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Peppe VoltarelliLa grande corsa verso Lupionópolis (Visage Music, 2023)

La grande corsa verso Lupionópolis” is the seventh studio album by Italian songwriter Peppe Voltarelli, released by the record label Visage Music on 26 May 2023. The Calabrian songwriter presents a collection of songs recorded in New York by Marc Urselli (three Grammy Awards and collaborations with Lou Reed, Nick Cave, and U2) at Manhattan’s historic East Side Sound, and artistically produced and arranged by Los Angeles-based Italian producer/keyboard player Simone Giuliani (to his credit, productions with Andrea Bocelli and the London Symphony Orchestra). The album, which contains ten tracks including eight songs in Calabrian dialect, one in Italian, and an instrumental waltz, was recorded in February 2023 and features musicians of international calibre such as Devin Hoff (double bass), Jake Owen (guitar), Stephane San Juan (drums), Mauro Refosco (percussions), and the participation of Eleanor Norton (cello), Doug Wieselman (saxophone and clarinet), and Amy Denio (vocals). The record is accompanied by the music videos of the songs Nun signu sulu mai, shot in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighbourhood and directed by Giacomo Triglia (Brunori Sas, Jovanotti, Lucio Dalla, Måneskin), and Au cinéma, directed by Lele Nucera and made with the actors and workers of the Calabria Film School. The album entered the five finalists for the Tenco Award in the category best album in dialect, placing second in the final ranking, and won the City of Loano National Award for Traditional Italian Music as best album of 2023.

Peppe Voltarelli is a Calabrian singer, songwriter, actor and writer. He has been active since 1990 as the founding voice and leader of Il parto delle nuvole pesanti, a cult Italian new folk band. As a solo artist, he has released seven studio albums, four soundtracks, and two concerts. He won the Tenco Award three times, with “Ultima notte a Malá Strana” in 2010 as best album in dialect, with “Voltarelli canta Profazio” in 2016, and with “Planetario” in 2021, both as best performer album. He was the lead actor and co-writer of the film “The true legend of Tony Vilar” by Giuseppe Gagliardi, the first Italian mokumentary. He boasts collaborations with Claudio Lolli, Teresa De Sio, Silvio Rodríguez, Adriana Varela, Kevin Johansen, Sergio Cammariere, Otello Profazio, Roy Paci, Carmen Consoli, and Bandabardò. His intense concert activity has led him to play in 23 countries around the world and his records have been released in Europe, Argentina, Canada, and the United States.

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[1] Peppe Voltarelli, Maison Gainsbourg, 17 April 2023, 5 bis rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris, France (digital, 50.80cm x 33.87cm) [© Danilo Samà]

[2,4,6] Peppe Voltarelli, Les Deux Plateaux
Colonnes de Buren, 17 April 2023, Cour d’honneur du Palais-Royal, 75001 Paris, France (digital, 50.80cm x 33.87cm) [© Danilo Samà]

[3] Peppe Voltarelli, 15 April 2023, 47 boulevard de Clichy, 75009 Paris, France (digital, 50.80cm x 33.87cm) [© Danilo Samà]

[5] Peppe Voltarelli, 15 April 2023, 33 boulevard de Clichy, 75009 Paris, France (digital, 50.80cm x 33.87cm) [© Danilo Samà]

Two further album portraits are scheduled for 2024.

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