Il Passo Interiore
In Germany, Etta Scollo has been one of the most popular Italian artists for many years. Pop, jazz, Sicilian folk music and opera – the singer, who was born at the foot of Mount Etna in Sicily, cites a wide variety of musical influences. Etta Scollo has intensively addressed the long, often tragic history of the place where she was born. This intensive focus has engendered various musical projects, including Il Fiore Splendente, an homage to the Arab-Sicilian poets of the 9th and 12th centuries with contributions by artists such as Giovanni Sollima, Markus Stockhausen and Nabil Salameh. Etta Scollo's new programme Il Passo Interiore ('The Inner Step') was inspired by some of her own experiences as well as eye-witness reports and interviews with survivors of a mining accident. She says that the title of the programme paraphrases a subconscious decision-making process: I mean this very special step that happens sometimes without us realising. It is the core that acts independently; it is inside us but knows more than we do; it is already one step ahead; it helps us to go home with decisions made. It is an inner walk, an inner exercise that we do every day.' One song is dedicated to the refugees who drowned within sight of the Mediterranean island Lampedusa. The Suite per Lampedusa is also the musical adaptation of an open letter written by the mayor of Lampedusa, Giusi Nicolini, in 2013.