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"
My 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.