Showing posts with label Peppe Voltarelli. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Peppe Voltarelli. Show all posts

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Calabria's PEPPE VOLTARELLI in NYC Concert on November 11, 2009.

Southern Italian singer-songwriter, composer and actor Peppe Voltarelli will make his New York City concert debut on Wednesday November 11, 2009 at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Born in Italy’s Calabria region, the 40 year-old Voltarelli’s work is a modern Italian’s musical take on the diaspora of tight-knit Calabrian immigrant communities that continue to thrive throughout Europe and the Americas. At (Le) Poisson Rouge Voltarelli will offer a set drawn from his first solo album, 2007’s “Distratto ma però” (Distracted But However), a project which the Rome-based musician has supported with over 200 live shows in Italy and Europe, the results of which were released on his 2008 live album “Duisburg, Nantes, Praga”.

This New York appearance is part of Pan-American tour which will see Voltarelli perform for the first time in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal.

New York filmgoers have already had the opportunity to see Peppe Voltarelli in a leading role in the 2006 mockumentary feature “La Vera Leggenda di Tony Vilar” (The Real Legend of Tony Villar), which showed in official selection at the 2007 TriBeCa Film Festival. The semi-biographical plot follows the path of a contemporary Italian singer (Voltarelli), on the trail of a crooner from his Calabrian village (Vilar), who found fame and fortune in 1960’s Argentina and eventually disappeared into anonymity in the Bronx’s Italian community along Arthur Avenue. Directed by fellow Calabrian Giuseppe Gagliardi, “La Vera Leggenda di Tony Vilar” will be screened on Tuesday November 10, 2009 at NYU’s Casa Italiana as a preview to Wednesday’s (Le) Poisson Rouge event.

Voltarelli and Gagliardi previously collaborated on “Doichlanda”, a 2003 documentary about Italian immigration to Germany -- their ongoing music and film relationship producing numerous award winning video clips.

The opening act for Peppe Voltarelli’s (Le) Poisson Rouge date is the Montreal-based Italo-Canadian singer-songwriter Marco Calliari. The Calabrian-born, one time Latin American star, now based in New York, Tony Vilar will make a special guest appearance in Peppe Voltarelli’s set.

Peppe Voltarelli Web Site:

Wednesday 11/11/09 (Le) Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
158 Bleeker St (@ Thompson St)
Concert starts @ 10:00PM (Doors open @ 9:30PM)
Tickets: $15.00
or 866 55 TICKETS

Friday, October 16, 2009

Italian Canadian Singer, Marco Calliari Set To Perform In New York City On November 11th.

Italian Canadian singer/songwriter, Marco Calliari makes another musical debut this November 11th at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. If you haven't heard Marco's music yet, this is your chance to hear an amazing artist with an incredible musical background perform the best Italian original compositions with a flare of rock, traditional and maybe even a little folk. Marco Calliari's background is one of intrigue.. the son of Italian immigrants, who trained in traditional music, becomes a heavy metal artist and then organically evolves into performing traditional Italian music.

Sit in with us, as we interview, Marco Calliari.

Marco, thank you so much for taking the time to join us on Italian American Girl for this interview:

Marco your parents are Italian immigrants and you live in Canada. How has your Italian Canadian upbringing molded your musical career?
At home, my parents listened to a lot of opera. My dad had all the Pavarotti collection in vinyl and my mom always had the Italian radio on. So from Renato Carosone to Toto Cutugno to Pavarotti, these are pretty much my first Italian influences.

I think what’s most fascinating about you is that your musical genre started out in heavy metal and then organically grew into Italian traditional music, what about that process surprises you most? Do you still perform heavy metal music?
I’ve always been influenced by many different styles of music, going from rock to metal and pop also. Heavy metal is the music that inspired me to learn music, it inspired me to pick-up a guitar and to scream my head off when ever I felt like it. I actually just went back to playing with my metal band, Anonymus to mark their 20th anniversary. 9 shows in one month, three years after my departure really felt good…I can still kick ass!

Do you think growing up with different cultures surrounding you has made you more of aware of the message you want to convey through music?
That’s for sure, growing up in a multicultural environment just proved to me that no matter what culture, you can always find something in common. I try to create this fact in my music, I call it World music, blending traditional sounds and music from all around the world.

More recently, you made your first ever performance trip to New York City at Joe’s Pub, what was that experience like and did you feel like this is was a pivotal moment in your career?
It felt great, I love new challenges and the U.S. is a pretty huge challenge. I think starting out in New York city was a great experience, I just couldn’t wait to play at Joe’s Pub especially for the Putumayo Italia CD lauch. Performing in New York was great.

What type of music and or songs will we be hearing from you in the future? Where do you want to take the “Italian” traditional influence?
I’m presently working on my third album, a full length CD filled with original compositions. For the last four years I’ve been mixing different sounds from around the planet to create these new songs. The songs are mostly written in Italian with a little bit of French, Spanish and Algerian.

You’ve also performed in Italy, what was it like returning and performing in your family’s hometown as an Italian Canadian?
It felt like an accomplishment, as much for me than my parents. I’m very lucky to go and play in my parent’s home country, I’ve been performing there since 1999.

Do you choose to perform certain songs for their meanings?
Yes and no, I think first of all I choose a song thinking of it live wise? I think of the performance and how the public will react, will they stand up and clap or will they dance to it or even jump up and down to it?

Do you see yourself collaborating with Italian singers/ or songwriters for future albums?
Yes, I have two collaborations on my next CD, one with Enrico Greppi from Bandabardò (Florence, IT) and another Italian singer I can’t reveal for now, sorry?

What kind of career do you hope to accomplish in North America and when will we see more of you here in the United States?
Hopefully I’ll be touring across the U.S. in the years to come, but a goal for me would be to put out my next CD in the U.S. But for now I’ll be performing in November in New York city, and can’t wait to do so!

Lastly, what do you want the Italian Americans to know about Marco Calliari..?
I want them to know that there’s a son of Italian immigrants that’s pushing our Italian heritage as far as he can for the love of the music, the history and “la patria”.

Marco, thank you so much for joining us! We look forward to seeing in New York this November.

For concert info click here:

Le Poisson Rouge

November 11, 2009

(Marco Calliari Will Be Performing Along With Italian Folk Singer/Star: Peppe Voltarelli. --Italian singer).