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Two different musical selections from Francesco Gazzara for Ritmo Sincopato: Il Jazz In Italia are both available online from 22 february 2021 on Mixcloud and Spotify. Selezione Speciale 007 includes some rare gems from Italian jazz/lounge/bossa/soundtrack composers of the 1960s and 1970s as Piero Umiliani, Luis Bacalov, Ennio Morricone, I Marc 4, Franco Godi ecc. Selezione Speciale 008 features all jazz/prog tunes from great Italian artists from the ’70’s and early ’80’s such as Tony Esposito, Il Baricentro, Etna, Perigeo, Enrico Rava, Bella Band ecc. Here are the Mixcloud and Spotify links:
From the latest Gazzara Plays Genesis performance (11-09-2020) now on the project’s official You Tube channel: One For The Vineplayed by Francesco Gazzara on a Yamaha C3 grand piano inside the beautiful old church of San Giovanni Battista, in Cesano di Roma, IT. Click on the image to watch it!
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Sharing with pride and emotion on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27th) the new screenings of documentary La Casa Dei Bambini by Francesca Muci, programmed for a week in many Italian Cultural Institutes and Consulates around the world. The film is also scheduled at 11.00PM (CET) on www.RaiPlay.it. Here’s the complete soundtrack by Francesco Gazzara: https://francescogazzara.bandcamp.com/album/la-casa-dei-bambini-original-soundtrack
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The Spirit of Summer (live) from The Bossa Lounge Sessions (Gazzara, 2020) is featured at 26′ 30″ into the podcast 016 of Ritmo Sincopato: il jazz in Italia. Click on the image below to listen:

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On Jan. 12th 2021 YouTube video première of Do It Again (live), from Gazzara‘s latest double live album The Bossa Lounge Sessions. You can watch and enjoy it on YouTube IRMA Channel, just click on the image below! The previous video from the same album was Chitlins Con Carne (live).
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“This album offers a great chance to dive into a fascinating and vintage musical genre, thanks to all the musicians involved and Gazzara’s original ideas”. This is how writer Michele Manzotti ends his review of Gazzara‘s The Bossa  Lounge Sessions double live album published 11th Jan. 2021 on Il Popolo Del Blues Italian web site. Click on the image to read the complete review.
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The latest review of The Bossa Lounge Sessions (Gazzara) was published 9th Jan. 2021 on the Italian web magazine La Gazzetta Dello Spettacolo, including a detailed interview with Francesco Gazzara regarding the working of the double live album. Click on the image to read the complete article.
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Following the release of Hammond Express album We Wish You A Bossa Christmas (IRMA Records) on dec. 17th 2020, a videoclip is now available on YouTube on both IRMA and Hammond Express YT channels: Glenn Miller‘s Moonlight Serenade rendition with Nasa moon footage and animated graphics. You can watch it here:
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The first 2021 issue of well known magazine Classic Rock Italia featured a good review of The Bossa Lounge Sessions (Gazzara). Here’s the original text in Italian, mentioning “the good old times when we could still have fun in a club with a drink in our hands…” Many thanks to writer Mario Giammetti!
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On January 1st 2021 Italian TV Rai Tre broadcasted the documentary Le Montagne Del Passato Vivente (The Mountains Of The Living Past) by Luigi Cammarota, set on the borders between Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia:  Permosh, the Kelmand valley with its inaccessible mountains, the river Cem with 170 caves and the peaks 2500 meters high. All this magic landscape were soundtracked by Francesco Gazzara‘s original score music. This documentary is part of a four episodes TV series on Albania produced by Italian SD Cinematografica. Click on the picture for more infos.
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Our Man In Rio inhales the vivid spirit of the city always swaying in samba rhythms in the warm light of Copacabana. Then back to the streets of Havana with Deodato‘s Havana Strut across all Hammond registers“. A wonderful detailed track by track review of The Bossa Lounge Sessions (Gazzara) out on german website smooth-jazz.de. Many thanks to Hans-Bernd Hülsmann! Click on the page to read the complete review:
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The nice thing about Here It Comes Again are the audible details brought to light, otherwise buried under the band’s original sound, and assigned to the piano or the orchestral instruments. Some sounds more classical, while others have rock attributes, such as The Carpet Crawlers which actually only needs the vocals to be a full cover version“. Many thanks to Nik Brückner for his Here It Comes Again (Gazzara Plays Genesis) review on the encyclopedic prog Babyblaue german website! Click on the album sleeve to read the complete review:
On dec. 27th Gazzara Plays Genesis was online – together with members of famous 1970’s Italian prog rock bands as Le Orme, Area, Rovescio Della Medaglia, Osanna – for an event by the association Trasimeno Prog, wishing all a Happy New Year (much needed!) and playing a very short early Genesis tune: For Absent Friends. Here’s the video streaming excerpt:
Francesco Gazzara‘s original soundtrack for the Italian TV movie Donne di Mafia (The Mafia Women) is re-released on dec. 28th 2020 as a high resolution format remaster (24bit) updating the original 11-tracks 2001’s CD with 20 more outtakes, alternate versions and unreleased compositions. Donne di Mafia was directed by the late Giuseppe Ferrara, famous for his successful films about the mafia as One Hundred Days In Palermo and Giovanni Falcone. Filmed in different locations as Lecce, Palermo and Caracas, the movie was based on Liliana Madeo‘s book by the same name, where the mafia is seen through the eyes of women – wives, partners but also mafia bosses themselves – alternating moments of pathos and action as in the best Giuseppe Ferrara films of the ’80’s.
Francesco Gazzara‘s soundtrack makes an extensive use of tensions and musical thrilling solutions but also communicate the protagonists individual burden with intimate and warm melodies. The score opens with a typical cornet and strings mafia theme in the style of Morricone and Rota, then follows an original path through tribal rhythms, crescendos and touching female vocalising improvisations.
Here’s the link to the soundtrack’s digital download and streaming: https://francescogazzara.bandcamp.com/album/donne-di-mafia-original-soundtrack
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Sunday 27th december 2020 a streaming live performance was online on Trasimeno Prog YouTube channel with some famous Italian prog rock stars of all time including Patrizio Fariselli (Area), Aldo Tagliapietra (Le Orme), Gianni Nocenzi (Banco), Bernardo Lanzetti, Lino Vairetti (Osanna). Francesco Gazzara opened the event with a piano rendition of For Absent Friends from Genesis Nursery Cryme.
Here’s the performance link (streaming audio/video low quality):
Here’s the whole event’s link : https://youtu.be/aMmdP3Qwqqg

A very nice review of The Bossa Lounge Sessions (Gazzara, 2020) on the Italian monthly magazine Mondo Agricolo (december issue). Thanks to Gaetano Menna!
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Latest interview on KristallRadio Milano, friday 4 december 2020, featuring five tracks from Gazzara‘s new live album “The Bossa Lounge Sessions“: “The Spirit Of Summer”, “New Frontier”, “Do It Again”, “Song For My Father”, “Jazz Is”. Big thanks to Lele Di Mitridj for his great radio show titled “Jazzy Inside“. Interview with Francesco Gazzara starts at 1h 18mins circa, here’s the podcast:

New tracks Chitlins Con Carne (Kenny Burrell‘s cover) and Boomerang (unreleased number) from Gazzara‘s The Bossa Lounge Session new live album have been featured in CinematiCA (Suoni Da E Per Il Cinema) – Season 8 Episode #225 – an Italian broadcast program (Radio X) entirely dedicated to film scores, composers and lounge/soundtrack/jazz latest releases. Here’s the podcast:

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On this great funk and latin jazz selection by Vito Lalinga for Cool Zone We Radio on 27th nov. 2020, we spot “Chitlins Con Carne (live)” from Gazzara’s “The Bossa Lounge Sessions” at 28.10. Listen on! https://soundcloud.com/vitolalinga_vimodeinc_1959/jazz-and-acid-completo-del-27-11-2020?fbclid=IwAR2e_Y2jqw99NkUPNLBYUJDegyIBytvQ_ks1apj470eqjKNsQyPoFMrO8JE

Our Man In Rio (live) from Gazzara‘s The Bossa Lounge Sessions album on air on Kristall Radio Milano (Jazzy Inside, 27/11/20). Listen from 5.15 (the Who’s Quadrophenia only a coincidence) this is a preview of friday’s (4th nov. 2020) extended interview. Also a beautiful program dedicated to John Coltrane. https://soundcloud.com/leledimitridj/jazzy-inside-di-ven-27-nov-2020-su-kristallradio-milano

Italian FM and web station Radio Gamma 5  – “Selezioni in Nero” radio show (29th Nov. 2020) – exclusive interview for Gazzara’s latest live album release – The Bossa Lounge Sessions: A Live & Studio Experience – is now available here (direct podcast): 

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Gazzara‘s new double live album The Bossa Lounge Sessions:A Live & Studio Experience has been released friday 6th november on double digipack CD and all the digital stores by label IRMA records. is a double CD celebrating 25 years of Gazzara’s discography with many unreleased original and cover instrumental tracks, live on stage and in the studio. The two-CD set includes 29 recordings between 1996 and 2020: the real live sound of the band through the years with some present work – as the original new tunes on CD 2 – from a trio (and his guest friends) that never stands still, even during a pandemic, when playing live on stage is temporarily not possible. Only a few signed double CD copies are available before Christmas directly from www.gazzarajazz.com so hurry up and place your order from today!              front sleeve CDbuy-button

Italian FM station Radio Gamma 5  played the track Sanità from Gazzara‘s album Portrait In Acid Jazz during their “Selezioni in Nero” radio show (9th Oct. 2020). They also interviewed the author about the tune’s original birth. Here’s the podcast:

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Ready for an autumn release on IRMA RecordsThe Bossa Lounge Sessions is a new double album (CD and digital download) by GAZZARA, n.8 in their discography and the first one to feature an entire disc dedicated to their live on stage recordings. CD 1 (The Live Sessions) contains 14 tracks recorded between 1998 and 2010 around the world (Italy, Russia, Japan, Portugal, UK) including some unreleased original tracks and live cover versions as Steely Dan‘s Do It AgainKenny Burrell‘s Chitlins Con Carne and Jack McDuff‘s Hot Barbecue. CD 2 (The Studio Sessions) contains 16 tracks recorded live in studio between 2013 and 2020, once again including original unreleased tunes as Skipper Bossa and Boomerang or unreleased instrumental versions of old tracks such as The Miracle Of Your Smile and End Of The Road.

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Latest Francesco Gazzara‘s TV and cinema score is now released as a high resolution audio digital format: Tre Volte Gerusalemme (Original Soundtrack). It is downloadable exclusively here: http://francescogazzara.bandcamp.com/album/tre-volte-gerusalemme-original-soundtrack

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Tre Volte Gerusalemme (Three Times Jerusalem) is a journey into three dimensions – space, time and spirituality – of a city disputed by Christians, Jews and Muslims. A place where everything is true and untrue at the same time, where facts happened for sure but never in an commonly acknowledged site or date. Journalist Franco Scaglia travels to Jerusalem together with authors Wlodek Goldkorn and Gabriele Tecchiato in search of an ideal: a small celestial city that each one of us – atheists, seculars or any religion churchgoers – carries inside himself as an human being. As explains director Simone Aleandri, “this documentary is not about a celebration but, underlining the historical moment we live in, it explores the connections between the three Abrahamic religions, in the same place where everything began 5.000 years ago and where everything still goes on”. Francesco Gazzara‘s soundtrack is highly influenced by the spirituality of such historical sites and many compositions titles reflect this. Ethnic instruments and vocals are merged with an overall epic and dramatic score, where the inputs of the three different religions are exploited in a musical meaning. This high resolution audio release also includes six unreleased compositions originally not included in the documentary’s soundtrack. The film was produced by Digital Studio & DVD with Rai Cinema and premiered on Italian national RAI UNO channel in 2014.

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One more Francesco Gazzara‘s TV and cinema score is finally released as a high resolution audio digital format: La Luce Dei Crociati (Original Soundtrack). It is downloadable exclusively here: http://francescogazzara.bandcamp.com/album/mater-matera-original-soundtrack

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La Luce Dei Crociati (The Light Of The Crusaders) is a documentary directed by Francesco Saponaro – co-written with Andrea Di Consoli – tracing back the pilgrims and Crusaders sites during their long journey through the region of Puglia (Apulia) before their boarding from Brindisi to the Holy Land of Jerusalem. Emperor Frederick II‘s Castel Del Monte is filmed in all its past glory, science and its still present mysterious aura. The film was produced by Digital Studio & DVD with Rai Cinema and premiered on Italian national RAI UNO channel in 2013.
A spiritual work, underlined by Francesco Gazzara‘s soundtrack, made of historical musical timbres resonating through a kaleidoscope of mazy and dissonant chords. Gregorian modality meets modern ambient explorations.

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Francesco Gazzara‘s score for the documentary Sono Cosa Nostra (directed by Simone Aleandri) was included in the latest CinematiCA (Suoni Da E Per Il Cinema) – Season 7 Episode #219 – an Italian broadcast program (Radio X) entirely dedicated to film scores and composers. Tracks played were the main theme “Ripartenza (flute version)” and the previously unreleased “Oltremare”. Here’s the complete episode’s podcast: https://www.radiox.it/musica/cinematica/cinematica-suoni-da-e-per-il-cinema-ep-219/ or you can listen directly here to the F. Gazzara’s featured songs:

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One more Francesco Gazzara‘s TV and cinema score is finally released as a high resolution audio digital format: Mater Matera (Original Soundtrack).  It is downloadable exclusively here: http://francescogazzara.bandcamp.com/album/mater-matera-original-soundtrack

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Matera is the only provincial town in Italy without a train station, but in 2019 was declared “Capital of European culture”. What is the future for this so-called City of Stones (Città dei Sassi) and at what price Matera enters the hall of fame of geographical notoriety? How deep is the separation from its past and history? Andrea Di Consoli, a writer of Lucanian origins, walks the streets of Sassi – the oldest Matera’s district declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 – and those of the suburbs (the “new Sassi”), meeting the new demands of change together with the witnesses of a civilization that no longer exists – as the peasants narrated by Carlo Levi – in search of the city’s inner soul. The same divided soul of Italy, torn between a strong desire for modernization and the legacy of the past. Mater Matera is directed by Simone Aleandri and produced by Clipper Media and Rai Cinema.
Francesco Gazzara‘s soundtrack is suitably close to the bucolic atmospheres of the landscape, rather sparse and acoustic. Only a few instruments – especially plucked strings and rural horns – together with appropriately sound designed effects describe the simplicity of a magic ancient place suddenly turned into a global attraction.

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Francesco Gazzara‘s score for the documentary As Time Goes By (L’Uomo Che Disegnava I Sogni) – along with other Gazzara’s releases as Our Man In Rio from the album One (1996) – was included in the latest CinematiCA (Suoni Da E Per Il Cinema) – Season 7 Episode #217 – an Italian broadcast program (Radio X) entirely dedicated to film scores and composers. It was an absolute honour to be mentioned amongst such great soundtrack names, the best in lounge/bossa/exotica/jazz/soul. Here’s the complete episode’s podcast: https://www.radiox.it/musica/cinematica/cinematica-suoni-da-e-per-il-cinema-ep-217/ or you can listen directly here to the F. Gazzara’s featured songs:

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Three recent Francesco Gazzara‘s soundtracks are finally ready to be released as a high resolution audio digital format (exclusively on bandcamp.com): As Time Goes By (L’Uomo Che Disegnava I Sogni)La Casa Dei Bambini and Sono Cosa Nostra. More previously unreleased titles will follow soon.

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Gazzara‘s original trio are currently mixing two different albums recorded live on stage and in studio, including renditions of their classic bossa/acid jazz/lounge tunes with some unreleased tracks and other rare cover versions: The Live Bossa Sessions Vol.1 & Vol.2.

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New Francesco Gazzara‘s library music album released by Barry Music label (Flipper Music Publishing), titled Agent Bossa, featuring 12 brand new tunes arranged in a lounge, bossa and 60’s spy-movie soundtrack’s style. Here’s the direct streaming link:

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Italian radio station Antenna Febea interviewed Francesco Gazzara on his Gazzara’s discography and more acid jazz topics. Tracks broadcasted: Blow Your Mind, Our man In Rio, Keep Yourself Together and The Spirit Of Summer (Dave Warrin rmx). Here’s the podcast:

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Love Reborn from The Spirit Of Summer album is included in the latest episode (093) of Gran Canarian podcast El Rincòn de Capitan Jazz (Musik 24/7): here’s the track excerpt and the link (click logo) to the complete show: 1121567316298_MD

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From the latest episode (34) of SOLO Modrunner podcast: “Special edition with an exclusive interview to composer and musician Francesco Gazzara and his relationship with MOD culture. The track is “We had a ball” from his album Portrait in Acid jazz…”SOLO MODRUNNER availability:

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Here It Comes Again (Gazzara Plays Genesis follow-up to Play Me My Song) is released worldwide today, 9th January  2020, on IRMA Records, in all digital stores.

The album is also available as a physical digipack CD (signed copy) directly here: www.gazzaraplaysgenesis.com/shop

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More 1970’s and 1980’s Genesis classics (and less famous gems) tracklisted, including a full version of Supper’s Ready for piano, hammond, moog, melodica, mellotron, flute and cello.

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Processo Per Corruzione di Marco Tullio Cicerone (dalle Orazioni Contro Verre). Traduzione e drammaturgia di Paolo Gazzara, con Massimo Venturiello e Maria Letizia Gorga. Colonna sonora di Francesco Gazzara. L’evidente modernità delle invettive di Marco Tullio Cicerone, in una messinscena che, tra drammaturgia, costumi e musica, ricorda anche le gesta di Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) e Charles Laughton (Testimone D’Accusa). Lunedì 9 dicembre, alle ore 21.00, Roma, Officina Pier Paolo Pasolini (Teatro Eduardo De Filippo). La seduta è aggiornata.

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Here It Comes Again (Gazzara Plays Genesis follow-up to Play Me My Song) ready for official release on January 9th, 2020, on IRMA Records. The album is already available to order – a digipack CD signed copy – directly here: www.gazzaraplaysgenesis.com/shop

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More 1970’s and 1980’s Genesis classics (and less famous gems) tracklisted, including a full version of Supper’s Ready for piano, hammond, moog, melodica, mellotron, flute and cello.

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Vatican Radio‘s brand new audio campaign including radio idents, jingles and news titles written and arranged by Francesco Gazzara online and on air for autumn broadcasting from september 29th.

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Here It Comes Again (Gazzara Plays Genesis follow-up to Play Me My Song) mix sessions underway for an end of year scheduled release. More 1970’s and 1980’s Genesis classics (and less famous gems) tracklisted, including a full version of Supper’s Ready for piano, hammond, moog, melodica, mellotron, flute and cello.

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Irma Dancefloor releases The Man (EP) , a new collaboration between Gazzara and DJ Alex Di Ciò including original tunes “It’s Because” and “Magic”. Available in all major digital stores: https://lnk.to/GazzaraVSDiCioTheMan

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Vatican Radio‘s Idents, jingles and News Titles finalized for autumn broadcasting.

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Basileus, a film documentary by Alessandro Marinelli about schooling and teaching in difficult urban areas in Rome, featuring Francesco Gazzara‘s soundtrack, is broadcasted on the 22nd of august on Rai Tre TV national channel, h 00.05 (DOC3 series).

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Instrumental overdubs for ““Here It Comes Again” (Gazzara Plays Genesis follow-up to “Play Me My Song”) including violin, viola, cello, flute, sax, bass, percussion and guitars are nearly completed. Album mix will start in early september.

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Irma Dancefloor releases It’s Spring digital EP, a collaboration between Gazzara and DJ Alex Di Ciò including original tunes remixes such as It’s Not Over and Spring Tango.img_4605

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Instruments overdubs for Here It Comes Again including violin, viola, cello, flute, bass, percussion and guitars.

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Piano recordings for Here It Comes Again – Gazzara Plays Genesis follow-up to Play Me My Song album – in place at Lo Sciamano Music School Auditorium on a finely tuned Bechstein grand piano originally build in 1878.

On 29 march “Play Me My Song” album (gatefold LP print) officially presented in Rome at Welcome To The Jungle vinyl store.

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First italian screening for Francesca Muci‘s new film/documentary “La Casa Dei Bambini” at Cinema Barberini in Rome. Soundtrack by Francesco Gazzara.La casa dei bambini_INVITO

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February 1st – live showcase for The Piano Room‘s 2084 concept album @Lo Sciamano Music School, Rome, Italy.

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CD released on same day (www.thepianoroom.it).

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Working on new easy listening and jazz lounge music library titled Agent Bossa for Flipper Music label.

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Time Goes By: L’Uomo Che Disegnava I Sogni” (dir. Simone Aleandri, soundtrack F. Gazzara) officially screened at “Festa del Cinema di Roma 2018” on wednesday 24th october, h. 21.30, MAXXI Museum, Rome.

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Post producing The Piano Room‘s new concept album 2084 (IRMA Records), due early 2019.

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Working on a major sound restyling for Vatican Radio broadcasting (FM and online), writing various jingles for podcasts and news titles.

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Writing a new score for biopic documentary As Time Goes By (RAI Cinema / Clipper Media)

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Writing a new score for documentary La Vita É Un Dono (RAI Cinema / Clipper Media)

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