George de Stefano is a New York-based writer specializing in culture, politics and sexuality. He is the author of An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) and a contributor to many other books, websites and print publications.
Bagels and Bongos: The Klezmatics Present Havana Nagila | 8 Apr 2014 // 8:10 PM
With their new project, the boundary-breaching klezmer band revives and extends the Jewish-Latin musical connection.
Dances with Spiders: Italian Roots Music, With Bite, Comes to North America | 31 Aug 2011 // 4:00 PM
The story of the pizzica revival is one of how a music associated with a healing ritual of poor, oppressed peasants was transformed into a proud assertion of cultural heritage and identity.
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Quaranta | 18 May 2015 // 9:15 PM
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino marks its 40th anniversary with a portrait of Italy and its discontents.
Buena Vista Social Club: Lost and Found | 1 Apr 2015 // 8:04 PM
From the vaults come 14 unreleased tracks by the beloved Cuban ensemble.
Levante Rising: From Barista to International Pop Star | 13 Mar 2015 // 3:38 AM
The Italian singer-songwriter captured the national mood in her breakout single. With a new album and US tour dates, she's about to go international.
12 Essential Performances from the Piano "Professors" of New Orleans | 5 Jun 2014 // 3:00 AM
A dozen jams from great Crescent City keyboardists, past and present, and something extra.