With age, he has become more allusive, borrowing freely from American hot-jazz, honkytonk, fandango and R&B. His lyrics, sadly lost on the English-speaker, are full of a weird and immediate poetry: ‘My lyrics are generated mainly by my imagination, they are stories that I imagine and dream of abstract, sketchy dreams, with a disruptive force’, he said.
This November, you can spend an evening with this truly original craftsman. He’ll play songs from throughout his five decades at the piano stool. Expect to hear the beguiling 1979 hit Un Gelato Al Limon that gained Conte widespread attention, followed up tracks like Sparring Partner, Come Di, Una, and the eternal Via Con Me.
English and American audiences have a habit of trying to dissect and label his magic, but Italians just sit back and sing along. The latter is by far the better approach. 'It’s wunnerful, it’s wunnerful, it’s wunnerful', as Conte sings.
|What||Paolo Conte, EFG Jazz Festival|
|Where||Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
On 13 Nov 17, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM