Lorenzo Urciullo was born in Siracusa in 1983 and began playing music even before learning to speak.
After being a member of Albanopower, he began writing songs in Italian using the pseudonym Colapesce, which is based on a popular legend dating back to Frederick II, and under which he released a self-titled EP (in 2010) as well as an album – “Un meraviglioso declino“(2012) – which soon became a minor classic of the new Italian music, being awarded with the Targa Tenco for the best debut work and with the P.I.M.I., still for the best debut.
In February 2015 he released his new album – “Egomostro” – which includes the singles Maledetti italiani and Reale, both accompanied by two videos that have proven very controversial.
With “Egomostro”, Lorenzo’s musical horizon has changed significantly, but without losing any of his personality: the references change from the North American-style folk music that had characterized his debut to mestizo sounds, in an attempt to make sophisticated pop and electronic music coexist, along with a proudly Mediterranean approach that is devoid of clichés.
The popular French newspaper “Le Monde” has recently featured Colapesce in its print edition, defining Lorenzo “L’avenir d’Italie, the only belated heir of Lucio Dalla and Franco Battiato”. In the past he has also be featured in the Guardian and the British music weekly NME, which included him among the five best pop projects from non-English-speaking countries.
On June 19, his first comic-book novel, made in collaboration with Alessandro Baronciani, will be released in all bookshops.
The book – “The distance ” (BAO Publishing) – will be previewed at the popular literary festival La Grande Invasione (Ivrea) on 2 June.