Joe Barbieri

Joe Barbieri is a fascinating anomaly. An outsider who outside the industry's track has been able to build a personal path and which has succeeded in the rare result of conveying the genuine appreciation of colleagues, critics and the audience.
He  released 5 albums of original songs so far ("In Parole Povere" 2004, "Maison Maravilha" 2009, "Respiro" 2012, "Cosmonauta Da Appartamento" 2015 and "Origami" 2017), as well as a live cd + dvd ("Maison Maravilha Viva" 2010) recorded at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome and and two albums dedicated to his heroes in vocal jazz: Chet Baker ("Chet Lives!"2013), and Billie Holiday ("Dear Billie” 2019).
His music (sold in tens of thousands of copies) is released in many countries of the world, and his personal stylistic code - which links the pop to jazz to world music - has led him over the years to collaborate with colleagues in each of these musical genres (from Omara Portuondo to Stefano Bollani, from Stacey Kent to Luz Casal, from Jorge Drexlerto Hamilton De Holanda) and to play on some of the most prestigious stages on the planet.
Joe Barbieri is one the most appreciated Italian authors, and he has often preferred women's voices as interpreters of his songs over the years.

Projects 2022

“THE GUITAR AND THE VOICE” (Joe Barbieri solo show)

The feeling is very nearly unanimous that Joe Barbieri’s music is so intrinsically his own: his songs’ vibrant pulse and personality are beyond doubt the acknowledged hallmark of this artist, who at each performance on stage virtually rewrites his own music every time, liberally interacting with his loyal and devoted audience.
In “The Guitar And The Voice”, Barbieri reverses his repertoire, almost taking it back to the initial spark with which he shaped it, pen and paper in hand – because yes, Joe Barbieri is one of those artists who still writes with pen and paper. The result is bewitching and beguiling, and those with a sensitive soul will find it hard to break free from its spell.

JOE BARBIERI QUARTET "Tratto da una storia vera"
Joe Barbieri, vocals, guitar | Antonio Fresa, piano | Daniele Sorrentino. double bass | Bruno Marcozzi, percussions

Any attempt to find a term to define Joe Barbieri’s art form would fall short in describing all of its inherent nuances, whether musical, prosaical, literary, linguistic or auditory.
And not only because Barbieri’s music harks back to the greatest italian and french songwriters, as well to jazz and the bossa nova, but because everyone of his songs encapsulates a perfectly-formed universe in which attention to every detail has been given for the purpose of achieving spontaneous beauty.
While each one of his songs is, in its own right, an autonomous and perfectly formed composition, each one is also linked inexorably to the next, and the next one still, fitting in with the whole to make up an impalpable, complex tapestry of an elegant and poetic thought process, which was constructed with dedication over a period of years, like an immense Origami.
Together with pianist Antonio Fresa and double-bassist Daniele Sorrentino and the percussionist Bruno Marcozzi, Joe Barbieri takes his listeners on a light-hearted voyage, told with a delicate sensitivity aligned to our most inner sensibilities, in which each person in the audience can connect with an instance of nostalgia, a memory, a sensation or simply a moment of daily life.