“The feast, the travel, the hymn, the elegy, the masks, the irony, the strange times, here and elsewhere, the tarantellas without tarantella… an awakening for the popular music of this sleepy town.”
L'ARTISTA / THE ARTISTS
His irony unravels in the fine combination of music and food, dance and love. All this is the music and the artistic meaning of the work of Mimmo Epifani, who speaks in dialect, but is understandable in all the languages of the world.
BIOGRAFIA / BIOGRAPHY
MIMMO EPIFANI – The barbershop and the dances of San Vito
A very original repertoire related to plectrum instruments (mandolin, mandola, mandoloncello) and the etnic instruments used in the barbershops.
The location is Alto Salento, and in particular S. Vito dei Normanni, where tradition has always been fundamental in traditional rituals. The mandola of Mimmo Epifani recreates and regenerates those atmospheres and traditions, evolving them into a “new” music with ancient roots. Mimmo Epifani is internationally considered by critics as one of the best musicians and connoisseurs of ethnic music for his technical innovations of improvisation applied to his instrument, the mandolin, as well as for the “barber technique" for the mandola: so called because the technique was taught in a barbershop in San Vito dei Normanni (Brindisi) by maestro Costantino Vita, barber and musician, and by maestro Peppu D'Augusta, a conductor of small orchestras that played the pizzica (a therapeutic dance of Salento, also called San Vito Dance). Right in Maestro Costantino's barbershop, Mimmo Epifani, at a very young age, learned the art of making music, by discovering the passion for popular traditions that were passed down orally. The characteristic instruments of this popular local culture such as the mandola, the chitarra battente and the tammorra all contribute to an acoustic sound that is modern and syncopated at the same time. The sound is closer to certain elements of rock music than to worn-out stereotypes of the folk revival.
He graduated from the "C. Pollini" Conservatory of Padua under the guidance of Maestro Ugo Orlandi. Subsequently, he perfected his technique of the instrument, contaminating it with the most diverse musical experiences: the jazz, reggae and ska rhythms.
In his long musical career he collaborates with great artists such as Roberto de Simone, Massimo Ranieri, Eugenio Bennato with whom he founded the Taranta Power movement, and then with Antonio Infantino, Caterina Bueno, Matteo Salvatore, Ambrogino Sparagna, Avion Travel, Peppe Servillo, Danilo Rea, Rita Marcotulli, Fabrizio Bosso, Roberto Gatto, Furio Di Castri, Xavier Girotto and Fausto Mesolella with whom he curated the arrangements of some of his various recordings: Zucchini Flowers and Mandolinate a Napol produced by Rai Trade.
He takes part in a project dedicated to Domenico Modugno: Uomini in Frac, creating an album at the House of Jazz in Rome. He actively collaborates with the Portuguese musician Josè Barros with whom he created the Portuguese-Italian album "Mar da Lua".
His instinctive and profound musicality drives him to continually seek new territories and modern sounds, that make him an international artist with a strong tendency towards independence and the exploration of new cultures. His musical path is also intertwined with that of Tonino Carotone, and various international artists. In recent years we see him as one of the main protagonists at Notte della Taranta, where the compositions become a cult of Salento music, and at the prestigious festival "Sete sois sete luas" through which he performs concerts all accross the Mediterranean and on the islands of Lusophone tradition, such as the Azores and the Cape Verde islands.
Among his latest recordings we shoudl mention mention "Naple è" (with guitarist and arranger Sasà Flauto) and "Putiferio" produced by Puglia Sound – Finisterre, with the of Francesco Santalucia for the arrangements and with the precious collaboration of guitarist M ° Michele Ascolese. In addition to his recording works, he often performs as a soloist in numerous projects, including: "Taranta Power" by Eugenio Bennato, "Mister Romanò" and "Rom Cafè" by Acquaragia Drom, "Le voci di Pietra" by Pietra MonteCorvino, "Taran Trance "by Antonio Infantino," Meu bem meu mal” by Navegante (Portugal).
He composes soundtracks for various film projects, including the most important "The Scirocco Room" by Maurizio Sciarra with Eugenio Bennato and the music of the Telecom TV spot, interpreted by Massimo lopez.
He participates as an actor in the film "Southern Angels" by Bruno Colella and in the film "I sono Tempesta" directed by Daniele Luchetti.