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Davide Viterbo

Davide Viterbo is a musician who has crossed genres and developed various skills across-the-board. An eminent musical figure, he's always left a deep mark on the projects with which he been involved.
The innovative sound of his cello playing is the result of his great sensitivity and tireless research as a composer, cellist, guitarist, and sound engineer. He has worked with Antonio Breschi, Gaben Dabiré, Radiodervish, Nancy Elizabeth, Nura, and René Aubry, among others. René Aubry was also a member of the band that performed Davide's world premiere of Distant City - Viterbo's live act for Time Zones international music festival.
During the 80s, Davide was a member of the Skizo, a band whose short life represented a milestone in the Italian underground music scene: " the most innovative act tonight, a band with a sound that's plain and complicated at once, where burning moments follow static ones, really clever". (Red Ronnie, Il Resto del Carlino 7/6/82 Festival Rock Bologna). - He received a diploma in cello studies from the music academy "N. Piccinni" under Vito Paternoster's tutoring. He was a cellist for the Orchestra "Provincia di Bari". Soon after he won an audition for the Petruzzelli orchestra. He has also collaborated with a number of projects as a solo cellist, such as Moni Ovadia's "Golem", Walter Pagliaro's "Lo strumento scordato", to name but a few.
During the course of his career he has played in many important Italian theatres. He taught at the music academy "N.Piccinni" in Bari until 1999. He was a co-protagonist, along with the artist Biagio Caldarelli and the poet Dora Lapolla, of the art video "Biagio, Davide e Dora", directed by Nico Bizzarro, as shown at the art gallery Bonomo. He studied flamenco guitar in Jerez, Andalusia. He was the leader and producer of the trio "Nura" - a fine example of cleverness and elegance in blending different musical cultures – they engaged in an intensive touring period between Italy and France. In 2001 he began collaborating with "Sottosuono", an Italian independent label, as an artistic producer.
He is a guest musician on several albums by Antonio Breschi, one of the first piano composers to cross remote musical cultures, and co-producer of "Zearbidetan", a cd in which music meets poetry, by Josè Angel Irigarai (one of the greatest Basque poets) featuring Ronnie Drew, Benito Lertxundi, Gaben Dabiré. He is the author of the musical production "Italian avant-guarde in the 60s", as a part of the film festival "Sentieri nel Cinema" XV ed. (Bari, Teatro Kursaal). He's also the author of the sound installation "L'ospite d'altri tempi", included in the art exhibition "De Nittis e Tissot" (Barletta, Palazzo della Marra, 15th July, 2006).
Davide composed "Distant City", his most important project, produced by Time Zones festival with the renowned French composer René Aubry as a guest star. The show was highly acclaimed by critics and the public alike. ( Bari, Palamartino 2006 – Polignano, Primitivo 2007 – Bari, Teatro N. Piccinni 2007). Currently, he is performing in concerts with compositions for solo cello in major festivals and contemporary art exhibitions such as "Intramoenia Extrart" and "Terzo Paradiso" of Michelangelo Pistoletto.

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