Litto Nebbia

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Felix Francisco Nebbia (Litto) was born on July 21st, 1948 in Rosario, República Argentina. His parents (both were musicians) introduced him to music. He had a strong vocation for it since he was very young, thus when he was 8 years old he had already his own radio show, singing together whith a jazz trio who were his father's friends. Also, since that time, he had some live shows with them, traveling around his natal province.

His father was the first argentine melodic singer who came to work with the tango orchestra conducted by the musician Miguel Caló under the artistic name of Félix Ocampo. Litto, inspired by him, started to compose his first songs at the age of twelve. Taught by his mother, a poet, singer, piano and guitar player whose artistic name was Martha Denis, he learnt how to play the guitar and afterwards started up with the piano.

When he was 15 years old he formed his first adolescent group, Los Gatos Salvajes (The Wild Cats) with whom he made his first record in 1965 including his early compositions. The music comercially in vogue at that time for the young people had to do with foreign themes sung in English or Italian exclusively.

His group didn't gain recognition and finally broke up. Nevertheless, Nebbia with one of his friends, the organ player Ciro Fogliatta, remained in Buenos Aires, challenging the adventure of molding their musical idea: songs sung in Spanish with a sound, rhythm and new harmonies that not only would represent their generation but they could also refine the sluggish scheme of the popular song existing at that time.

So in 1967, they came up with their new group LOS GATOS (The Cats) which achieved success not only in Argentina, where their first record "La Balsa"sold more than 250.000 copies, but also in all of Latin America, where they stayed among the first in the record rankings. They received the Gold Nipper, award given in the U.S.A. by the R.C.A. seal to the young revelation the year.

The group broke up in 1970 after developping its works in 6 albums that are still sold nowadays, re-released in CDs. They are part of the classics of the Argentine popular music of all time. Nebbia started then his activity as soloist and also led differents groups according to their composition research and their own constant evolution. In that way he started "fusing" with musicians of other generations and of other music genres.

His records and live shows are usually shared with tango, jazz and folk musicians. This, together with a constant and deep search and composition study, enriches himself rhythmically and harmonically. He also writes the lyrics of his songs; his obsession is to be able to achieve a song style of his own, narrating his feelings and doing it all with the imagination, harmonic and rhythmic knowledge he posesses, and at the same time not allowing all of this to become an aesthetic obstacle for the audience who follows him. Sometimes he manages to do it, sometimes not.

He never loses his unmistakable style, either composing, singing or playing an instrument, but in this obsessive path of constant evolution without making any concessions, he sometimes remains all by himself, out of the milieu, only followed by a small group of fervent fans.

Nebbia, throughout the years, has been able to keep on going, experimenting towards all possible directions where his composition leads him: writing music for cinema and theater, symphonic orchestra and chamber music groups, merging more than ever into tango and folk music.

That small group of fervent fans is steadily becoming bigger and Nebbia's music has matured in style towards the universal. Perhaps, for this same reason he is still able to keep the privilege of doing only what his heart dictates him, the way he was transmitted from his parents "the gift of a wise, powerful vocation".