Luca “Lagash” Saporiti

Portrait Luca "Lagash" Saporiti
© Hartwig Klappert

Luca »Lagash« Saporiti was born in 1964 in Padua, Italy and studied politics at the University of Milan.After several years in London, which he used to gather musical and performing experience, Saporiti played bass guitar on several recordings and performances by Italian bands. From 1995 to 2008, he was a member of the prize-winning rock bank La Crus and supported Amor Fou when they recorded their first album »La Stagione Del Cannibale« (2007). The musical narrative about a former couple who separate on the day of the bomb attack on the Piazza Fontana (1969), interwoven with news texts from four decades and changing between pop and rock, was celebrated by the critics as an outstanding example of a new era of Italian songwriting. Since 2007, Saporiti has been a member of the alternative rock band Marlene Kuntz which, despite its musical experiments with noise and alienation, places great emphasis on good songwriting. Saporiti also releases his own music under his nickname from school »Lagash« which, according to him is only by chance the name of an old Sumerian city state. This work includes This work includes the Albums »Radical Stuff/Hardaswallow« (1996), »Lagash« (1998), and the compilations »Stamps, Headphone Music & Lazy Penpals« (2000), »TDR Remix« (2003) and »Bertallosophy« (2005). His work already came into contact with literature when he was co-producer of the video performances of Italian artists’ group Mabedo. Some works: »Il mondo non e’ un panorama« (2006; tr. The World is not a Panorama), which was realised in collaboration with French author Michel Houellebecq as a further development of his novel »La possibilité d’une île« (2005; En. »The Possibility of an Island«, 2005), »Glima«(2010), »Kreppababies« (2010), »Until the end« (2011), »Tralalà« (2012), »Ionesco Suite« (2013). He also worked with author Alessandro Cremonesi, who wrote many of the song texts for La Crus, and the two released the multimedia art project »Canzoni Invisibili« (tr: Invisible Songs) in cooperation with the Rome International Literature Festival. Freely inspired by ten novels by Italian writer Italo Calvino, who himself worked interdisciplinarily and saw art as an expression of the collective consciousness, Saporiti and Cremonesi wrote the lyrics for ten songs which were then interpreted by twenty artists from the international art scene. What emerged was a mixture of different music styles, different literary genres like poems and novellas, as well as drawings and graphic works. They were collected in a notebook whose cover contained a seven-inch vinyl record. The aim of this album was not only to break down the traditional hierarchy between audio and visual elements, but also to understand art as a permanent remix. Saporiti lives and works in Milan and Berlin.