Carolina Stefani Y Sus Pelapapas
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Carolina Stefani Y Sus Pelapapas

Kassel, Hesse, Germany | MAJOR

Kassel, Hesse, Germany | MAJOR
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"Like bubbles in a flute of champagne"

Singer Carolina Stefani and her band Pelapas at the Theaterstübchen

Like bubbles in a flute of champagne

Kassel. What a concert: sparkling, romantic, passionate. And with Carolina Stefani a sensous singer at the center of things, who knows how to get to the full depth of the fervor and the melancholy of Mediterranean music.

Even the stage design was perfectly set – its background dipped in midnight blue light – like the Mediterranean Sea at sunset. The Kassel-born singer appeared Friday night with her band the Pelapas, which means something like “potato peelers”, as she explained to the audience in the sold-out Theatersübchen.
The striking feature of the quintet, which was joined by Brazilian cajon player Rui Reis: its cosmpolitan composition. Including: charango virtuoso Diego Jascalevich (Argentina), pianist Julia Reingarth (Russia), Pedro Soriano Contreras (Dominican Republic) on percussions, and as the “geografic center”, bass player Philip Wipfler from Bavaria. Their repertoire takes in songs reaching from Latin America to the Mediterranean region. Rhythm and spirit were in full force when Portuguese fado or the Dominican merengue were leading the music.
Inspired by the moment, the singer ventured a little stage dance with her percussionist. Tango music was present as well, and came in three varieties: sung in Italian, French, and German. A great fun factor: “O Donna Clara, I saw you dancing”.
Further highlights included: movingly beautiful balads. Such as the homage to poet and women’s rights activist Alfonsina Storni (“Alfonsina y el mar”).
Carolina Stefani interpreted the melancholy of these songs with so much passion, beauty and heartache that goosepimples were rising up like bubbles in champagne. And as for the band? They proofed that showboating is unnecessary when high-level technique is combined with a lot of feeling. Moments of Latin passion followed as the final applause.
by Steve Kuberczyk-Stein
- HNA, 12.04.2011

"Vocal passion, musical empathy, exquisite repertoire"

"Vocal passion, musical empathy, exquisite repertoire"

Wistful Songs

When singer Carolina Stefani is live on stage, she is an event unto herself
There is a singer to discover: Carolina Stefani. The twenty-four year old lady from Kassel already has got everything what it takes to make her one of her fach’s greats: vocal passion, musical empathy, and an exquisite repertoire. Which is why her audience on Sunday night at the Schlachthof Kassel would hardly let her leave the stage. Too charmingly did her "Melodie Mediterrane" enchant senses and reason.
With a voice that gets instantly under the skin and doesn’t let go she sings her melancholy songs of dreamers and the restless, about love and farewell.
Accompanied by Hartmut Schmidt’s elegant piano playing and the expressive variety of clang colours conjured up by Wolfgang Scholz on saxophones, flute and percussion, Stefani lends new radiance even to well-known tearjerkers. Be it the Italian canzoni of Nino Rota, the rumba "Besame Mucho", or the chanson classic "Ne me quitte pas" - nothing sounds clichéd.
That in a live performance she impresses even more than on her worth-hearing debut album does not only speak for the sheer class of this singer, it moreover testifies to her extraordinary musical expressiveness and her amazing stage presence.
Her singing indulges the senses the most when she performs her Greek and Portuguese elegies and songs of lament, whose melancholy she enfolds with a sombre melodiousness.
To hear her master even the breakneck harmonious ramifications of a fado by Dulce Pontes is just breathtaking. Clear the stage for a talent that deserves a much bigger audience. Clear the stage for Carolina Stefani. - HNA


"Rose Mauve Bleu"

Pink, purple, blue – this is the theory of colours of Carolina Stefani. The booklet of her recently released new album exlains: pink is for love songs, purple is for Arabian rhythms, and blue is for the melancholy of Greek traditionals. As on her debut cd the 26-year-old is accompanied pianist Hartmut Schmidt. They are joined now by Hugo Scholz, who lends additional clang colours to the music on saxophone, flute, and percussions. The album contains, besides own compositions, Aegean classics, pieces by fado singer Dulce Pontes, as well as Latin American sounds. In a combination of finely arranged instrumentation and improvisation of increasing density, the songs build up a tension that climaxes in the singing of Carolina Stefani, a singing of stunning sensousness and intensity. "Rose Mauve Bleu" gives you sweet melancholy like a fine port wine. Made for rainy sunday afternoons. - FRITZ The Magazine



In 2005 we recorded the first CD "Melodie Mediterane" at the Copenhagen Sundance Studio (accompanying musicians: Hartmut Schmidt, Morten Ramsbøll, Carl Quist Møller).

In 2008 followed the second album "Rose, Mauve, Blue", made at the picturesque Fattoria Musica of Osnabruck (accompaniment: Hartmut Schmidt, Hugo Scholz).

Both albums found Germany-wide radio audiences (e.g. Hessischer Runfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Deutschlandradio).


1994 as componist in the compilation "Desert rain", published by Next Age Records, Milan, Italy.
1994/6 Playing charango in two production Andrea Bocellis: "II mare calmo della sera" and "Romanza", Rome, Italy.
1996 "Entre amigos" with Jose Luis Monton, Aliso Records, Paderborn, Germany.
1996 "Sur", Duo with Toto Blanke, Aliso Records, Germany.
1997 participation with the charango in "World dreams " mit Federico Laterzza, Warner Bros., Milan and Rome, Italy
2003 "Charango nuevo" presents the charango als solo-instrument in various musical formations, Musicom Münster, Germany



I (Carolina Stefani) am half Greek and have been especially influenced by the Southern European and Oriental music. My concerts are multilingual, a mixture of melodies from around the Mediterranean Sea, a blend of shimmering Arabian rhythms, and hot-blooded Latin American balads, Italian canzoni, Portugues fado and the earthy folk music of Greece, full of high lyricism and deep pathos.

I have studied classical singing and languages. I believe that helps me to always find an authentical approach to the songs I present, irrespective of language and origin.

Travelling throughout Germany we have been lately live on air at Deutschlandradio Kultur and at the cultural palais "Gazodobutschyk" in Novy Urengoy, Russia.

My band consists of Diego Jascalevich (Charango, Guitar), Julia Reingarth (Piano), Rui Reis (Percussion) and Philip Wipfler (Bass).


He was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1965, lived in Bahia, Brazil, and in Rome for many years before coming to Germany. Since 1977 he has performed in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, Madrid, Copenhagen, New York, Paris, Rome, London and a number of German venues. He recently appeared at Peter Gabriel´s London World Music Festival and has participated in numerous CD-productions with such accomplished musicians as Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli and Flamenco guitarist Jose Luis Monton.