Born in 1990, Il Parto delle Nuvole Pesanti has released 10 records up to date, blending folk-rock with far-reaching poetic lyrics and social consciousness, and world mediterranean music with songwriter’s songs, and also making local dialects – such as Calabrian – interact with Italian language as well as foreign languages, including German in tracks such as “Onda Calabra in Deutschland” and “Giorgio” that tackle the subject of Italian emigration in Germany. The band has collaborated with several great Italian artists including Roy Paci (trumpeter for Manu Chao), Teresa De Sio, Eugenio Bennato, and also international artists such as Magyar Zita (violinist for Zucchero), American folksinger Amy Demio, and Persian classical vocalist Sepideh Raissadat.
A great live band, il Parto takes his artistic project around the world, performing on big stages such as the Rome 1st First May concert (the greatest European live event, attended by 1 million people), the Berlin Carneval of Cultures, the Festival of Sete Sois in Prague and Lisbon, as well as places further away like New York, Baghdad and Fortaleza; always showing high energy and joy and attracting large audiences.
The Calabrian band also works in the movies. Amongst their work, it is worth mentioning the movie “Doichlanda” (Turin Cinema Festival Award), the story of Italian emigrants in Germany; “I colori dell’abbandono” (International Environmental and Landscape Cinema Festival Award), the story of a band that leaves Berlin to go to an abandoned South Italian village and bring it back to life; and “Qualunquemente” (participation at Berlin International Film Festival), which explores the political and cultural drift in todays’ Italy.
Il Parto also worked in theatre. Their works include “Roccu u stortu”, the story of an Italian farmer who leaves for the battlefield in World War I; and “Slum”, which exposes poverty in the African megalopolis’ slums and tackles the issues of immigration and the ‘journeys of hope’ towards the West. Finally, it is worth mentioning “La valigia d’identità”, an Italian-German musical and cultural project, which avails itself on institutional partners (Italian Cultural institute, Institut-Goethe, Italian Consulate, The City of Naples, The Region and University of Calabria) and on scholars and writers such as Carmine Abate e Vito Teti. Staged in Berlin, Stuttgart, Cologne.