Le Gros Ballon / Bio

Living somewhere between dream and play, Le Gros Ballon is a highly cinematic musical project. Francesco Campanozzi and Marco Capra, musicians with a long experience, give life to instrumental pieces which are entirely composed, arranged and performed by the two. Starting from pure improvisation and using any sort of instrument or object, Le Gros Ballon create a free music that surprises and excites, like a balloon flying among the clouds.

Their first album, "Le Gros Ballon", released in April 2010, is welcomed by the critics. Its songs are chosen for several compilations in Italy and abroad and for the soundtrack to the documentary "The wolf in shorts", on air on Italian major TV channel RAITRE.

Back into the studio a few months later, Le Gros Ballon compose their first soundtrack for the documentary about Sudan “Testimoni occasionali”, broadcast on Italian TV channel RAIDUE.

In November 2010 the duo releases "La Nuit", an acoustic EP featuring a duet with Italian indie songwriter Denise (the song “What's left of dreams”) and a collaboration with French theatre writer Alexandra Dadier (the title-track “La Nuit”).

In the meanwhile Le Gros Ballon starts playing live as a trio, with the precious contribution of Antonello Raggi (The Piano Machine). Often swapping instruments on stage, the band gets to play live with other popular Italian acts like John de Leo, Bachi da Pietra, Comaneci e 2Pigeons.

2011 sees the release of the film “Ciao Italia – stories of Italians in Berlin”, which is selected for several festivals in Italy and abroad: directors Fausto Caviglia and Barbara Bernardi choose for the soundtrack only tracks by Le Gros Ballon.

The third studio release by the band, “Orange”, is out in 2012 with fiteen new tracks. The album is welcomed with positive reviews, earning Le Gros Ballon comparisons to the likes of Cinematic Orchestra, Sigur Ros, Tortoise, Kings of Convenience and Yann Tiersen.

After a tour in Italy, in June 2013 the band takes up a new challenge, bringing on stage in Milan's famous venue Carroponte the movie cult “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” with a new original live soundtrack.

In the meantime other songs are born: the new EP by Le Gros Ballon, “Hey!”, will be released in free download on September 20, 2013, with an artwork by Italian artist and songwriter Alessandro Fiori.

Le Gros Ballon plays: drums, percussions, bass guitar, electric guitars with different tunings, acoustic guitar,
classic guitar, baritone guitar, objects, piano, gretsch out of tune, synth, programming, banjo, small harp, puffed
rice, crazy’s dog tag, e-bow, screwdriver, japanese lessons, glockenspiel, organ, ukulele, violin bow on guitar,
glockguitar, harmonium, farfisa, microkorg, violin, melodica, harmonica, ektar, mùyú, vocals, bells, bongos, spray,
metal plate, cheeks, mafia threats, woman from bolsena, whistle, mosquitos.

General Info

Band Members
Francesco Campanozzi - Marco Capra
Artist Name
Le Gros Ballon
Profile Page
Alternative / Instrumental / Soundtrack

Contact Info

Milan / Berlin, IT

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