Amiguitos de La Peña Presents: Asheba
- La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley CA
Gaia Mobilij: vocals, accordion, lyra
Giuseppe Leone: vocals, percussions
Marco Ghezzo: violin
Luca Russo: guitar
A common thread runs from Dubrovnik to Vukovar, passing through Belgrade, touching lightly Tirana and Athens. A thread flowing underwater touching Brindisi and passing through the Mediterranean, skimming the Andalusia coast. A thread moves on guitar and violin chords, rebounds on leather drums, curving on the accordion keys. The knot of these connections is Taluna. A band formed by four musicians with different roots and backgrounds, moving their first steps in 2008 in Turin (Italy). An immigrant’s city becomes a meltin'pot of Central Europe and North Africa cultures. GAIA MOBILIJ, Calabrian lyre and accordion; MARCO GHEZZO, violin; LUCA RUSSO, acoustic guitar; PEPPINO LEONE, percussions and traditional Southern Italian frame drums are the means of this mental, spatial and musical voyage - between gipsy and sephardic sounds, Balcans syncopated rhythms and the obsessed tarantella.
La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements.
Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American cafe which complements the organization's mission.