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Presentation of the concept album Poetry Notes, with special guest Rick Moody.

Poetry Notes is a project that combines poetry and music. Nine American poets/novelists/singer-songwriters wrote 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, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Ben Greenman, Meghan O’Rourke.

Valerio Piccolo

Singer and guitarist born and grown in Caserta, for more than 15 years lives (and plays, and writes) in Rome, but his artistic life is tied to double wire to the city of New York, in particular to the folksinger Suzanne Vega, with whom boasts a solid and friendly collaboration. About him Suzanne Vega writes in the blog of her website: "I really like his way of writing songs. There is one that tells the story of a clown imprisoned in a dayly job  'The clown is stuck between the desk and the chair.' a great opening line."In Italy had the pleasure of working with, among others, Paola Turci,  Neri Marcoré, with guitarist Massimo Roccaforte (his current artistic producer), with Gionata and Andrea Costa dei Quintorigo.

Rick Moody

is an American novelist and short story writer best known for the 1994 novel The Ice Storm, a chronicle of the dissolution of two suburban Connecticut families over Thanksgiving weekend in 1973, which brought him widespread acclaim, became a bestseller, and was made into a feature film of the same title.

Moody was born in New York City. He grew up in several of the Connecticut suburbs, including Darien and New Canaan, where he later set stories and novels. He graduated from St. Paul's School in New Hampshire and Brown University. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in 1986. While working for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, he wrote his first novel, Garden State, about young people growing up in the industrial wasteland of northern New Jersey, where he was living at the time. In his introduction to a reprint of the novel, he called it the most "naked" thing he has written. Garden State won the Pushcart Editor's Choice Award.

Moody's memoir The Black Veil (2002) won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. He has also received the Addison Metcalf Award, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Conjunctions, Harper's, Details, The New York Times, and Grand Street.

The Diviners was released in 2005, followed in 2007 by Right Livelihoods, a collection of three novellas published in Britain and Ireland as The Omega Force. The Four Fingers of Death was released in 2010. In 2012 he won Fernanda Pivano Award in Italy.


Date: Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC NY

Entrance : Free


italian Cultural Institute of New York