Ovunque Proteggi

Ovunque Proteggi

by Vinicio Capossela


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Ovunque Proteggi

It would be nearly impossible to succinctly describe what Vinicio Capossela does musically on his album Ovunque Proteggi. It starts out intensely, almost menacingly so, and ends with a gentle, pretty love song, but the path to it -- Eastern-influenced chants to patriotic marches to waltzes to sad jazzy piano numbers to bolero -- somehow seems to follow a natural progression, or at least trick listeners into believing that's the case. Perhaps this is because Capossela is such a gifted lyricist, and consistently so, that it's easy to focus on his words (or the sound of his voice) instead of the music behind it. Not that the instruments aren't important: Capossela and his crew (which includes Tom Waits -- to whom comparisons can certainly be made -- associate Marc Ribot and former Area bassist Ares Tavolazzi) play purposeful and interesting notes and rhythms, but they are used to accent and augment the power of the singer instead of stand out on their own. The lyrics, which are intricate and detailed, often allude to Biblical scripture, but also to Greek myth, Italian, British, and American literature, Russian historical figures, and jazz standards; he's willing to explore almost any Western cultural tradition. "Brucia Troia" (brucia translating to "burn," while Troia refers to ancient Troy but also is a vulgar synonym for "whore") is one of the most aggressive songs on the album, the tale of a city and a man betrayed ("burn," Capossela growls, "like I burn for you"), but "Medusa Cha Cha Cha" is sung from the perspective of the goddess, who, perhaps a bit duplicitously, wishes for someone who won't turn to stone under her gaze. Ovunque Proteggi is part love and hate and anger and lust, imparting the wisdom of the immortals (Melville, Pasolini, and Homer, besides the array of gods and God) to all the rest of us. Hardly an easy task, but Capossela keeps the album accessible through his great sense of arrangement and lyrical phrasing, making it a challenging, but ultimately rewarding experience.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2006
Label: Warner Italy
UPC: 5051011093623
catalogNumber: 110936
Rank: 121582

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vinicio Capossela   Primary Artist,English Horn,Vocals,Chitarrone,farfisa organ,Telephone Voice
Marc Ribot   Banjo,Dobro,Rhythm Guitar,Chitarrone
Ares Tavolazzi   Double Bass,Contrabassoon
Roy Paci   Trumpet,Grand Cassa
Gabriel Tenorio   Slide Guitar
Gak Sato   Theremin,Gamelan,Sonajas
Achille Succi   Trumpet,Clarone
Wu Wei   Sheng,Xun
Jacob Hernández   Bongos,Maracas,Claves
Vittorio Castelli   Clarinet
Zeno DeRossi   Percussion,Drums,Guiro,Tambur,Grand Cassa,Piatti
Glauco Zuppiroli   Performing Ensemble,Guitarron,Double Bass,Contrabassoon
Mario Brunello   Cello
Stefano Nanni   Performing Ensemble,Harmonia

Technical Credits

Ennio Morricone   Composer
Roy Paci   Arranger,Composer,Director,Direction
Gak Sato   Arranger
Maria Travia   Composer
Ettore Caretta   Executive Producer
Vinicio Capossela   Composer,Director
Taketo Gohara   Contributor
Pasquale Minieri   Collaboration
Mario Brunello   Director
Fabio Barovero   Composer
Stefano Nanni   Composer

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