Review | Laura Money
Ciao Bellas! How are we this evening? Ready to pull up a chair in the State Theatre of WA‘s Courtyard and see a brilliant concert? Then you are in the right place! Buona Sera Signorina: Italian Music Meets Jazz is your one-stop shop for amazing vocals, a brilliant band, and fantastic musical arrangements of all your favourite Italian songs. Think ‘Hey Mambo!’, ‘That’s Amore’ and ‘Volare’ – although apparently that’s not the name of the song! The stunning Etta D’Elia is your guide to Italian culture and music. Backed by a phenomenal band and back up singers, D’Elia takes you straight to the streets of Italy in her skilful blend of stand-up comedy and vocal prowess. Her entrance sets the tone – proving this loveable goofball is all about having fun. The comedy is in her introduction – looking at the cultural differences and how Italian Australians grow up – making tomato sauce, drinking three espressos a day. There is a lesson in hand gestures that is genius in tone, and a fun dance that gets everyone up close and personal.
Even though the tone is convivial and a bit tongue-in-cheek, D’Elia’s beautiful and powerful voice renders the classics her own. The jazz arrangement of ‘Hey Mambo’ is a stunning version of a fan favourite, and her voice lends itself perfectly to the gorgeous ‘That’s Amore.’ The band is top-tier – from the cheeky Tony Celiberti jauntily teasing D’Elia with his piano to the versatile Steve Searle playing every instrument available (flute, saxaphone, trumpet etc) he nails every single solo and improvisation. It’s the arrangements that make this show stand out. Combined with D’Elia’s hilarious attitude – at one point you could be mistaken for thinking you’re watching Eurovision if there weren’t more than five people on the stage – and the pure talent of every single person on stage, Buona Sera Signorina: Italian Music Meets Jazz is one very special show.
You can join in all the exotic fun at the State Theatre Centre WA until 4th February 2023. TICKETS
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