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.”
Felix “Slim” Amieva, born in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in 1973. One of Spain’s leading blues musicians, Felix Slim specializes in blues, ragtime and swing from the 1920’s to 1940’s. Influenced by the Delta, Piedmont, Texas, Jump and Chicago sound, Slim uses slide guitar, fingerpicking and standard and open tunings. He's played his dynamic versions of blues classics and original songs with echoes of flamenco, rebetiko and jazz manouche on 5 albums and has toured in 8 countries worldwide.
Expertly playing and swapping between the harmonica and kazoo, Slim’s unique singing voice complements these instruments, creating a fresh and distinctive yet true vintage sound. He has collaborated with artists as diverse backgrounds and Mingo Balaguer, Raimundo Amador, Bob Margolin, Antonio Serrano, Bobby Radcliff, Tony Coleman, John Toro Richardson, Michael Herman and more.
One day Luca and Frank went for a walk along a wintery beach in Sardinia when out of the blue they discovered a shared love of Dub. From that point the idea of the "Quasi Dub" was born. The idea to add some tiny twists and turns to the wonderful world of dub, jazz and reggae. So Luca snatched his trumpet and with the help of his super-natural pedals he boldly created a monster half tuba, half bassline and Frank was digging out his dreaded little noise-makers to disarrange the listeners brain with the help of wire-brushes, trouser-clips and rusty rulers. Back home they found Jason Candler as their congenial counterpart and soon recruited a lot more more crazy sisters and brothers in mind (*) from all over the world to create an unstoppable force called: "The Quasi Dub Development"!
The QDD's first album "Limousine To The Guillotine" was born on Rump Recordings (2011).
Their sound has convinced no less than pioneers of the genre Lee "Scratch" Perry and Lady Ann, to collaborate with the QDD on their 2nd album "Little Twister vs Stiff Neck"(Pingipung Records, 2014)
The QDD is a cocktail of braveness: invoking the spirits of dub while living across its borders in a whole other world: off the tracks but always close to the heart, very personal… very direct.
The live idea of the QDD is to perform modular, meaning there can be various line-ups serving the QUASI DUB: a trio, a quartet, a multi-tet ... you never know, multiple versions working on the same musical material and the same ideological imprint: working on that everlasting experiment called dub!
The QDD is fighting in the spirit of "Little Twister", fighting for tolerance, flexibility and creativity.
The New Moon Blues Band is built around the sounds of traditional acoustic blues, and spiritual tunes. Formed in the spring of 2016, new Moon Blues has developed a full rich sound that stays true to the early acoustic blues sound with the jump of a full blues ensemble. Performing the music of artists such as the Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Sam Chapmon, Mississippi John Hurt and the like. In effort to recreate the emotion and feeling of the time and place this music was most popular. America in the early 1900's.
Karl A. Schwarz is an acoustic blues and gospel guitarist and singer based in Nyc. His styles range from Mississippi Delta Blues, to Piedmont Blues, traditional spiritual and gospel music. Karl has been performing in New York City and through out the untied States as a soloist, as well as with Musa Foday Suso, Jerry Dugger's Acoustic Blues Caravan, Moonshine Blues Band and with his latest project, the New Moon Acoustic Blues Band. With a humble understanding of American history and folklore, Karl performs classic acoustic blues in effort to uplift people through the stories and sounds of early black American acoustic Blues.