Friar Alessandro’s New Album
Friar Alessandro has launched his fourth album, Il Paese del Sole, (The Land of the Sun). This album departs from his previous albums which focused exclusively on sacred music. This work also draws upon the richness of Italian opera, yet still transmits the Franciscan message of beauty, joy and peace.
Alessandro Brustenghi is a friar of the Assisi Province in Italy. The ‘discovery’ of his powerful tenor voice by a music producer led him to receiving a contract with a major record label, Universal Music.
Known as the Voice of Assisi, his albums have sold throughout the world.
All proceeds from his albums and concerts go to supporting Franciscan charitable and mission works.
The young friar, who was born near the ancient Italian city of Perugia in Umbria, says he would swap the lot tomorrow to spend the rest of his life in his carpentry workshop beside the friary in Assisi, since wood is his other great love.’ But I can’t do that because I am committed to this mission which I do for other people because God wants it,” he explains.
He adds that he is constantly receiving letters from people who have found solace from their depression and suicidal thoughts through his music.