Behind the weathered face of this 76-year old from the mountains of the Piemont there is a poetic genius who can conjure the long-ago past as well as visions of the future. Trained as a lawyer, Conte dominates the stage like a European Tom Waits.
His songs often focus on contrasts: the bizarre alongside the intellectual, the folksy alongside a more defiant attitude. His instrumentals are also a portait in contrasts: sometimes an orchestra dominates, other times ist a lone piano, violin, or even kazoo. (Early in his musical career Conte used a kazoo to simulate an orchestra.) His art is a commentary on the detritus of our civilisation.
Nunzio Barbieri – Guitar / Electric Guitar Lucio Caliendo – Oboe / Bassoon / Percussions / Keyboard Claudio Chiara – Alto Sax / Tenor Sax / Baritone Sax / Flute / Accordeon / Bass / Keyboard Daniele Dall’Omo – Guitar Daniele Di Gregorio – Drums / Percussions / Marimba / Piano Luca Enipeo – Guitar Massimo Pizianti – Accordeon / Bandoneon / Clarinet / Baritone Sax / Piano / Keyboard Piergiorgio Rosso – Violin Jino Touche – Double Bass / Electric Guitar Luca Velotti – Soprano Sax / Tenor Sax / Contralto Sax / Bariton Sax / Clarinet
by Verein Jazz Fest Wien on Sat, 19/01/2013 - 18:11
A 57-year-old native of the German city of Mülheim, Helge Schneider has a similarly genial relationship to Jazz that he has to telling stories. For him, syllables are like musical notes in that he uses them for improvisation. His worldview and approach to life has been shaped by a wide variety of jobs. 1989 saw the... read more
by Verein Jazz Fest Wien on Sat, 19/01/2013 - 18:01
This American (born 1950) is a true multi-talented artist: a piano virtuoso, a vocal acrobat, and a conductor. He is a musical chamelon who elegantly can perform Jazz, Classical or R&B. In 1988 he had an international hit with “Don´t Worry, Be Happy”, after which he shifted his attention to classical... read more