POETRY NOTES (new album)

The concept album POETRY NOTES (to be released in May 2016) is a project that combines poetry and music.

Here you can watch a video promo of it!

Nine American poets/novelists/singer-songwriterswrote nine poems that Valerio Piccolo put to music turning them into songs.

A musical journey that narrates and presents – through song – North American poetry written by the most influential voices of our times. Not just “affirmed” poets, but also novelists and musicians with “an itch” for writing verse

Here's a list of some of the writers who are on board:

Suzanne Vega

American songwriter, singer and poet known for her eclectic folk-inspired music and her beautiful writing, author of hit songs like "Luka" and "Tom's Diner".

 

 

 

Jonathan Lethem

American novelist, essayist, short story writer, winner of several awards and author of best-sellers like "Motherless Brooklyn" and the new "Chronic City". 

 

Rick Moody

American novelist, short story writer, composer and singer, best known for the 1994 novel "The Ice Storm", made into a feature film by Ang Lee. 

 

Ben Greenman

Editor at the New Yorker, songwriter and author of several acclaimed books of fiction like "Superbad" and "Superworse".

 

 

 

 

Meghan O' Rourke

Poet, critic and contributing writer for the online magazine Slate. Poetry co-editor for the prestigious The Paris Review and occasional contributor to The New York Times.

 

 

THE MUSICIANS

The album was produced by Massimo Roccaforte (guitar player and producer for Carmen Consoli, one of the most famous Italian singer-songwriters) in which he also plays with Valerio Piccolo, the Costa brothers (violin and cello with the Italian cult band Quintorigo), and other highly regarded Italian and American musicians including Mike Visceglia, bass player and musical director for Suzanne Vega for 25 years and producer of Valerio Piccolo’s first album, Manhattan Sessions.

 

THE THEATRICAL PRODUCTION

All of the songs on the album are part of a theatrical production written by Italian author Francesca Zanni, currently in preproduction in collaboration with the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York directed by David Van Asselt.