The musical heroes of Italy aren’t that known outside of the green-white-red borders. But that ought to change.
Vinicio Capossela is acquiring the status as Italy’s best-known musical maverick, thanks to a style that echoes anything from Tom Waits to the rock theatrics of early Genesis.
Capossela is a romantic crooner and a musical wayfarer. His fondness for various forms of oompah – waltzes, blues stomps, Kurt Weill cabaret, boleros, klezmer – leads to a sprawling set of many-coloured songs.
The experimental singer-songwriter has enjoyed a career lasting nearly 30 years. During this time, Capossela has won many honorary awards in Italy and worked alongside American guitarist Marc Ribot (yes, that’s Tom Waits’ wingman), Balkan brass heroes Kočani Orkestar and indie Americana rockers Calexico.
Capossela draws on numerous traditions in Italian folk music, Greek rebetiko, sea shanties and more. The Italian musician is also fond of literature. He follows in the footsteps of modern and classic writers, from Fante and Céline to Coleridge and Chaucer. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he is a writer himself, and Società Dante Alighieri awarded him in 2015.
Experience an essential Italian songwriter when Vinicio Capossela plays Roskilde Festival 2019.