The Music Traveler: Aria in the Everett Cafe

An aria is a self-contained piece for one voice usually with orchestral accompaniment, having opera as its most common context. Italian for air, its original definition was an expressive melody. Enter Augustine Sasso, tenor, and Daniel Licardo, guitarist, also known as Aria who began playing music together in high school.

Augustine has performed in numerous fully staged productions at the Regina Opera Chorus (Brooklyn), New York Grand Opera, and Flushing Town Hall, and he also has sung in Aida and Alzira at Carnegie Hall. Dan, his friend from the age of ten, has been playing and teaching guitar for 30 years. Their favorite “librettos” include Whiter Shade of Pale (Procul Harum), The Air that I Breathe (The Hollies), Con Te Patiro (Andrea Boticelli), Heaven (Talking Heads), and Pretty Paper (Roy Orbison) — all very interesting, gutsy treatments of pop from the 1960s and 70s.

Listening to Aria is like sitting in a time machine, altering the music of the past and traveling to a purposeful and selective fourth dimension beyond commonly measured length, width, and depth. As with the Time Traveller, we suspect some “subtle reserve, some ingenuity in ambush, behind [a] lucid frankness.” We sense a change of air and, as H.G. Wells went on to explain, “ONE cannot choose but wonder.” (Epilogue, The Time Machine).

Be sure to hear Aria live at the Everett Café on Wednesday, 7/7, 5-6pm