I started playing live during the mid eighties, along with some friends of mine who were already musicians.
After earning my diploma from the Scuola Alberghiera (vocational school for hotel management and catering) in Bari in 1986, I started to perform in piano bars, whilst working on the original repertoire for the rock-band project called ZONA, an important and unforgettable milestone in my career as a musician.
Between 1989 and 1990, I had two more crucial career experiences: as a musician for Club Mediterranée and as a hotel concierge.
I alternated between these two positions (which took me abroad and in many different parts of Italy) until 2012, reaching the level of Assistant Manager and Front Office Manager in luxury hotels.
However, since 2009, I have been putting all my energy into music, especially into achieving a first-rate musical repertoire.
The selection and extensiveness of my repertoire became one of my strong points later on, along with the great attention to sound and execution and my relationship with the audience.
One often tends to give the public what it expects, and this isn’t wrong. Nevertheless, I like to offer alternatives, and have people discover – and re-discover – other artists, other pieces, in order to broaden the horizons of the piano bar scene, and people’s musical knowledge, obviously at a suitable time and place.
At any rate, I’m not short on versatility, and that’s why I am able to perform in your typical piano bar as well as during festive occasions, in nightclubs and atmospheric hotels, on ships and in international holiday resorts.
The following are some of the highlights – by me – in my career as a musician:
1986-1989: Bass player and backing vocalist for Zona (rock band and original repertoire) and for other piano bar lineups. Studio recordings, live concerts, performances in squares and theatres, tv broadcasts (Rai) and airplay
1989-1994: Musician, singer, duo or band leader in several Club Mediterranée. Performances for various lineups, including big bands with more than 10 members. At the Club Med in Pompadour I took part in the production and live performance of the musical “Starmania”, a rock opera by Michel Berger.
From 1995 onwards: I started my career as a solo artist, using midi backing tracks, guitar and keyboard. Performances in Italy and abroad. At the “Gran Dominicus” resort (in the Dominican Republic) I recorded the backing tracks for the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (sung live), I arranged and I handled the mixing. I created jingles for various events.
From 2009 onwards: I played especially in the Lake Garda area and in Northern Italy. I performed during live events for the municipalities of Brescia, Limone s/Garda, Toscolano Maderno. I was a partner and consultant for Gardasound scrl: sales and event management, web management, video and audio editing. For Garda Village I composed the backing tracks and the arrangements for the musicals “Peter Pan” and “Pinocchio”, played and sung live.
Summer 2013 and 2014: I spent these two seasons at the Athuruga Resort – Beach and Water Villas, Diamond Planhotel, Maldives. During the 2013 season, a live streaming of one of my “rockin’ evenings” aired on Radio Bombay in Perugia.