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I was born into a family of musicians in 1955 in Bologna, where I lived until 1997. My grandfather Mario Cavallari was a great author and publisher of songs during the fifties and the sixties for all the most famous singers of the time, from Nilla Pizzi to Giorgio Consolini, Milva to Luciano Tajoli, etc. My mother and my uncle, both qualified at the conservatory, have taught and played in many public dance-halls all around Italy. When someone prophetically asked me about what I would like to do once grown up, I answered I wanted to be a lawyer. Against all odds, I am nonetheless true to my family name... When I was ten, I clumsily started to play the piano and the guitar in the first inexpert bands among friends, in the cellars under our houses. The bass guitar, my greatest love, turned up by chance when I was in my twenties. At that time, the bass player of my group had to leave for his national service and, since it was not easy to find someone able to play that instrument, I replaced him just for fun. Unexpectedly, I have never stopped playing the bass guitar since then. As I was also interested both in technical and technological aspects of music, I learnt to use the first mixers and tape recorders thus later becoming a sound engineer. I have never stopped doing that, either. Since 1997 I have been living in Forlì, a pleasant and quiet town in Romagna, close to the sea which is my second great passion. But this is another story...
1975-1980: Bass player, sound engineer and arranger for some local area songwriters (Claudio Lolli, Roberto Picchi ecc.).
1981-1984 Sound engineer for many italian international dance productions (so-called Spaghetti music!!!) with Celso Valli and Mauro Malavasi. Recording and mixing engineer for the following albums: Calypso (Ron) Nove (Ivan Graziani) Chiedi chi erano i Beatles (Stadio) Viaggi Organizzati* (Lucio Dalla) Intanto Dustin Hoffmann…°* (Luca Carboni) ° also production and arrangements * also bass and keyboard player
1985-1988 Bass player with Ron and live engineer with Lucio Dalla. Recording and mixing engineer for the following albums: Bugie* (cont. Se io fossi un angelo by L.Dalla-R.Costa) (Lucio Dalla) Dallamericaruso°* (Lucio Dalla) DallaMorandi (Lucio Dalla and Gianni Morandi) Sarà un uomo°*, Luca Carboni°* (Luca Carboni) Qué te puedo dar°* (Victor Manuel) Ron°*, E’ l’Italia che va°*, Il mondo avrà una grande anima°* (Ron) Canzoni alla radio°* (Stadio) Melancolia (Matia Bazar) ° also production and arrangements * also bass and keyboard player
Recording and mixing engineer for the movie soundtrack: “Mamma Lucia” (starring Sophia Loren) including “Caruso” performed by Luciano Pavarotti. Recording and mixing engineer for the movie soundtrack: “I Picari” (M.Monicelli)
1989-1992 Mixing engineer for 4 Mina’s albums. Songwriter of 2 songs for Mina (Acquolina and Ancora un po’) Live engineer of DallaMorandi tour. Production, arrangements, bass & keyboard player and sound engineer: Rosa de amor y fuego, Como una novia, Veneno para el corazon (Ana Belen) Tiempo de cerezas, El delicado olor…, Adonde irán los besos (Victor Manuel) Puoi fidarti di me (Stadio) Cuore d’acciaio (Luca Barbarossa)-(The song Portami a ballare included in this album won the San Remo Festival 1992) Canterò (Andrea Mingardi)-(The song Con un amico vicino, included in this album, classified third among new artists in the San Remo Festival 1992)
1993-1996 Sound engeneer of this albums Mucho más que dos –live (Ana Belen, Victor Manuel and others) En blanco y negro –live (Victor Manuel and Pablo Milanes) Vivo (Luca Barbarossa) Maria Farandouri sings Lucio Dalla°* (Maria Farandouri) ° also production and arrangements * also bass and keyboard player
Songwriter of “E adesso pedala” sung by Marco Pantani for the Giro d’Italia 1996
1997-2001 Bass player with Lucio Dalla Sound engineer for the albums: Canzoni*, Ciao*, Luna matana°* (Lucio Dalla) El hijo del ferroviario°* (Victor Manuel) ° also production and arrangements * also bass and keyboard player
Recording and mixing engineer for theatre soundtrack “Enzo Re” by R.Roversi.
2002-2006 Bass player and musical co-conductor for the TV show “La Bella e La Besthia” on RAI1. Production, arrangements, bass & keyboard player and sound engineer for the album LUCIO (Lucio Dalla) Co-arrangements, bass & keyboard player and sound engineer for the musical “Tosca - Amore disperato” together with Lucio Dalla and Beppe D’Onghia. Bass player with "Lucio Dalla in tour". Live sound engineer with “Lucio Dalla & Stefano di Battista jazz quartet european tour” and "Lucio Dalla and Beppe D'Onghia's Nu-Ork strings quintet". Writer and producer, together with Lucio Dalla, of the cartoon score “Yo-Rhad, un amico dallo spazio” by Victor and Carlo Rambaldi coming out in the early 2006. Live sound engineer with "Bononia Sound Machine live!" and "Central Unit" Post-production engineer of the film "Quijote" by Mimmo Palladino. Writer and producer, together with Lucio Dalla and Bruno Mariani, of the TV serial score "Sottocasa" on Rai1. 2007 Bass player with Ricky Portera's band on tour with the new album showcase "Ci sono cose...". Music mixdown of the DVD "Quarantasei" by Milo Manara and Valentino Rossi.
Writer and producer, together with Lucio Dalla and Bruno Mariani, of the original soundtrack of Vincenzo Salemme's movie "SMS- Sotto Mentite Spoglie". Bass player and sound engineer of Lucio Dalla's new album "Il contrario di me". Bass player in Lucio Dalla's "Il contrario di me - tour"
"Il contrario di me - tour" continues... Bass player and sound engineer of Lucio Dalla's new version of "Nuvolari". Bass player and sound engineer of Lucio Dalla's Bejing 2008 Casa Italia Official Hymn. Bass player and sound engineer for "Medio bevo" by "Associazione Medikanto". Writer and producer, together with Lucio Dalla and Bruno Mariani, of the original soundtrack of Pupi Avati's new movie "Gli amici del Bar Margherita" coming out spring 2009. Producer and arranger of "Anni di cuoio", new Federico Aicardi's song. Music mixdown of Mama Grande's new album "MamaGrande" 2009 Writer and producer, together with Lucio Dalla and Marco Alemanno, of the song "Quasi Amore" sung by Iskra at 59th Sanremo Festival of Italian Song.
Producer and arranger of "La rumba della rambla", new Federico Aicardi's song. Bass player and sound engineer of Lucio Dalla's new album "Angoli nel cielo".
Live Sound Engineer with "Dalla - De Gregori duemiladieci - work in progress tour"
Studio sound engineer of the hit singles "Solo un gigolò", "Non basta saper cantare" e "Generale" by Lucio Dalla and Francesco de Gregori
Live Sound Engineer with "Dalla - De Gregori duemilaundici - work in progress tour"
Writer and producer, together with Lucio Dalla and Bruno Mariani, of the original soundtrack ofBob Kennedy III's movie "AmeriQua" coming out spring 2011. Artistic Director of the contest for emergent bands called "Forlì Music First" in Forlì during June and July 2011. Writer and producer, together with Lucio Dalla and Bruno
Mariani, of the original soundtrack of Pupi Avati's new movie "Il cuore grande delle ragazze" coming out autumn 2011. Writer and producer, together with Lucio Dalla, of the original soundtrack of Enzo d'Alò's new movie "Pinocchio" coming out spring 2012.
Sound engineer for il Lucio Dalla's new CD coming out November 2011 called "Questo è amore". 2012 Sabbatical year. 2013 Creation,
mix and remix of original recording sessions performed by Lucio Dalla for the original soundtrack of the ballet "Futura-Ricordando Lucio", a production by "Balletto
di Roma" directed by Giampiero Solari and choreographed by Roberto
Castello, on stage from February 2014.
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