At its heart, Roma di Luna is the wife-husband duo Channy Moon Casselle (vocals, violin) and Alexei Moon Casselle (guitar, vocals). They began performing in 2004 as street musicians in downtown Minneapolis and since then have released two full-length albums, two EPs, and casually transitioned their musical concept into a full-band affair. If the occasion arises, however, Roma di Luna can still stun as a two-piece, returning to their busking roots with the same moving presence and musicality.
Besides Channy and Alexei, Roma di Luna’s principal players are Ben Durrant (electric guitar), James Everest (bass guitar), Ryan Lovan (percussion), Jessi Prusha (backing vocals), and Michael Rossetto (banjo), and all are featured prominently on Roma’s latest album, Casting the Bones. Instrumentally lush, vocally assured, Casting the Bones explores new sonic territory while still embracing the art of traditional folk songs and storytelling. No mere roots revivalists, Channy and Alexei sing the Janis-faced blues, modern appropriations of love and loss, suffused with both possibility and melancholy.