I Storie ò Café di lu Furestiero

Milagro Acustico is the creation of multi-instrumentalist/composer Bob Salmieri, a Sicilian with a yen for exotic music and the imagination to bring that music to life.

Milagro Acustico is the creation of multi-instrumentalist/composer Bob Salmieri, a Sicilian with a yen for exotic music and the imagination to bring that music to life. The album title—"The story of the stranger's coffee"—alludes to the premise of this concept album. Salmieri and Milagro Acustico invite us to a Sicilian café where emigrants, pilgrims, and immigrants share their stories, mainly in Sicilian dialects (which are translated into English in the liner notes). The stories are fascinating; the music is seductive. An array of instruments from clarinet to darbuka, kora, and grand piano animate tunes that draw on Mediterranean music both ancient and recent, from Ceuta to Istanbul and beyond. Let Milagro Acustico put you through some stylistic changes with "Tessekkur Arkadas," then sample the sensual atmosphere of "A Storia i mi Patri." A concept album that works.—PVV