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Italy’s Comeback – meet Raphael Gualazzi on ESC Radio – exclusive interview

It was a long awaited return, when on 2 December Italian broadcaster RAI applied for participation in the Eurovision Song Contest after a 13-year-absence. Earlier this year the news followed that Italy’s representative would be chosen by a special jury during the popular Festival di Sanremo. And so, finally, on 19th February RAI announced the winner of the festival’s new artists section, Raphael Gualazzi with his self-penned song “Follia d’amore”, to represent Italy in the 2011 Contest.

In the big final on 14th May, Raphael will perform a bilingual version of the song, entitled Madness Of Love, at starting position #12.

If you missed our broadcast on Friday 15th April, at 15:00 CEST, you can listen to the interview here: [audio:https://www.escradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Raphael-Gualazzi-Italy-interview-Matthias-Pertermann.mp3|titles=Raphael Gualazzi (Italy) – interview Matthias Pertermann] Read more and check out the video clip…

It was a long awaited return, when on 2 December Italian broadcaster RAI applied for participation in the Eurovision Song Contest after a 13-year-absence. Earlier this year the news followed that Italy’s representative would be chosen by a special jury during the popular Festival di Sanremo. And so, finally, on 19th February RAI announced the winner of the festival’s new artists section, Raphael Gualazzi with his self-penned song “Follia d’amore”, to represent Italy in the 2011 Contest.

In the big final on 14th May, Raphael will perform a bilingual version of the song, entitled Madness Of Love, at starting position #12.

If you missed our broadcast on Friday 15th April, at 15:00 CEST, you can listen to the interview here:

[audio:https://www.escradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Raphael-Gualazzi-Italy-interview-Matthias-Pertermann.mp3|titles=Raphael Gualazzi (Italy) – interview Matthias Pertermann] Check out the video clip:

BIOGRAPHY

Raphael Gualazzi was born in Urbino on 11th November, 1981. After studying pianoforte at the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, where he focussed on classical composers, he extended his musical research to include Jazz, Blues and Fusion, collaborating with qualified artists of the sector and becoming known for his unique vocal and instrumental qualities.

His music was born of the fusion between the Rag-time technique of the early 1900s and the lyricism of Blues, Soul and Jazz in its more traditional form. The typical pre-jazz and stride-piano sounds of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Art Tatum and Mary Lou Williams, and the Blues of Ray Charles and Roosevelt Sykes, are brought up to date by Raphael Gualazzi with an extremely personal style in which tradition co-exists with the most innovative influences of such eclectic artists as Jamiroquai and Ben Harper.

Since 2005 Raphael Gualazzi has taken part in important festivals such as Fano Jazz, the Java Festival of Jakarta and Argo Jazz, Ravello International Festival and others, and in France in 2008 his compilation ‘Piano Jazz’ was released on the Wagram label. This compilation included Raphael Gualazzi’s interpretation of ‘Georgia on my Mind’ as well as compositions of great artists like Nora Jones, Diana Krall, Art Tatum, Ray Charles, Jimmie Cullum, Michael Petrucciani, Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Nina Simone and Duke Ellington.

After being invited to perform in Vermont and New Hampshire as part of the project ‘The History & Mystery of Jazz’, alongside such prominent musicians as Michael Ray (Sun Ra Arkestra, Kool & The Gang), Steve Ferraris (Sun Ra Arkestra, Charlie Haden), Jamie McDonald, Nick Cassarino, Bob Gullotti and John McKenna, in September of 2009 Raphael Gualazzi met Caterina Caselli and signed with Sugar a recording contract.

After catching the attention of the general public with his cover of ‘Don’t Stop’, the celebrated ’70s success of the famous band Fleetwood Mac, which was chosen as the soundtrack of the ENI television ad, in the summer of 2010 Raphael Gualazzi performed at the Heineken Jammin Festival, the prestigious Pistoia Blues Festival and the Giffoni Film Festival, and went on to make his debut in September at the club Blue Note in Milan, where he presented his first 4-track digital EP of the same name, which brought him to the top of the iTunes charts.

In the meantime, the track Reality and Fantasy, remixed by Gilles Peterson and added to the compilation Hotel Costes and Nova Tunes 2.2, reached the top of the charts for digital sales throughout the world. Raphael Gualazzi gained air play on some of the most prestigious French networks and in December he performed at the Louvre and then went on the make his debut at the Sun Side Club in Paris, the ‘temple’ of jazz music, where he presented his new album ‘Reality and Fantasy’, realeased in 2011 in Europe on the Sugar / Universal Music Distribution label, to the leading media networks.

Raphael Gualazzi took part in the Young Talent section of the 2011 Festival of Sanremo with ‘Madness of Love’, a track written, produced and arranged by Gualazzi himself.

for more info on Raphael please visit his official website at http://www.raphaelgualazzi.com/

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2 comments

  1. Vote For Raphael!!!He’s a Great talent!!I’m not saying that because he’s italian…is just that i think He’s a great artist!!!
    He’s also special…funny and poetic at the same time!
    Vote for HIM!!! You should listen to all the others songs he has written!!

    GREAT!GREAT!GREAT!

  2. can’t believe that this came second…soo unfair

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