IDR (Italian Doc Remix) 2022 Tour was Sponsored By:

Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago
Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto
Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis
Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan
Under the Auspices of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit.

IDR (Italian Doc Remix) was founded by Italian-born guitarist and composer Marco Cappelli and American-born percussionist Jim Pugliese. The group debuted at NYC’s Issue Project Room in 2004. After connecting with the finest of New York’s Downtown Improvisers, Marco Cappelli organized an all-star ensemble to produce the group’s critically-acclaimed 2008 debut, which featured Marc Ribot and DJ Logic.

IDR is vocalist Francesco Pellegrino, guitarist composer Marco Cappelli, bassist and clarinetist Doug Wieselman, trombonist Roberto Schiano, contrabassist Ken Filiano, and drummer Jim Pugliese.

“IDR’s music reflects the process of the immigrant’s memory’s distortion from the second generation on, say Cappelli and Pugliese. “This is what happens by living in the New York cultural melting pot with a strong traditional background; IDR’s music is at the same time far from the original source – for geographic, chronological, and cultural reasons – and full of traditional elements. IDR’s music is impossible to fit in any conventional standard.”

“Since its premiere performance, IDR has perfected its instrumentation, interpretation, and personal language, viewing the project as a complete expression rather than a series of individual pieces. This music is about connection: the connection to one’s culture as well as the merging of styles of different cultures and centuries. It’s about a commitment to a culture that Marco felt in Italy and to the music of a particular place and time in New York. Percussionist Jim Pugliese felt the urgency of this mix and encouraged Cappelli’s sorcery. Alchemy here is a magical blend that emerges as Marco mixes rare ingredients, rearranges, and transmutes traditional melodies into spontaneous, musical gold. Marco’s “canons” and “ostinatos” break down the structure of traditional sonic worlds and entwine them in fresh detail, bringing them into harmonious accord.” – Suzanne Fiol (Issue Project Room founder, NYC)