I was about ten years
old when the first guitar arrived
at home, and from that moment on, I began experimenting. However,
it was in 1963, when I first heard the Beatles,
that something in me exploded! Within a week I had every one of
their singles. The following year I was in London with my father
and I went into a record shop to asked for their recommendation
tip for a new band. I left with the Stones’
first EP and I fell in love with R&B.
In 1969 I finished school. The Fholks
called me and invited me to take the place of their former guitarist.
They were older than me and had done the rounds. They'd even jammed
with Jimi Hendrix and subsequently he had given
them opportunity to open his show at Teatro Brancaccio. I jumped
at the chance, enthusiastically.
In the three years that followed there were lots of concerts, a
record contract with the Ricordi label, a first single. Things began
to evolve. I began writing my first songs. Cerchi,
the B side of the Fholks single was written by myself and Topel.
Maurizio Vanelli of Equipe 84, who produced it,
signed it because we were not yet enrolled in the writers’
guild, SIAE. After several changes to the band’s make-up,
by the end of 1971 Federico Troiani was on piano
and Hammond organ and Roberto Senzasono was on
drums. In the summer of 1972, we recorded the album Reale
Accademia di Musica but soon after it had been mixed, I left
the band to go to India where I stayed for
nearly ten years.
In the mid-1980s, I became part of a trio called Blossom
Child and we made the charts in France and Europe with the single
I Pray. It wasn’t really my musical style, but the experience
taught me so much.
At the end of 1988, my dear friend, Gil Rossellini
invited me to get involved as a composer and guitarist with a wonderful
new adventure with the group Effetto Notte. The
aim was to create a rock opera. Gaio Chiocchio
already had the lyrics and I discovered the pleasure of turning
existing lyrics into songs! So we created a multimedia project Il
Poliedro Di Leonado (Venice International Film Festival, 1989).
This gave me the opportunity to work with some of the biggest artists
in the world of cinema: Carlo Rambaldi, Giuseppe
Rotunno and Douglas Trumbull.
From the beginning of the 1990s I was writing
music for theatre, radio and television on behalf of RAI,
ENEL, CAM, WARNER BROS, EMI, RAI TRADE, FLIPPER MUSIC among
others. However, I wanted to make an album again, just like the
old times. It was due to the collaboration of musician friends,
both long-standing and new, that I was able to create Pericle
– The Big Museum (2013). The creative spark that led to
this album was lyrics written by Enzo De Luca, a poet, and friend,
who died far too young. Inspired by his lyrics and a shared feeling,
I began writing one, two, three, four songs... in the end I had
an entire album. This is the story behind Pericle
– The Big Museum!
In 2014, together with several important musicians from the Progressive
Roman rock scene (Fholks, Reale Accademia di Musica, Raccomadata
Con Ricevuta di Ritorno, Saint Just, L'Uovo di Colombo),
we breathed life into a new/old supergroup P.I.S.,
which is an acronym for Progressive Italy Supergroup.
It's an intense and meaningful experience, but unfortunately too
short. I start from there, to write and develop new material with
my "old friends" Fabio Liberatori and
Andy Bartolucci, and with two "new friends",
Erika Savastani and Fabio Fraschini.
The group works like an atelier, a school, an academy. There is
a merging of styles and individual skills and experiences. Friendship
and mutual esteem are strengthened. This is an academy in the true
sense of the term. An entirely ‘real’ Real Academy of
In the 45 years that have passed since the publication of that
historic Album in 1972, February 2018 sees a new chapter begin for
the mythical Reale Accademia di
Musica with the release of their new album, Mutant
Angels, on CD and vinyl!