Author: Michelle Davis

American dad, Italian mom, and so the story goes. After a childhood spent in the golden foothills of California's Yuba County, Michelle Davis left the United States and somehow magically ended up in Florence. Named after The Beatles' song, music has always been an important part of Michelle's life and she's a firm supporter of Florence's indie scene.
January 31, 2018

When music moves mountains

The word mountain takes on manifold metaphorical roles with singer-songwriter Sam Amidon’s latest release, The Following Mountain (Nonesuch records). Like wild peaks, the melodies meander in spurts of intensity, a beautifully balanced soundscape of jazz-tinged folk. Like mountains fixed in time, legendary musical giants Milford Graves, Sam Gendel and Shahzad Ismaily guided Amidon towards higher […]
January 11, 2018

Reclaiming the duchy of Florence’s rock scene

When I met up with Florentine desert-rock trio Dust & the Dukes, they had just won the coveted national Rock Contest Controradio, an event held yearly in Florence seeing bands from all over Italy compete for the chance to receive funding for musical projects.     Frontman Gabriel Stanza, guitar tamer Enrico Giannini and drummer […]
November 30, 2017

Tuscany’s top 12 albums in the year 2017

As December whisks by and we ready our glasses to toast to the New Year, I’ve come up with a selection of 12 albums. Yes, 12, not 10, one for each month of the soon-to-be-gone 2017 to celebrate the cream of the crop of Tuscany’s 2017 music yield. Whether you’re looking to cement your Florentine […]
November 6, 2017

Pulling over and parking up

A UK study states that, on average, we spend a full four days a year searching for a parking space. Excruciating and at times expensive, especially in Florence with its diktat of blue, white and yellow stripes, the scouting has done some good however, inspiring musical monikers and setting the tone for out-of-the-box songwriting. Hot […]
November 5, 2017

Naomi Berrill’s new album is out

Following up her first release, From the Ground, Naomi Berrill is ready to present her second musical endeavour To The Sky. As both titles suggest, the Irish singer-songwriter’s inspiration lies in the elements of nature which she evokes with her cello and voice in beautifully arranged compositions. Between folk, jazz, baroque, classical and pop, her […]
October 2, 2017

My San Jacopino

When the time came to leave the Oltrarno, my home for over six years, I was torn. The small medieval appartamento had started to feel too small and showering above the toilet seat (a detail that hadn’t much bothered me in my no-fuss twenties) had gone from quirky to quacky. I loved being in the […]
September 6, 2017

Ginevra Di Marco: San Niccolò’s songbird

A smile so contagious that you can’t help but smile back, a voice so expressive that each note becomes a timeless story: San Niccolò resident Ginevra Di Marco is a singer like no other—and her achievements speak volumes. Recently she was awarded the Tenco prize for her impeccable interpretations of some of popular music’s signature […]
September 5, 2017

Jazzing up Florence

As summer fades and office days return to the norm, Florence’s Estate Fiorentina shows no sign of shying away from showing our city a good time. The latest new entry consists in internationally renowned Jazz Fringe Festival, which will leave its Turin base for the first Florentine edition from September 13 to 17 under the […]
August 25, 2017

Flame Parade: music from the Tuscan canyon

Many might not know that Tuscany and Arizona share a geological bond, an ancient legacy of curvaceous eroded rock. The Italian cousin of the Gran Canyon is known as Le Balze and rises for 6 kilometres amidst the Valdarno countryside, from Terranuova Bracciolini to Reggello. It is in this very place, infused of a rare […]
July 28, 2017

Partying “Balera” style: Florence Folks Festival

Nothing says Summer Fun more than a Balera party. These vintage dance halls hail from a time when village parties and neighbourhood get-togethers culminated in night-long marathons of people dancing liscio, a traditional folk dance that was born in Romagna towards the end of the 19th century and has won over many with its sliding […]