AVIGLIANA – The stories told by Nicholas Ciuferri are never fairy tales with a happy ending: they are introspective tales, dark bedtime stories about famous musicians and, with the latest work, the main characters in already famous stories, but adapted to today’s dark modernity. The common denominator of his narratives is music, in a dialogue between words and sounds that immerses the events in an emotional three-dimensionality that is from time to time supported by the artists involved on stage. This is also the case for these Bad kids, which debuts in Avigliana on Thursday, July 21 in the Borgate dal Vivo program, a journey through the rereading and rewriting in a dystopian key of some well-known children’s adventures along with other unpublished ones. Ciuferri works to bring aspects of the present forward in a direct and sometimes raw way through the tools of imagination, black humor and vivid and plausible images. Thus, “Alice in the Land of Toys” tells the story of a village girl caught between friendships dedicated to drug trafficking and cultural models dedicated to the community of the image rather than the imagination; Phinocchio is a boy who struggles between accepting his body and the will to change it in a homotransphobic environment, while the devil Nino questions the nature of things in an unlikely and metaphysical conversation with Lucifer in Lake Cocytus.

The stories in this performance have a double life; the first is material, the stories are set to music and recorded on vinyl, to which is attached a booklet with the stories illustrated in the style of old children’s records. The second life is the living, the stories told and set to music are brought on stage and accompanied by visual installations, animations and live drawings.

The issues addressed increase their impact on the public thanks to the combination of the various artistic disciplines, plays, music, illustrations and animation, in a project aimed at adults and young people to make visible and make people reflect on contemporary contradictions.

Bad kids was filmed and staged by:

Andrea Angeloni: brass.
Paolo Bergese: keyboards, bass.
Daniele Celona: keyboards, guitar, vocals.
Nicholas Ciuferri: voice.
Paolo Di Gioia: drums, percussion, synth.
Michele Petrucci: living drawing.
Federico Poggipollini: guitar, voice.


Paolo Bergese, born in Cuneo in 1978, has worked as a network systems engineer for over twenty years and has also been involved in music and small video productions. He plays bass, synthesizers and collects instruments.

He has been playing with Endura since 1996; in 2003, he won the Ciampi Award and made the record Les mots, la nuit la dance, in which Paolo Benvegnù also participates. From 2005 to 2020 with the band Airportman, he collaborated with Stefano Giaccone, Lalli, Tommaso Cerasuolo (Perturbazione).

He then plays with the band Disamistade, creating a show dedicated to Fabrizio De Andrè played by Marlen Pizzo.

In 2013, he produced, recorded and mixed the album The Brain Olotester Wash your Blues awaypublished later on I disks del Minollo.

Since 2013, he has collaborated with Madyon, first as a sound engineer and video operator and then as a bassist. In 2013, he recorded, artistically and performing, he produced the disc Eight (part 1) by Nicholas J. Roncea.

In 2016, he created the YouTube channel LOHMA, a virtual scene where Zibba, Daniele Celona, ​​Federico Poggipollini, Pino Scotto, Omar Pedrini, The Uppertones, Daniele Ronda, Eugenio in via di Gioia, Esterina, Perturbazione and many others appeared.

In 2018, he created a new YouTube channel with FightPub dedicated to live music.

In 2020, during the lockdown, he is making a documentary with the title ONLY MEand together with Claudio Salis he is responsible for the production of the play by Nicholas J. Roncea.

In 2020, he mixes and produces the record artistically III by Corpo, who has returned to the scene since 1974; the disc, distributed worldwide by Lizard Record, wins the Darwin 2020/2021 Award for Prog Music.

In 2022, he will participate in the collection The angel who tore his wingsdedicated to Jeff Buckley.


Nicholas Ciuferri is an Italian writer, teacher, performer and publisher.

Growing up between Rome and Castelli Romani, he moved to Galway in Ireland thanks to the award of a PhD. from the National University of Ireland.

In 2017, he returned to Italy to work in the world of culture and education and moved to a rural location on the Marche Apennines, where he met Paolo Benvegnù, with whom he founded the project the following year. Tales of the Mistswhere the stories told by Ciuferri mix with songs and music from the singer-songwriter, in a game with references.

The show is a great success with the audience and starts a tour with performances also in the US and Canada, and in 2019 it will be an album released by Woodworm label.

In late 2019, he founded the collective Maledetti Cantautori and began a tour with The Niro, Cristiano Godano, Nathalie, Riccardo Tesio, Pit Coccato, Umberto Maria Giardini, Andrea Angeloni, Daniele Celona. In 2020, the book of the same name was published by BeccoGiallo with illustrations by Ernesto Anderle.

In May 2019, together with Paolo Benvegnù and Matteo Madafferi, he founded the publishing and record company Alter Erebus, which publishes Gianluca Morozzi, Fabio Zuffanti, Simone Zaccagni, Daniele Parisi, Massimo Pasquini, among others.

In 2021, he staged the show “I Tempi di Battiato”, dedicated to the figure of the famous Sicilian artist. The book’s counterpart is published by Alter Erebus.

In 2021, he wrote the subject and script of the first graphic novel dedicated to Luciano Ligabue, Ligabue. Rock’n’roll dreamsreleased at the end of the year for the BeccoGiallo publishing house with a foreword by Federico Poggipollini, with whom he also proposes a show version of Correggio’s singer-songwriter.

He currently lives and works in Fano.


Paolo Di Gioia was born in Turin in 1991, and thanks to his father, he immediately became passionate about music. He grows up listening to blues and rock, and when he turns 12, he starts playing drums. For ten years he has been part of the Eugenio band in via di Gioia, which was awarded the Critics Award at the Sanremo Festival in 2020, and collected several sold-out awards around Italy. In 2022, he participated as an international jury member in the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. He also deals with the band’s social media strategy and music production.


Michele Petrucci lives and works in Fano.

He has published ten comics as a sole author, including the biography Messner. The mountain, the void, the phoenix (also translated in Germany) and the novel The insatiableplayed out during the French Revolution (both for Coconino Press).

He won the Nuove Strade Award in 2002 and the Micheluzzi Award at the Napoli Comicon in 2009 for comics Metauro.

He drew Gospel of Coyotes (Mondadori) and the trilogy Factory (Fernadel) in collaboration with author Gianluca Morozzi.

Since 2013, he has written short comics for “La Lettura”, the Sunday supplement for Il Corriere della sera and for the international weekly magazine.

His latest book is Vitruvius’ dream (2021, saldaPress) dedicated to the great Roman architect.

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