James Meadow is an anthropologist singer songwriter and fingerstyle folk guitarist. His songs move between anthropology and music, ranging from indie folk, to folk rock ballads and acoustic indie pop. “A scarecrow sight” is the debut album.
“A Scarecrow Sight is complete with neo-folk, rock, and is laden with cinematic tones and a beautiful soundscape”
RAG - Recording Artist Guild
“The music is the star of this album. It is pensive, absorbing, searching, and always changing”
James Meadow, alias Davide Falcone, è cantautore e antropologo. Il suo nome d’arte, celando un riferimento alla nota antropologa Margaret Mead, riflette la sua ricerca di una sintesi tra la forma canzone e la scrittura etnografica. Le sue radici musicali affondano nella scena folk nordamericana, e trova nella tecnica finger-style, nelle accordature aperte e nella lingua inglese i suoi strumenti espressivi per eccellenza. Attualmente è in tour con A Scarecrow Sight, il suo primo album in studio uscito il 20 Settembre 2020 per l’etichetta IRD Music e prodotto da Luca Perciballi. La rivista britannica AmericanaUK ha descritto il suo lavoro come “un album di canzoni che spiccano per la voce unica e le ottime abilità chitarristiche”.
Si è esibito in Italia e in Canada e ha aperto i concerti di Christian Kjellvander e Bocephus King. Inoltre, nel corso del 2020, ha preso parte al Townes Van Zandt International Festival e al primo livestreaming internazionale della River Spirit Music di New York. Nel 2021 è stato selezionato tra i finalisti del SanremoRock Festival e il 9 Luglio sarà al Chiari Blues Festival con Thom Chacon, Tony Garnier, Fabrizio Poggi e Matthew Lee. Dal 2020, inoltre, conduce “Where the lions are”, un programma sul cantautorato nordamericano sulle frequenze di ADMR-RockWebRadio che lo ha portato ad intervistare il leggendario Colin Linden.
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A SCARECROW SIGHT
il nuovo album
Richiamando i suoni tipici della scena acustica americana folk-rock degli anni ’70 e ’80, A scarecrow sight cerca di tradurre questa eredità in una forma canzone più contemporanea. L’album nasce come una raccolta di canzoni scritte da James Meadow tra il 2017 e il 2018. Il suono della sua chitarra acustica che lega insieme gli undici pezzi è fortemente ispirato dalla tecnica finger-style di Bruce Cockburn. I testi, l’altro principale elemento dell’album, aprono una finestra sulla vita dell’autore coniugando poesia e antropologia.
Ma A scarecrow sight è anche il risultato dell’incontro stimolante con la visione artistica di Luca Perciballi. La sua profonda ricerca di nuove sonorità tesse il ricco tappeto di suoni che fa da sfondo a quasi tutte le canzoni. L’alternanza tra spazi pieni e vuoti bilancia la struttura dell’album mentre l’abile improvvisazione di Perciballi conduce l’ascolto verso direzioni inaspettate.
Recalling the typical sounds of the American folk-rock acoustic scene of the 70s and 80s, A scarecrow sight tries to translate this legacy into a more contemporary song form.
The album was born as a collection of songs written by James Meadow between 2017 and 2018. His acoustic guitar that ties the eleven pieces together is strongly inspired by Bruce Cockburn’s finger-style technique. The lyrics, the other main element of the album, open a window on the author’s life combining poetry and anthropology.
But A scarecrow sight is also the result of a stimulating encounter with Luca Perciballi’s artistic vision. His deep search for new sounds weaves the rich carpet of sounds that forms the background to almost all the songs. The alternation between full and empty spaces balances the structure of the album while Perciballi’s skillful improvisation leads the listening to unexpected directions.
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James Meadow is an anthropologist and singer-songwriter, whose musical roots are rooted in the North American folk scene as he finds his expressive instruments par excellence in finger-style technique, open tunings and the English language. His stage name, concealing a reference to the anthropologist Margaret Mead, reflects his search for a synthesis between song form and ethnographic writing.
In March 2019 he recorded A scarecrow sight, his first studio album released on September 20 for the IRD Music label and produced by Luca Perciballi. He has performed in Italy and Canada and has opened concerts for artists such as Christian Kjellvander and Bocephus King. In addition, during 2020 he took part in Townes Van Zandt International and performed in the first European livestreaming of the Musae platform from New York.
James Meadow is an anthropologist singer-songwriter. His stage name, concealing a reference to the well-known anthropologist Margaret Mead, reflects his search for a synthesis between song form and ethnographic writing.
His musical roots lie in the American folk-rock acoustic scene. Inspired by artists such as Bruce Cockburn and Michael Hedges, he finds his best expressive instruments in finger-style technique, open tunings and English language. In 2016 he began a journey as a troubadour in the Italian, European and Canadian squares, and eventually he performed at the Ye Olde Orchard Pub in Montreal (QC), the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 276 in Slocan (BC) and The Dam Restaurant in South Slocan (BC). In the years that followed he toured Italy playing solo and opening acts for acclaimed artists, such as Christian Kjellvander and Bocephus King. Moreover in March 2020 he is part of the Townes Van Zandt International Festival and Friends of Townes Festival. On October 11th 2020, invited by River Spirit Music (NYC), he presented the album with an international live stream, the first European concert of the Musae platform.
The meeting with Luca Perciballi in 2016 marks his artistic maturity. With him began a collaboration that led to the recording, in March 2019, of his first studio album. A scarecrow sight is a selection of eleven tracks written between 2017 and 2018 and arranged by Perciballi. The album tries to translate the solid legacy of the American scene of the 70s and 80s into a more contemporary song form.
As an author and composer he tries to convey in his lyrics a gaze upon reality using ethnographic writing techniques. First trained at the Alma Mater in Bologna, in 2019 he graduated at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Anthropology and Contemporary World History. Since 2017 his research fields concern ski mountaineering and the field of reception of asylum seekers, in which he is respectively interested in techniques and landscapes and time and emergencies.
In 2018, with his personal name, Davide Falcone, he participates in a debate on the Italian magazine Anthropologia Pubblica with an article written with Giulia Consoli; in 2019 he collaborates with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in the course of Cultural Anthropology. His stage name evokes that of Margaret Mead, one of the first anthropologists to have stressed the importance of a look capable of grasping the complexity behind the ordinary and implicit gestures of our daily behaviour. Her thought had also a strong influence on the work of Gregory Bateson, helping him to complete Naven, the famous essay that uses the diversity of points of view as heuristic tool.
A scarecrow sight, the title of his debut album, wants to be the synthesis of these aspects: a defiladed perspective to read glances, encounters and experiences taken away from the flow of the last few years. All this within a record that, as an object, tries to remain solidly clinging to a recording tradition now at sunset.