Italian band ready to wow youths

(From right) Carlisi (guitar), Briro (voice), Chirco (piano/keyboards) Sole (voice), Estrada (vocals), Oliveira (vocals) and Perrini (percussions) practising at St Anne’s Church in Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mertajam.

BEARING a universal theme of spreading peace and unity through music, Italian pop rock band Gen Rosso has hit the shores of Penang for a one-night only show.

The international performing arts group will stage the ‘Life: Beyond All Borders’ concert at Berjaya Penang Hotel in Burmah Road at 7pm on Sunday.

They will be delivering acoustic pop songs in English, Italian and Portuguese as well as a Chinese number in the two-hour-long concert. Admission to the concert is free.

Band leader Emanuele Chirco, 41, from Italy, said this would be the group’s first appearance on Malaysian soil, noting that the concert was part of their Asia Tour 2018 which kicked off in the Philippines on July 1.

“We had an amazing response from the youths in Manila.

“After Malaysia, we will be performing in China, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Vietnam before returning to Italy on Aug 12,” he said during rehearsals at St Anne’s Church in Bukit Mertajam.

Chirco, who plays the piano and keyboard, said the group would also be conducting a music workshop on the same day at 10am at Berjaya Hotel.

He said the three-hour workshop was aimed at sharing their musical knowledge with youths from local church choir groups and bands.

“We will later invite the participants to share the stage with us,” he said noting that some 150 youths were expected to attend.

Joining Chirco for Gen Rosso’s Asia Tour 2018 are Italians Michele Sole (vocalist), 35, Mario Carlisi (guitarist), 28, and Vito Perrini (percussionist), 29, along with Brazilians Adelson Oliveira (vocalist), 42, and Helanio Ferreira Briro (vocalist), 30, well as Filipino Raymund Estrada (vocalist), 38.

Chirco said Gen Rosso, which had featured many different band members since it was established in 1966, was inspired by Italian Catholic activist Chiara Lubich, who founded the Focolare Movement.

He noted that many former members of Gen Rosso had contributed toward the band’s wide repertoire of self-composed songs.

Those keen on attending the workshop priced at RM10 per person for meals can register via or call Anna Tan (012-4118806).

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