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Amanda Pascali

Immigrant American Folk Music

new album “Still It Moves” out Now

“Pascali is a young, female, and Italian Bob Dylan.”

— Hunter M. Lewis, Free Press Houston Magazine

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Music

by Amanda Pascali
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about


Renaissance woman and singer/songwriter, Amanda Pascali was born in Queens, New York and is based in Houston, Texas. Amanda's writing showcases her traditional influences, but she is no copy of anyone. As the daughter of an Eastern European refugee with Sicilian heritage, Amanda writes with a sincerity which shows us that home is truly where the heart is. Accompanied by her family, blood related or not, Amanda Pascali has released music and performed internationally, including packed houses in Italy, Romania and the United States. Amanda’s music, now coined Immigrant American Folk, delivers a powerful narrative on being “too foreign for here, too foreign for home, and never enough for both.”

Amanda’s music tells the story of a girl, transplanted from the Corona and Forrest Hills neighborhoods of New York City to the center of Houston, Texas. With a father who was thrown out of his home country for rebelling against the government, Amanda was driven from a young age to be a messenger of her family’s stories and diaspora. Her words tell of her experiences growing up in the light of her family’s compelling memoirs and the grave semblance to the plight of refugees today.

In 2016, Amanda recorded a solo, self-titled EP which she released before forming her group- Amanda Pascali and The Family. The Family consists of seasoned accordion player “Uncle” Felix Lyons, banjo player William Larsen, mandolinist James Richardson, and violinist/cellist Addison Freeman who is classically trained and experientially tempered to the folk tradition. The group’s debut, full-length album “Still It Moves” is a tribute to Italian revolutionary Galileo Galilei, and a collection of songs dedicated to all things true, whether or not we want them to be, in a political climate where simply telling the truth can be revolutionary.

The Houston Press describes Amanda and The Family as “Houston’s newest artist for you to adore” and “a welcomed addition to the Houston music scene […] with songs that will be stuck with you for days”.

 

PRESS

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While only able to catch the second half of Pascali’s set, I was enthused by her ability to carry the already brimming hall with eager fans and her impressive ability to rock a harmonica. Watching from behind you might have confused her with a young, female and Italian Bob Dylan.
— Hunter M. Lewis, Free Press Houston Magazine
Read Amanda’s full interview with voyage magazine by clicking  here .

Read Amanda’s full interview with voyage magazine by clicking here.

“I, just like many other children of immigrants, do not choose to be political. What I want people to take away from my words is that when I write a political song, it comes from the same place as when I write a love song. I am bound to my craft by the one thing that joins love and revolution- great passion. At the root of my music is this great passion. I think that without it, no good art can be created.” - Amanda for Voyage Magazine - July 2018

“While only able to catch the second half of Pascali’s set, I was enthused by her ability to carry the already brimming hall with eager fans and her impressive ability to rock a harmonica. Watching from behind you might have confused her with a young, female and Italian Bob Dylan.” - Hunter M. Lewis, Free Press Houston Magazine, May 7th, 2018

I meet a lot of young people with talent, but very few who work hard to develop that talent. Amanda is one of those few.
— Ken Gaines, Kerrville Folk Festival
Amanda Pascali will be the most important voice in this generation of folk music.
— Jeff Paxton, Lucky Jim Music Collective
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Interview with Antigravity magazine, new orleans.

“As a little girl I loved looking at maps. And I had this dream of going on expeditions, and being at sea, and going to the poles.” “…science is about truth and understanding, the same thing that all good art is made about. If the goal is to make science accessible, then art is the perfect medium. In the end, science is art, geology is art.” - Amanda in an interview with Paris Achenbach on the relationship between art and science - Antigravity Magazine, New Orleans, January 2018.

 
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Amanda Pascali performing the single "Hey Amorino" off of her new album "Still It Moves". Video filmed and edited by Pat Laughrey as part of the Ambeo Video Sessions.
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