anarchy, Victoria’s Secret, Paper Magazine, Marc Jacobs, and Ansel Elgort. In 2014 they won the Elfenworks Foundation songwriting award: In Harmony With Hope.

Germana Pucci

  • Germana Pucci, from a tradition of Maggio peasant opera singers, in 1982 was one of Manhattan’s founders of Fast Folk Musical Magazine (now in the Library of Congress) with Jack Hardy and  Suzanne Vega, among others. Germana played at singer/songwriter clubs and cherished the off-off Broadway theatre scene in collaboration with Giancarlo Biagi productions. Served as ambassador to American singer/songwriters for the Italian Musical Heritage Club Tenco, bringing Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman to Italy to receive Life Achievement Awards.

Michelle Biagi

Michelle Biagi has been a member of the Songwriter’s Exchange in Manhattan since 2010. Jack Hardy, the founder of the group, invited her to their weekly gathering. She has performed at many venues in Manhattan, such as: Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Banjo Jim, De Colores Cultural Center, and the Slipper Room with Terre Roche (from The Roches). In 2015, she attended Improvvisazione/Jazz, Folk workshop with Greg Cohen and Fabiana Striffler in Doccione, Italy.  Michelle’s compositions reflect her generation’s struggles around the world.

Bob Barta

  • Bob Barta, banjo player and vocalist, along with the notes of his New Orleans jazz-style band, will be playing during the day between 33 Main St. and the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall. Barta has performed at Carnegie Hall, New York’s “21” Club & Birdland, San Francisco’s Gold Dust Saloon, and New Orleans’ Palm Court, Rock N’ Bowl, Fritzel’s and the Spotted Cat.