Peppe Voltarelli was born in Cosenza, Italy in 1969. In 1991 he founded the “Parto delle Nuvole Pesanti” in Bologna, a band of university students that mixed folk with punk. In 2005 he left the band to start his career as a solo artist.
His first job as a solo artist, was the film “The True Legend of Tony Vilar”, directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi. A road trip movie that tells the story of the Italians of America, following the traces of an Italian singer famous in Argentina in the sixties, and how he disappeared from the stage. The story takes place between Buenos Aires and New York, becoming the first of Italian mockumentary (fictional documentary). In the film, Voltarelli plays as the main character, and works simultaneously as the music composer.
In 2007 he released “Distratto, ma pero’”, the first soloist record produced artistically by Finaz Bandabardò of “Banda Bardo’”. The album was in fifth place against the finalists of the Targa Tenco 2007
“Last night in Malà Strana”, is the second album of Voltarelli’s solo career, published in France for the label Chant du monde and distributed in Europe by Harmonia Mundi. The album premiered in Paris with a concert at the Teatro Alhambra on September 28, 2010. “Last night in Malà Stran” won the Targa Tenco 2010 as best album in dialect.
In 2012 he plays concerts in Buenos Aires, New York, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Brussels, Barcelona, Cologne and Luxembourg. Guest of the “Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino” at the concert held at the Joe’s Pub in New York in June 2013. Jon Pareles dedicated an article to the evening, on the pages of the New York Times of 28 June.
He participates in the Montreal International Jazz Festival 2013 with two concerts at the Savoy du Metropolis.
“Lamentarsi come ipotesi” (OtrLive – Universal 2014) remains his third album of unpublished work from the studio.