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The Sicilian Jazz Project

Funk - Fusion - Reggae - Tarantella - World Jazz
From Toronto, Ontario

BIO

Called "a masterpiece of cultural fusion" The Sicilian Jazz Project transforms Sicilian folk music, into a an eclectic Sicilian dialect repertoire that is very much a reflection of the diversity found in Toronto's music scene.

Using field recordings made by musicologist Alan Lomax in the 1950s, guitarist/composer Michael Occhipinti has successfully created a fusion of many styles to great critical acclaim, including a 2009 JUNO nomination. Just as Sicily is historically a location where Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions intersected, The Sicilian Jazz Project draws on Arabic music, reggae, funk, chamber music, and the jazz skills of some of Canada's best musicians.

The Sicilian Jazz Project has been celebrated in Sicily itself, where Michael and Roberto Occhipinti were honoured with the Ragusani nel Mondo prize in 2009, and has thrilled audiences at music festivals across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

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Gigs

Brock University Dept. of Music/Shawn O'Sullivan Theatre - - St. Catherines, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Lula Lounge - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

esta di la Republica - Castello Falconara, Sicily Italy - Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Canadian Stage - Spotlight on Italy - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Rochester Jazz Festival - Rochester, New York United States - Friday, January 1, 2010

Festival Cultural Zacatecas - Zacatecas, Mexico - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ragusani nel Mondo - Ragusa, Sicily Italy - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sunfest - London, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal - Montreal, Quebec Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Elora Festival - Elora, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Modica Summer Concert Season - Modica,, Sicily Italy - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Beaches Jazz Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Burlington Sound of Music Festival - Burlington, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Guelph Jazz Festival - Guelph, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Vancouver International Jazz Festival - Vancouver, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Ottawa Chamber Music Festival - Ottawa, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Atlantic Jazz Festival - Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Luminato Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Monday, January 1, 2007

CBC On Stage - Glenn Gould Studio - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Monday, January 1, 2007

Band Members

Michael Occhipinti
Dominic Mancuso
Maryem Tollar
Roberto Occhipinti
Louis Simao
Ernie Tollar
Barry Romberg
Kevin Turcotte

Manager

Michael Occhipinti
Email: mo@michaelocchipinti.com
Phone: 416 904 5494