“Passion Galliano”, the extraordinary musical journey also passes through Lamezia


By John

A passion for music imbued with nuances with which he “colors” the notes of his accordion. In «Passion Galliano» you will be able to attend a concert bearing the prestigious signature of a musician who marked an era: Richard Galliano. The virtuoso French musician and composer will perform on Friday in a unique event, exclusively for Calabria, bringing his extraordinary music to the stage of Grandinetti Municipal Theater of Lamezia Terme.
Organized by LOVE Calabriadirected by Francescantonio Pollice, «Passion Galliano» will celebrate the artist’s fifty-year career. A repertoire, that of Galliano, which has the ability to be versatile to meet the multiple preferences of those who have been listening to him for a long time. From Debussy to Astor Piazzolla, the performance will be a mosaic of the musical genres that have most influenced Richard Galliano throughout his career, with particular attention to jazz. Much more than a simple concert, the “Passion Galliano” recital is the musical description of the artist’s great passion, the musical notes to which he dedicated his entire career.
Galliano’s artistic career was profoundly marked by his meetings with Claude Nougaro, in 1975, with whom he formed a deep friendship, and with Astor Piazzolla, in 1980. It was the Argentine composer and bandoneonist who strongly encouraged him to create the “nouvelle musette”, just as he himself had previously invented the Argentine “nuevo tango”, giving his music and performances a unique style.
Over the course of his career, Richard Galliano and his accordion have become one of the points of reference of contemporary music, consolidating his worldwide fame. Born in France, the artist has Italian origins from his father Luciano, who inspired his son to study the accordion since the age of 4.
«It was my dearest desire: to give the right space to this instrument, unjustly classified as the piano of the poor», a statement from Galliano which confirms how important his accordion is for him.
From the beginning when he performed playing classical music, Galliano has always wanted to broaden his horizons, without distinctions between musical genres. In addition to the lucky meeting with Astor Piazzolla, the virtuoso accordionist managed to absorb the best of jazz through collaborations with Chet Baker, Charlie Haden, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Michel Portal. Gary Burton and the Italian Enrico Rava, among others. Also important is his contribution to the modern French chanson which saw him alongside Serge Reggiani, Juliette Greco, Georges Moustaki, Charles Aznavour and Serge Gainsbourg.
In addition to having performed on five continents, Galliano also recorded a series of albums, including those featuring compositions by Bach, Vivaldi, Nino Rota and Mozart.