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From the album "Irresistibile"

About me

I was born in Cagliari in 1961 on April 3rd and music entered my life around the age of 12 when an English hippie boy, John, appeared in the house with his American girlfriend, Samantha. He plays the guitar and sings Bob Dylan songs.

First I get curious, then I get passionate and finally I ask John to teach me how to play...

My first guitar is another story. Those were the years immediately following Cagliari's championship and, for various reasons, Gigi Riva, who we called Luigi, happened to be in my parents' house. Luigi had a guitar at home that had been given to him by none other than Fabrizio De André, his friend. Luigi didn't know how to play it and probably had taken my new passion to heart and so he gave it to me.
It was a 12 string Eko Ranger and, of course, I still have it.

My first loves were Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and all the West Coast of that period, James Taylor but also Led Zeppelin's rock and that was the music we played throughout our teenage in small bands in the city.

In the early 80s I crashed Pino Daniele and it was love at first sight. Italian music, which until then had fascinated me very little, became attractive and opened to unexpected developments thanks to all those new influences.
Fabio Concato and Sergio Caputo were also important reference points in Italian music. Without ignoring the two Lucios, Battisti and Dalla.
In the world there have been so many: in addition to those already mentioned, the black music of the 70s, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Earth Wind & Fire but also Steely Dan, Pat Metheny, Prince, the Police and finally Brazilian music: Jobim, Caetano, Djavan, Ivan Lins and many others, too many.

Also in those years, unfulfilled, I started playing the saxophone and was invited to join Crepesuzette, a Cagliari band with a truly 80s sound and look (including make-up and shoulder pads).

My first professional experience (paid!) was offered to me by my uncle Bruno Massidda, a singer and saxophonist known in Cagliari, who hired me as the bassist and singer of his quartet on a cruise ship in Greece and the Caribbean.

Military service break and I join the rock band Tomato Ketchup as a saxophonist. A brilliant and unique band for those times it had a "Mediterranean" sound in the broadest sense of the term.

During my military service I met the pianist Alessandro Di Liberto with whom I played for many years and thanks to whom I approached jazz, a great passion and school. I studied harmony, I obtained a diploma in solfeggio and I had my jazz experiences in various groups including the quartet of the American trumpeter Andy Gravish, the quartet of Paolo Nonnis where Steve Marcus, former Buddy Rich Big band and the trio with Rossella Faa.

In the 90s I moved to Milan. During the first years I studied singing with Francesca Oliveri and harmony and arranging with maestro Filippo Daccò, known in Italy and Europe as one of the most talented teachers of harmony and modern guitar.

From that moment on I finally began to make a living from music, playing in the most varied venues with many musicians with whom I shared this so engaging experience.

Among the many collaborations:

  • Paola Atzeni and A Banda Quartet, inspired by Brazilian music.
  • Emanuele Esposti, an excellent and tasty piano player and a great friend.
  • Dagmar Segbers
  • The Cherry Pickers
  • Loredana Casula, singer with a unique and very "soul" tone, with whom we have collaborated widely.
  • The vocal quartet Vivavoce

Among the many places I want to mention the one where I started and which hosted me for many years, the historical Ronchi 78.

In 2018, with the co-production of Emanuele Esposti and featuring other splendid musicians, I made my first album: "Le mie stagioni colorate".

I released my second album in 2023, it's called "Irresistible".

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