Project Description

Calabrian singer-songwriter Peppe Voltarelli, in 1990 in Bologna, creates “Il Parto Delle Nuvole Pesanti” (The Birth Of Heavy Clouds), a creative band of tarantella punk music, with which he contributes to the renewal of Italian rock music in the ’90s.

In 2005, he is the protagonist of the film “The Vera Leggenda of Tony Vilar” (The True Legend of Tony Vilar) a film by Giuseppe Gagliardi, where Peppe plays the role of protagonist actor and for which he composes all the original music . The story is about the Italian community’s trip to Buenos Aires and New York (where the film was actually shot), in search of Tony Vilar, a singer of Italian origin (Calabria) who was very famous in Argentina during the ’60s. Between 2006 and 2007, the film participates in the Rome Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

In January 2006, Peppe left his band and started his solo career. His debut album “Distratto ma però” was released in 2007 and he entered the finalists of the Tenco Prize. The album is published and distributed in Argentina by the Los Anos Luz record company.

In April 2010 he released his second album “Ultima Notte A Mala Strana” (distributed by Universal), which, in the same year, won the Tenco Prize as best work in dialect. This is the first album in Calabria that receives such recognition.

The album is also released in France, with the famous label Chant du Monde (with distribution in Europe), Argentina (with Los Anos Luz) and Canada (with Casa Nostra / D.E.P – UNIVERSAL).

In 2011 Peppe composes the soundtrack to the film “Tatanka” by Giuseppe Gagliardi, which is also released in France. The film is inspired by a story by Roberto Saviano, a story of social revenge through the sport and talent of Camorra.

In 2012 Peppe brings his show to Argentina, the United States and Europe: “Il Viaggio, i Padri e l’Appartenenza” (“The Journey” around the world, “the Fathers” inspiring of his art, and “l ‘Belonging’ to his homeland, Calabria), which are the three main aspects, the three ‘images’ of life, which inspire his music.

In 2013 he performed at the Avignon Off Festival and at the Montreal Jazz Festival, with several concerts still highly appreciated by the French-speaking public and the following year, in 2014, he published the album “Lamentarsi come ipotesi” (Otrlive – Universal) .

In 2016 Peppe Voltarelli, with the album “Voltarelli canta Profazio” pays tribute to Otello Profazio, famous songwriter and troubadour of the Calabrian and Sicilian tradition. With this work he wins the prestigious Tenco Prize again, in the section of “Discounts tribute”. After numerous tours in Europe and abroad, in November 2016, Peppe begins a tour that sees him traveling until the end of January 2017 between Canada, United States, Argentina and Uruguay. From Montreal to New York, from Seattle to Boston, to Philadelphia to Los Angeles, San Diego, Buenos Aires and Colonia del Sacramento, he presents in cultural centers, clubs and universities his new recording work that in Italy had already received the prestigious approval of Club Tenco.

In 2017 he composes the soundtrack to the film, “Babylon Sisters” by Gigi Roccati, a dance and migration story where sharing, strength and determination of a group of immigrant women is the conducting wire. The film receives a very warm welcome from the press and the public at the festivals in which it is presented (among them the Rome Film Festival, the London Indian Film Festival, the Pune International Film Festival “in India).

At the 2017 Tenco Prize, Peppe presents his new project “I Porti del nord” (Ports of the North), a show where he plays and interprets several songs of Jacques Brel and Léo Ferré translated into Italian .

In 2018, close to his tour in May with Giorgio Conte in French-speaking European countries, he will travel to Quebec for several concerts between late June and early July.

Thanks to his own songs and through those of famous artists, Peppe Voltarelli tells his story of emigration from the South to the North of Italy and all over the world.

His social commitment marks his career that describes his beautiful South with an ironic look, suspended between bitterness and surrealism, in a musical journey “serious and fun” that directs our attention to the Italian heritage in all of the world.


Friday, August 16 2019 at 8:00 p.m. at the Mastro and San Daniele stage in Little Italy (corner St-Laurent and St-Zotique)