Cantando Andrea Parodi
This cd+dvd features the concert-homage to Andrea Parodi, that took place exactly a year after his last concert, in the impressive Roman amphitheater of Cagliari. It is the celebration of the autumnal equinox, the date in which day and night are in perfect balance between themselves. It is a celebration in memory of this great artist who died prematurely, the voice of Sardinia, a voice that is extremely enchanting. 2007, September 21st was a special night dedicated to Andrea Parodi, at will of his wife Valentina, with the new-born Andrea Parodi Foundation, aiming at maintaining and spreading not only Andrea’s works, but also Sardinian cultural and musical traditions.
In the cd+dvd Cantano Andrea Parodi his songs are interpreted by many of his friends-musicians that have been with him on the stage during over twenty years of career. Lots of guests in that special occasion presented songs from Andrea Parodi’s huge repertory, making their own interpretations and arrangements. That was a significant contribution not only to pay a great homage to the artist, but also to keep his songs vivid, as well as the Sardinian local language and sounds, for which Andrea Parodi strove in order to have them been given their deserved value. Among the guests: Piero Pelù, a leading figure of the Italian rock scene; Elena Ledda, top voice of the Sardinian singing; the Balentes, three Sardinian voices that blend with a mixture of modernity and tradition; the Tazenda, the two inseparable Gino Marielli and Gigi Camedda with the recent addition of a beautiful voice, Beppe Dettori; Rita Marcotulli, talented and elegant composer and pianist, highly regarded in the jazz world, that has recently given her fine contribution to Andrea Parodi and Elena Ledda’s last record “Rosa Resolza”; the Sardinian singer-songwriter Piero Marras; the brilliant violinist Mauro Pagani, higly regarded in Italy, Andrea Parodi’s eager partner in his last years, that made a name for himself since middle 70s, beside the most important artist of the national scene, such as the PFM, the Area, till his long cooperation with Fabrizio De Andrè; Gavino Murgia, the famous saxophonist from Nuoro, outstanding musician in the international jazz scene and scrupulous researcher in traditional music; the guitarist Gianluca Corona, the Sardinian musician that played on Andrea Parodi’s side since 1998; drum and violin player Francesco Sotgiu, versatile Sardinian musician that used to make arrangements for Andrea Parodi during his whole career; Gigi Marras, a close partner of Andrea Parodi, too; and then the mascot, young but talented singer Nadia Sotgia, a brilliant voice of Sardinia, noticed by Andrea Parodi himself, who had been really impressed since he listened to her for the first time.