A Mode Records record release concert: Italian Surf Academy plays BARBARELLA RELOADED

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A Mode Records record release concert: Italian Surf Academy plays BARBARELLA RELOADED

Marco Cappelli, Damon Banks, Dave Miller, Special Guest VJ Lapsus, Dollshot

Fri, September 22, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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A Mode Records record release concert: Italian Surf Academy plays BARBARELLA RELOADED
A Mode Records record release concert: Italian Surf Academy plays BARBARELLA RELOADED
An audio-visual remake of the movie Barbarella (1968 – directed by Roger Vadim, starring Jane Fonda)

Barbarella is a 1968 science-fiction movie directed by the recently disappeared French director, scriptwriter, actor and producer Roger Vadim. Inspired by the homonymous comics by Jean-Claude Forest, the film is an Italian-French co-production carried out by Dino De Laurentiis. The plot is centred on the beautiful heroine Barbarella (Jane Fonda) and on her countless adventures set in the distant future of the years 40.000 A.D. Barbarella is assigned by the President of Earth to retrieve the mysteriously disappeared scientist Durand Durand, who has invented the Positronic Ray, a highly destructive weapon. Initially badly received by critics and public, the movie has become a cult movie after its distribution in the home video market and has influenced more than a generation, particularly all those active in the music field. The movie soundtrack is the result of the collaboration of different artists, such as, for the music and lyrics, Michel Magne, Charles Fox, Bob Crew, The Glitterhouse and even David Gilmour, who took part at the recording sessions as guitarist, before entering the Pink Floyd.

The fiery sound of Barbarella’s soundtrack is reinterpreted by the ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY, the extraordinary trio of improvisers well known to New York audiences.

The ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY has already shown its interest in the cinema of the 60s and 70s, releasing on the New York label Mode Records, their first album entitled The American Dream focusing on the Italian B-Movies soundtracks of that era, in cinematic genres from film noir to the spaghetti western. For Barbarella & Friends - their second Mode Records release focused on the famous vintage sci-fi hit starring Jane Fonda, they will collaborate with the Italian visual artist VJ Lapsus (Andrea Pennisi).


“Think of Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli’s ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY as a mixture of Dick Dale and John Zorn, or perhaps a far-out musical crossbreeding of the Ventures with a mind-blowing, avant-garde jazz education. Whether you’re touring the seaside cobblestone streets of Calabria via Vespa scooter or surfing the swells of Manhattan Beach, balance is crucial. And in this heady amalgam of 1950s and ’60s American surf rock, psychedelia and folkloric Italian melodies, Cappelli and his Italian Surf Academy have embraced that concept wholeheartedly… It’s the musical equivalent of pouring Peroni into pineapple juice, and the resulting concoction is : oh-so-tasty!” - Hillary Brown, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

"Take one Italian guitarist active in the Downtown Improvisation and New Music scene - combine with youthful influences of movie music and Spaghetti Westerns - mix well with a love of '60s Surf Sound (think The Ventures, Beach Boys, etc.) bathed in reverb - anchor with a solid rhythm section of bass and drums.. and you get the Italian Surf Academy! Certainly the baddest bad Morricone you've ever heard - as well as themes from other '60s Italian soundtrack stalwarts such as Piero Umiliani, Riz Ortolani, Carlo Rustichelli, Armando Trovajoli, and Luis Enriquez Bacalov!...." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY

“…The group's new album, "The American Dream" (Mode), features improvisations on themes by the aforementioned composers delivered with a sensibility found in some of the work of Nels Cline, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot, among others associated with New York's downtown avant-garde jazz scene. It's a fascinating exploration of engaging music. "Django" stays true to the melody and atmosphere of Mr. Bacalov's theme to Sergio Corbucci's 1966 film of the same name, but the trio allows it to crumble amid a flurry of independent soloing. After a sudden stop, the musicians resume the theme. Then Mr. Cappelli begins a rubbery reggae rhythm and his mates join in. All the while, the twangy surf guitar remains at the forefront courtesy of Mr. Cappelli's Gretsch guitar…” - Jim Fusilli, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Marco Cappelli
Marco Cappelli
Born in Naples – Italy, MARCO CAPPELLI studied classical guitar at the Conservatorio di S. Cecilia in Rome. Supported by a scholarship provided by the Italian Government, he studied with Oscar Ghiglia at the Musik Akademie der Stadt in BASEL – Switzerland, concluding his Konzert-Diplom with a recital featuring a remarkable performance of Le Marteau Sans Maître by Pierre Boulez and Sonata op. 47 by Alberto Ginastera.
He has lead since the middle 90ies an extraordinary artistic path, becoming familiar with rigorous written music as well with free improvisation languages: nowadays Marco Cappelli works as contemporary music interpreter, as side musician for other artists’ projects, as well as composer and band leader and with his original music.
The diversity of Marco’s performances is due to a fascinating array of collaborations: Anthony Coleman, Michel Godard, Butch Morris, Franco Piersanti, Jim Pugliese, Enrico Rava, Marc Ribot, Adam Rudolph, Elliott Sharp, Giovanni Sollima, Markus Stockhausen, Cristina Zavalloni, Raiz… and many more.
He has toured intensively in South Korea, Japan, China, USA, Canada and Europe, being regularly guest – both as a soloist or in ensemble settings – in major classical and contemporary music series (Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Associazione Scarlatti in Napoli, Ravenna Festival, Festival Traiettorie in Parma, Ente Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Italian Academy at Columbia University in New York, BAM Fisher Theater in Brooklyn, Salzburg Festival in Austria, Ruhr Triennale and Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele in Germany…) as well in jazz and avant-garde music festivals (Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria, Pomigliano Jazz Festival in Italy, Barnsdall Theatre e Watts Tower Jazz Festival in Los Angeles , Moma in New York, OutPut Festival in Amsterdam, Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Cerkno Jazz Festival in Slovenia…).
Very active as soloist, Marco co-founded the acclaimed Italian contemporary music groups ENSEMBLE DISSONANZEN, and leads three band projects: MARCO CAPPELLI ACOUSTIC TRIO, ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY and IDR- ITALIAN DOC REMIX. As side musician, he is member of MARC RIBOT CAGED FUNK, ADAM RUDOLPH’S GO: ORGANIC ORCHESTRA and LCP ENSEMBLE.
Marco has developed a large discography, among which we remember two solo guitar cds : Yun Mu, for the for the Italian label TDS, and EGP-Extreme Guitar Project: Music from Downtown New York for the prestigious American label Mode Records. Mode Records also published two cds by Ensemble Dissonanzen, where Marco is involved in G. Petrassi’s and H.W. Henze’s chamber Music.
In 2008 the Italian jazz label Itinera released the first cd of Marco’s band IDR – Italian Doc Remix. In 2011, as memorial for the Twin Towers’ attack, Mode Records released In The Shadow of No Towers: a dvd that Marco realized with his band Syntax Error in collaboration with comic artist Art Spiegelman and actor John Turturro, which has been presented in film festival such as Toronto Jewish Film Festival and UK Jewish Film Festival in London). More recently the same label released Les Nuages en France and The American Dream debut albums by, respectively, MARCO CAPPELLI ACOUSTIC TRIO and ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY (where he develops that downtown sound that he has absorbed working next to the most important names of the New York scene). In 2013 the second Acoustic Trio cd, due to Marco’s collaboration with writer Maurizio De Giovanni and titled Le Stagioni del Commissario Ricciardi , has been released by Tzadik, the prestigious John Zorn‘s label.
In 2012 Marco scored the film Intervallo by Leonardo Di Costanzo, which has been premiered at 69th Venice International Film Festival and has gained the prestigious price David di Donatello. He composes and plays live music for the New York based Young Soon Kim Dance Company, which after its successful South Korea tour (2012) performed at BAM Fisher Theater in Brooklyn (June 2014). In the Fall 2014, together with actor Andrea Renzi, he premiered the theater play Sonata per il Commissario Ricciardi, produced by Teatro Garibaldi in Palermo and presented at the prestigious Napoli Teatro Festival 2015, with live music by MARCO CAPPELLI ACOUSTIC TRIO. Later in 2015, Marco has been artist in residence at The Stone, the prestigious experimental and avant-garde New York venue directed by John Zorn.
Since 2004 Marco Cappelli made his home in Brooklyn, NY. At the side of his concert activity, Marco Cappelli teaches intensively: he is guitar professor at Conservatorio “Vincenzo Bellini” in Palermo and Associate Professor at Columbia University Music Performance Program in New York. He has taught as assistant with Mrs. Sharon Isbin at Aspen Summer School, and has been “guest professor” at Julliard School, Mannes College and New York University in New York, at Cal Poly University in Los Angeles, at Guadalajara University and at Ecole Sainte Trinité in Haiti.
Damon Banks
Damon Banks
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Damon Banks has performed with and / or recorded with some of the entertainment industry’s brightest stars, creative artists and innovative musicians. Most of these artists defy category and transcend genre. These artists include: George Benson, Peter Gabriel, Caetano Veloso, Angelique Kidjo, Hassan Hakmoun & Zahar, Chico Hamilton, Hubert Laws, Arto Lindsay, Loose Ends, The Neville Brothers, Phyllis Hyman, Majek Fashek, Noel Pointer, “Wadada” Leo Smith, Marc Ribot, Corin Curschellas, George Howard, Bobby Womack, Lillias White, Ronny Jordan, Miki Howard, Ossie and Ruby, KRS-ONE, Sekou Sundiata, DJ SPOOKY, Karsh Kale, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Ntozake Shange, Angela Bofill, Saul Williams, Roxane Butterfly, Eileen Ivers and Adam Rudolph (to name a few).
(Damon Banks, bandleader, bass, composer / Freddie Bryant, guitar / Sly Scott, saxophones / Manu Koch, keyboards / Bruce Cox, drums)
“Italian Surf Academy”
(Marco Cappelli, guitar / Dave Miller, drums / Damon Banks, bass)
“Moving Pictures”
(Adam Rudolph, bandleader, percussion, composer / Ralph Jones III, reeds / Graham Haynes, cornet / Hamid Drake, drums / Kenny Wessel, guitar / Alex Marcelo, keyboards / James Hurt, percussion , keyboards / Damon Banks, bass)
(Gwen Laster, bandleader, violin, vocals, composer / Freddie Bryant, guitar / Willard Dyson, drums / Brahim Fribgane, percussion, / Damon Banks, bass)
He has written songs for:
George Benson (“That’s Right”, voted #1 jazz album of 1996) and Miki Howard (“Three Wishes”, Grammy nomination for Best R & B album)
Soundtracks & Television:
“Footsteps In Africa” (Kiahkeya films – Kathi Von Koerber, director) “Muppets from Space” (Henson / Sony films – Tim Hill, director) “Woodstock 1994” w/Hassan Hakmoun & Peter Gabriel, “New York Undercover” (FOX) “BET on Jazz” (BET) “The Today Show” w/The Boys Choir of Harlem (NBC) “Good Morning America” (ABC) MTV Europe, Fuji TV (Japan) and Globo TV (Brasil) His bass playing has been heard on numerous radio spots and jingles throughout the years.
As an educator and clinician, Damon has taught and conducted workshops at a variety of highly acclaimed institutions including: Cal Arts, Bard College, Interlochen School of the Arts, Medger Evers College, The University of Maryland, St.Anns School, Harlem School of the Arts and Poughkeepsie Day School (current faculty member)
In 2005, Damon received the Haldane Foundation grant for his Global Music program. In 2009, he received the DCAC (Dutchess County Arts Council / NYSCA) grant for his multimedia theater piece entitled “Resistance: a Maroon story”. The newest version is currently in production.
Damon plays Fender basses, uses Epifani amps, and uses GHS strings. He is a member of ASCAP, A.F.of M (Local 802) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity.
Dave Miller
Dave Miller
DAVID KENNETH MILLER (Dave Miller) is a drummer, improviser, educator and composer residing in New York City. A product of the 80’s born on inauguration day, raised in “the Jewel of the Prairie” a.k.a. Grinnell, Iowa. Academically educated at Grinnell College, The University of North Texas and William Paterson University (BA Jazz Drums Performance cum laude 2007). Currently on Faculty at THE MUSIC SHOP (Boonton, New Jersey) Drums and Percussion, Private Instruction (Since 2006). Dave also teaches privately in homes and studios throughout the greater New York City area. Musical relationships:
PET BOTTLE NINGEN with Nonoko Yoshida (alto saxophone) and David Scanlon (guitar).
KARL 2000 with Daniel Rovin (tenor saxophone and Jonaphone) and Austin White (upright bass).
WORD GAMES with Trevor Lagrange (Wurlitzer and Piano) and David Schnug (also saxophone)
CARTER/NIGGENKEMPER/MILLER: Improvising trio with multi-wind-instrumentalist Daniel Carter and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper.
TOM ZLABINGER QUARTER with Nonoko Yoshida (saxophones), David Schnug (saxophones) and Tom Zlabinger (upright bass).
GIUSEPPI LOGAN QUARTET with Giuseppi Logan (alto saxophone) Matt Lavelle (trumpet) & Francois Grillot (bass).
XF TRIO with Jules Vasylenko (bamboozle) and Valerie Kuehne (cello).
D’ALLITERATION with Daniel Carter (trumpet, alto, tenor & soprano saxophones, clarinet & flute), David Schnug (alto, tenor and soprano saxphones, flute), Demian Richardson (trumpet, pocket trumpet) and David Moss (bass).
MATT LAVELLE THE BLESSING QUARTET with Matt Lavelle (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet), Ras Moshe (tenor sax and flute) and Francois Grillot (bass) SOLIDARITY QUINTET (quartet members above plus Catherine Sikora on tenor and soprano saxophones)
RAS MOSHE MUSIC NOW UNIT with Ras Moshe (saxophones, flute, percussion) and various ensemble members under Ras’ conduction.
SEAN T. HANRATTY & THE MIGHTY MIGHTY: New York City Blues music for drinking and dancing. Sean T. Hanratty (guitar and voice) & Mike Barile (bass).
TELL THE AUDIENT VOID with Joshua Lopes (guitar), David Schnug (sax & flute) and Jesse Stern (electric bass)
Other collaborations/sideman work include: Martin Bisi, Daniel Carter, Jonas Labhart, Chuck Bettis, Rob Duguay, Blaise Siwula, John Zorn, Matsumoto Kenichi, Noah Preminger, Natsuki Tamura, Chris DiMeglio, Valerie Kuehne, Bern Nix, David Moss, Steve Swell, Karl Berger, Demian Richardson, Dave Burrell, Koh Ohteru, Akihiro Yokotani, Bob Holman, Frantz Loriot, Dre Barnes, Sten Hostfalt, Francois Grillot, ANDREW CARRICO, Catherine Sikora, Bob Feldman, Alan Bjorklund, Joshua Lopes, Eichii Hayashi, Tom Shad, BROWN WING OVERDRIVE, Tom Swafford, Ole Mathisen, Adam Caine, Achille Succi, Sachi Hayasaka, Toshiki Nagata, Pascal Niggenkemper, David Fulmer, Yoshie Fruchter, Usui Yasuhiro, Ryoko Ono, JEWEL THIEF, Liz Kosack, John Mosca, Coralie Lonfat, Jeff Platz, Junko Fujiwara Simons, Roy Campbell Jr., Sarah Bernstein, Todd Nicholson, SILVER PROCESS, Masahico Shimaji, Brad Farberman, Jason Kao Hwang, Joe Merollo, Dave Ross, SPANISH PRISONERS, Dylan Sparrow, Andrew Drury, Daniel Johnston, Ernest Anderson III, Seth Misterka, Kit Demos, Jules Vasylenko, Ken Silverman, Kossan Yomada, Shayna Dulberger & Chris Welcome, Chris Forbes, Marco Cappelli and Damon Banks with ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY, Matt Keegan.
DAVE MILLER plays Yamaha Birch Custom Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Vic-Firth/Pro-Mark drumsticks, brushes and mallets.
Special Guest VJ Lapsus
Special Guest VJ Lapsus
Lapsus is an artistic agent provocateur, but also producer, published, performer, musician, d-jay and v-jay. Keen on the interaction between music and the magic, he has created the visuals for the concerts Horrible Porno Stuntmen, Sic Alps, Olimpic Explosion in 2011 (Olimpic Café, Paris, New Year's eve) Guappecarto (France), Rigenera festival 2012, Sonia Brex, Les Yeux de la Tête (France), Lo Schiaffo del Sold Out, Festival di Improvvisatore Involontario, Babilon Suite, 1.2.Hoc Null (Germany), Marco Cappelli's Italian Surf Academy. He has participated in several djset, such as Total Science, Koan Sound, Fare Soldi, Dario Blatta, AV Paradise Project, Afrobit.He is the resident veejay at Café Pulp in Catania and regular guest in live/djset such as Garage (La Chiave of Catania), Catania Elettronicamente at Café Glamour in Catania, Pulp Cine Music Art in Catania and at the “Bureau des fantasmes urbains de Ornic'Art in Marseille.Among other visual projects, he has participated as a musician in different projects such as in the multimedia performance“The Parola è supposta”-Lapsus and Dario Blatta, “Serpentine performance” aerial dance by Annalusi Rapicavoli, in which he is both music composer and creator of lights.His format “Visionaria Lapsus selection”, which selects and remixes live music and videos was produced in Catania, Naples, Antwerp, Milan, Marseille, Paris, Toulouse. His audio-video installation “L'Acqua è mia” (The water is mine), with sounds of water and iron scraps, was brought out for the Concerto per l'Acqua (Concert for water), promoted by the Committee against the privatization of water from the city of Catania.
Indie-pop band Dollshot is Rosie and Noah, husband and wife, a beguiling voice and a killer sax. Lalande, their forthcoming album, is a dark hallucination of delusional melodies stretched over grinding romantic chords, melted and retuned. A lush synthesis of dream-pop and death jazz, Lalande is an avant-noir fantasy of future and memory.