SPRING NEWS OCTOBER
Would you like to support Kavisha's new cd recording ? Would you like to PREORDER a new Kavisha "live" CD for Xmas ?
After many requests to put out another live CD following "Canberra,Cork and Calgary Live (2000)"
(only 16 years later !) I am putting out my new live CD called " The Fearless Note
We are recording it on Sunday September 17th.
It will also feature Matthew Arnold on Violin.If you would like to help produce this
album with 10 funny melancholic and beautiful songs with original artwork, You can pre-order by
for $100 and 5 new cds will be posted to you the first week of December in time for your Xmaz
presents! We just need 50 people to pre order at least to help me cover the costs! of recording ,graphics printing and cd manufacture .
kavisha(at)kavisha.com for details
JULY 2016 NEWS... Festival Of Voices Hobart Musician in Residence
In July I had the good fortune to be invited to be a musician in residence in HObart with the italian immigrant community fro the FESTIVAL OF VOICES .We prepared a community concert for the festival about memory ,love immigration and song .celebrating the Italian Australian Connection...Starring Rose Ottavi Kokkoris,Tutta Matta Trio, Matthew Arnold and Kavisha Mazzella and the new Mia Casa Mio Cuore Choir.
WATCH Concert here Mia Casa Mio Cuore (My Home My Heart ) concert
filmed 6th of July 7pm at Hobart Town Hall by Stefano Lufi
Here's what the REVIEWS say...
"Kavisha's new album of centuries-old Italian folk songs is a beautiful thing to hear - a great vehicle for these songs of the heart that have stood the test of time. She plays guitar, mandolin and accordion and the spare production lets her voice naturally shine." Lucky Oceans ,ABC Radio National Weekly Planet.
“Riturnella is a beautiful collection of Italian folk songs from the 1400s onwards. These songs of love and loss from all over Italy are rendered starkly and exquisitely with Kavisha accompanying herself with some very fine guitar and mandolin work.” Paul Barr, Readings Books and Music Magazine
"Con Riturnella, Kavisha ha realizzato un omaggio alle sue tradizionali radici con un’opera sensuale e risolutiva, sulle cui fondamenta ha sviluppato la sua personalità di cantante, scrittrice e musicista."Pino Lamberti , Il Globo.
*RITURNELLA in Interview here with Jeff Jenkins from Rythms Magazine
- Fammi Restari (Sicily 1600s)
- Riturnella (Calabria 1800s)
- Ricciulina (Campania 1700s)
Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha's original song's lyrical ingredients include humour, poetry, social justice and the spiritual. Combine this prowess with the voice of an angel and you have the experience of a Kavisha concert. Singing in English , Italian and other languages, she will take you on an uplifting boundary riding journey of well-crafted stories and songs ringing with echoes of Celtic, Fado and Gypsy influences that will strike a resounding chord within.
A recipient of many awards ,her 1998 album Fisherman's Daughter produced by Australian rock legend Mick Thomas won an ARIA Award. Her 2003 album Silver Hook Tango produced by irish guitar master Gerry O' Bierne was nominated for an ARIA Award.In 2011 her album "Love and Sorrow" produced by Chilean Nano Stern won the National Film and Sound Archive award for best folk release.
Other wards include a WARMIA award for songwriting in 1992 and best female vocals in 1993. A Green Room award for musical direction in 1996 for Graham Pitts' hit play "Emma ,Celebrazione! In 2000 an Italia Nel Mondo award from the italian government for her work in promoting italian culture in Australia . In 2008 she won a Mutlicultural Commission award for excellence .
Passioniate about social justice,she was awarded an Order Of Australia in 2011 for her services to singing songwriting and reflecting the experiences of aboriginal,refugee and multicultural communities through her performances.Based in Melbourne, Australia,she continues to perform her original songs and share her love of italian folk music at numerous national and international music and arts festivals .
Kavisha has worked with many of Australia's finest musicians namely Mick Thomas (ex Wedding Parties Anything , Dave Steel ,Archie Roach ,Ruby Hunter ,Tiddas ,Paul Kelly ,Louis McManus ,Andy White ,Matthew Arnold ,Phil Carrol ,Jack Norton ,Luke o' Neil ,Dave De Santi ,Mark Holder- Keeping , Peter Vadiveloo ,Irine Vela and is a proud member of Gunditchmarra songman Richard Frankland's Charcoal Club.
A strong composer for choirs, Kavisha has recieved many commissions.She has also written school songs for Saint Andrews Primary School in Werribee and Our Lady of la Vang Special School in Adelaide. She was commissioned to write the womens anthem "Love and Justice" for The Victorian Women's Trust celebrating 100 years of the womesn vote and a chorale for the Victorian Government celebrating 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade in the Echoes of Freedom festival in Ballarat
All of Kavisha's music is © owned and published by Mazzella Music.
BOOKINGS- phone manager on 0412 89 33 55
WHAT THE PRESS SAY
"Mazzella's voice has a wonderful purity of tone and can lift over a melodic line with bell-like, weightless grace." Jessica Nichols -The Age
"She sings with the voice of a heartbroken angel"Victoria Laurie -The Australian
"Her songs have a great sense of melody and lyrical depth.." Jim Lee, Dirty Linen Magazine. UK
"Irrestistable,heartfelt collection of beautifully produced songs" Robyn Johnston , ABC Radio National on " Love and Sorrow"
"Fabulous album, sophisticated, aromatic, beautiful, soulful, moody." Matthew Donlevy ,Peermusic on " Love and Sorrow"
"Kavisha herself is in as fine a form as ever, delivering her superb mixture of homespun stories and traditional gems. Her voice is shimmering and effortless - she has the remarkable ability to throw her voice at a microphone from a metre away, almost like a ventriloquist, then move right in for the kill." Mike Moroney, Edinborugh Folk Club, Dunedin NZ
"Her voice flows like tears of joy and sorrow.There’s a saltiness and warmth of sensuality here that sings the great bitter sweet song of life. Kavisha Mazzella may have the first and last letters of the alphabet in her name but in truth, there’s a power and presence in her stage performance which is simply beyond words." Colum Sands - "Rootin'About" for RTE Radio in Dublin. Folkclub BBC Radio Ulster
"Clear and beautiful vocals" Bruce Elder - Sydney Morning Herald
"Kavisha ha collaborato e collabora con numerosi artisti australiani e internazionali. La sua musica originale contiene echi di folclore italiano, influenze celtiche e gitane, la sua voce calda e appassionata trasmette emozioni che toccano il cuore. La sua energia e amore per la musica sono contagiosi" (Gabriella Gomersall Hubbard- Il GLOBO)
"Kavisha has collaborated and collaborates with numerous australian and international artists.Her original music contains echoes of italian ,celtic and gypsy folklore, her warm voice and passion transmits emotions that touch the heart.Her energy and love for music is contagious."Gabriella Gomersall Hubbard- Il GLOBO
Kavisha's Music is now on
A MESSAGE FROM KAVISHA
H there friend ! Thankyou for coming to my site and buying my music. Through you buying an actual cd. I can keep composing and creating new music .That means alot to me .Thankyou Friends.
LOVE and JUSTICE Choir Women's Anthem with VICTORIAN WOMEN'S TRUST CHOIR
With Rich'n'Famous ( live at Port Fairy Folk Festival )