Soqquadro Italiano is a musical group founded in 2011 in Bologna by Claudio Borgianni and Vincenzo Capezzuto. Internationally regarded as one of the most original and innovative expressions of the European Classical Crossover scene, Soqquadro Italiano seize on all artistic languages, from singing and music to dance, visual art, and beyond.
Its musical repertoire ranges from ancient music, to jazz, pop and electronic music, while remaining all the same open to new creative stimuli, both from the artistic point of view and on the productive side, in a constant research of the kind of originality - impregnated with a disordered sense of order - that connotes the word "Italian" universally.
From 2011 to today, Soqquadro Italiano has held concerts in Belgium, Italy, Holland, Russia, Germany, Spain, Ecuador in concert halls of international importance, including the Gent Festival (Belgium), the Operadagen Rotterdam (countries Bassi), the Ravenna Festival (Italy), the International Festival of Sacred Music in Quito (Ecuador), the International Festival of Novi Sad (Serbia), the Sagra Musicale Umbra (Italy), the Istanbul Music Festival (Turkey), the Quincena Musical de San Sebastian (Spain), the Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi (Russia), the Concentus Moravie (Czech Republic).
Soqquadro Italiano currently stages the following programs:
Who's afraid of baroque? a journey through Italian “high brow” and popular music of the seventeenth century.
Da Monteverdi to Mina, a concert dedicated to the "canzone italiana", that knitts together the seventeenth-century vocal music tradition and the '60s “chansonnier” repertoire.
The Stabat Mater-Vivaldi project, a musical reworking of the Stabat Mater by Antonio Vivaldi with Vincenzo Capezzuto in a double role of singer and dancer and with choreography designed by the international choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti (formerly Director of the Corps of Dance at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan) and realized with the collaboration of the Teatro Comunale di Casalmaggiore.
La Stravaganza, the group’s second project dedicated to the music of Antonio Vivaldi, for the soloists of Soqquadro string consort, orchestra and video art, whose debut took place in 2016 at the International Winter Festival in Sochi directed by Yuri Bashmet.
SCHUBERT - Nobody's room, dedicated to the music of Franz Schubert and produced in collaboration with the Fondazione Pistoiese Promusica.
“Soqquadro Italiano feat. Teatraktis percussions”, musical project born from the artistic encounter between Soqquadro Italiano and the percussions ensemble Tetraktis.
“LA PASSIONE – Bach project” a musical reworking of the Johannes Passion by J. S. Bach realized in 2018 in collaboration with Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica.
From the discographic point of view Soqquadro Italiano has produced:
in 2014, Numero Zero - Qdisc (box with vinyl + CD) dedicated to the unpublished music of the seventeenth century,
in 2015, Numero Uno - Live (CD deluxe) with the LIVE recording of the concert "Da Monteverdi a Mina"
and in 2018, Numero Due - Schubert dedicated to the music of Franz Schubert.
Another unique initiative is the Soqquadro Italiano Days: a music festival created by the Soqquadro Italiano association to experiment new ways of creating and enjoying live music. This format offers unusual and multiform opportunities for meetings and sharing between audience and artists, which integrate the artistic, musical and touristic experience.
Vincenzo Capezzuto collaborates regularly with the ensemble L'Arpeggiata by Christina Pluhar with which he has recorded 5 albums for EMI / VIRGIN CLASSICS, performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, at BBCProms, Walt Disney Concert Hall and at Wigmore Hall in London, and all the way to the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. In 2010 he has performed with the Baroque European Orchestra and the Accordone ensemble at Salzburg’s festival. The American writer Donna Leon has chosen him as the solo voice of her GONDOLA project (book + CD) together with the baroque ensemble Il Pomo d'oro directed by Riccardo Minasi and with the extraordinary participation of Cecilia Bartoli, interpreting the Venetian boat arias of 1700. He collaborate to the recording of the cd Ti amo anche se non so chi sei (transl."I love you even if I do not know who you are") alongside great performers such as Lucio Dalla, Franco Battiato and Gianni Morandi. He danced as first dancer in Teatro San Carlo in Naples’ dance company, the English National Ballet, il Ballet Argentino by Julio Bocca, MMcompany by Michele Merola and Aterballetto, receiving many prizes and awards.
With an eclectic personality, Claudio Borgianni after his musical studies dedicated himself to theater, collaborating with various companies in Italy and abroad. In 2009 he signed the dramaturgy of the show Per anima sola on the figure of the famous castrato Senesino, with the Accademia Bizantina at the Festival Contemporaneamente Barocco. In 2010 he collaborates with laVerdi Orchestra for a project dedicated to Neapolitan eighteenth century’s musi. He collaborates as an author on the CD "Tutta colpa dell'amore" by Roberto and Marinella Ferri. From 2006 to 2011 he directed the company Bauci Teatro, realizing artistic productions such as “Storia di un fiore che Dio fece nascere per sbaglio” (transl. "History of a flower to whom God gave birth by mistake") on the figure of poet Dina Ferri in which prose, dance and music become the founding elements of a new project: Soqquadro Italiano, founded in 2011 together with his partner, Vincenzo Capezzuto.