Vinicio Capossela “Round One Thirty Five 1990-2020 Personal Standards” | Umbria Jazz

Vinicio Capossela “Round One Thirty Five 1990-2020 Personal Standards”

In “Round One Thirty Five” Vinicio Capossela retraces his career since his debut: Vinicio became known with “All’una e trentacinque circa”, his debut album under the strict guidance of Renzo Fantini. More than thirty years ago, he created his out-of-the-box style with euphoric influences, from swing to jazz. An unpredictable extravagant artist, a cultured man […]
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In “Round One Thirty Five” Vinicio Capossela retraces his career since his debut: Vinicio became known with “All’una e trentacinque circa”, his debut album under the strict guidance of Renzo Fantini. More than thirty years ago, he created his out-of-the-box style with euphoric influences, from swing to jazz.

An unpredictable extravagant artist, a cultured man making references to Modigliani and Oscar Wilde, and a popular musician in “Il Ballo di San Vito”. Vinicio Capossela is a multiform talent, completely comfortable in music, writing, poetry, cinema, radio, theater, and festival’s artistic direction. Also for this reason, he is considered the most important songwriter of his generation.

He had his thunderous debut in 1990 as a sort of Italian Tom Waits, perhaps more lunatic but with the same taste for grotesque and night-wandering ballads that smell like visionary existentialism. His album “All’una e trentacinque circa” earned him his first Premio Tenco. He will win four awards, the last in 2019. For such an unconventional artist like him, the first international success came soon: his 1995 concert sold out at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.

Vinicio’s popular roots (he was born in Hannover to parents from Irpinia) entered his artistic path, along with literature references, even Dante’s. Music became more complex (including Marc Ribot’s acid guitar and Macedonian brass bands) without losing the naturalness of the melodic invention.

This artistic path created countless tours, theater projects and eleven studio albums, the most recent one, “Ballate per uomini e bestie”, in 2019. The EP “Bestiario d’amore” was released in 2020. Capossela debuted this year at the Festival di Sanremo on the cover night, performing Fabrizio De André’s “Nella mia ora di libertà” with Giovanni Truppi and Mauro Pagani.

Vinicio has performed at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto and Umbria Jazz (one night at the Giardini del Frontone, and Ribot played in his band).