Behind the weathered face of this 76-year old from the mountains of the Piemont there is a poetic genius who can conjure the long-ago past as well as visions of the future. Trained as a lawyer, Conte dominates the stage like a European Tom Waits.
His songs often focus on contrasts: the bizarre alongside the intellectual, the folksy alongside a more defiant attitude. His instrumentals are also a portait in contrasts: sometimes an orchestra dominates, other times ist a lone piano, violin, or even kazoo. (Early in his musical career Conte used a kazoo to simulate an orchestra.) His art is a commentary on the detritus of our civilisation.
Nunzio Barbieri – Guitar / Electric Guitar
Lucio Caliendo – Oboe / Bassoon / Percussions / Keyboard
Claudio Chiara – Alto Sax / Tenor Sax / Baritone Sax / Flute / Accordeon / Bass / Keyboard
Daniele Dall’Omo – Guitar
Daniele Di Gregorio – Drums / Percussions / Marimba / Piano
Luca Enipeo – Guitar
Massimo Pizianti – Accordeon / Bandoneon / Clarinet / Baritone Sax / Piano / Keyboard
Piergiorgio Rosso – Violin
Jino Touche – Double Bass / Electric Guitar
Luca Velotti – Soprano Sax / Tenor Sax / Contralto Sax / Bariton Sax / Clarinet