BIOGRAPHY

Silvio Capeccia was born in Milan on the 30th of June 1957.

The passion for music and keyboards started very early: in 1972, at fifteen years old, he founded with his friend Enrico Ruggeri the college band Champagne Molotov which introduced Italy to the original songs of Roxy Music, Sparks, Bowie and Velvet Underground.  The band soon changed its name to Decibel and was successful in 1980 at the Sanremo Festival with the hit “Contessa”.  In the following years Decibel toured Italy with live concerts, magazine interviews and television broadcastings. The album “Vivo da re”  was released and included five songs written by Silvio Capeccia.

After Ruggeri’s departure for his solo career, Decibel recorded two albums: the electronic “Novecento” produced by Alessandro Colombini and Mauro Paoluzzi, and the new age “Desaparecida”  produced by Shel Shapiro and Marco Zanoni, issued by the American label mp3.com, the first platform of indie music (see www.decibelmusic.com).

Once he got a degree at Milan Bocconi University, Silvio finished his piano and composition studies and the amazing journey in the  Ambient music  world began.

This new style spread out in the early Seventies thanks to the works of the English musician Brian Eno and the American minimalist piano player Harold Budd; their music features ethereal sounds, slow moving melodies  and atmospheres of harmonic quietness.

Capeccia’s ambient productions are available on the main musical platforms and have been used as musical background in various artistic settings such as art galleries, multimedia events, theatre performances.  Here is a web review of Silvio’s  “Art Gallery Collection”: “…His piano pieces tickle senses and pull on heartstrings, his peaceful music places your mind in a tranquil state…”.

Silvio Capeccia composed  as well the eight tracks of  “Psychoacoustic brain power”. In this project, by the musical therapist Fulvio Muzio, the listener is progressively drawn into a deep state of relaxation: a workshop and a live performance of this work were held in 2014 and 2015 at the Milan Psychology University and at the Oxygen Venue of Milan (see  www.musicotherapy.it).

The musical path of Silvio Capeccia is going on in the two parallel worlds of ambient and rock music. He played keyboards during some concerts of Enrico Ruggeri at Milan Teatro Blu, Scighera Venue and the 2010 Sanremo Festival. Finally 2017 was the year of the Decibel reunion with Muzio and Ruggeri: the band released the new album “Noblesse oblige” (by Sony Music label) followed by a concert hall tour. In 2018 Decibel came back to the Sanremo Festival with the song “Lettera dal Duca” featuring Midge Ure, the front-man of the English band Ultravox. In the same year the second reunion album “L’ Anticristo” was published.  In December 2019 the work “Punksnotdead-Decibel live” was launched, including audio and video recordings of two live concerts at Fabrique Disco and Teatro Nazionale of Milan.

DISCOGRAPHY     

DISCOGRAPHY

KEYBOARDS     

KEYBOARDS

KEYBOARDS

       ROCK SETUP

KEYBOARDS

ROCK SETUP

The vintage sounds of keyboard players such as Ray Manzarek (Doors),  Dave Greenfield (Stranglers), Bob Casale (Devo), Billy Currie (Ultravox) and Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello).
Silvio Capeccia plays an electronic piano Wurlitzer 200 A, the Mellotron, the Moog One (recently replacing two Minimoog), the Hammond organ and a 1962 Vox Continental transistor organ.

The vintage sounds of keyboard players such as Ray Manzarek (Doors),  Dave Greenfield (Stranglers), Bob Casale (Devo), Billy Currie (Ultravox) and Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello).
Silvio Capeccia plays an electronic piano Wurlitzer 200 A, the Mellotron, the Moog One (recently replacing two Minimoog), the Hammond organ and a 1962 Vox Continental transistor organ.

KEYBOARDS

    AMBIENT SETUP

KEYBOARDS

AMBIENT SETUP

The Ambient world requires just a minimalist approach to create atmospheres  and  arouse emotions.
Silvio Capeccia plays a digital piano Kawai MP7 with a Reverb Machine, a  first generation synthesizer Yamaha Motif  and a sound module Roland Integra 7.

The Ambient world requires just a minimalist approach to create atmospheres  and  arouse emotions.
Silvio Capeccia plays a digital piano Kawai MP7 with a Reverb Machine, a  first generation synthesizer Yamaha Motif  and a sound module Roland Integra 7.

GALLERY     

GALLERY

DECIBEL LIVE

DECIBEL REUNION

AMBIENT MUSIC

THE BEGINNINGS

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