Marco Cappelli’s Residency at The Stone

If I was still living in New York I would be at many of these. If you live there, or can get there, this should be an amazing run from September 8-13, 2015. I saw Marco Cappelli at The Stone back in 2012 when he was part of a Derek Bailey Tribute. His command of the instrument was matched only by his improvisational daring. Now he is back at tThe Stone for a residency.

Schedule for Marco Cappelli’s Residency at The Stone:

September 8 8pm

Ricercari & Improvisations: Early Music and Contemporary Sounds

Marco Cappelli (guitar, uboingee); VJ Andrea Lapsus Pennisi (video art)

Music by: John Dowland, Hans Werner Henze, Francesco Da Milano, Maurice Ohana, Francesco Spinacino & Marco Cappelli

September 8 10 pm

Jim Pugliese’s Phase III

Jim Pugliese (drums); Christine Bard (drums); Michael Attias (sax); Ken Filiano (bass); Chris Cochrane (guitar) & Marco Cappelli (guitar) with special guests: Chartwell Dutiro (mbira Master & vocal) Nora Balaban (mbira, vocal)

In Phase III music skirts and shifts along the edges of free improvisation, deep groove and New Music. It reflects Jim Pugliese’s ongoing quest to explore the powerful, enlightening and spiritual secrets of drumming and is inspired by recent association and work with Nii Tettey Tetteh, master musician from Ghana and the study of the spiritual songs of the Mbira Dzavadzimu from Zimbabwe.

September 9 8pm

Acoustic Duos

Brandon Seabrook (guitar); Marco Cappelli (guitar) & Stomu Takeishi (bass)

Two combinations of duo with guitar joining their creativity to explore a repertoire of songs and original composition with a simple commitment: every deviance through improvisation is possible and no electronic device is admitted. Eventually, an improvised trio will conclude this set.

September 9 10pm

IDR Italian Doc Remix + Special Guest: Marc Ribot

Marco Cappelli, Marc Ribot (guitars); Jim Pugliese (drums); Doug Wieselman (clarinets); Jose Davila (trombone, tuba); Ken Filiano (bass); Francesco Pellegrino (vocals)

The imaginary Albert Ayler’s trip to South Italy.

“IDR – Italian Doc Remix” is the result of the artistic exchange between Marco Cappelli and Jim Pugliese, highlighting their mutual reverence for the villages’ ritual music of the region of Naples. It sounds like an imaginary Albert Ayler’s trip to South Italy: impossible to fit in any conventional standard. The band welcomes as special guests Toronto-based singer Francesco Pellegrino, a specialist of the South Italian traditional singing and guitarist Marc Ribot.


Photo: Marco Cappelli by Peter Gannushkin

September 10 8pm

Around Sir B. Britten

Rosalie Kaplan (vocals); Noah Kaplan (sax); Marco Käppelli (drums) & Marco Cappelli (guitars)

Two years ago, in honor of Benjamin Britten’s centennial, Underwolf Records released Rosalie Kaplan and Marco Cappelli’s EP of their arrangements of Britten’s cycle “Songs from the Chinese” for amplified processed voice and electric guitar. Tonight the duo will be

joined by saxophonist Noah Kaplan and drummer Marco Käppeli, to celebrate the composer’s work and forge a new approach to its performance in the 21st century.

September 10 10pm


Marco Cappelli (guitar); Shoko Nagai (keyboards); Avram Fefer (sax); JT Lewis (drums); Graham Haynes (cornet/flugelhorn) & Stomu Takeishi (bass)

Born a year ago in occasion of a memorable gig at Nublu in NYC, Nublast grooves between fragments of composition and improvisation in a continuous psychedelic set of music. Sound ideas proposed by Shoko Nagai, Marco Cappelli and Avram Fefer, and elaborated by the band altogether.

September 11 7pm

In The Shadow Of No Towers after Art Spiegelman

9/11 memorial film screening featuring: John Turturro (speaker) Music by Syntax Error: Marco Cappelli (guitar); Daniele Ledda (keyboards) & Roberto Pellegrini (drums)

A 50-minute animation published as a DVD by Mode Records in 2011, as a memorial for the tenth anniversary of September 11th. The projection is dedicated to Roberto Pellegrini: 1960-2014.

September 11 8pm

The Kraken by Gaetano Costa

Philippe Berson (performer); John Turturro (recorded speaker); Marco Cappelli (musician); Giuliana De Gregorio (set design) & Gaetano Costa (director)

A doctor performing an autopsy on the enormous creature’s body found dead on the beach, finds out that what he is examining is actually the cadaver of a contemporary South Italian town. A deep reflection about all that is connected with the word internationally known as “mafia.”

September 11 10pm

Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio

Marco Cappelli (guitar); Ken Filiano (bass) & Dan Weiss (percussion)

Special guest: Shoko Nagai (accordion)

Guitarist Marc Ribot had this to say: “MC Acoustic Trio is what happens when you cross one of Europe’s best and brightest new music classical guitarists/composers with the best of New York’s avant jazz/improv scene. The sonics recall the lusciousness of Ralph Towner’s ECM work, but the compositional /improvisational smarts and depth of Marco’s classical chops and background on this recording are unlike anything I’ve heard.”

September 12 8pm

Dedalo Guitar Quartet

Domenico Caliri; Marco Cappelli; Roberto Cecchetto; Maurizio Grandinetti (guitars)

Music by: Giovanni Sollima & Pablo Montagne Dedalo

Dedalo was formed in the early years of the new millennium by guitarists Domenico Caliri and Marco Cappelli, at the time they were both in the band of the famous jazz trumpet player Enrico Rava. Their reunion tonight here in New York brings back to life this amazing guitar quartet – featuring two classical and two electric guitars – with a new set of original compositions by the band members.

Dedalo Guitar Quartet-1

September 12 10pm

Italian Surf Academy

Damon Banks (bass); Mathias Künzli (drums); Marco Cappelli (guitar) & VJ Andrea Lapsus Pennisi (video art)

Spaghetti Westerns, Horror and Spy Italian soundtracks, ’60s Surf Sound: certainly the baddest bad Morricone you’ve ever heard plus other ’60s Italian soundtrack heroes, such as those by Piero Umiliani, Riz Ortolani, Carlo Rustichelli, Armando Trovajoli and Luis Enriquez Bacalov, all blended in a powerful mix of improvisation and rock ‘n’ roll.

Italian Surf Academy

Photo: Italian Surf Academy by Elisabetta Bonomo

September 13 8pm

Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra

Rez Abbasi; Damon Banks; Domenico Caliri; Marco Cappelli; Roberto Cecchetto; Liberty Ellman; David Gilmore; Maurizio Grandinetti; Jerome Harris; Joel Harrison; Miles Okazaki; Brandon Ross & Kenny Wessel (guitars)

Music composed and improvisationally conducted by Adam Rudolph.

“Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra” is the last version of Adam Rudolph’s vision of a kind of future orchestra: an original orchestral concept of world music improvisation he started in 2001. The music is composed as thematic material that provides a spontaneous orchestral context and inspiration for improvisational dialogue. Featuring some of the best guitarists active in the NYC music scene.



September 13 10pm

Ensemble Dissonanzen: Man Ray Movies

Marco Cappelli (guitar); Marco Sannini (trumpet); Tommaso Rossi (flute) & Ciro Longobardi (piano)

An outstanding Italian contemporary music collective from Naples

The internationally-acclaimed contemporary music Ensemble Dissonanzen from Naples, Italy performing their Man Ray Movies project, with improvisations on music by Erik Satie. Pretend to be in an avant-garde movie theater located in Paris around 1920.

The Stone

Corner of Avenue C & Second Street NY

F train to Second Avenue




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