The Organetto Project
With the sound of the organetto playing Italian folk songs throughout my childhood still resonating in my ear, I have many fond memories of this beautiful instrument playing at family gatherings in Toronto
I can distinctly remember people smiling, laughing and dancing amidst reconnecting with their rich Italian culture. As I became an adult, I felt my Italian roots becoming weaker over time. The hustle and bustle of life became the catalyst for choosing convenience over culture. I suddenly found myself living a life of little culture.
I had been raised with a strong connection to my ancestors and an even stronger connection to my culture. Pasta, Sugo, Tarantella were some of the first words to leave my lips. However, I soon realized that I was becoming a statistic, similar to those before me. I was beginning to leave my culture behind as I assumed the role of living to work.
Suddenly, meals were struck from convenience and music was non-existent. I was immensely saddened about my existence and my inability to continue to indulge in my culture and sharing it with those around me.
Thus, The Organetto Project was born and my existence was redefined. I was devoutly interested in understanding the beauty of the organetto and its power to connect people of all ages to their past and culture. So I picked up an organetto and it immediately sparked a passion. Although, I play many other instruments and have been playing music for most of my life, the organetto came very naturally to me, but only because of the dedication and love of Maestro Enzo Di Palma.
Today, I am proud to bring my love and passion for the organetto to your special events and family gatherings Toronto, Vaughan, Mississauga, Caledon, Hamilton, Richmond Hill, Aurora, New Jersey & New York State.
There is no limit to this instrument and its ability to transcend generations. I can be heard connecting people at weddings, birthday parties, engagements, family reunions, picnics, senior residences, and festivals.
The great Beethoven once said, “To play a wrong note is insignificant, to play without passion is inexcusable” and pure passion is what can be expected when Marco picks up the organetto to begin playing.
Born to parents of Calabrese descent, Marco was first exposed to the organetto as a child on family trip to Italy. Though Marco plays many instruments, it was the unique sound and styling of this particular instrument that would set the tone for what would become the soundtrack of Marco’s passion for the organetto and Italian folk music.
Strumming the melodies of folk artists such as Antonio Serra has brought joy not only to Marco as an artist but to the many for whom he has played over the years. His music leaves his audiences with fond memories deeply rooted in their cultural upbringing; one by which Marco too has been raised. While music is one of Marco’s priorities in life, his highest-ranking priority is his family which he and his loving wife Natalie raise with the same values imparted to them by their parents. He has instilled in his two beautiful children his same hunger for life (along with Calabrese food and wine) and passion for music of all genres (which they can often be found spinning on classic vinyl).
For Marco, it is about making memories that will last a lifetime for his family and those for which he plays.
Although Marco plays many instruments and has played music for most of his life, the organetto is his greatest musical passion.
Even though musical takes a high priority in his life, Marco is proud that his parents instilled such great family values at a very young age. He instills those same values in his two beautiful children. Marco and his loving wife Natalie, can often be found lounging with their children, while they enjoy a smooth glass of white wine and while they're children spin some classic vinyl from various musical genres.
Marco and his family are always found to be sharing great Italian food & wine while making lasting memories with their children. .