Giuseppe (Joe) Castellana was taught by his Nonno in Sicily how to play the zufolo (an Italian flute dating back to the 14th century). After he migrated to Australia, Joe continued the tradition – playing the folk music that he learnt from his grandfather in Italy at performances in Australia over many decades.
He swapped between playing the zufulo and the accordion at the launch for Joe’s Fruit Shop and Milk Bar and I was touched when, at the end of the evening, Joe, who is now 82, gave me a zufolo that he had hand-carved himself.
2 responses to “uno zufolo ~ an Italian folk flute…”
I wondered what the story was behind that gentleman and his instrument! That sounds lovely!
I first met him when I was about 10 and was a flower girl for a family wedding that he played at!