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Paolo Rossi

Paolo Rossi

Comedian, musician, tv conductor and actor Paolo Rossi is a multitalented artist, capable of mixing together comedy, cabaret and socio-political awareness. Born in Monfalcone, Paolo Rossi debuted in 1978 in the Dario Fo directed theatrical pièce Historie du Soldat. A long time member of the Teatro dell'Elfo company, he worked with directors such as Elio De Capitani, Gabriele Salvatores and Giampiero Solari, both in theaters and in motion pictures. In the 90s he switched from theatrical experiences to important television appearances, gaining huge audiences. From the end of the decade on he started directing his own recitals, including music, fragments from classical authors -- from the Greeks to Shakespeare, once again in an extremely peculiar and satirical way. His first album, Canzonacce (dal Night a Shaklespeare was released in 1993, followed one year later by Hammamet e Altre Storie, the latter including two of his most famous songs, "Hammamet", about Italian politician Bettino Craxi who escaped to Tunisia in order to avoid a trial for corruption, and "Era Meglio Morire da Piccoli". In 1994, together with Enzo Jannacci Rossi took part to the Sanremo Music Festival with the song "I Soliti Accordi". In the following years he guested on records by Modena City Ramblers (1996's La Grande Famiglia and 2005's Appunti Partigiani) and Têtes de Bois (2003's Pace e Male). In 2007 Paolo Rossi released the live album In Italia Si Sta Male (Si Sta Bene Anziché No). Its title-track, an unfinished song by the late Rino Gaetano, was presented at the same year's edition of the Sanremo Music Festival. ~ Aurelio Pasini, Rovi
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