Davide Viterbo - composer, cello player, guitarist, sound engineer
Davide Viterbo is a musician who has crossed genres and developed different skills across-the-board. Eminent musical figure, he’s always left a deep mark in the projects he has been involved in.
The innovative sound of his cello is the result of his great sensitivity and tireless research as a composer, cello player, guitarist, and sound engineer.
Davide was a member of the Skizo, a band whose short life represented a milestone in Italian underground music scene: ” the most innovative act tonight, a band with a sound that’s plain and complicated at once, where burning moments follow static ones, really clever. (Red Ronnie, Il Resto del Carlino 7/6/82 Festival Rock Bologna);
In 1983 in collaboration with Tommaso Mazza he gives an audio-visual performance, “Carry carry on”, at the art gallery Bonomo. The exhibition includes 8mm film loops projected on a white canvas screen, a cello on which an electrical musical box was mounted playing back the scores, audio loops on a Revox, magnetic tapes tightly suspended between floor and ceiling.
He takes his cello diploma at the music academy “N. Piccinni” under Vito Paternoster’s tutoring. He is a cellist for the Orchestra “Provincia di Bari” . Soon after he wins an audition for the Petruzzelli orchestra. He collaborates with a number of projects as solo cellist, such as Moni Ovadia’s “Golem”, Walter Pagliaro’s “Lo strumento scordato”, to name but a few. In this position he will also tour many important italian theatres such as: Teatro Filodrammatici in Milan; Piccinni, Bari; Giordano, Foggia; Lauro Rossi, Macerata; Ateneo, Rome; Vascello, Rome; Della Corte, Genoa; Studio, Milan; Morlacchi, Perugia; Verdi, Lucca; Arena del sole, Bologne; Verdi, Martina Franca
He’s temporary teacher in the cello classes at the music academy “N.Piccinni” in Bari until 1999.
In 1991 he performs live with the song writer Angelo Ruggero for Time Zones, a collaboration which leads to the production of the c.d. “Regina dei Gatti”. In this album, released by BMG Ariola, he acts as music director, cellist, arranger, and co-author of the music scores. Among the numerous guest artists in the c.d., the great virtuoso of the saxofone, Roberto Ottaviano. The album receives enthusiastic reviews on the national press by Gino Castaldo, Marinella Venegoni, Fabrizio Versienti.
He’s co-protagonist together with the artist Biagio Caldarelli and the poetess Dora Lapolla of the art video “Biagio, Davide e Dora”, directed by Nico Bizzarro, as shown at the art gallery Bonomo. He’s guest musician in “Round about Max”, jazz saxophonist Massimo Urbani’s album. – In 1996 he brings to the stage “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura” by L.Nono, an act for solo violin and tapes (violinist Enzo Porta, Il Coretto, Auditorium Vallisa, Bari).
In Jerez, Andalusia, he studies flamenco guitar. He is the leader and producer of the trio “Nura” – a fine example of cleverness and elegance in blending different musical cultures – engaged in an intensive touring period between Italy and France.
In 2001 he starts collaborating as artistic producer with “Sottosuono”, an independent label.
He is guest musician in several albums by Antonio Breschi, one of the first piano composers to cross remote musical cultures, and co-producer of “Zearbidetan”, a c.d. where music meets poetry, by Josè Angel Irigarai (one of the greatest Basque poets) featuring Ronnie Drew, Benito Lertxundi, Gaben Dabiré. – He is the author of the musical performance “Italian avant-guarde in the 60s”, as a part of the film festival “Sentieri nel Cinema” XV ed. (Bari, Teatro Kursaal) – He’s the author of the sound installation “L’ospite d’altri tempi”, included in the art exhibition “De Nittis e Tissot” (Barletta, Palazzo della Marra, 15th July, 2006).
He composes “Distant City”, his most important project, with Time Zones festival as a producers and French composer René Aubry as a guest star. The show is acclaimed by critics and public alike. ( Bari, Palamartino 2006 – Polignano, Primitivo 2007 – Bari, Teatro N. Piccinni 2007)