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Unexpected Italy - Vinicio Capossela Folk Trio



Unexpected Italy - Vinicio Capossela Folk Trio

unex italy redAs part of Unexpected Italy, the Festival organized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts  in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC and the Italian Cultural Institute, phantasmagorical singer-songwriter, poet, writer, illusionist and showman

Vinicio Capossela presents for the first time in the United States Ballate per poveri Cristi (Ballads for wretched souls), a folk journey through Italy and America, hooked on the strings of a guitar and piano trio, on the routes of the “wretched souls” who crossed the boundary between rural world and cities, man and animal, the living and the dead.


Free admission, no reservations required





The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566




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Unexpected Italy 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, together with the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera, and in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC and the Italian Cultural Institute, are proud to present Unexpected Italy, a celebration of Italy’s extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage. Throughout May 2019, the Center will present a variety of art forms that reflect Italy’s diverse arts and culture. 


Vinicio Capossela

Vinicio Capossela is a phantasmagorical singer-songwriter, poet, writer, but also illusionist, showman, and band-builder. He debuted in 1990 with the album All’una e trentacinque circa under the aegis of Renzo Fantini, winning Targa Tenco Opera Prima, an award he would receive three more times in the following years. After the first pre-biographical albums – the telluric Ballo di San Vito with Marc Ribot and Evan Lurie, the explosive Live in Volvo with the Balkan brass band Kocani Orkestar – from the pataphysical Canzoni a Manovella (2000) on, he shifted his attention to more universal themes, often inspired by classical literature, from Melville to Céline, Dante and Homer. Works such as Ovunque Proteggi, Da Solo and Marinai, Profeti e Balene have been staged as total works of art. In 2004 he wrote the book Non si muore tutte le mattine, which gave rise to a shadow play performance and the Radiocapitolazioni broadcast by Radio 3. He dedicated his most recent works to Greece and rebetiko, ’more than music, a way of life’: the album RebetikoGymnastas, a documentary made with the filmmaker Andrea Segre and the book Tefteri, published by Saggiatore and translated into Greek and Spanish. In 2013, he also started a new project with Banda della Posta, an elderly but still wild bunch of frontier serenaders, between Buena Vista Social Club and The Pogues, whom Capossela produced and toured with in Italy and abroad. The years 2015 and 2016 were very important for Vinicio: his new book Il Paese dei Coppoloni, the documentary film Nel Paese dei Coppoloni and his new studio album Le Canzoni della Cupa, were the crown of his 25 year-long career. Both works are the result of a deep elaboration about Irpinia (from Hyrpus, ancient name of the wolf), the Land of the Fathers, neglected by History, but full of legends, fairy-tales and fabulous music.

In 2018, he toured with the symphonic orchestra “nell’Orcaestra” and recorded a extensive work with new collaborations, a sort of chronicles from the post-Middle Ages, which will be released in May 2019, under the title Ballate per uomini e bestie.


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This program is part of the 7th annual European Month of Culture.

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Date: Sunday, May 05, 2019

Time: From 6:00 pm To 7:00 pm

Organized by : The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

In collaboration with : Embassy of Italy, Italian Cultural Institute

Entrance : Free


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