Vinicio Capossela, "Al pascolo, concerto per bestie e uomini"
Friday, August 2nd 2019, at 2.00 pm
Altopiano del Montasio (Sella Nevea)
Singer-songwriter, troubadour, visionary VINICIO CAPOSSELA (Hannover, 1965) debuted in 1990 under the aegis of Renzo Fantini with the record All'una e trentacinque circa, which won him the award Targa Tenco, prize he has been awarded three more times. After the first "pre-biographical" records, like Modì (1992) and Camera a sud (1994), which confirmed his talent in Italy as well as abroad, came Il ballo di San Vito (1996). In 1998, the first live with Kocani Orkesta: Liveinvolvo. In 2000 “Canzoni a Manovella, a history, geography and science album. In 2004 he published with Feltrinelli “Non si muore tutte le mattine”.
The ensuing records - Ovunque Proteggi (2006), Da Solo (2008) and Marinai Profeti e Balene (2011) - focus on the notions of myth, ritual, mask, solitude, epic and destiny, which became the subjects for very successful shows.
In 2012 Rebetiko Gymnastas, a sort of Mediterranean social club on the music of absence, recorded in Athens with Rebetiko artists. Rebetiko, as a form of cultural resistance to the crisis, is also the main theme in Tefteri (Il Saggiatore) and Indebito, documentary film Capossela made with Andrea Segre.
2013 was the birthyear of Sponz Fest and of the production of Primo ballo with Banda della Posta, centred upon folk dance music. Northern Irpinia, his rural land of origin, inspired the novel “Il paese dei coppoloni”, candidate, with publisher Feltrinelli, for the Strega Prize, (2015) and Canzoni della Cupa (2016) - featuring Giovanna Marini, Antonio Infantino, Los Lobos, Calexico, Flaco Yimenez - and the two ensuing theatrical plays on the themes of the Shadow and the Winter, a summer tour with marked folk appeal, plus a number of publications and concerts across the globe. The artist has been awarded the prestigious Premio Tenco 2017, (lifetime achievement prize that has been awarded since 1974 to artists who have made a significant contribution to song-writing around the world.) In 2018, he toured with the symphonic orchestra “nell’Orcaestra” and recorded an extensive work with new collaborations, a sort of chronicles from the post-Middle Ages, which will be released in May 2019, going under the title Ballate per uomini e bestie.