Phantasmagorical singer-songwriter, poet, writer, but also illusionist, showman, and band-builder.
Vinicio Capossela is all this and much more.
He debuted in 1990 with the album All’una e trentacinque circa under the aegis of Renzo Fantini (historical producer of Francesco Guccini and Paolo Conte) winning Targa Tenco Opera Prima, an award he would be given another three times in the following years.
After the first “pre-biographal” albums – the telluric Ballo di San Vito with Marc Ribot and Evan Lurie, the explosive Live in Volvo with the balcanic brass band Kocani Orkestar â€“ from the pataphysique Canzoni a Manovella (2000) on he shifted his attention to more universal themes, often inspired by classical literature, from Melville to CÃ©line, Dante and Homer.
He dedicated his most recent works to Greece and rebetiko, “more than a music, a way of life”: the album Rebetiko Gymnastas (Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for the Best Worldmusic album in 2013), a documentary made with the filmaker Andrea Segre and the book Tefteri, published by Saggiatore and translated in Greek and Spanish.
2015 and 2016 are very important years for Vinicio: his new book â€œIl Paese dei Coppoloniâ€ (finalist at Premio Strega), the docufilm â€œNel Paese dei Coppoloniâ€ and his new studio album â€œLe Canzoni della Cupaâ€, are the crowning achievement of his 25 years career, being both works the result of a deep elaboration about Irpinia (from Hyrpus, ancient name of the wolf), the Land of the Fathers, neglected by History, but full of legends, fairy-tales and fabulous music.
Vinicio Capossela will be touring Europe in October and November 2017 with TiJ Events and Musicalista.