John T. La Barbera- For more than four decades, guitarist, mandolinist, composer- arranger, educator and author, John T. La Barbera, has enchanted audiences throughout the United States, Europe and South America. As a pioneer of the music that shaped the great Italian folk revival in Italy in the 1970s, in which he was an active member working with the Pugliese folk group Pupi e Fresedde, John learned the music by oral tradition while touring with the group’s theatrical and musical productions throughout Europe. While living in Italy, he continued to do extensive research in traditional Southern Italian music and in 1977 presented the music for the first time in New York City with Pupi e Fresedde while on a collaborative tour with The Bread and Puppet Theater ‘s La Ballata di Masaniello. In 1980, he co founded, I Giullari di Piazza in New York, with singer actress Alessandra Belloni, to revive the rich traditions of southern Italian music, dance and theater. He was awarded in 2005 for the extraordinary role of the transmission and translation of Italian oral traditions from The Italian Oral History Institute, and recognized as one of the first transcribers of Southern Italian folk music in America and in 2016 is a recipient of the John and Mary Esposito Fellowship Award in Italian American Culture and History from UMass at Dartmouth. He is the author of the first and foremost book published in the U.S. on the Italian mandolin called Traditional Southern Italian Mandolin and Fiddle Tunes (2009) and Italian Folk Music For Mandolin (2012), with Mel Bay Publications. As a composer, La Barbera has won several awards and commissions from: The Jerome Foundation, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Martin Gruss Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, numerous composer awards from ASCAP and finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. Because of his expertise in Italian traditional music, LaBarbera has been a valuable resource for both film and theater directors. His film scores often include mandolin as the principal instrument, as in the Academy Award Nominated feature documentary: Children of Fate, (1992); Finding The Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California (2015); Sister Italy (2012); Sacco and Vanzetti (2007); Pane Amaro (2007); What’s up Scarlet (2005) Neapolitan Heart -Cuore Napolitano (2000); La Festa (1996) and Tarantella (1994). In Theater, his expertise as composer, arranger and musical director was valuable in the off-Broadway productions of Souls of Naples, 2003, (Theater for a New Audience) starring John Turturro and the stage adaptation of Sicilian playwright Luigi Pirandello’s short stories in Kaos, 2006 (New York Theater Workshop) directed by Marta Clarke. He has composed and produced seven albums, and theatrical productions. His percussion music has been performed and recorded by the Ethos Percussion group and Grammy Award winning percussionist Joseph Gramley.
Published works include: Traditional Southern Italian Mandolin and Fiddle Tunes, and Italian Folk Music for Mandolin, Mel Bay Publications, 2009 and 2012; The Marimbaba Suite- for percussion quartet and Danza del Fuego for solo marimba, both published with Bachovich Music Publications, 2009; and “That’s Not Italian Music” from Oral History, Oral Culture, and Italian Americans, Palgrave- MacMillan, 2009. His compositions and arrangements have been performed for the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra in Bloomfield, New Jersey. As a concert artist, he performs to audiences throughout the United States, Europe and South America including: The Montreal Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall-Lincoln
Center, The Felt Forum, the San Francisco World Music Festival, Central Park Summer Stage, the Jones Beach Theater, and the Banco do Brasil’s, Brasil Festeiro and SESC, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Composer of original Folk Operas: Stabat Mater: Donna di Paradiso 1995; The Voyage of the Black Madonna 1990; The Dance Of The Ancient Spider 1996; La Lupa-The She-Wolf 1987; The Adventures Of Don Giovanni And His Servant Pulcinella 1987.
He holds a M.Mus. from The William Paterson University in Jazz Studies and Arranging and a B.Mus. from The Hartt School of Music in Classical Guitar. He is currently a faculty member at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey and has taught at The Julius Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford); The Guitar Study Center of the New School in N.Y.; Sessione Sienese in Siena, Italy; SASI in Bratislava, Slovakia; and SESC in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He conducts workshops and lectures on mandolin and acoustic guitar styles, ethnomusicology, world music, and has written for Acoustic Guitar magazine. His music has been recorded on Shanachie records, Meadowlark, Rounder Records, Lyrichord Disks, Ellipsis Arts, and Bribie records.
For more info visit John’s web sites at: www.johntlabarbera.com 

Susan Aquila is shaking up the world of Rock. She has performed and recorded with the greatest icons of Rock and Pop including: Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, Deep Purple, Beyoncé, Brittney Spears, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Josh Groban, Roger Daltry, Steven Tyler, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, JZ, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow and a host of others. Now, she is stepping into the spotlight out on her own. She is the first electric violinist/singer to break through to the mainstream rock market in a big way. Her music blends metal, rock and punk and her incendiary electric violin solos are being heralded as: “... the hottest thing to hit rock since Van Halen recorded Eruption! She’s like the Jimi Hendrix of the electric violin and her vocal style is vibrant and dripping with soul. She combines the artistry of Blondie with the raw power of Janis!!”*

Susan Aquila has just received five Grammy nominations!

Album of the Year - for her CD “Miss Conduct”
Best Rock Song – “Why”, her hit single from “Miss Conduct”
Best Rock Album – “Miss Conduct”
Producer of the Year – Rob Tomaro and Jason Zarnowski
Best Instrumental and Vocal Arrangement – Rob Tomaro for “Why”

Susan’s recent smash concert appearance at Webster Hall in Manhattan, along with her new Grammy Nominations, have propelled her into the top 5 of ReverbNation’s Artists Trending in the New York City Area, a position she held for six months this past year.


Wilson Montuori is a versatile guitarist who performs styles ranging from pop/rock, world, and jazz to classical music. He has recorded for many labels, including Universal Records, Sony Music, Def. Japan, and many more and has performed throughout the world with various musical ensembles. Wilson holds a degree in classical guitar from the Academia of Music in Florence, Italy, a BFA in jazz performance from City College, where he was honored as both a valedictorian candidate and the recipient of the prestigious “Sidney Zolot Award,” and a Masters in Music from Boston University. His latest cd titled "Viaggio" has received positive reviews in the guitarist community. His compositions are also displayed in the soundtrack for the 2015 feature film “Shelter”.