Performing at Women’s March Rome

Women's March Rome

Photo by Micayla Mirabella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, January 21, Marina was honored to lend her voice & songs to the Women’s March in Rome, Italy! This was one of hundreds of “sister marches” to the Women’s March on Washington that occurred across the globe. Millions of people joined together across borders and oceans, across racial and gender and religious and economic lines, to call for JUSTICE and EQUALITY for all people.

In the folk tradition Marina strapped her guitar to her back, traveled to Rome, climbed the steps of the fountain facing the mighty Pantheon, and performed songs of protest, of peace, and of social justice — both her own original compositions, as well as some resounding crowd favorites (“Down by the Riverside” and “Amazing Grace”). Joined by guitarist and mandolin player Bernardo Baglioni, Marina started off the set with her most recent release, “Color Line (Old Man Trump),” an uncanny co-write with Woody Guthrie on the evils of the Trump dynasty (click here for the full story on Woody’s lyric & Marina’s song). She followed that with her song “Turtleshell Eyes,” a rumination on the persecution of women in the Middle East inspired by Azar Nafisi’s book Reading Lolita in Tehran. She ended her first set with “One Way or the Other,” another original song about overcoming adversity in the face of power.

The energy was tangible in that ancient square, in the imposing shadows of the Pantheon. Voices jilted and mingled and harmonized in chants and songs. Colors blended and slogans of hope, of resilience, and of defiance danced in the air.

“Today’s gathering of souls was much needed,” Marina said, “particularly for those of us who, being far from home, feel isolated or helpless in the face of recent events. It was heartening and inspiring to join together in song, fists raised, hearts full — but the freedom to gather and protest in this way is in itself a precious thing. Our liberty is a blessing, but it is also a responsibility: a responsibility to give voice to the voiceless the world over, to protect and defend those who are not free to do so themselves.”

Marina ended her set with a new original song, “Blessed Burden,” inspired by the refugee crisis that started in Europe and has now expanded the world over. Here’s a selection of the lyric (listen & read full lyrics here):

People, rise

And hold each other tight and near

Love defies

The dark, the anger, greed, and fear

We’re just one little planet

In a sea of stars

And whether we are gonna make it

Is a question of heart…

Press: Feature Article in The Florentine!

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I am thrilled to be featured this month in The Florentine, Florence’s premier English language news publication! With distribution of over 10,000 copies in print and online, throughout Tuscany and across the pond in New York City, this magazine is read by expats and lovers of beautiful Florence the world over. It is quite an honor to be featured on these pages! Thank you, the Florentine and to writer & editor Mary Gray!

The article tells the story of my love affair with this stunning and historic city. The above photo was taken back in 2008, when I was studying in Firenze during my junior year in college. As I sat on that rooftop terrace, humming and picking out some of my very first songs, I never could have imagined that the rambling, musical path I had started on would lead me back here — but I am sure glad it did! The bicontinental life of a troubadour has blessed me with 3 EPs, a full album (and another one on the way), countless concerts across the continents, and last but certainly not least – the man I am proud to call my husband & musical partner, Bernardo Baglioni. Click here to read the full article & get all the details!

PDF: The Florentine – Marina Evans (June 2016)