Francesco Di Giacomo
Francesco Di Giacomo (La Caletta/Siniscola, 22 August 1947 – Zagarolo, 21 February 2014) was a multifaceted and creative artist who left a deep mark on the Italian musical world. Most people will remember him as the irreplaceable voice of the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, one of the most beautiful expressions that Italian progressive rock has ever produced. With this formation, in forty years of activity, the voice of Di Giacomo has contributed, in a decisive way, to write one of the most beautiful pages of Italian music. He was an actor of civil theatre but also of cinema, in four films by Federico Fellini – Satyricon (1969), I Clowns (1970), Rome, (1972), Amarcord (1973) – and his curiosity, innate, has always made him open to new creative experiences. This has led him over time to collaborate with friends and colleagues throughout the national scene, in the most diverse musical fields: from folk to songwriting, rap, contemporary classical music. From Indaco, by another unforgettable like the guitarist Rodolfo Maltese (also tied to the Banco), to the Têtes de bois of his brotherly friend Andrea Satta, with whom he has inanellato artistic projects and follies for many years, passing through the composer Luigi Cinque, Ambrogio Sparagna, Piotta, until he got to record an entire album Hey Joe (1990) with one of the most important soul singers in history, Sam Moore (former member of the duo Sam & Dave). Francesco Di Giacomo was therefore an indomitable and volcanic artist. And so since 2004, well before the departure from the Bank, which occurred in 2013, he had started with Paolo Sentinelli a personal artistic path condensed into dozens of texts, notes, poems, sketches that slowly began to take shape and become La parte mancante, the wonderful artistic testament of a great protagonist of the best Italian music.