Quebec-born Italian descendent Calliari moved from his teen thrash-metal roots to launch a solo career in 2004 with the release of the torchy, jazzy Che La Vita. His folklore-rich sensibilities and keen showmanship allow him to take Italian rhythms such as the tarantella and internationalize them with the racing pulse of klezmer, the spice of flamenco and the energy of ska and rock’n’roll. Whether interpreting classic tunes or performing his own compositions, Calliari is a thrilling taste of la patria with the showy heart of the new world.