New Year to you all.
2016 ended with some smashing gigs.
I played with the Tree Gees
while cruising the
Coral Sea from
the Solomon Islands to
Vanuatu, and had a touching reunion
performance with Lorenzo
Feliciati and Lucrezio de Seta
in Rome. I
also performed in Milan with an cool
appropriately named Fun Kit. A
great Christmas album by Anno
Domini Gospel Choir came out
on time - it features my
arrangements and performances
and I am really pleased with
will see the issuing of a
number of albums I played
and arranged on. I can't wait
for all of you to listen to them.
Remember - the music world
needs your help to survive, so
please buy these albums if you
like them, instead of
streaming them on Spotify or
Producing an album
by Paul Sultana, a great guitarist
and composer from Malta. Producing
music for Pasquale Filastò and
various TV productions.
Paris and Rome with the Tree Gees.
Recording for a new album by Marco
Rinalduzzi. Arranging a Christmas
album for Anno Domini Gospel
Playing at the
Shakespeare Globe Theatre in Rome.
"Il Racconto D'Inverno"
playing in Beirut with the Tree
concerts with Claudio Baglioni and
Concerts with Gianni Morandi
and Claudio Baglioni have begun!
Release time for the new
Goblin Rebirth album. Reactions to the preview
tracks are very favourable! We've also
performed some tracks in concert and it was
Currently working with Italian superstars
Claudio Baglioni and Gianni Morandi. I am
happy to have laid a lot of tracks for their
new single "Capitani Coraqggiosi", produced by
my friend Marco Rinalduzzi.
I also continue making music with Pasquale
Filasto' and Nicola Piovani.
It has also been a pleasure to record lots of
lovely vintage keyboards with producer Danilo
Pao on albums by Andrea Renda and Deserto
Rosso. Not a trace of midi and sequencering in
2014 was a busy year - I
performed at about 70 concerts with Claudio
Baglioni. I also recently finished working on
a movie called "La Solita Commedia - Inferno"
and it's just been released. The composer of
the soundtrack is Pasquale Filastò, and there
is a lot of additional music I composed
I also had some sessions as a programmer and
keyboard player for the Mediaset production
"Squadra Mobile", with oscar-winner Nicola
The Goblin Rebirth album is currently in print
and I can't wait for the release. We're very
proud of our work. Look out for it on the USA
Relapse Records label.
album is also
soon to be
After months of concerts with Claudio
Baglioni it's time for a break from
touring. Back to writing and
producing. Mystic Diversions' new album is well
underway and I'm very excited
about the material we are recording. There
will be new performances with Goblin soon, and
a new album from Goblin
Rebirth, with totally new compositions. Work
with Baglioni restarts at the end of
summer, and I am looking forward to
performing with such a great artist
and such a wonderful band.
Getting ready for a great tour with Claudio
Baglioni. I will be playing synths, guitar and
New Year to you all! 2013 was an
amazing year, with lots of
concerts around the world, mostly
with Il Volo and Goblin. Lots of new things are coming up
soon this year. There will
hopefully be more frequent updates on this
page. You can also check me out on WORDPRESS, Facebook and
out my new blog at WORDPRESS
been an eventful year. I started off playing with Alex Britti, then moved to
a Rai Uno primetime program "Riusciranno
I Nostri Eroi" with
Max Giusti. I also did some radio programs with Max. Several
sessions and concerts with
Nicola Piovani followed and I finished
the new Vintage Lounge Orchestra album
with Mario Puccioni.
On May 1st I was at the Primo Maggio
concert with Nicola Piovani and Fabrizio
This June I was musical director for a great show in Rome dedicated to
Vinicius de Moraes.
Celso Fonseca, Selma
Hernandez, Ornella Vanoni,
and Bungaro were the guest
artists. Now I'm preparing
for another long tour across North and
more about that
from the States after an amazing 2 1/2 month adventure
with Il Volo. Currently performing and arranging for
"Servizio Pubblico" on LA7 tv in Italy. The Carla Cocco
album "Respiro" is released on the 5th. Performances
with Vocintransito coming up. Work on the second album
by Vintage Lounge Orchestra is steaming ahead and
N. America with Il Volo.
work in my studio after a great experience with Il Volo.
Working on an album for a talented singer - Carla Cocco.
Coming up - more gigs with Il Volo, Nicola Piovani and
Michele Ascolese/Iguazù Project.
America Tour with Il
Volo. Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Panama,
Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Perù, Brasil. On this
gig I'm playing piano and acoustic guitar with a great
band featuring Marco Rinalduzzi, Marco Siniscalco, Carlo
Palmas and Luca Trolli.
performances and studio sessions with Nicola Piovani.
Production for Vocintransito and Carla Cocco. The
Lorenzo Feliciati album "Frequent Flyer" is released,
featuring a track I played on with the legendary Pat
Mastelotto on drums. The album "Chapter One" by Vintage Lounge Orchestra
is released, and features several of my arrangements and
in album releases by Marco Rinalduzzi, Nicola Piovani,
Adriano Celentano, Adika Pongo. Performances with
Vocintransito, Nicola Piovani, Mothers of Gospel, Paula
Morelenbaum, Bungaro. Recording for TV production
an album for Vocintransito
with new songs by Quarta Dimensione MPC. Performances with
of Gospel and Bungaro.
project from the Mystic
Diversions team is almost completed. Stay
featuring Goblin founders Fabio Pignatelli and Agostino
Marangolo are on the scene with live performances and a
new cd/dvd in the making.
These past few months I have been working with Nicola
Piovani on the new Adriano Celentano cartoon series,
Currently producing for upcoming artists Valeria
Crescenzi and Sasha Barbot.
Performances with Lorenzo Feliciati, Krimsonick, Mothers
of Gospel, Bungaro.
of Mystic Diversions' new album "ANGEL SOUL"
Marco Mengoni's new DVD/album "Re Matto Live"
New music for Annozero.
Work on the Nicola Piovani movie soundtrack for "Tutti
A great concert at the Rome auditorium Parco della
Musica, with Bungaro, Lorenzo Feliciati, Michele
Ascolese, Lucrezio de Seta, Fiorella
Mannoia, Paula Morelenbaum, Ambrogio Sparagna, Neri
Performance at the O'Scià festival in Lampedusa, with
Marco Mengoni & Claudio Baglioni.
tour this summer with Marco Mengoni - some interesting
projects are in the pipeline for this autumn.
Currently working on the movie soundtrack for "Tutti i
Padri di Maria" with composer Pasquale Filastò.
19/9 - A theatre production with Nicola Piovani and
"Arte" by Bungaro is in the shops. Currently
I'm busy rehearsing for a nationwide tour with
X-Factor winner Marco Mengoni.
Goblin have unfortunately split up (again). Such
a pity, but the guys simply don't get on. What a waste
of a great project...
Christmas concerts with Vocintransito. The Desiree Sings Bacharach
album is almost complete and will feature some
album "Arte" will be out 15th January.
Work on a new Mystic
Diversions album is underway.
Live performance for video with Son.
Won award for Best
Soundtrack at Civita Cortofestival,
co-written with Bungaro for the movie "Compito In
Played on soundtracks by Nicola Piovani for "L'Uomo Nero" and
"L'Oro Di Napoli".
Great concerts with Goblin in Birmingham and
London. Also did some nice gigs with Antonello
Venditti. More shows with Vincenzo Cerami.
June 30, 2009
Playing in Paris with Goblin was one to remember!
We had some problems with the sound on stage, but
outside it was great!
We also gave our first concert in Italy, at
the Dancity festval in Foligno. I even had an original
Hammond B3 and Leslie 122 in my setup. Wonderful!
happy to perform in front of 25,000 people at the stadio
olimpico in Rome, with Antonello Venditti.
At the Anno Domini Multifestival at Oropa I accompanied
Rossana Casale and Bungaro.
May 25, 2009
Performances with Goblin are underway - after a
great concert in Krems, Austria, we prepare to leave
for the Villette Sonique festival in Paris. Yeah!
I have also recently performed with Italian
superstar Antonello Venditti. We spent a few days in
Canada, at the Niagara Falls. Great experience!
Friday, January 30, 2009
The founder of Mystic Diversions, Francesco
Puccioni, also known as Mike Francis and
Francesko, passed away this morning. Francesco was
a dear friend and brother to us, and right now I
cannot express the pain his loss has caused. He
was the heart and soul of Mystic Diversions. He
was a rare person, the kind you don't often meet.
generous and loving person. A true inspiration as
a friend and as a musician. He also had a
beautiful and unique voice.
I'll miss you, my dear friend. Thank you for
11/2008 Mixing the new Bungaro
album, featuring a several guest artists. Rehearsals
with an internationally-known prog band... more
details later. Great concert at Piper Club with
Universal recording artist SON.
Lots of live performances coming up with gospel group
6/2008 Touring with Simone Cristicchi.
I added a Korg R3
vocoder synth to my setup and am having fun! New show
with Vincenzo Cerami
"Viaggio nel Silenzio".
5/2008 Orchestra tracks for Bungaro are ready.
4/2008 Rhythm tracks for the new
Bungaro album are ready. We recorded at a great studio
- International Recording, in Conversano, Puglia. I'm
scoring for the orchestra sessions right now.
2/2008 Finished writing and recording
the soundtrack for the feature film "La Canarina
Assassinata", co-written with Bungaro. Recording
the NTT Base album. Preproduction for the new Bungaro
album is underway. The album will have some very
distinguished guests and top musicians, including a
full string orchestra I will be arranging and
12/2007 Several performances with
Vocintransito, including the Gospel Jubilee Festival
10/2007 Sellout performance at the
Auditorium in Rome, with "Le Mille e una Notte"... The
show will be televised on Rai TV soon, and released on
dvd with additional video material.
9/2007 The new MYSTIC DIVERSIONS album is
released - "Wave A Little Light". Touring Italy
with theatre performances of "Le Mille e una
Notte" with Vincenzo
Cerami featuring my own music. Manuela
Zanier's album finally completed and ready
for release. Working on arrangements for the first
album by NTT Base. Recording and performing
6/2007 A great experience playing with
Fabi in Khartoum, Sudan, in aid of the
Salesian centre in El Obeid for Darfur
refugees. Seems like we were the first
artists to give a concert there! It was great to
play to such a great audience, for such a great cause. Band
members were Niccolò, Lorenzo Feliciati, Alessandro
Canini and myself. We had a great jam with Sudanese
artist Kamal Kiela and his band.
I was struck by the good-natured, kind manner
of the Sudanese people, who live in such difficult
conditions even in Khartoum. The heat is killing.
Desert sand penetrates every corner. Garbage and
building detrites are everywhere. People do not have
free medical care, so most have no care at all.
We visited the new hospital built by EMERGENCY and were taken around
by Gino Strada. The Salam Cardiac Centre is the first
high-quality, completely free of charge cardiac
surgery centre in all of Africa.
Working on brilliant artist Carmine
Torchia's album. A new show with
Vincenzo Cerami "Le Mille E Una Notte" debuts in
Torino, featuring my original music. Standing
ovation! Studio work with Nicola Piovani at Forum
I got my video page started, thanks to MySpace. Great
in Slovenia. Working on the new Mystic Diversions album.
MySpace fever has caused me to
neglect my website... Session with Nicola
Piovani for the TV program "Anno Zero". New Mystic Diversions album in the
making. Live performances coming up with Bungaro and Tinkara. 30-3
is the release date for the new Blank and Jones album "Relax"
featuring Mike Francis and including my own
contributions. "L'Ecclesiaste" with Vincenzo Cerami
returns to Rome.
Working on the soundtrack for the film "Euclide
Era Un Bugiardo". Music is by Barbara Parisi,
with some songs we wrote together. Great live
performances in Rome (Auditorium and La Palma) and
Mondovì with Bungaro. New arrangements for the
Domini Gospel Choir
Manuela Zanier's new single "Buonadanza" is being
distributed to radio stations in a promo version. An
interesting collaboration begins with
songwriter-singer Carmine Torchia.
Recording the new Vocintransito album. The Niccolò
Fabi, Novo Mesto Tour ends with a great performance at
VideoItalia in Milan.
Working on Iole's new project, featuring
Agostino Marangolo, Lorenzo Feliciati and Francesco
Valente. Recording is taking place at Forum Music Village, Nonsense
and Zamusic studios.
An interesting performance for piano and guitar with
Francesco Valente took place at the National Library
in Rome for Polisgramma.
I'm also co-producing for an R&B project to be
marketed in Spain - more news on that as things
As the Fabi tour comes to an end, I
reunite with Vincenzo Cerami for some
performances of "L'Ecclesiaste", featuring my
original music. Work on Zanier's
new single and album is almost complete.
The Fabi tour continues with great success...
A great performance with Niccolò Fabi in
Catania also featured Jovanotti and Mario
Venuti as special guests. "Evaporare" Live at Music Forum
Village is released on iTunes and has me playing
flute and piano.
7/2006 Work with Aisha Cerami and Manuela
Zanier continues. Touring with Fabi.
What a great band to be with! Fernando Pantini has
replaced Danilo Pao on guitar. The Glauco album is
complete. Lorenzo Feliciati's album "Live at
European BassDay & more" is released and
features myself and Lucrezio De Seta. We really
let ourselves loose in these performances!
Welcome to my sweet little daughter - LISA!!!
The Fabi Tour starts off again!!!
Studio work with Pasquale Filastò, including an
improvised Hulusi performance...
Mixing the Glauco album. Aisha Cerami's new single
is complete and features Bungaro, Michele Ascolese,
Lisa Green, Alice Warshaw, Claudio Ugolini, Ezster
Nagypal and Luca Bulgarelli. Eva Henger's single "My
Heart Is Dancing" is released.
Fabi "Novo Mesto" tour continues, and includes a
live performance on Radio Rai, from Via Asiago in
Touring with Niccolò Fabi - sell-out concerts in
theatres around Italy. The band features Lorenzo
Feliciati, Agostino Marangolo, Francesco Valente,
Danilo Pao and Massimo Cusato. Recording Glauco's
album at Forum Music Village and my studio.
"Novo Mesto" by Niccolò Fabi is released. "From the Distance" by Mystic
Diversions to be released this month. Gigs with
Lorenzo Feliciati - his album "Live at European Bass
Day and more" is currently being mixed.
1/2006 Working on album projects with Aisha
Cerami, Manuela Zanier and new artist Glauco
Lancellotti. Niccolò Fabi's new album "Novo
Mesto" (see pictures here) is about to be released. We
will be touring Italy starting in March. String
arranging for Mike Francis' new project.
Work at Forum Music Village and in my studio with
Nicola Piovani on Gernot Roll's new film
"Hotzenplotz". Christmas concerts with the girls of
Performances in Milan with Vincenzo and Aisha
Cerami. Laying tracks for Manuela Zanier's new album.
Recording a dance song with Eva Henger! The Mystic
Diversions album n4 is almost complete - more details
soon. The artist I referred to last month was Niccolò
Fabi! The new album "Novo Mesto" will be
released next February and features Lorenzo Feliciati,
Agostino Marangolo, Francesco Valente, Adriano
Pennino, Fabrizio Simoncioni and other
Recording with a well known Italian artist in a
lovely studio outside Italy... more info later :)
With bassist Lorenzo Feliciati I was part of
a great performance at the Euro Bass Day in Verona.
With us were the wonderful Lucrezio de Seta on drums and Fabrizio Mandolini on sax. The
amazing harmonica player Tollak Ollestad joined us on the
stage and was truly inspiring!
After a short holiday in Sicily and Malta
with my wife it's back to work - Preproduction for
Bungaro's new album is underway. I played on another
film soundtrack "Fauteuils d'orchestre" by Piovani.
Working on my own soundtrack for a documentary about Pasolini,
by Mario Sesti and Matteo Cerami. The fourth Mystic
Diversions album is taking shape. October looks
set to be one of the busiest months of my life!
Long time since I updated this page but I've
been busy! Recent projects I've worked on have been "La Tigre e la Neve",
Roberto Benigni's new film, with music by Piovani and
featuring Tom Waits and "Matilde", a TV film
also scored by Piovani. I also worked on the Italian
versions of some new Baby Looney Tunes
episodes and "Kong - King of Atlantis".
I am currently touring with Vincenzo
Cerami and we've also performed in locations around
Sicily and Sardinia. Work is also underway for the new
Mystic Diversions album and one song "Janeiro" is
already released in the album "Summer of Love Ibiza"
On a sader tone, the producer
Renato Venturiero has passed away - we worked together
on several productions and he was a true upholder of
quality in music.... rest in peace Renato!
Work with Paolo de Lazzaro and Pino Romanelli
on Zanier's album continues - there is killer material
to be released! New creations from Mystic Diversions
are also underway.
The theatre production "L'Ecclesiaste" with Vincenzo
Cerami opens this month with my music and performing.
A key feature of the shows is my use of breath control
with my Yamaha Motif.
An unforgettable experience in Salvador de
Bahia, Brazil, with Bungaro and Max De Tomassi. We
performed at Daniela Mercury's show for the World
Tourism Conference. Playing with her musicians in
front of thousands was something to remember! And it
was great to escape from cold Europe for a few days
Back here I'm having a busy time
with the gospel group Vocintransito. More performances
with Cerami and Bungaro coming up. Merry Xmas to all!
At work on productions with Roberto Kunstler,
Manuela Zanier, Valentina Gravili and Pasquale
Filastò. Concert with Bungaro on Video Italia
television. Played in Germany with Lorenzo
Feliciati at the European Bass Day, in Viersen!
The band also features Lucrezio de Seta on drums and
Vittorio Iuè on keys. Lorenzo's great album "Upon My
Head" contains "Don't Ask Me To Dance" with my
keys and string arrangement.
Sad news - Baruch Chadwick, the Adika Pongo
singer, has left this world. He will be remembered as
a joyful and immensely talented person. We will miss
you Baruch - rest in peace....
2 concerts in Shanghai with Niccolò Fabi...
an experience to remember! Pictures coming soon! 6
shows a week at the Teatro Ambra Jovinelli in Rome
with Vincenzo Cerami and Aisha
Summer concerts with Bungaro end. Recording
sessions with Piovani and concerts in China
with Niccolò Fabi are coming up!
The tour with Bungaro continues. The
"epilogue" piano-double bass duet with Lorenzo
Feliciati pulls a lot of applauses :) Mystic
Diversions gives a great performance at the
Frontone Beach on the island of Ponza.
With Mike Francis we toured the
Philippines again, giving 3 concerts, in Makati,
Alabang and Cebu City. It was wonderful to visit
again and the concerts were great! Thanks to the great
musicians and crew!
This was the band lineup:
Keys and local director: Lorrie
Bass: Soc Mina
Sax: Rancis Leon
Vocals: Jingle Buena and Arnie
Guitar: Noel Santiago
Drums: Rolly Quizon
with Bungaro begins. "Tango Navigando" by
Manuela Zanier is released.
Diversions new album "COLOURS"
is out! Two of my songs "Inti Habib" and "Dream of
Kamala" are in it. The new single by Manuela
Zanier is soon to be released. Work on Valentina
Gravili's album continues. The Bungaro Tour
I was lucky to get hold of a beautiful Wurlitzer
200A electronic piano. Instant Supertramp!
Sessions with Piovani for a French movie "L'equipier".
Production: a new single for Manuela Zanier.
The song, by Pino Romanelli and Valentina Gravili,
features a killer rhythm section with Alfredo Golino
and Roberto Meloni and is being recorded at my studio
and Pietro Benini's Top Studio. We are also doing
preproduction for Valentina Gravili's new
album. Also soon to be released "Si Può Chiamare
Amore" by Roberto Kunstler. More work in
progress - rehearsing with Bungaro. The band
features Lorenzo Feliciati, Michele Ascolese and
Terrorism, Never War" released.
The song, with music by Marcella Pasquali is based on
a prayer by Pope John Paul II, and features
the Pope himself! Various artists from around the
world sing here, including Gino Vannelli. The English
lyrics were written by Mike Francis and myself.
Directed "Guardastelle" for Bungaro
at the Festival di Sanremo. The album "L'Attesa"
has been released, and features fantastic musicians
such as Michele Ascolese, Lorenzo Feliciati, Francesco
Puglisi, Cristiano Micalizzi, Fabio Ceccarelli,
Agostino Marangolo.... My dear friends Gianluca
di Furia (producer) and Pino Romanelli (Lyrics) did an
Directed the Italian version of the Powerpuff
Girls special musical episode "See me, feel me,
gnomey". Recording the album "L'Attesa" by Bungaro.
This will be a great cd, featuring great musicians and
including a large string orchestra. More info soon!
The dvd "Niccolò Fabi - La Cura del Tempo
Tour 2003" is released - we're all proud of it.
Excellent production, cool behind the scenes
documentary... and it was all done in a single
performance with NO AUDIO EDITS!!!!
"Occhi Belli" by Bungaro is out - a great song, and
I'm very happy with my string arrangement!
11/2003 The Fabi
tour takes off again! Working with Bungaro and Pino
Romanelli on new material. Arrangements for Roberto
Kunstler. Again with Monica Ward I produce all the
Italian songs for a cartoon "Grandma got run over by a
reindeer". Imagine trying to sing Randy Brooks country
music in Italian... well it kinda worked!
Sessions for the film "Luisa Sanfelice" by the Taviani
bros start. Music by Piovani, of course!
10/2003 As we take
a 3 week break from the Fabi tour, I somehow find the
time to record with Nicola Piovani at Forum Music
Village for the film "Das Sams 2". I also got a
surprise call for a session with Ennio Morricone, for
work on a new cd. Great concert in Neuchatel,
Switzerland, with Mike Francis and Mystic Diversions.
With Monica Ward I produced all the Italian songs for
a cartoon "The New Adventures of Tom Thumb and
9/2003 The tour
continues. We give a huge concert in Stra for the
upcoming live dvd by Niccolò Fabi. Fiorella Mannoia is
special guest. Arranging and recording "Occhi
Belli" by Bungaro for the film "Io No". I have the
pleasure and honour of directing the strings of the
Orchestra di Roma for this song. . New cartoons coming
like mad with Fabi - the band is kicking ass!
The Fabi theatre tour was very successful...
Off we go for the summer tour around Italy, this time
with a larger setup for outdoor concerts. The acoustic
piano has been replaced by a Yamaha P200 stage piano.
Touring with Niccolo' Fabi around Italy. A
cool experience! The band features the first class
musicians Lorenzo Feliciati (bass),
"Barone" Agostino Marangolo (drums),
Francesco Valente (guitars) and Massimo Cusato
(percussion). Niccolò plays acoustic guitar on several
songs. This is about as good as a gig gets in Italy -
great music, nice people on stage and behind the
scenes, high tech standard, acoustic grand piano and
Rhodes mk1 in my rig.... and sold out theatres! We
also had the phenomenal special guest Stefano di
Battista on sax in Rome and Milan. Check out the
pictures in the photo page.
for Warner cartoon series "Baby Looney Tunes". Happy
2/2003 Concerts with Mystic Diversions in
Milan, Bologna and Rome. The band features
Francesko, Mario Puccioni, Marco Rinalduzzi, Patti
Palma and myself. Sessions with Piovani at Forum
Music City for the film "Gli Indesiderabili". I also
had the pleasure of reuniting with Vincenzo Cerami
for his show in Merano.
Mystic Diversions live are a reality! Our first
showcase performance in Milan was held on the 26th -
more info soon!
A Merry and Peaceful Christmas to you
Patrizia Laquidara makes it through the final
qualification for the Sanremo Festival, to be held in
March 2003. "Beneath Another Sky" by Mystic Diversions
is officially launched and has been receiving
I was happy to be a member of the jury at the GOSPEL
JUBILEE FESTIVAL in Torino - my dear friend Aurelio
Pitino, an excelllent singer and truly inspiring
person, organised the event and performed with his
group: the ANNO DOMINI GOSPEL CHOIR.
The Mystic Diversions album is doing well and there
will be surprises soon! Pat Laquidara got through the
first two episodes of "Destinazione Sanremo" with
flying colours... Post-production and editing on a
double CD with soundtracks by Piovani, soon to be
released. La Combriccola del Blasco riunites for a gig
in Formia. The Zammit-Bungaro team is working hard...!
Back to studio work, preparing arrangements for
the Anno Domini gospel choir. Preparing for
"Destinazione Sanremo", RAI2 with Bungaro and Patrizia
Laquidara. Gigs with Prodotti Atipici.
About to go on the road with Vincenzo Cerami and his
show "Lettere al Metronomo", featuring Aisha Cerami
and myself. Music is by Piovani. First shows in
Mantova starting 4/9. The video with Bocelli is out
and is entitled "The Homecoming".
Back from a load of gigs in Sardinia and Maratea.
Tiennetì are getting a lot of exposure with the
single. The short film "Bbobbolone" directed by
Daniele Cascella wins first prize (premio RAI) at the
Città del Corto festival in Trevignano - the
soundtrack is written by myself and Bungaro, and was
recorded in my studio.
Keyboard sessions with orchestra on soundtrack by
Piovani for "Pinocchio", Roberto Benigni's new film.
Single by P. Laquidara "Agisce" released, also
containing brazilian and acoustic versions. The
song features as the main theme for a program on Radio
6/2002 Patrizia Laquidara wins three prizes at
the Premio della Musica in Recanati: Premio della
Giuria, Best Music and Best Performer. I arranged and
produced the song "Agisce" with Bungaro. We also gave
a performance in Cremona at the free international
The new Mystic Diversions album "BENEATH ANOTHER SKY"
is due for release any moment and can already be heard
on Radio Montecarlo and Radio Centro Suono.
The show "SOGNI CINEMATOGRAFICI II" with Monica Ward,
myself and Stefano Refolo opens on the 13th June at
Castel S. Angelo.
The single "Una Ragazza In Due" by Tiennettì (guess
who arranged it... :) is ready.
Great performance with Mike Francis and Prodotti
Atipici in Rome.
I had a thrilling gig playing keyboards with the
superb guitarist Michele Ascolese and his band
ONDABUENA HOTEL at Café Latino in Rome. The band
features Stefano Parenti on drums, singer Nilo,
Maurizio Meo on bass and Raul "Cuervo" Scebba on
percussion. On this occasion I replaced Muzio
Marcellini, who is busy with another project at the
moment... Performing with these guys is a gas!!! Their
music is beautiful and they really made me play my ass
off... never had so many solos in a single night..!
Let's do it again soon!
I am honoured to play keyboards with Andrea Bocelli in
a live performance at Torre del Lago, Puccini's home
town. The band members are Tullio de Piscopo, Marco
Rinalduzzi, Gigi di Rienzo, Danilo Rea, Claudio
Storniolo, Davide Aru and myself. We performed 12 of
Bocelli's songs for a video special to be distributed
worldwide. More info soon.
The new single by Patrizia Laquidara is mixed.
The new Mystic Diversions album is almost completed.
Sessions with Piovani for "Il Nostro Matrimonio è
in Crisi" by Antonio Albanese. A nice live acoustic
performance with the fascinating Patrizia Laquidara,
with Bungaro on guitar and Massimo Cusato on
Work on the second Mystic Diversions album has begun.
Prodotti Atipici are going strong and expanding their
horizons - we are now accompanying Mike Francis in
More work with Piovani for the show "I Figli della
Lupa" at Teatro Sistina, Rome.
Live concert with Mike Francis on the terrace of
the Palazzo dei Congressi in Eur, Rome. Featuring
Wendy Lewis, we performed 3 songs from "Mystic
Diversions"... a very enjoyable "ambient" evening for
the numerous audience! The Mystic Diversions tracks
are now appearing on several compilations.
More shows with Monica Ward - each show was a huge
success at Castel S. Angelo.
Studio sessions for soundtrack of Sepulveda's film
"Nowhere", music by Nicola Piovani...
Studio sessions with orchestra at Forum for Robbiano's
film "Hermano" with a great cast of actors including
Rade Serbedgia and Paolo Villaggio. I assisted
talented composer Pasquale Filastò, played keys
and contributed with some of my own music.
"Movie Dreams" at Castel S. Angelo in Rome, with
Monica Ward (Lisa Simpson's voice!) and Stefano
Refolo. This show features songs from several movies,
rearranged and performed by yours truly... nice
experience in a marvelous setting.
More performances and recordings....
sessions at Lead Studio with Nicola Piovani, for the
film "Resurrezione" by the Taviani brothers. The story
is based in eastern Europe - I had to recreate
traditional Russian instruments like the Balalaika and
Spotting for film score "Hermano" with composer
Arranging and programming with Bungaro for new
A very pleasurable R&B gig with singer Valentina
Ducros in Rome - all-acoustic with piano, contrabass
In studio with the wonderful Angelo Branduardi and his
trusted sound engineer Stefano Grasso. Angelo recorded
8 songs for the English version of his Platinum
selling album dedicated to St. Francis. I penned the
lyrics with Mike Francis. One of these songs was
composed by Ennio Morricone. I am truly honoured to
have worked with these people!
gigs with Prodotti Atipici go on!
studio sessions with the Oscar-winning composer Nicola
Piovani. The soundtrack is for a German film called
Other sessions with Pasquale Filastò for film
soundtrack of "Rossellini", directed by Carlo Lizzani.
The album "Mystic Diversions" has just been released
by Cool Division, Energy Productions. It features two
of my songs... "Sweet" and "If You Ever Call My Name"
Atipici is gigging all over the place...
Some soundtrack work coming up soon...
Mike Francis and myself are writing the English lyrics
for a new album by a well known Italian artist...
Seems like Adika Pongo are history, at least for the
in studio with Mike Francis and Mario Puccioni. Also
preparing music for TV with composer/cellist Pasquale
Filastò. Concerts coming up with cover dance band "Prodotti Atipici"....
Pongo are currently taking a break so I'm using my
free time to be creative in my studio!
with Mike Francis as musical director
and keyboardist - we played to 20000 people in the
Philippines! Check out the behind-the scenes pictures
Mike Francis - Adika Pongo Tour
eternal Adika Pongo tour goes on, and soon there will
also be concerts with Mike Francis, of
"Survivor" and "Friends" fame....!
record deal: The new Adika Pongo super single is
recorded and soon to be released by an important label
Pongo give fine playback performances on TV :) - "Uno
Mattina", Rai Uno - "30 ore per la vita", Italia Uno
- On tour: Please welcome our guest female vocalist
from Chicago, Wendy Lewis!
Adika Pongo/Erèsia single on the RTI MUSIC label is
ready - official launch date is 2nd September.... a
few preview copies are already reaching the radio
stations around Italy - hope you like it!!! The cd
features two songs arranged by the band with Baruch
and Erèsia duetting away.... "Gli Occhi Miei" is an
Italian version of the Babyface hit "I'll Make Love To
You". "Non Basta Mai" is a song by our friends Uto and
Ato :), and features raps in English by Baruch...
tracks were recorded in our studio on a 3 Adat-Cubase
VST system, with vocal additions at Antonello
Venditti's studio (grazie!!!) and Mulino Recording,
where we mixed (thanks Francesco Luzzi and Cesare
Chiodo!). "Maestro" Alessandro Colombini oversaw the
on the tracks include my faithful ESQ-1, the
minimoog and the clavinet.....
(c) 2005 Dr Aidan Zammit Lupi
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