First Italy and then the world. The molto grande familia began in Romagna and at the heart of it are Sacri Cuori. They’re predominantly an instrumental band led by founder, composer, producer and guitarist Antonio Gramentieri. Their Panavisione Cinematico Italiano epic sound vision has been backing Hugo Race regularly live and on discs like «Fatalists» (2010) and «We Never Had Control» (2012). The boys could also be heard and making live appearances with Richard Buckner, Mark Eitzel, Isobell Campell, Dan Stuart, Robyn Hitchcock and with violoncelliste Jenny Adajejan, Claudia della Gatta, Massimo Sparagli and the multi-instrumentalists Christian Ravaglioni and Denis Valentini and sax man Francesco Valtieri and still in Italy with Il Pan de Diavolo and their «Lead, Dust and Coal».
Sacri Cuori’s own first cd «Douglas & Dawn»(2010) was recorded in Tucson, Arizona and mixed in Bristol and showcased John Convertino of Calexico, Howe Gelb of Giant Sand, Marc Ribot and James Chance. Not to be outdone on their second album «Rosario», recorded in Richmond, Virginia from which you can enjoy Isobell Campbell, Jim Keltner, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, John Convertino, Esperanza Spalding, Stephen McCarthy, Sheela Bingi, Clinton Patterson and others. The band also scored the music for the film ZORAN Il MIO NIPOTE SCEMO (Zoran my idiot nephew) by Matthew Oleotto. And on to their most recent work «Delone» (2015) which featured appearances by Carla Lippis, Emmanuelle Sigal, Howe Gelb, Evan Lurie, Marc Ribot, Steve Shelly of Sonic Youth, Sonido Gallo Negro a.o. on this still growing family tree.
It’s easy to hear that Sacri Cuori’s style is inspired by folk, rock, blues and psychedelia. But they’re also the heirs to the great Italian film composers. We’re sure you’ve heard of Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone. Cross your heart but have you also heard of Riz Ortolani and Piero Piccioni and Piero Umiliani and Armando Trovajoli and…?