Pop Rock

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Jovanotti "OYeah" cover photo by Pierpaolo Ferrari   JOVANOTTI When Jovanotti, Italy’s iconic pop star, decided to break into the US market, he took an unusual route.  Rather than play the obligatory round of venues typical for a major Italian language artist, Jovanotti, an unabashed fan of New York City, took up residency in the Village and spent the summer of 2009 working out a mostly US-based band in the downtown club scene.   Also unusual is Jovanotti’
Saturday, June 27th, 2015
      Zucchero     "blues is blues: it's full of soul" claims Zucchero, one of Italy's greatest musicians, in a recent interview. Zucchero's philosophy is that there is no distinction between Italian blues and American blues, or the blues of any other country - however, that is only one form of music Zucchero is devoted to. He has a vast love for classical music as well, having been greatly influenced by Puccini and Verdi in his youth. Since then
Saturday, June 27th, 2015
malika ayane
The talented Malika Ayane, the daughter of a Moroccan father and an Italian mother, was born in Milan on January 31st, 1984 and now brings her own unique vision to her art.   Malika Ayane (Alessio Campo/flickr)     How It began Malika began her singing career in 1995 as part of  the famous La Scala Theatre's choir. In 2005 the singer was featured on a commercial for YOMO yogurt, singing “Over the Rainbow,” but Malika wasn’t really noticed until the following
Saturday, June 27th, 2015
italian radio
Celebrating the 120 Years of Italian Radio, by remembering how it all started   It was 1995 when Italians celebrated the 100 years anniversary of the invention of the radio. Guglielmo Marconi was the mind behind a creation that was to change human comunication for ever. Today, 120 years after that faithful day, the radio still represents a companion to the days of many. And not only that: radio signals are still a relevant way of communicating in specific fields, such as
Friday, June 26th, 2015
Elio e le storie tese
What’s in a name? Well, in the case of the band Elio e le Storie Tese, which translates to Elio and the Tense Stories, the name indicates that the band is one of the most peculiar to appear on the Italian music scene in the last 30 years. Singer Stefano Belisari, aka "Elio,” and “Le Storie Tese,” the group of performers behind the leader, are talented musicians who are able to play many instruments with great skill. What is wonderful about this group is that their songs are nothing like
Friday, June 26th, 2015
  Laura Pausini was born in Faenza, province of Ravenna, on May 16, 1974. When she was only eight years old, she began to sing with her father in piano bars. On February 26, 1993, she sang "La Solitudine" at the Sanremo Music Festival. She won the title in the Young Performer's category: this was the beginning of a music sensation. Shortly after her win at Sanremo, Laura published her first album, "Laura Pausini:" it was released in Australia, Europe and Japan and sold over 2,000,
Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Carmen Consoli
Carmen Consoli, one of Italy's new generation singer songwriters, here portrayed for the  cover  of her 2009 album, "Elettra." The Sicilian-born Carmen Consoli is one of the most successful female singer-songwriters Italy has ever produced, and certainly one of the most appreciated in the US.  The 41 year-old musician is known for her unflinching emotional live performances of songs that examine broad themes of love, illness, solitude and friendship from a
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Italian music 1970s
  Renato Zero and Loredana Berté, protagonists of  the Italian music panorama of the 1970s (GdT/wikimedia)   The 1970s were not an easy period in Italian history: generally known as the Anni di Piombo, the lead years, the 70s are, today, short of being considered a decade of factual civil war between established and terroristic powers. It is also for this reason that in the 1970s, Italian music keeps on following that path of socially engaged singing-songwriting already begun in the1960s, in
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Beyond 'O Sole Mio' - a walk through the history of Italian pop and rock music   Italian pop-rock music in brief   Mina and Adriano Celentano, two of the most famous  representatives of Italian pop music   Some Americans seem to equate Italian music with O Sole Mio and Funiculì Funiculà. Meaning no disrespect to these great songs, Italy has a popular music tradition that provides strong competition to popular and rock music from other countries such as the United States and England. I would
Thursday, June 4th, 2015
Best Italian Music
Some suggestions about the best of Italian music   Quartetto Cetra (Stevan Kragujevic/wikimedia)   I Classici   Claudio Villa  Known to his fans as "Il Reuccio," the little king, Claudio Villa was indeed the king of Italian melodic music. His voice, full, powerful and reminiscent of that of operetta tenors, has enchanted generations of Italians. His name has been always associated to the Festival di Sanremo, and to the old-times-Italy of Bel Canto. Villa, almost
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Celine Dion once said that: “If God would have a voice, it would be that of Andrea Bocelli”. The singer not only inspires with his voice, but with his courage and determination. Blind since the age of 12, he has not let his handicap stand in the way of achieving phenomenal success. He has said that: "I believe we all have a destiny that we can practice. Mine was singing…"   Perhaps his strength comes from his Faith. A devout Catholic, Bocelli refused to sing Ave Maria at the Scientologist
Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Luciano Ligabue in concert. Ph. credit Ansa   In 2014 Luciano Ligabue, Italian singer, songwriter, film director and author, is giving his first concerts in the United States. The dates are part of his "Mondovisione Tour - Mondo 2014".  The concerts will be October 19th at Manhattan's Terminal 5, October 22nd in Los Angeles (at the Whisky a Go Go), October 24th at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco and October 26th in Miami at the Grand Central.   Ligabue released his first record relatively late
Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
festival sanremo
     Music is very important for Italians, because singing is part of our own history and tradition. Traditional Italian music has had, since the 1950s, a most prestigious appointment followed by the entire country: the Festival di Sanremo.    The Festival di Sanremo is also known as Il Festival della Canzone Italiana, the festival of Italian music. It takes place at the famous theatre Ariston in Sanremo where, for a week, famous -and less so- Italian singers
Monday, July 15th, 2013
  Festivalbar is a music festival that used to be hosted every summer (from 1964 to 2007) in some of the most beautiful locations of the country and was broadcast every week on primetime tv. Maybe the use of the past simple "was" would be more appropriate while talking about it, as Festivalbar no longer takes place; nevertheless, the present simple "is"  is emblematic of the sense of nostalgia many feels for the event. Who doesn't know Festivalbar can't really understand what it
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Eros Ramazzotti: Italian Pop Idol Eros Ramazzotti music videos! Eros Ramazzotti with Anastacia Eros Ramazzotti is an Italian singer and songwriter born October 28, 1963 in Cinecitta, Italy, a suburb of Rome. Eros's good looks and incredible musical talent have made him one of the most beloved and successful pop singers in the world, having sold more than 36 million records world-wide. Eros came from a working class background - his father was a house painter - and he has retained this
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Francesco De Gregori, an Italian singer-songwriter. Ph. Gorupdebesanez on wikicommons   Italian music abroad is often reduced to old Neapolitan songs and the great lyrical tradition embodied by famous singers such as Luciano Pavarotti and, more recently, Andrea Bocelli. What many don't know about is how rich and varied Italian music is today. Italy also has a long history of creative singer-songwriters who have shaped the country's music industry and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Alberto Testa (Photo from www.AlbertoTesta.net A distinguished, true maestro, a man that has brought us beautiful songs and amazing TV shows, someone who represented an entire generation like very few could: this is Alberto Testa. A genuine Italian talent, an artist that spoke through his songs for decades, embracing millions using the voices of some of the most famous singers in history like Mina, Celine Dion, Andrea Boccelli, Domenico Modugno, Ornella Vanoni and Memo Remigi, just to mention
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  The Italian music industry has always appeared of lesser importance when compared to the British or the American. The evident language barrier always meant Italian music has always been part of a niche market abroad. However, recent years have been changing the cards on table.  Brand new Italian indie acts have started to be noticed in England and are now ready for the global stage.   The Italian music industry has always been closed-off and even if the market
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Mina (Photo from Wikipedia) Every country has that special female singer who, with her voice, defines more than just a period, more than just a style, but a nation in its entirety, crossing social  and age boundaries. While the United States has Barbra Streisand and Canada has Celine Dion, Italy has Mina. This amazing performer, whose voice goes beyond perfection, has been part of the Italian cultural landscape since the 1960s. At the beginning of her career, Mina appeared on television, which
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Adriano Celentano
Adriano Celentano (Photo from Wikipedia)   Just as Elvis Presley revolutionized music and dance with his unique voice, look, and moves, Adriano Celentano brought a completely different style to Italy, a style that was destined to change the musical scene forever and to create perhaps the biggest icon in Italian showbusiness. Since 1965, when his first album was released, he has sold more than anyone in Italian music: to date, his selling record is around 150 million units
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Morgan (Photo from Wikipedia) The very first time that I saw Morgan on TV, I changed the channel as I had a natural desire to shut him off, thinking "there it is again, an 'artist wanna be' with zero talent who ended up on primetime television because of his connections." Months later, after being bombarded by the constant presence of this dyed blond Captain Morgan look-alike, I decided to research him in order to finally understand what was so special about him, aside from the fact that he
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Domenico Modugno Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu   At the end of the Second World War, Allied troupes occupied Italy and American and English soldiers stormed through the country bringing all those things Italian people hadn't been allowed to have for twenty solid years. Italy enjoyed its freedom, and even if money was tight and the war had left terrible scars, people, finally free from twenty long years of dictatorship, wanted to sing, dance, and have fun. And they wanted to do
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fabrizio de André
Fabrizio de André in his 20s (wikimedia)   The true nature of Fabrizio De André was that of a poet: he was probably more of a lyricist than a musician or a singer. Let's not be mistaken, he was an excellent performer and a great composer, but the strength and energy that came out of his words are certainly what made him such an important figure in Italian culture.  De André created real tales with his songs, just like a medieval minstrel. Like an artist, though, he broke all
Friday, June 1st, 2012
More on Eros Ramazzotti here Eros Ramazzotti : La piu' bella cosa 2. Eros Ramazzotti with Luciano Pavaraotti singing "Se Bastasse una bella Canzone" live! Eros Ramazzotti: Parla con me
Friday, June 1st, 2012
History of Italian music
Italian teenagers in the 1960s   The 1960s were a crucial, very much loved and dearly remembered decade in Italian history, in part because of the economic boom, a golden moment for Italian economy, when industrialization was at its peak and consumerism, after the struggling days of the 1950s reconstruction, was starting to finally become the Italian way of life. But the 60s were also a decade characterized by an atmosphere of joyousness and lightheartedness: the 1960s,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
What a wonderful way to wake up, I thought! I had switched on the radio to hear the clear, silky voice of a female singer singing ̎Easy to Love. ̎ The only problem was that I didn't know who was singing. I soon found out that it was the Italian jazz singer, Roberta Gambarini. It was probably always Gambarini's destiny to be a singer. Her parents even called her, Roberta, after their favourite movie, Roberta, which starred Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, and featured Jerome Kern songs