My Italian music picks: Sexy & Gay Tiziano Ferro, And Electronic Artist Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubi

Published 29, Jul, 2011
Author // Brian Finch - Founder

Part of travelling is discovering new artists and cultures. Here are my two fave Italian artists.

My Italian music picks: Sexy & Gay Tiziano Ferro, And Electronic Artist Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubi

I’m easing back into Toronto life with my first post about Italian artists I’ve discovered and re-discovered while on my trip to Italy (trip details to follow),

The first one is Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubi who is an artist in every sense of the word. Above is a little video he did called Orange Elephant. 

This is real art combining electronic music with incredible imagery and is in every sense of the word visual art as well. I have to say he is refreshing after Lady Gaga (who I love but is not an artist in this sense of the word).

I discovered him on a recommendation by a local music store salesperson. He is top of the charts and quite intriguing. Much of his stuff is certain to be remixed into club music, if it is not almost already there.

This clip is not one of those songs. He’s even been featured on the cover of Vanity Fair (Italian edition). He’s kind of a combination of Daft Punk at times, a hippie, electronic raver and folk singer. When he cleans up he is quite cute.

His latest release is called, “Ora” meaning “Hour.”

I know Anglos, I know, you can’t stand hearing things in other languages. Give it a try and open your world a little bit. Tutto L'amore che ho" or "All the love I have"

 

 

 

TizianoMy second is a re-discovery as I had his music but just didn’t know anything about him. I thought he was some pre-fab club music kind of deal as I had only heard the remixes.

Then in Rome, I turned on MTV and watched a show called “Storytelling” and Tiziano Ferro was the featured artist. I was hearing him basically unplugged with not too much more than a guitar with every lyric projecting so much emotion that one didn’t have to understand the lyrics, you just knew.

Ironically enough, the show he was introduced to had an audience of only women; he was considered a “heart throb.”,  Then a year later in Vanity Fair he tells the world he is gay. (This part I found out when I returned home because I had no internet access for most of my time away.)

I picked up two of his albums, all of which have gone platinum and are an international success. He picked up a handful of MTV awards in 2006, and was a hit at the age of 21.

So once again, for those anglos who can appreciate beautiful music check out all of this stuff. The two I have are: “Nussuno è solo” – No one is alone, ironic as in The Advocate interview he said he was sad that he didn’t have a boyfriend. Shocking, I’m sure after that interview it didn’t last long. The one other is “Alla mia età”

This video is Tiziano Ferro with Mary J. Blige.

About the Author

Brian Finch - Founder

Brian Finch - Founder

Brian Finch, founder of PositiveLite.com. I've had a blog since 2005 when I decided one day that I just wanted to write. Since then I've grown to writing for a local Toronto magazine, Fab, and contribute to MyGayToronto.com.

I first went public in the 1980s, and with the exception of a few years of taking a break, have not really stopped. More recently (relative to twenty years ago) in 2006 I was featured in the Ontario HIV Treatment Network's documentary "Positive Voices" filmed during the 2006 International AIDS Conference.
The very same conference where I organized an action against the Conservative government for our Prime Minister not showing up, which is now known as "The Pillow Case Project" approximatel 1000 message-stenciled pillow cases were held up at the moment the government representative stood up causing an international photography sensation.
During these years I was on the board of Canada's treatment advocacy NGO, the Canadian Treatment Action Council, and have been privileged to have worked with great activists internationally such as Africa.
Life is an evolution, and today I am now the owner/publisher of PositiveLite.com, an online project to bring people (and our allies) living with HIV together in Canada and abroad. The vision is to bring the world together with a uniquely Canadian perspective.I first went public in the 1980s, and with the exception of a few years of taking a break, have not really stopped.

More recently (relative to twenty years ago) in 2006 I was featured in the Ontario HIV Treatment Network's documentary "Positive Voices" filmed during the 2006 International AIDS Conference. 

The very same conference where I organized an action against the Conservative government for our Prime Minister not showing up, which is now known as "The Pillow Case Project" approximatel 1000 message-stenciled pillow cases were held up at the moment the government representative stood up causing an international photography sensation. 

During these years I was on the board of Canada's treatment advocacy NGO, the Canadian Treatment Action Council, and have been privileged to have worked with great activists internationally such as Africa. 

Life is an evolution, apart from my contributing to PositiveLite.com, I've become a budding stand-up comic creating a new genre of comedy: candid comedy. Look out as there isn't much I don't talk about.