12.28.17Passim Iguana Music Fund 2017 Winner!

We in Newpoli are enormously honored to find out that we are among the 2017 grantees for the Club Passim Iguana Music Fund!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This money will be used for tour support to bring us to the International Folk Alliance Conference in 2018.

Passim Announces 2017 Iguana Music Fund Grantees
Twenty-eight grants totaling over $40,000 awarded to musicians to enhance careers and support community outreach projects.

Cambridge, MA, January 2, 2018 - Passim announced today that it has awarded over $40,000 to 28 different musicians through its Iguana Music Fund. The grant program awards gifts annually to musicians for projects that enhance their careers or aid their community outreach efforts. To date, Passim has awarded over $350,000 in grants marking the Cambridge organization’s 10th year of grantmaking.

The work of the 2017 Iguana Music Fund grant recipients will be showcased at Club Passim on Monday, April 9th at 7:00 PM. Free tickets to the Iguana Music Fund showcase are available online at www.passim.org, by calling 617-492-7679 (9:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday) or at the Club Passim box office sixty minutes before the show begins. Club Passim is located in Harvard Square at 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, MA 02138.

12.21.17Folk Alliance International in Kansas City!

We will be showcasing at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, MO on Friday February 16.

6:15pm Liberty Room FAI Official Showcase
1:00am Folk Alliance United Nations Showcase
2:30am Folk Alliance First Timers Showcase Room 1


We just spent the first 3 days in the studio working on the new album. We are beyond excited!

11.02.17CRASHfest 2018!

Alright! Just announced, Newpoli will be performing at CRASHfest 2018 together with Rubblebucket, Vieux Farka Touré, Mokoomba, Flor de Toloache, Tal National, Innov Gnawa, Newpoli, Só Sol, Kotoko Brass and more!

House of Blues
February 24, Doors 4:30pm
3 stages!

10.05.17Heading to the studio for a NEW ALBUM!!!

Oh yes!

Things are getting really exciting, we in Newpoli are ramping up for the new album! Starting Nov 2nd we are entering the studio for 5 days, Nov and Dec. Talking to a great photographer, a great videographer. We have a fantastic publicist that we will be working with and the music, THE MUSIC is going to be awesome!!! So exciting!

07.14.17Compilation CD in Italy!

My group Newpoli and I are super excited to be part of the compilation Pizzica & Salento (La Musica Della Taranta), together with some other fantastic groups like Mascarimiri, NCCP, Mimmo Cavallaro, Eugenio Bennato and many others! Release date July 25!

03.01.17New album!

Studio time booked at fantastic Rotary Records! Couldn't be more exciting. It's been a strange year going from real highs to the passing of Roberto. I think we will all sum it up in music and its healing power.

01.18.17Newpoli at Lizard Lounge 1/26!

We are so excited to being back at one of the coolest venues in Cambridge, MA! Tickets are live! Link below. Looking forward!

12.16.16Such a wonderful concert!

Thank you so much to everyone that came out to see Newpoli this cold night! Thank you so much Amir and Alwan for the Arts for curating an amazing concert series in NYC, we love you guys!

11.12.16Aaaand Best World Traditional Album goes to Newpoli!!!!

We won :) We are so incredibly happy!!!

09.19.16Independent Music Award Nomination!!!

WOW! Newpoli just found out that we have been nominated by the Independent Music Awards for Best World Album - Nun te vutà AND Best World Song - Bazaar!!!! Yeah!! We'll be at Lincoln Center in NYC for the award on November 12, wish us luck!!!!

07.02.16A week of shows with Newpoli!

Really looking forward to a week of shows with Newpoli that will take us from Williamsburg, NY to Concord, MA! 7/10 in Newton MA, 7/12 Williamsburg NY, 7/13 in Concord MA.

06.06.16Oberon with Newpoli!

On June 15 we are set to bring back the band to Oberon in Cambridge, hope to see you all the there!


Man oh man, we rocked the house in Providence! Newpoli were on fire and so was the audience, such a good time! We hope to be back next year!

03.23.16New tracks up!

I uploaded some new tracks, go to the listening section and you'll hear some tracks from the new CD's :)

03.22.16So many things have happened

OK, I'm been very bad with updating the news section here at my site :(
Sooo many things have happened and will be happening and I'll do a better job of updating my here. Two major things though, my group Newpoli released our new CD in 2015 and I linked to it see below. Do check it out!!! Some great playing and compositions :)

The 2nd major thing is that Carmen and I finally mastered the CD we've been working on for quite some time now. Sadly it always had to be pushed up due to Newpoli coming out with new CD's but soon it's here!


02.10.16USA Songwriting Competition Finalist!

Super excited about the fact that me and Carmen became finalists in USA Songwriting Competition in the World Music Category for the song Sciure d'arance!!!!

07.04.14New CD

Working on a new CD with Newpoli :) New arrangements of traditional music from Basilicata + originals!!

09.13.13Newpoli's Tempo Antico

I'm amazed at all the absolutely fabulous reviews coming in on our new album. We worked so hard on this music and now it finally seem like it is paying off!

12.29.12New Etude book released

I am very proud to announce that I recently published an Etude book for classical guitar. Please check it out, play it, enjoy and get better!

Click on the link below and it will take you to the Publisher's website where you can purchase a copy.

12.15.12Thank you all Newpoli fans!!!

Thanks to all the fans that came out to Newpoli's Christmas show, you were all fantastic and made it a night to remember!

03.26.12New CD

Me and Carmen are getting some mixed tracks from our engineer in NY and they sound great! We can't wait to share this music with the world! More news to come on that front soon.

02.04.12Congratulations to my students!

Congratulations to Brian, Brandon and Michael who all took prices at Crescendo International Music Competition at Weill Recital Hall at Carneige Hall this past January. You three were all fantastic!

12.07.11Musica di Natale!

Our annual Christmas show is coming up again.
This year we have some guests joining us as well and the show will take place in YMCA Theatre in Central Square, a beautiful Victorian Theater located just opposite City Hall inside the Y.
Tickets are $16.
Advance tickets are recommended.
Tickets on sale at newpolimusic.com

05.11.11Thanks to everyone that came out to AJC!

Thank you to everyone that came out to Acton Jazz Cafe. You were all a great audience. Carmen and I had a lot of fun playing with Kai Ando again the day after at the Metropolitan Building in NYC. The reunion of our old trio. More shows are coming up, check out the show schedule.




Carmen and I recently returned from NYC after another mixing session with Christian Kaufmann. We are really excited about this CD and are so happy with everyone's contribution. Thanks so much to Todd, Austin, Kendall and Aaron. You guys rock! we can't wait for it to be finished, we are heading back to work with Maly Blomberg (check out her work on the link provided, fantastic stuff!) on the pictures in beginning of September and for some percussion work featuring Fabio Pirozzolo, very exiting!

06.23.10BC Quintet at Ryles Jazz Club

We just came back from NYC where we recorded a new CD and we are super excited about the music and love to share it with you! We will perform music form all around the world, UK to Ireland, to Brazil, to US to Italy! From the 1200's to the 1980's!


Just a little update to say that me and Carmen Marsico, Todd Marston, Kendall Eddy, Austin McMahon and Aaron Kruziki are in the studio these days in NYC and recording a new CD, very excited about the project and about the studio. It will be abeatiful experience making some music with these talented and all around fantastic guys!

05.07.10BC Quintet at Acton Jazz Cafe

Come out and and enjoy an evening with us at the Acton jazz Cafe, one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the US! Rick Stone while be joining us on stage tonight.

05.05.10Newpoli at Regattabar!

Newpoli is back at the Regattabar! Get your tickets now, last one sold out!

04.29.10BC Quintet at Vernissage

Come join us at Vernissage, a great Russian inspired restaurant, we will be playing from 8:00pm.

03.12.10BC Quintet at ART Without Borders!

BC Quintet at ART Without Borders!
It's almost a spring concert! We like to think of it like this!!!
Carmen and I will be playing with our quintet at this new venue in Harvard Square!
Come and check it out!
ART Without Borders is located at The Democracy Center
45 Mt. Auburn st, in Cambridge (White building next to Daedalus)
Tickets $10, $5 (students)
Hope to see you there!

10.30.09BC Quintet at Acton Jazz Cafe

Carmen and I are very excited to present a bunch of new music and arrangements with a new incarnation of our quintet. playing with these guys, Austin, Kendall and Todd, feels great and everyone is really digging the music and the connection between is just beautiful. Hope you all can come out and check it out. Acton Jazz Cafe on Friday Oct 30.


09.10.09Newpoli at Regattabar

Thank you everyone that came out to Regattabar! You truly made that a night to remember! We actually managed to fill the place on a Wednesday night in July, Wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

02.28.09Coming back home from AZ

Hi everyone,

We just returned from a tour with Newpoli in Arizona, the land of dreams. We want to thank everyone that made this possible; First and foremost Christina Wilhelm at Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts, Jonathan Holden at Rhythm and Roots and Mycenay at Future Studios and Global Change Music. We also want to thank everyone that came out to listen, you were all a fantastic audience and we want to thank everyone we met that made this trip unforgettable. We will be posting some pictures in the upcoming days of this trip as well as our trip to Italy last summer on Newpoli's website http://www.newpolimusic.com


03.12.08Newpoli CD Release

We are so happy to finally release our debut CD. Come down to Ryles Jazz Club for their world music night and dance some Tarantella with us! Visit www.newpolimusic.com and www.rylesjazz.com for more info.

10.05.07Newpoli in Concert

Newpoli in concert. We are very happy to be playing at Dante Alighieri as a part of the Italian Heritage month. Watch out for our upcoming CD. It should be available in stores around the end of October. Ciao for now

06.07.07Newpoli Performance

I'm very happy to announce an upcomming Newpoli concert. It will not be the entire band unfortunately but look for some upcomming shows futuring all nine off us. We are working hard to get our CD out and hopefully we will be annoncing a CD release party as well somtime this summer.

Ciao for now,


03.02.07Carmen Marsico & Björn Wennås Quartet at Sagra in Somerville. -- EVERY WEDNESDAY at 7:30pm

Carmen and I started to perform at a new venue right in Somerville called Sagra and we'll take this opportunity to bring in some musicians that we don't get to work to often with. We are featuring Roberto Cassan on Accordion and Bronek Suchanek on Bass and we are doing an eclectic mix of Italian tunes and Brazilian as well as some Jazz Standards. Please come out and listen, no cover!

Please come out and support live music!

02.21.07Carmen Marsico & Björn Wennås Quartet at Sagra in Somerville. -- Starting 2/21 at 7:30pm

Carmen and I will start to perform at a new venue right in Somerville called Sagra and we'll take this opportunity to bring in some musicians that we don't get to work to often with. We will feature Roberto Cassan on Accordion and Bronek Suchanek on Bass and we will do an eclectic mix of Italian tunes and Brazilian as well as some Jazz Standards. Please come out and listen, no cover!

Hopefully this will turn out to be a regular gig, please come out and support live music!

Start date is Wednesday February 21 at 9:00pm.

02.16.07Björn Wennås & Carmen Marsico Septet at Depot Square Gallery - 7:30pm

We are happy to announce our next performance with the Septet. Please come out and join us for our upcomming concert in Lexington.

We will be performing original compositions by me and Carmen as well as some very old italian songs arranged for the group. Additionally, we will also be performing songs by Tom Harrell and brazilian composer Jovino Santos Neto.


Björn Wennås - Guitars
Carmen Marsico - Voice
Aaron Kruziki - Saxophones
Todd Marston - Accordion and Keys
Kendall Eddy - Acoustic Bass
Michael Daillak - Percussion
Miki Matsuki - Drums

02.02.07Live Performance on BNN Channel 9 -- 6:30-7:30pm

Björn Wennås & Carmen Marsico Septet will be playing live on Boston's Neighbourhood Network. We are very excited to be given a chance to perform our music infront of a TV audience. Don't miss it!


Björn Wennås - Guitar
Carmen Marsico - Voice
Aaron Kruziki - Saxophone
Todd Marston - Piano, Rhodes & Accordion
Kendall Eddy - Bass
Miki Matsuki - Drums
Michael Daillak - Percussion

01.17.07Ryles Jazz Club

Björn Wennås & Carmen Marsico Septet

We are playing one of our favourite venues and we are happy to welcome our new saxpohone player in the band, Aaron Kruziki.

We are also very excited to present some new material at this show, both songs by Tom Harrell and J.S Neto as well as some new compostions of ours.