NEAPOLITAN ROOTS MUSIC
Taking their name from the ancient Neapolitan designation for Italy’s most famous volcano, Vesevo brings together three of the most accomplished and experienced musicians on the vibrant Naples folk scene – violinist Antonio Fraioli, best known for his work with Spaccanapoli(*), whose song “Vesuvio” was used in The Sopranos, the bluesy singer and guitarist Antonio Di Ponte and frame drum virtuoso Francesco Manna.
Their eponymously titled debut album recorded live in studio, is made of 9 tracks based on typical musical structures such as pizzica and tarantella with a modern approach, , down exciting new highways and fascinating byways. Released in 2015, it received bold reviews both nationally and internationally (The Guardian, fRoots, Songlines, The Internationalist).
Go discover them. Promoted by BBC3, they were part of WOMAD 2017 line-up.
Premio Andrea Parodi 2016 Award - New album to be released in 2018
(*) Spaccanapoli debut album was released under the Real World Music label of Peter Gabriel, with whom the band performed in 2004.
Antonio Di Ponte: lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, battente guitar | Antonio Fraioli: acoustic and electric violin, keyboards, marranzano | Francesco Paolo Manna: frame drums, percussion
“A Powerful Debut * * * * ”
Robin Denselow, The Guardian
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