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Program

20 April - 20:00 h (Local Time)
ZeitHaus

Photo: Lars Landmann

MARIO BIONDI

They call him the 'Barry White of Italy'. With his darkly vibrating, smoky bass voice, Mario Biondi sings an immense musical breadth: from rousing Broadway swing, to laidback smooth jazz, electrifying funk grooves, and soulful ballads. A soul singer and crooner, Biondi combines different vocal styles. His repertoire ranges from American Song Book classics to soul songs and Italian canzones adapted to his own musical mood. Typically Italian, Biondi is a modern Paolo Conte with elegance, impish humour, and perfect charm.

A native Sicilian, the son of a singer-songwriter and former background singer for Ray Charles, is a recognized star in Italy. "Handful of Soul", Biondi's debut album released in 2006, was awarded platinum. Audiences and critics were also thrilled by his later albums. Biondi started working more on an international level and even had a song written for him by the legendary American songwriter Burt Bacharach, creator of unforgettable hits like "I Say a Little Prayer". Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan sang duets with Biondi on his album "Sun" released in 2013 with guest performers including the British acid jazz band "Incognito". In the meantime, band leader Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick is the Italian soul crooner's producer. Biondi's eighth album, "Best of Soul", was released in 2016.

Mario Biondi (vocals) – Daniele Scannapieco (saxophone, flute) – Gianfranco Campagnoli (trumpet) – Tommaso Scannapieco (bass) – Lorenzo Tucci (drums) – Claudio Filippini (piano)