Flame, Lexington’s world-renowned rock band, will be a featured act at the 19th International Festival of Different Abilities in Carpi, Italy. They will perform at the Teatro Comunale, a beautiful mid-19th century neoclassical theater, on May 30. Flame was invited to play after a representative of Cooperativa Sociale Nazareno, an Italian cooperative that supports people with mental and physical differences, saw videos of Flame’s performances on YouTube.
“Going to Italy has always been a dream of mine,” said David LaGrange, Flame’s drummer, “so being able to go there and share our music is the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me.”
Cooperativa Sociale Nazareno organizes and promotes the International Festival of Different Abilities every year to highlight the excellence and uniqueness of people with disabilities. The main purpose of the festival is to express the founding philosophy of Cooperativa Sociale Nazareno, which is that it is always possible to pursue excellence no matter what someone’s physical or mental differences are.
“The point of my job as manager of this project is to show how incredible people with difficulties are, and that their abilities can be a huge resource for everybody,” said Carlotta Sabbatini of Cooperativa Sociale Nazareno.
Cooperativa Sociale Nazareno sees art as both a goal to achieve and a means to attain excellence. Through art, people have the opportunity to reach self-actualization. The festival features dance, music, theater performances, film screenings, art exhibitions, workshops, conventions and more.
This year’s theme is “Impossible but visible.” “We are honored to have Flame representing us at this special event,” said Shaloni Winston, executive director of Lexington. “Everyone at Lexington is so proud of Flame’s talent and the message of inspiration they convey. We thank the people at Cooperativa Sociale Nazareno for their invitation and the opportunity to represent talented, hardworking people with differences at an international level.”
Flame is a ten-piece band comprised entirely of musicians who happen to have disabilities. They formed in Gloversville in 2003. Flame has a repertoire of more than 100 classic rock, pop, country and blues songs from the past 50 years as well as some original tracks. In the past 14 years, they have produced five albums and a single. They tour the northeastern United States in a custom bus and play more than 70 shows per year. Some of the biggest venues they have played include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the House of Blues in Cleveland, New York City’s Apollo Theater, Harvard Law School, the Greek Ministry of Education building in Athens, Greece, and the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho. Flame has received press from Good Morning America, People magazine, Metroland magazine and the Daily Mainichi News in Tokyo, Japan.
For more information about Flame, please contact Maria Nestle at (518) 661-9932, ext.164, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lexington, a Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit agency providing a wide range of services to adults and children who are disabled in Fulton and Albany Counties.