The American Dream

Marco Cappelli’s Italian Surf Academy

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The American Dream


1. DJANGO (6:13) by Luis Enriquez Bacalov
from the movie Django 1966, by Sergio Corbucci

2. CINQUE BAMBOLE (3:55) by Piero Umiliani
from the movie 5 Bambole per la Luna d’Agosto, 1970, by Mario Bava

3. THE SUNDOWN / SAN ANTONIO MISSION (6:34) by Ennio Morricone
from the movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 1966 by Sergio Leone

4. DEEP DEEP DOWN (4:31) by Ennio Morricone
from the movie Danger: Diabolik, 1968 by Mario Bava*

5. TIFFANY SEQUENCE (4:30) by Riz Ortolani
from the movie Tiffany Memorandum, 1967 by Sergio Grieco

6. BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (5:26) by Carlo Rustichelli
from the movie Six Women for the Murderer, 1964 by Mario Bava

7. SESSO MATTO (4:44) by Armando Trovajoli
from the movie Sessomatto, 1973 by Dino Risi*

8. DRIVING DECOY (3:12) by Ennio Morricone
from the movie Danger: Diabolik, 1968 by Mario Bava

9. SECRET AGENT MAN (5:57) by Steve Barri & P. F. Sloan
from the TV series Secret Agent, 1964-66

10. EVA KANT: Postlude (2:28) by Marco Cappelli


Marco Cappelli’s Italian Surf Academy

Marco Cappelli  electric guitar

Luca Lo Bianco  bass guitar

Francesco Cusa  drums

with special guest Gaia Mattiuzzi  voice*


Take one Italian guitarist active in the Downtown Improvisation and New Music scene – combine with youthful influences of movie music and Spaghetti Westerns – mix well with a love of ‘60s Surf Sound (think The Ventures, Beach Boys, etc.) bathed in reverb – anchor with a solid rhythm section of bass and drums… and you get the Italian Surf Academy! The baddest bad Morricone you’ve ever heard!

Cappelli explains the genesis of the project: “Back then in the ‘50s - ‘70s, the U.S. was more than a geographic place, it was a concept which we dreamed of belonging to: the prairies, a cowboy on his horse riding into the sunset encompassed by that warm guitar sound with a lot of reverb. This image was made up by the American movie industry and copied in many movies with a “made in Italy” label, shouted in Italy or abroad by Italian directors. That’s why we decided to work on our “Italian Surf Sound” version. We also pay homage to an “original” by reinterpreting Secret Agent Man, the only American cover in the CD.”


Also by Marco Cappelli on Mode Records:

Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio – Les Nuages en France. Ken Filiano, bass. Satoshi Takeishi, percussion. Mode Avant 07

Marco CAPELLI – Art SPIEGELMAN: In the Shadow of No Towers – with John Turturro (mode 236)

EGP: Extreme Guitar Project – works by Marc Ribot, Ikue Mori, Elliott Sharp, Anthony Coleman, Nick Didkovsky, Otomo Yoshihide, Annie Gosfield, Mark Stewart, Erik Friedlander, David Shea.  Mode 157

Luigi DALLAPICCOLA and Goffredo PETRASSI: Musica da camera – Ensemble Dissonanzen (mode 166)

Hans Werner HENZE: Musica da Camera – Ensemble Dissonanzen (mode 202)


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