Status: 26.09.2023, 15:00 p.m.
The trio "i cant autori" with lead singer Rocky Verardo (left) created southern feelings among the audience. © Oar
The winter half of the year has just started in the program of the Peißenberg Cultural Association. The warm-up of the stage was – suitable for the cool evening – with music from the south, more precisely by the Italian trio "i cant autori".
Peißenberg – With around 90 visitors, the interest was considerable, and there was a clue to the reason: The trio's first concert took place in 2020, six weeks before the first Corona lockdown. That's how it burned itself into the memory – at least for the band, who vividly remembered their performance before the forced break. Actually, the trio is at home in the Upper Palatinate, with two of the musicians coming directly from the "Bel Paese", the beautiful country.
As a virtually continuous lead singer, Rocky Verardo was the band's eye-catcher. The stylish hat and beard wearer perfectly combined playing on the electric piano with the typical semi-high pitch of most Italo singers - often indistinguishable from the original. Just as unusual as it was inspired was Andrea Paoletti's mostly hand-drummed percussion centered around congas. White-blue in the blood, but duly rosemary-spicy on the guitar strings was Richie Necker.
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After just a few tracks, all worries were dispelled – there was neither kitsch nor synthesizer. The music often seemed unusually fine in its semi-acoustic performance, sometimes even better than in some radio edits. The unwinding of the eternally same permanent hits was also avoided, on the contrary, rare titles were also interspersed, such as "Il Bandito e il Campione", a song by Francesco de Gregori about a friendship, or "Sand Creek", a title by Fabrizio de André about an Indian reservation that shines with strong percussion.
The mood was cheerful
The mix was right, and so the selection of elegiac and longing songs ("Destinazione Paradiso") changed with classics ("Andrea") and even with a pop number from 1995 ("Io per lei – sai che mi piace"), which Richie Necker let grow well beyond the original with a steaming guitar solo between funk and blues. Only the cover "Azzurro" was a bit on the side track for fine listeners, as the deep voice of Adriano Celentano simply did not have anyone in the trio ready. Of course, the mood in the hall here was already completely cheerful, and with the "Pescatore" (Fischer) by Fabrizio de André, voices, music and a short sing-along part were once again in the black zone.
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All in all, a trio that grows pleasingly beyond mere copying, as it sensitively adapts the instrumentation to its own line-up and shows a lot of joy in playing in general - swirling drumsticks and two original compositions included. In the Tiefstollenhalle, the concert will soon continue with the Bavarian singer-songwriter and storyteller Matthias Kellner (Saturday, 14 October) and with a violin recital by Cäcilia Dorner (Friday, 27 October), both at 20 pm.
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