Saturday 11th of March 2023 Gazzara plays Genesis feat. Vincenzo Misceo on vocals played in a special private event at Villa Chiovari near Udine (IT). The live set was based on GenesisGabriel era with tracks from Nursery Cryme to The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. Click on the picture to watch a selection of clips from the live show:
Reach Out, the second single of GAZZARA‘s collaboration with the soulful voice of Youssef Dinar, is released worldwide on Friday 10th of March 2023 by IRMA Records label. The first single No Tears Left was released on 24th October 2022. Reach Out is written by Francesco Gazzara, Youssef Dinar and Dario Cecchini who’s also featuring on baritone sax. Excellent work by Massimo Sanna (bass) and Mauro Mirti (drums/percussion) too. Click on the sleeve to listen!
Reach Out
Latest music library written and produced by Francesco Gazzara is titled Needles And Pins and has just been released worldwide by Flipper Music label. A first description of the album is as follow: Orchestral sounds and analog synthesizers set the right tension for thriller, investigation and crime tv series”. Available soon on all digital stores, you can listen and buy it already through the label official website. Click on the sleeve to listen:
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Gazzara plays Genesis: Foxtrot has been reviewed on Dusk (Italian Genesis Magazine) latest issue (dec 2022). Here’s the full review:
On January 17th and 19th 2023 two different tv documentaries by filmaker Luisa Mandrino were aired on Italian national RAI TRE channel:  Il Diario della Lavanda (Lavender’s Diary) and Frutti, Amore e Fantasia (Fruits, Love and Fantasy). Set respectively in the farmlands around Cremona and Mantova (Lombardy, Italy) these works tell interesting stories of emancipation, entrepreneurship and biodiversity. Francesco Gazzara contributed with an original and completely acoustic soundtrack score.

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On Saturday 7th January 2023 a special night was hosted at Acme Studio in Ladispoli (nr Rome) where Italian news journalist and radio speaker Massimo Mapelli and musician/author Francesco Gazzara both talked about their own recent books: A Voce Alta and Genesis dalla A a la Z. As both publications have Genesis as a common link, Gazzara also played a few excerpts from the band’s Gabriel years while Mapelli revealed audio recordings of his early ’90’s (separate) interviews with Genesis and Peter Gabriel.  Here are some shots from this special evening:

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Here are some photos from last Saturday‘s (17 dec 2022) magical evening (Gazzara plays Genesis feat. Vincenzo  Misceo on vocals) at the Auditorium Marianum G. Frescobaldi Conservatory in Perugia, Umbria. Location and audience were incredible. Heartfelt thanks to Trasimeno Prog crew for organizing the event. Francesco Gazzara (piano) and Vincenzo Misceo – with his Peter Gabriel absolute vocal timbre –  played a set of early Genesis tunes ranging from Trespass to The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway with some unexpected incursions into later Genesis (Duke) and Peter Gabriel‘s solo albums (Car). To watch some video live excerpts from the evening click here: You Tube.

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Here it is in all its beauty the Auditorium Marianum Girolamo Frescobaldi in Perugia (Umbria, Italy), where on Saturday 17 December (at 9PM CET) Gazzara plays Genesis will perform as Francesco Gazzara (piano) and Vincenzo Misceo (vocals). The live set is dedicated to early Genesis (Gabriel era) and more, together with a unique slides show. Tickets running out fast so check the flyer for bookings etc.

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Le périple s’achève à Canterbury, centre d’un prog de haute école… Merci beaucoup to FB page Prog censor for their fantastic review of Progression (GAZZARA). Click on the pic for the review link.
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Monday 12th December 2022 a special acoustic live set by Gazzara plays Genesis was played in Rome @ Libreria Eli for the 40th Anniversary of iconic Italian radio program RAI StereonotteFrancesco Gazzara (piano) and Vincenzo Misceo (vocals) played 40 minutes of early Genesis. Here’s a poster of the event.
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DJ Steve Bread has done a very nice rework of Orinoco, the long instrumental closer of 2006 album Brother And Sister by GAZZARA. This is a respectful and passionate work launching GAZZARA‘s jazz, funk, latin and bossa sounds into the future. Orinoco is also the tracklist opener of Acid Jazz & Funk Remixed, a new compilation released worldwide on December 2nd 2022 by label IRMA Records. Click on the sleeve to hear the track.
Acid Jazz & Funk Remixes
“FOXTROT tribute is respectful but original in its own way, allowing emotional vibes even in this chamber orchestral version…”  writes journalist and Genesis Italian biographist Mario Giammetti on Classic Rock Italia dec 2022 issue, in his review of  Gazzara plays Genesis: Foxtrot. Very last limited edition copies of the CD:

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A Gazzara plays Genesis: Foxtrot review was included in PROG Italia december 2022 number. The same issue features a long article (see pics below) by Francesco Gazzara on Genesis masterpiece’s 50th anniversary. While the magazine is available in all Italian newsagents until end of January 2022, latest Gazzara plays Genesis: Foxtrot tribute album CD copies are quickly selling out at

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Friday 4th of November 2022 Francesco Gazzara is amongst the guests of a live show by singer Vittorio Centrone aka Lemuri Il Visionario which is taking place in Rome at Teatro Arciliuto. Both Francesco and Vittorio are performing a piano and vocals only rendition of some Genesis early gems. Teatro Arciliuto is located in the heart of Rome’s centre (piazza Montevecchio n.5). Infos: 066879419 / 3338568464.
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The single No Tears Left marks the first release of a new collaboration between GAZZARA and the vocalist/writer Youssef Dinar. Here’s a preview of the sleeve, while track – a torch song reminiscent of memphis soul and northern soul –  is released digitally worldwide by IRMA Records on Friday 28th October 2022.  
No Tears Left (sleeve)
Gazzara plays Genesis LIVE: FOXTROT (and more…) is a live event including an exclusive solo piano performance of the whole Foxtrottracklist by Francesco Gazzara together with a series of anectodes narrated directly from the keyboardist/composer’s latest book Genesis dalla A alla ZThe event takes place at the Auditorium ICBSA (Istituto Centrale per i Beni Sonori ed Audiovisivi) in Rome on 20th October 2022 and it is recorded and filmed for future inclusion in the ICBSA worldwide database.

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The new Gazzara plays Genesis tribute album Foxtrot is finally released as a Limited Edition CD (gatefold digifile format) on October 6th 2022, 50 years after the original Genesis masterpiece release. The first 100 copies of the album will be available only through the artist’s Bandcamp pageOctober 6th 1972 – although the exact original date is still uncertain – legendary rock band Genesis released their masterpiece Foxtrot. Fifty years later the heritage of this album on modern music is still enormous and Francesco Gazzara‘s instrumental piano/orchestral version is a tribute to such beautiful music written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford. From Watcher Of The Skies to Supper’s Ready the original Foxtrot tracklist is reinterpreted with passion, accuracy and respect, underlining all the hidden nuances of Genesis music. This is the first Gazzara‘s tribute to a particular Genesis album, the second being Selling England By The Pound, scheduled for late 2023. Click on the album sleeve to order your copy of Gazzara plays Genesis: Foxtrot.
Foxtrot (front sleeve web)
Beautifully crafted, sincerely delivered music – Rick Wakeman meets Big Big Train, perhaps“. Pleased to read such a nice review of Progression in Grant Moon’s “And Last But Not Least” column from Prog Magazine UK #132 issue!

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An extended interview with Francesco Gazzara appeared on Italian web site in the wake of imminent Trasimeno Prog Fest (27th August 2022) in Castiglione del Lago (PG) when Gazzara will be on stage for his Genesis dalla A alla Z book and Gazzara Plays Genesis piano perfomance. Early Genesis manager and friend Richard MacPhail will also present his latest book on same day and location. Click on the image to read the complete interview:
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A three pages interview with Francesco Gazzara about his latest GAZZARA album Progression appeared in the August issue of PROG Italia magazine:

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On August 11th 2022 at 9.00pm a great double stage event. 2084 (The Piano Room), a dystopian concept album/visual art inspired to George Orwell‘s 1984 and released by Francesco Gazzara in 2019, returns live after three years. On the same night Gazzara will also perform a piano selection from Genesis 1970s repertoire together with an exceptional vocalist, Vincenzo Misceo, the closest Italian voice to Peter Gabriel‘s magic vocal timbre. This event will take place at an altitude of 755 meters above the sea level, in the fantastic scenery of the Abruzzo Apennines. On a perfect midsummer night, suggestive music and visual art will be performed at Cerqueto di Fano Adriano (TE): just two hours from Rome, 90 mins from Pescara, an hour from L’Aquila and 30 mins from Teramo. Here’s the poster for more infos. Free entrance.
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Saturday 27th August, in the magnificent setting of Palazzo della Corgna in Castiglione del Lago (Perugia, Umbria, Italy) at 5.00 pm, Francesco Gazzara will perform a selection of early Genesis tunes on grand piano and chat with the audience (and friends of Trasimeno Prog) about his GENESIS dalla A alla Z 500 pages book.  All this will happen in the second day of Trasimeno Prog Festival, an event full of prestigious live guests asRichard Sinclair, Richard MacPhail, Bernardo Lanzetti, Patrizio Fariselli, Odessa, The Watch and many more. For booking and more infos click here or on the image below:
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A nice review of Progression in the August 2022 issue of Italian magazine Classic Rock:
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Plus points are collected with the fine organ parts (among other things on the six-minute “Lewes”) as well as with the equally successful wind instruments… This is only an English translated fragment from the beautiful Progression review out now on Betreutes Proggen, a very influential German blog and website on progressive rock. You can read the whole review (in German) here or clicking on the image below:
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A very enjoyable tribute to a musical genre and to an exciting time in rock history (Genesis, Robert Wyatt, Caravan)… Another great review of GAZZARA‘s Progression on the July 2022 issue of Mondo Agricoltura magazine, in its special pages dedicated to quality record releases. Here’s a readable scan…
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On 21 July 2022 Italian web radio ProgSky dedicated its entire show (titled Prog On the Lake) to GAZZARA‘s latest album Progression. You can hear the complete podcast here (click on the image below):
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There’s a great review of “Progression” out now on Open Magazine:
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On July 22nd 2022 a film byAlessandro Marinelli, Terre Mutate (Altered Lands), has been included in the Giffoni Film Festival “special events” section.  This original Italian documentary is set in the central Apennines focusing on the burning desire for planning a complete reconstruction – including social relations and work opportunities for the young generations –  by the survivors of the 2016 catastrophic earthquake who decided to remain in their native villages. Francesco Gazzara has written and arranged the complete score for the film.
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Check out the Approx Banks playlist included from 10th of July 2022 in the GAZZARA PLAYS GENESIS YouTube channel. Here you’ll find Francesco Gazzara’s personal reinterpretation of various Tony Banks’ keyboard performances during Genesis live tours between 1971 and 1977 (1980 in one case). This is also a close approximation of the sounds and instruments originally used, due mainly to practical stage reasons. All sounds/presets keys changes are listed in the video when occurring. The backing tracks are usually a mix between the original studio or live stems (mainly drums and bass due to copyright reasons) while the keyboards audio performance is tracked live (including the odd bump notes) directly from the cameras microphones (therefore the “ambience” audio quality). The filming is done with two Canon 1200D cameras (side) and one iPhone camera (ceiling). For an original reinterpretation of the songs (for grand piano, chamber orchestra and other acoustic instruments) please visit To start your Approx Banks tour, click on the image below and pick up a song of your choice…Schermata 2022-07-08 alle 23.27.54

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Thursday 14th July 2022 Francesco Gazzara’s will attend his latest book Genesis dalla A alla Z launch at Medimex (Bari, Apulia) at 6pm in La Feltrinelli bookstore. The event will be hosted by journalist Dado Minervini, copies will be available to be signed by the author and it will be an hour packed with Genesis tales and surprises.

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Here’s the sleeve of GAZZARA’s new album Progression, out June 14th 2022. Time seems right for a deep prog rock record (inspired by Genesis, Yes, King Crimson  Gentle Giant, ELP, Anthony Phillips, Mike Oldfield….) with many other influences ranging from classical, folk and soundtrack music. The album has been inspired by Britain’s oldest road map (Gough Map, c.1360), an almost forgotten pilgrimage similar to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Progression indicates the process of developing or moving gradually towards a more advanced state: after a choral introduction (“Misericordiae”) the following eleven tracks are named after some of the locations of the ancient route (“Old Way“) that runs between Southampton and Canterbury in the South of England. Written and recorded during the last  pandemic years (2020-2021), GAZZARA’s new album features seven passionate musicians playing a total of 22 different instruments. Progression will be released on IRMA Records as a limited edition CD available exclusively on the artist’s website and bandcamp page. Click on the album sleeve to stream or buy the CD in pre-order before its official release date. Click on the image frame below to watch the album teaser on GAZZARA’s YouTube channel.

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Director and reporter Riccardo Bicicchi‘s film Ritorno A Casa: Papa Francesco in Iraq (Back Home: Pope Francis In Iraq) was broadcasted on national Italian TV channel Rai Uno on Easter Sunday, 17th April 2022. This exceptional documentary shows the Pope‘s recent visit to Iraq, an emotional journey and unique message in such a difficult period for peace in the world. The soundtrack has been entirely written by Francesco Gazzara. Click on the photo to access the broadcast link (registration by email requested):

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Tuesday 1st of march 2022 (h 9.00 PM CET)  Francesco Gazzara‘s latest book GENESIS dalla A alla Z is officially presented online on Odoya Publishing FB official page: This streaming event is held by music journalist Franco Zanetti who will interview Gazzara about his life long passion for Genesis and together they will go through the book’s many stories and anectodes.

Presentazione online (flyer)

Francesco Gazzara‘s latest book Genesis dalla A alla Z(Odoya Edizioni) is officially presented on thursday 24th february in Rome IT at Riverside Food Sounds Good club. The author will also play a selection of early Genesis tunes on the grand piano, with composer Vito Terribile as special guest on violin. The event is hosted by journalist, radio DJ and prog rock expert Gianpaolo Castaldo. All infos here:


Francesco Gazzara’s latest book Genesis dalla A alla Z (Odoya Edizioni) is reviewed on Classic Rock Italia magazine (february 2022 issue). A few copies (signed by the author) are still available with a direct mail message to info@gazzaraplaysgenesis or

After nearly a year of work, a new book by Francesco Gazzara is published on december 20th 2021: GENESIS DALLA A ALLA Z (Odoya Publishing) is an accurate dictionary of the legendary english prog rock band where each member musician – Banks, Collins, Gabriel, Hackett, Rutherford…in other words the five protagonists of the so called prog era – is analyzed with 26 alphabetical letters each. A fifty years long story narrated through places, friends, families, sounds, instruments, masks, stages, recording studios, rehearsing rooms, festivals, tours, farewells and reunions. GENESIS DALLA A ALLA Z is the longest tome ever written about the band, over 500 pages of infos, stories and musical analysis. It’s written in the book!  Here’s the front cover, the book is available from december 16th in all Italian bookstores and online shops.

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La Memoria – Magistrati uccisi da mafie e terrorismo.

Serie TV in 18 puntate sul canale RAI PLAY dal 22 settembre al 1° dicembre 2021

Le storie dei protagonisti della lotta alle mafie e al terrorismo che hanno perso la vita a causa del proprio lavoro a tutela della collettività, raccontate da Rai Istituzioni. I volti, le interviste , le testimonianze e le cronache dei telegiornali nelle ricostruzioni realizzate grazie al materiale d’archivio delle teche della RAI. Un’occasione per ricordare episodi tragici della nostra storia recente che hanno colpito l’istituzione della magistratura.

Soundtrack originale di Francesco Gazzara. Clicca sulla locandina per vedere le puntate della serie.

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A brand new music library by Francesco Gazzara is available in all digital stores from mid december 2021: Crime At Cinecittà (Flipper Music) is a collection inspired by many spy-story and court-drama TV classics of the Sixties and Seventies, from Perry Mason to The Avengers, including some recent investigation series as Lupin. Click on the record sleeve to listen to the opening title “Court Case“:

In less than a year Genesis‘ masterpiece Foxtrot will be 50 years old. As an early celebration, on friday 10th december 2021 a tribute album will be released digitally on all platforms by Gazzara Plays Genesis. The original tracklist has been assembled with all the piano and orchestral tracks already included in Play Me My Song and Here It Comes Again, with some new renditions added as “Get’Em Out By Friday” and “Can-Utility And The Coastliners” (arranged for piano, organ and mellotron). Here’s the “presafe” link to be ready on release date (dec 10th 2021) so you can listen, download or stream the album (click on album sleeve). A CD release will be eventually considered for the actual 50th anniversary 6th oct 2022, depending on the digital release feedbacks. For now…the lizard’s shed it’s tail!Foxtrot gaz

Fifty years ago, 12th of november 1971, Nursery Cryme was released on Charisma Records. An absolute Genesis masterpiece and one of the most important prog rock albums of all time. PROG Italia magazine (november issue) has a special feature of 14 pages on the record, written entirely by Francesco Gazzara. Turn and run! Royal beast did not forget…

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A special Genesis related weekend on 26th-27th June 2021 in Milan: Francesco Gazzara will be involved in a special “Piano City” event called  “Ascoltiamo Un Disco – Speciale Tony Banks” – along with DJ and journalist Luca De Gennaro – at “Mare Culturale Urbano” in Milan (5.00PM). A unique piano performance with DJ set and slides, where Gazzara and De Gennaro will display and explain some tricks and details of Tony Banks’ extraordinary keyboards gems with Genesis. Francesco Gazzara will also play a Nursery Cryme/Foxtrot piano live set the early morning after at dawn (6.30AM) in the picturesque scenario of Lago di Bruzzano – Parco Nord (Milan). Finally, a third show will follow at 11.00AM at Parco Sempione (Milan), with Gazzara picking through his Genesis renditions from his albums  Play me My Song and Here It Comes Again and a few unreleased songs.

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On May 10th 2021 Italian TV Rai3 broadcast the documentary Dalla Maremma Al Cielo (From Maremma To The Skies) by Riccardo Bicicchi, set on the western country and shores of Maremma, in Tuscany, dedicated to its inhabitants and focused on the farm workers’ hard labour. Francesco Gazzara contributes with an original and acoustic soundtrack score.


On 4th of may 2021 a full length interview and live performance by Francesco Gazzara was broadcast on Italian Trasimeno Prog YouTube channel and brazilian Area Prog FB page. The event, called “4 Chiacchiere a casa di… (Having a chat with…)”, also included the Italian pianist and organist Marco Lo Muscio, Steve and John Hackett‘s collaborator since ten years. Francesco Gazzara – amongst several live clips from his various projects including The Piano Room and GAZZARA projects – played a short electric piano section from one of the tracks of his next progressive rock album, due later this year. Click on the picture to watch the whole event:


Last Easter Monday (april 5th 2021) the event Genesis Easter Day was held online by Trasimeno Prog on their YouTube channel featuring Francesco Gazzara, The Watch and Marco Lo Muscio. Almost two hours of renditions including some famous – and some less known too – Genesis gems. You can watch Francesco Gazzara‘s piano and organ performances (Get’em Out By Friday, More Fool Me, The Battle Of Epping Forest) on the video below starting immediately after a short but passionate introduction by the legendary guitarist Steve Hackett.

Here’s the link to the complete event:

March 29th was the 88th day of the year hence it was Piano Day 2021 worldwide. A new Spotify playlist from Blue Spiral Records features the very first recording (piano & cello) of Genesis‘ Watcher Of The Skies rendition by Francesco Gazzara , dated 2006 and originally included in The Piano Room‘s debut album.

Click on the first picture for the playlist with hundreds of piano songs:

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Click on the second picture for Francesco Gazzara‘s early Watcher Of The Skiesrendition:

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Monday 5th of april 2021, on YouTube channel (and FB page) Trasimeno Prog, there will be a special Genesis Easter Day event, featuring some exclusive reinterpretations of the legendary english band from Italian artists. Francesco Gazzara will contributes with some new acoustic and electric piano (plus Hammond organ) renditions. Click on the image below for a short promo clip:

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Can the stem of a plant blooming only once in a lifetime at 3400mt of height be used to build rope bridges, houses roofs and to make statues that become incredible works of art? Yes, if we’re talking about the Maguey, the American agave plant growing in the north of Peru‘s Cordillera Blanca, between the breathtaking Andean roads and the rural villages of mud and straw, far away from Lima. All this and more is included in the documentary L ‘Arte Del Maguey (SD Cinematografica) by Luigi Cammarota featured friday 26th march on Italian national channel RAI3 (TV broadcast: Geo). Francesco Gazzara‘s soundtrack makes a large use of chordophones and Andean rural woodwinds. Click on the images for further infos.

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“Talent and high craftsmanship in a musical area always subject of fertile and constant manipulations”. So Alessandro Berni ends his nice review of The Bossa Lounge Sessions (Gazzara, 2020 IRMA Records) on the Italian web portal Il Click on the picture to read the complete review:

On Tuesday 9 March at 9.00PM (CET), exactly one year after Italy‘s first lockdown for Covid-19, a streaming theatre play titled Testimonianze Dal Contagio (Witness Accounts Of Contagion) will be online on Narni‘s official Corsa All’Anello website, on its Facebook page and YouTube channel. The play – recalling many epidemic infections that plagued humanity from ancient times to the present day – is based on the literary works of Manzoni, Boccaccio, Camus, Saramago, Sontag, Aleksievic and Mastrocola. Playscript and staging by Paolo Gazzara. Ancestral and primal sounds – from ambient atmospheres to horror vacui noises and animal screams – emerge from Francesco Gazzara‘s original soundtrack.
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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 Here’s the complete soundtrack by Francesco Gazzara:
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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 broadcast 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 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:
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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 :

A very nice review of The Bossa Lounge Sessions (Gazzara, 2020) on the Italian monthly magazine Mondo Agricolo (december issue). Thanks to Gaetano Menna!

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:


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!

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.

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): 


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 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:



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.


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:

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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.


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:

La Luce Dei Crociati (sleeve) web

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.


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: or you can listen directly here to the F. Gazzara’s featured songs:



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:

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Film teaser

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.


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: or you can listen directly here to the F. Gazzara’s featured songs:



Three recent Francesco Gazzara‘s soundtracks are finally ready to be released as a high resolution audio digital format (exclusively on 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.

 As Time Goes By (sleeve)     La Casa Dei Bambini (sleeve) web   Sono Cosa Nostra sleeve


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.


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:

Listen to “Agent Bossa”

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antenna febea (radio int 2020)

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


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


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:

HICA digital front sleeve (web)

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.


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:

HICA digital front sleeve (web)

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.


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.


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:

The Man EP


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


2084 digitally released worldwide on IRMA Records.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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