Gold Coast Italian Festival

Gold Coast Italian Festival 2016 Entertainment 

Livio Taraborrelli


Commenced learning Piano-Accordian 1962 from Ossie Mazzie Accordian school, and studied music and Piano-Accordian for 6 years, for the greater part under Leo Mazzei. Formed a Quartet (the "FIORENTINI", later "MARDI GRAS") featuring Accordian, Saxophone, Guitar & Drums in 1968. Livio started working with his 'one-man-band', acheiving a full ‘band’ sound, with latest electronic accordian & ampilfication system featuring built-in drums, accompaniments, a large number of orchestral instrument voices as well as the traditional accordian, with vocals, to provide a full range of musical styles from soft background instrumentals to lively dance music of all types (excepting Rap & Heavy Metal). Performed at many weddings etc, ethnic clubs (including Gold & Sunshine Coasts, Stanthorpe, Mareeba).



Raffaele Pierno

Italian Tenor 

Born in Naples, Italy, in the same street as the famous Italian Tenor, Enrico Caruso, Raffaele came to Australia in 2004.  

Raffaele Pierno has worked with eight Conductors around the world and has a vast Operatic and Classical repertoire as well as being a Master of Neapolitan song.  

Raffaele was taught by Maestro Antonio Finizio, Baritone (friend and singing colleague of the famous Tenor, Mario del Monaco) from Teatro San Carlo, Napoli, Italy.  Raffaele is a true Italian ‘Bel Canto’ Tenor.    



DJ Steve 

DJ Steve has over 20 years experience in the industry, starting out as a humble DJ and sound/lighting operations manager for his high school. It was his involvement in coordinating the music and lights for school productions that led him into a career as a DJ.

Steve’s first “real” job was as a DJ at a local skating rink in Brisbane, entertaining skaters of all ages. His work at the skating rink gave him valuable knowledge and insight into how to appropriately mix music to a live audience in order to enhance the mood or setting. His skill-set increased by deejaying at some of Brisbane biggest nightclubs. Steve’s reputation, passion for adventure and love of meeting new people eventually led him to mobile deejaying weddings and private parties, which combined with the arrival of his 2 kids, saw him naturally move towards kid’s birthday parties.



Fortunato Isgro 

Fortunato started Performing at the age of sixteen at many clubs and restaurants on the Gold Coast, Having his father Anthony Isgro who was born in Italy as a mentor, Fortunato decided to broaden his music by singing traditional Italian songs. 

From the age of eighteen Fortunato Performed at many Italian clubs and Festivals throughout Australia including Australian Italian Festival Ingham, Harvey Bay Cultural Festival, Stanthorpe Three Saints Festival and Santa Eufemia Festival.

Fortunato has had many interviews on commercial radio and community radio including the two largest Italian Radio stations in Australia Rete Italia and SBS Radio, His music is played on internet radio all over the world. He has recorded six Albums of Traditional Italian and English Favourites which are all available online.


Joe Castellana

"THE MAGIC ZUFOLO" — the name given to a simple bamboo flute by Nadia Grey, one of Europe's most popular movie stars — is an instrument that is truly "magic" in the hands of Joe Castellana, transforming him into a veritable modern day "Pied Piper". This simple musical instrument, which was used as long ago as 2000 B.C. by simple shepherds, received the above title in Rome in 1957 when Joe was presented with a silver medal and a certificate of honour dubbing him the "King of the Zufolo" after a tumultuous performance in the studios of Rome Television. To understand Joe, one only has to listen to his music, which reflects his humility and his modesty as well as his prime ambition in life — to bring happiness to as many people as he can by way of his music, and to teach the younger people of today that happiness may be found if one looks and is prepared to work for it. He firmly believes that music really does make the world go 'round.


CARNIVAL Festive Minstrels 

Roving Musicians playing Multicultural music that creates Joy & Happiness …..inspires Dancing in the Streets.
Favourites at Brisbane Multicultural Festival, Ingham’s Australian Italian Festival. Jupiters & Treasury Casinos. Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Festival.

Mandolin, Piano Accordion & Guitar. Maggie, Tim & Robert. Italian Favourite Melodies for Gold Coast and Brisbane Italian Festivals 2016. Robert Grant’s professional music career commenced on Tropical North Queensland’s Dunk Isle as resident musician playing European Accordion Instrumentals in their exclusive restaurant. Moving to South East Queensland,his talents playing Accordion placed him on the big stages of the Sydney Opera House, Tamworth Country Music Festival,Gympie Music Muster and Woodford Folk Festival.



Roger Davy - Tenor

Tenor Roger Davy, a well-known face in Australia and Internationally, began his career as a boy soprano before taking up a contract with Opera Queensland and studying Opera studies at Queensland University where he performed the Tamino” in The Magic Flute “Don Jose” in Carmen, where he was part of their Young Artist Program.

Moving to Sydney in 2001 Roger took up a contract with Opera Australia where understudied and performed roles including “Steva” in Jenufa, “Gabriele Ardorno” in Simon Boccanegra. and was finalist in Royal Covent Garden Scholarship. He studied in Germany and the UK before performing major operatic roles in UK these roles include ” the title role in the Tales and Hoffman, Returning to Australia in 2006 was the inspiration behind the much-celebrated The Ten Tenors’.



Simone Nicole - Soprano

A regular performer with Vavachi, Simone Nicole is an accomplished signer, entertainer and cabaret artist, with vast experience on the international stage in countries including Germany, Austria, USA, South America and Australia. Representing Australia at the 15th Annual World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, has been a career highlight for Simone, one that saw her bring home 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals in the Broadway, Opera, World, Open & Variety categories. Performing started at a young age, with Simone taking her first dance steps at the age of just 4. Graduating with an Honors Diploma from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Simone set her sights on Europe, working as a soloist in various Ballet Companies, including The Royal Norwegian Ballet Company, across Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Paraguay and Argentina.



Meg Kiddle - Soprano

Versatile soprano, Meg graduated from QLD Conservatorium in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music a Vocal Intensive Major (Classical) after which she spent a year studying at the Royal College of Music as an external student of Margaret Kingsley. Upon return to Australia Meg worked on the inaugural year of Opera QLD. Moving Opera and working as a freelance artist.

Meg had previously worked with Opera QLD in the children’s opera Sid the Serpent who wanted to Sing, Hercules (another children’s opera) and as the title role in Handel Agrippina. Currently studying a Masters of Music in vocal pedagogy (Contemporary) at QLD Conservatorium, Meg also works with many community musical groups and has acted as Vocal Coach on many occasions and has seen her performing roles such as Carlotta (Phantom of the Opera), Lady Thiang (The King and I), Annas (Jesus Christ Superstar) and General Cartwright (Guys and Dolls).



Domenico - "Dom" and the Latin Mafia 

Electronic Piano Accordion, Lead Vocals, Musical Director

With over 25 years of professional entertainment experience, Domenico has formed the ultimate themed corporate band known as The Latin Mafia.

Armed with a vast repetoire of world music including Latin, Italian, Spanish, German, Greek as well as an endless cataloge of classic Jazz Standards, Classical, Ballroom, Street Latin, Contemporary, Rock & Pop, Domenico combines with 2, 3, 4 or more talented musicians to produce the unique Latin Mafia Sound suitable for any function.




Alfredo Malabello

Alfredo Malabello is Australia’s very own Italian son of song, and he’s harboured a burning passion for music as far back as he can remember. With over 30 years experience on stages around the world, Alfredo has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most remarkable live artists. He has performed at VIP parties for Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, he’s entertained guests at a lavish ceremony to celebrate the opening of the 2011 Formula One in Melbourne, and he’s also shared a stage with Tina Arena and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.  

Alfredo is a man of many surprising talents, and although he has recently acted in the acclaimed SBS series Carla Cametti PD, as well as in Channel Nine’s successful Underbelly Files, his next journey sees him returning to his passion for music as he consolidates the success of Ciao Bella with his new release The Two Of Us. 

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