Italian group OU performs June 13 at Emerald of Siam in Richland

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldJune 10, 2014 

These Italian musicians make up OU.

COURTESY AMY DENIO

A group of Italian musicians who call themselves OU will bring their European sound to the Tri-Cities on June 13 at the Emerald of Siam in Richland.

The band will be accompanied by their American musician friend Amy Denio from Seattle.

"OU is egg in the Sardinian dialect," Denio told the Herald in an email. "This is OU's first tour of the U.S."

The band is made up of Ersilia Prosperi on flugelhorn and ukulele, Sabrina Coda on alto and soprano sax, Martina Fada on lead vocals, Andrea Peasce on piano and organ, Claudio Mosconi on bass, Christiano de Fabritiis on drums, kalimba, glockenspiel and vibraphone.

A kalimba is an African musical instrument also known as a thumb piano. A glockenspiel is a percussion instrument, and a vibraphone is similar to a xylophone.

"This will be quite a show and nothing like what has been seen in the Tri-Cities," said Dara Quinn, co-owner of the Emerald. "This band has intense vocal harmonies and eclectic instrumentation, bringing Mediterranean vibrations to their mix of jazz, rock and folk.

"And Amy is really big in the Seattle arts scene. One of her accolades is being one of the founding members of the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone quartet."

The show starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $8. Minors are allowed until 10:30 p.m. After that, it's 21 and older only.

Denio met OU while in Italy last year and struck up a friendship, she said.

"I've been going to Italy for years as a composer and musician and have collaborated in many Italian bands," Denio said. "I adore Italian culture and have been studying the language for 15 years. Last summer, I took myself to Italy for my birthday and encountered composer Ersilia Prosperi in Rome. She plays in a brass band called Titubanda, with whom I collaborate when I'm there. Ersilia asked me to produce OU's music in Seattle, so the sextet came in October and I recorded their first CD."

Check out http://amydenio.bandcamp.com/album/ou-pisces-crisis for a taste of OU's sound.

"OU and Amy bring a Mediterranean joy ride of vivacious original songs by Prosperi," Quinn said. "Folk jazz with fiercely funky rhythms topped with lush vocals sung in Sardinian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English."

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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