saxes, objects, poetry, paintings
Vittorino Curci lives in Noci, in the Bari province (Italy), where he was born in 1952. He is a poet, musician and painter. His artistic education developed in the seventies in the Rome Fine Arts Academy. In Rome he shows his first works of conceptual art a the Galleria Jartrokor managed by Sergio Lombardo. In ‘79 he is mentioned in the 8th Antologia Ipersperimentale Geiger, edited by Adriano Spatola. Furthermore he starts collaborating with the magazine TamTam and participates to different initiatives promoted by Spatola in Italy and abroad.
Starting from the second half of '80s he begun a long series of collaborations with vanguard jazz musicians. In this period he developed many high-impact theatre performances using objects, actors, original music and scenes of vaudeville (with strong reminiscences of Futurist evenings). In '94 he co-founded in Reggio Emilia the sound poetry group Baobab. At the moment, while focusing very much on research writing with strong surrealist influences he loves to perform in a more discreet poetry readings - in which also performs music scores - together with small ensembles or, alone, accompanied with a saxophone.Nel 1999 he won the Montale Prize for the "unpublished" category. His poems have appeared in Nuovi Argomenti.
With respect to music he founded and managed the Noci Europa Jazz Festival (1989-2000), he promoted meetings and improvisations of the A Bao A Qu collective (1996-1999), he collaborated with many Italian and foreign musicians, among which Carlo Actis Dato, Conny Bauer, Peter Brotzmann Eugenio Colombo, Charles Gayle, Martin Joseph, Peter Kowald, Sergej Kuryokhin, Steve Lacy, Joelle Leandre, Gianni Lenoci, Marcello Magliocchi, Sabir Mateen, Pino Minafra, Louis Moholo, Maggie Nicols, Maresuke Okamoto, Roberto Ottaviano, Sakis Papadimitriou, Evan Parker, William Parker, Ernst Petrowsky, Ernst Reijseger, Antonello Salis, Mario Schiano, Gunther Sommer, Keith Tippett e Bruno Tommaso.
the curci trio
vittorino curci: tenor sax
maresuke contracello: bass
clockstop festival Noci 2015
poems, drawings and music by vittorino curci