Musical Groups for Bruce Zweig:
Italian Music Groups
Trovatore is a duo composed of Bruce Zweig on piano and Roger Linn on mandlolin. We play on the first Monday of each month at the Caffe Trieste in Berkeley fron 7-9 PM, and at private parties.
Caffe Acustico is an ensemble with Bruce Zweig on piano, Tom Romero on guitar, and four mandolins: Matt Vucinich, Iona Ali, Jo Pellegrino and Bob Rizetto. We play on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Caffe Trieste in Berkeley, from 7-9 PM.
Mazurka Madness is an ensemble with Bruce Zweig on piano, David Wise on bouzouki, Matt Vucinich on mandolin, and Julie Smolin on violin. We play on the first and last Sunday of each month at the Caffe Trieste in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, from 11 AM - 1 PM.
These groups play traditional Italian instrumental music based on the folk melodies of Napoli (Naples) and Sicilia (Sicily), with some other more modern tunes (Arrividerce Roma, O Sole Mio) added for variety.
By the way, the Trovatore is Italian for "troubador" and is also the name of a rather dark and twisted Verdi opera.
All of the Italian groups derive from a mandolin player named Matteo Casserino (see below), who passed away several years ago and inspired many of the members with his wonderful playing. Matteo and I had a close relationship during the last years of his life, and his family was nice enough to entrust his mandolin to my care after the funeral.
Jamie Clark is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and gutarist, and I play keyboards in his band. I have some recordings located here and I've written up charts for his songs and you can download them here.
You can call Bruce Zweig at 415-788-6473 for booking. My email address is
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Last updated June 2, 2012