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Daniele Sepe

There is really no way to explain the mind of this Neopolitan composer arranger and musician. The roots music of Naples and its evirons is only the beginning of the stew. It's thickened with classic jazz, pureed with pop and soul, then served on a plate of Brecht garnished with avant garde idosyncracies. And that's just the half of it. - CF

Daniele Sepe Bio : in the artist's words

Daniele Sepe was born the 17th of April 1960 in Naples. Studying the flute at the conservatoire San Pietro a Majella Daniele Sepe gets a diploma, then he starts his many-sided activity with the "Gruppo operaio 'E Zezi di Pomigliano". In 1976 he participates with this group in international festivals in Rennes, Martigues and Bonn, he records the album "Tammurriata dell'Alfa Sud" for "Dischi del Sole".

As his "educated" activity of concerts ( auditorium of RAI in Naples, international competition of Stresa, "Long concert" of "Estate a Napoli" ) continues, he starts to get interested also in playing the saxophone and jazz. After the diploma, being tired of preparing exhausting concerts for the old nobel-women, who never miss the meetings at the club of the artists and without being in possession of a tail-coat, he starts recording in different studios and playing "live" with a lot of people (Nino Bonocore, Mia Martini, Teresa de Sio, Roberto de Simone, Gino Paoli etc. ) of whom the congenial ones are only Peppino Gagliardi, Eduardo de Crescenzo, Roberto Murolo and Nino D'Angelo.

He creates problems also in the ambit of "Vesuwave" where he co-operates composing arrangements for groups like "Little Italy", "Bisca", "Walhalla", "Degrado" etc. Dangerously he starts composing music of his own and the names he uses for the different formations are only a vague idea of what an unaware spectator might expect of his performances; "Art Ensemble of Soccavo", "Luchistu Luchiddu e i suoi Abbracalabria", "Orchestra dell'On. Trombetta", formations with different numbers of musicians; from the trio of only wind instruments to the big band of twenty musicians. Paradoxically the people like all that and more incredible is that also the critics enjoy it (with the right and proper exclusion of the jazz-critics ).

At first he starts to document his work on the unavoidable demo-tapes "without no hope" and later on (1989) he records an album paying the production costs by himself giving it the suggestive title "Malamusica"(non tutto), which means "Butmusic" (isn't all) "Badmusic" (isn't all).

Someone ignores him totally and someone screams "how marvellous".That's life. Fortunately our hero's album is an article that sells well so, not contended, he records another one giving it the ordinary title "L'Uscita dei Gladiatori" ("The Release of the Gladiators"). He palms it off -with rare lack of scruples- upon "Soluzionisti Virgin".

Then he escapes to Timbuctu with the millions of milliards of shells earnt thanks to the sale of the album. Before his villainous escape he has time enough to write music for the theatre ("Falso Movimento", "Teatri Uniti", "Compagnia del Sancarluccio"), for the ballet (International festival of dance and poetry, "Menti Labili") and especially for the cinema ("Blues Metropolitano", "Diciassette" by Enrico Caria, "Rimini, Rimini", "L'amore molesto", "Cronaca di un amore violato", "Lettere dall'America", "Il caricatore"...).

Without any responsability at all they send him to the festival of Marsiglia, to Nantes, to the Womex of Bruxelles and to the Wexford Opera Festival (EIRE) to represent Italy, just because no one else wanted to go there. He also succeds in doing a serious thing during the war in the gulf when he enlists about fifty Neapolitan musicians to produce a tape of songs of peace giving it gratis outside the work and the school-yards of Naples. In 1994 he publishes the CD "Vite Perdite", which finally brings him a bit of fortune, giving him the opportunity to partecipate in numerous festivals and the yearned entry into the play-list in Italy first and in Europe afterwards. This album is even awarded among 1OO albums to be saved during the Nineties by "Rockstar" magazine, and best album during the year according to "Rockerilla"; besides the authoritative English magazine "Folk-roots" presents it as the only italian album worthy to be listened.

All this evidences that the promotion goes right if you give a fair present to the fair reporter ..... In 1995 the album "Spiritus Mundi" comes out and reconfirms the success of "Vite Perdite". These two albums in question are "sacked" by "Polygram", "Il Manifesto" and "La Repubblica" for several great run anyhologies. Collaborating with "Il Manifesto" he publishes a CD entitled "Trasmigrazioni" involving a large number of musicians who are "immigrants" in Italy, and another called "Viaggi fuori dai paraggi" an anthology that - even though it was unheardable - "holes" the hit-parade according to readers of "Musica". In spite of this, that's life, as a thorn in the flesh, he didn't manage to partecipate neither in the Festival of Sanremo nor the village festival of the "fresella" of Ossitissi.

Daniele Sepe CDs available at cdRoots

  • Nia maro (Il manifesto, 2006)
    Anime Candide - War and Love Songs (Felmay, Italy)
    Senza Filtro (compilation - 2002)
    Amnesia (soundtrack-2002)
    Jurnateri (2001)
    Conisci Victor Jara? (2000)
    Viaggi fuori dai paraggi(1996)
    Malamusica (1991)
    Lavorare Stanca (1998)
    Spiritus Mundi (1995)
    Vite Perdite (1994)

    see also:
    La Notte del Dio che Balla
    E Zezi

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