john t la barbera John T. La Barbera, composer-arranger, guitarist, and  mandolinist, is the author of the first and foremost Italian  mandolin book Traditional Southern Italian Mandolin and  Fiddle Tunes, currently on the best sellers list from Mel Bay  Publications. Awarded for his extraordinary role in the  transmission and translation of Italian oral traditions from The  Italian Oral History Institute, La Barbera is recognized as one  of the first transcribers of Southern Italian folk music in  America. Because of his expertise in Italian traditional music,  La Barbera has been a valuable resource for both film and  theater directors. As a concert artist, he performs to  audiences throughout the United States, Europe and South  America including: The Montreal Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall-Lincoln Center, The Felt Forum, the San Francisco World Music Festival, Central Park Summer Stage, the Jones Beach Theater, and the Banco do Brasil’s, Brasil Festeiro and SESC, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.