Album Remarks & Appraisals:
This release is the fourth album in the ten-part series "Songs inspired by wandering the globe," a series based on Mike del Ferro's worldwide travels. Neapolitan songs, particularly arias by Puccini and Verdi are meshed together with jazz, blues, and Afro-Cuban rhythms to create a truly unique soundscape. Pianist Mike del Ferro is an internationally renowned artist. He has appeared in 116 countries across the globe, with performances varying from solo recitals to contemporary crossovers. Ferro is joined here by guest singer, US born Claron McFadden. Her highly distinctive voice allows her to flow effortlessly between classical and jazz, opera and concert, and traditional and modern repertoire.
Personnel: Mike del Ferro (piano); Joke Schonewille (harp); Herman Van Haaren, Jasper VanRosmalen, Arlia de Ruiter, Robert Baba, Vera Laporeva, Ruben Margarita, Erica Korthals Altes, Dennis Koenders, Sarah Koch, David Peijnenborgh, Alida Schat, Wim Kok, Marijn Rombout, Pauline Terlouw, Merel Jonker (violin); Isabella Petersen, Mieke Honingh, Norman Jansen, Iris Schut, Julia Jowett (viola); Annie Tangberg, Jascha Albracht, Emile Visser, Diederik Van Dijk (cello); Mariël Van Den Bos, Liset Pennings (flute); Willem Luijt (oboe); Pieter Hunfeld (French horn); Tjerk DeVos, Aram Kersbergen, Norma Brooks, Walter Van Egeraat (double bass); Martijn Vink (drums).
Audio Mixer: Paul Pouwer.
Recording information: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands (02/02/2016-02/04/2016).
Photographer: Jan Visser.
Translator: Ian Gaukroger.
Arrangers: Christian Elsässer; Jules Buckley; Calle Rasmusson; Vellu Halkosalmi; Vladimir Nikolov; Martin Fondse; Erica Seguine; Gerd Hermann Ortler.