What should have been a short presentation this morning in Palazzo Pancrazi with Paolo Nutini and his parents in fact turned into a rather longer affair with what could be interesting possibilities for Barga. Paolo was there to be presented by the Mayor of Barga, Marco Bonini with plaque commemorating the fact that he was now putting the name Barga on the worlds music stage. During August Paolo generally spends at least one week on holiday here in Barga and has done so for many, many years – after today’s meetings that may change as it looks as though next year he may actually be working instead of relaxing for his Barga week. As you can hear in the short interview with Paolo at the bottom of this article, he mentions working with a jazz band in New Orleans and asked about the jazz musicians in Barga.
A meeting was set up between him and Alessandro Rizzardi, the organiser of the long-running and very successful Barga Jazz Festival and at the end of the meeting it was announced that Paolo could well be appearing in some form or other in the Barga Jazz Festival 2010.
The Mayor of Barga, Marco Bonini promised full co-operation with the organisers of the festival in dealing with what could probably be some serious logistical problems once the fans of Paolo Nutini are aware of his upcoming appearance in Barga.
Just to add to the mix, after recent e-mail communications between Paolo and Lucio Dalla the very popular Italian singer-songwriter and musician, has launched the possibility of a collaboration between Lucio and Paolo. It was asked at the meeting if Lucio has ever been to Barga …..
Lucio Dalla (born March 4, 1943 in Bologna) is a popular Italian singer-songwriter and musician. He also plays clarinet and keyboards.
He is the composer of Caruso (1986), which has been covered by numerous international artists. A version of Caruso sung by Luciano Pavarotti sold over 9 million copies and the song was a track on Andrea Bocelli’s first international album Romanza which has sold over 16 million albums world wide thus far; the song is a tribute to the emblematic opera tenor Enrico Caruso. source Wikipedia
Click on the link below to hear a short interview recorded in Palazzo Pancrazi this morning with Paolo and his mother