On November 9th, the Vitala Festival Music Review will be held at the San Genesio Theater in Rome for a new unmissable event: a great concert-show in memory of Lou Reed through the performance of live songs, soundtracks of texts, reading and projection of films rare.
The common thread is to reconstruct the musical and lyrical expressive power of a poet in a constant balance between the intellect of literature and the crudeness of rock, between the power of speech and the physicality of the guitar. Lou Reed put the microphone in front of the malaise and restlessness and urban decay armed with a handful of chords and a vitriolic wisdom typical of great poets. He told the stories of ordinary madness and extraordinary depravity, of ascent and fall, of outcasts and fatal, toxic women and urban waste. But the concert-show puts the accent above all on the man behind the cursed mask, on the depth of the person with respect to the character that has fascinated generations.
The authors and performers of the concert-show will be Daniele Federici (voice and guitar) and Alessandro Fea (guitar and sound). The first of the two Lou Reed knew him well: founder and manager of the Italian site of the artist www.loureed.it, author of the book “The songs of Lou Reed” by Editori Riuniti, Federici can boast with the New York artist a ten-year affectionate friendship that made him an integral part of his staff during Italian tours. Alessandro Fea is an author and theater director who has made dozens of performances at the most prestigious Roman theaters. The meeting between the two could only lead to a passionate tribute that has lasted since 2002.
“I walked with him to the end of the world,” said wife Laurie Anderson when Lou Reed passed away, October 27, 2013, at age 71. In fact, it was a Sunday morning, almost a quote from “Sunday Morning”, the opening track of that milestone rock that was the debut album with the Velvet Underground. “Songs for Lou” is assisted by screenings of rare and vintage images, a multimedia show that recalls the beginnings of Lou Reed, when Warhol projected his films on the Velvet Underground. A show, defined “of suggestions and emotions” that will tell the legendary career of one of the pillars of rock also through the words of his wife and closest friends.
Location: Teatro San Genesio, Via Podgora, 1, Rome
Date: November 9
Cost: 13-15 Euros
Teatro San Genesio, Via Podgora, 1, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, ItalyPrice