Marco Cappelli
  • Marco Cappelli

Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli is probably known best—to the extent that he’s known at all in his adopted home of the U.S.—as a contemporary classical guitarist, playing the music of composers such as Annie Gosfield, Hans Werner Henze, and Goffredo Petrassi. But he’s also invested in improvised music and genre-allergic experimentation, and last year he released a jazz-leaning improvised album with bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Satoshi Takeishi called Les Nuages en France (Mode)—despite the title, there’s little overt Django Reinhardt influence. This weekend he makes a rare Chicago appearance with a different and much more unlikely project he calls the Italian Surf Academy.