We are very proud to present a uniquely personal evening of Italian songs performed by Michael Di Re and Ralph Alfonso with special guest Kent Kataoka.
Michael Di Re (DeeRay) is a Montreal singer-songwriter gaining attention both as a solo artist and as a member of the roots groups The Muddy Wheel and Sunset Club.
Ralph Alfonso has a long history in the music industry, including writing and performing in Italian. He has performed his songs and poetry in Italy and at Montreal’s Italian Week.
Over the years, Michael has performed at BBAM! – an Art Gallery owned and operated by Ralph – several times. Having developed a kinship over their shared Italian heritage, Ralph finally encouraged Michael to lend his signature vocals to some classic Italian pop songs. Together, they have crafted a unique, heartfelt evening that delivers the pure emotion that so characterizes the Italian song tradition.
Ralph will be exploring both real and invented folklore from the village of Morrone del Sannio (up in the remote mountains of Molise, Italy) with a set of original songs and stories that reference Campobasso, Termoli, and the other towns to which he can trace his family’s roots. He will be accompanied by Michael and Kent on guitars, bouzoukis, keyboards, etc. And don’t worry, much of Ralph’s material is either bilingual or trilingual.
Michael (who traces his own roots to Sicily and Campobasso) will perform a set of thoughtfully stripped-down Italian standards that showcase his deeply powerful and melodic vocals. Accompanied by Kent Kataoka, currently one of Montreal’s most in-demand session players, this is a not-to-be-missed evening that is sure to inspire your inner-Italian.
“Remember, it might sound like Italians are yelling at each other,” says Ralph, “But really, we’re just talking about how good the bread is!”
Saturday, August 17 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jean-Talon stage in Little Italy