A Life in Music! A Life for Music!
"I shall sing for you, and I shall capture your heart!"
"AMEDEO MINGHI is one of the most famous Italian artists. He is an author of superb melodies that will never age, and of poetic lyrics that speak of love in ways that are always new and original. Amedeo Minghi is perhaps the only musician and composer who is truly Italian, profoundly Italian, historically Italian. No one like him, in the realm of quality songs of the last thirtyfive years, has been able to combine effectively the powerful sounds of a great orchestra with the modern electronic techniques and the complex harmonies of the keyboard, and still produce music faithful to the most authentic and noble Italian melodic tradition. Today his songs can without exaggeration be considered brief symphonic operas. They are concrete examples of contemporary classical music that doesn't remain, however, restricted to an elite group of admirers, but it reaches the top of the pop-charts and achieves a success that has all the characteristics of the great pop and rock phenomena."
From "A conversation with Amedeo Minghi" held at the "Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimó"on April 24, 2000,
introduced by Alessandro Carrera
And the stories gather along the way...
they are my memories... the way we are...
(English translation by Mariagrazia Byrnes)
AMEDEO MINGHI (Rome, August 12, 1947): singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, producer; released 30 albums, 18 singles, 5 DVDs; composed sound tracks for 9 fictions, 2 TV series, and one movie. He is considered one of the most iconic singer-songwriters and composers in the realm of Italian music.
He begins his artistic journey at the end of the 60s, after a successful audition and a signed contract with Dischi Ricordi. Minghi makes his debut with a 45: "Alla fine" (1966); as customary in those years, it is a cover of an English song: "The End (Of the Rainbow)" brought to fame by Earl Grant. The lyrics are translated by Mogol.
Minghi will have to wait until 1976 to sign his first big hit, one of his most successful of the 70s: "L'immenso" (there are more than 15 versions around the world and millions of copies sold. The elegance and depth of this song attract the attention of the music experts and the public who view him as a refined singer-songwriter.
Thus follows a period of intense work as an author; he writes for "I Vianella": "Vojo er Canto de 'na canzone", "Canto d’amore di Homeide" and "Fijo" written with Franco Califano, who made his debut as singer-songwriter with this song. He also writes for Rita Pavone, Marcella Bella, Mia Martini, Anna Oxa, I Ricchi e Poveri, Gianni Morandi. He establishes stimulating collaborations with Edoardo De Angelis, Marco Luberti and Adelio Cogliati.
After working with the record companies Apollo (of Edoardo Vianello) and CBS, he moves to Vincenzo Micocci's record company IT, where he meets the Roman poet Gaio Chiocchio; their cooperation (1983-1987) generates cinematographic songs of ample melodic breath, songs that give titles to the following recorded works by Amedeo: 1950 (he participates with this song in the Sanremo Festival of 1983 not reaching the final, but getting the attention of audiences and critics alike: it is now considered a classic of the Italian song), "Quando l’estate verrà" (Rca), and "Cuore di pace" (Rca).
In 1985, Amedeo is a guest at Sanremo as an author, accompanying on the piano, the world-renowned opera singer Katia Ricciarelli in "Il profumo del tempo", arranged by Ennio Morricone.
In 1987, his sixth album "Serenata" is released (this album marks the first collaboration with the lyricist Pasquale Panella).
The following year he records, with Fonit Cetra, a work destined to a decisive artistic turning point: “Le nuvole e la rosa”. He decides to bring this concept album and other songs on stage, thus making his debut in 1989 at the Teatro Piccolo Eliseo, in Rome, with the recital “Forse Sì Musicale”. It's a resounding success that will end three years later with more than 160 performances and a number of spectators with six zeros, hits on the radio, and sales of records. "La vita mia" is the live album that contains a summary of this journey that finally reaches the general public.
In the meantime, as a writer and producer, Amedeo wins at "Sanremo giovani" the critics' award for "Canzoni" (1989) sang by a very young Mietta. And the following year, in tandem with Mietta at Sanremo, he triumphs with the song "Vattene amore" (1990) winning third place at the festival, first place on radio programs, gossip magazines and sales. This success culminates with a concert in Rome on July 23, 1990 in Santa Maria in Trastevere, where, in front of 40,000 people, Amedeo sings his repertoire. This concert gives origin to the album "Amedeo Minghi in concerto" as well as a home video. Amedeo climbs the charts. In 1991, he returns to Sanremo with the song "Nene", which will lend the title to a double album released after the Festival, a collection containing the homonymous song, some live songs and several others rearranged in his studio. At the same time, Amedeo is also working as a composer. He composes the music for the famous TV series "Fantaghiró" (5 series exported to half of the world) directed and produced by Lamberto Bava; a genre of fantasy and romance aired for the first time on December 20 and 21, 1991, on Canale 5. It becomes a cult classic for entire generations, and, practically every year, is shown on TV again during the Christmas holidays. Rossana Casale is chosen to sing the soundtrack theme "Mio nemico". This mini-series is followed by others, always under the direction of Lamberto Bava: "La principessa e il povero", "Desideria e l’anello del drago", "Sorellina e il principe del sogno". The music themes, composed by Amedeo Minghi, are recorded live and included in the CD “Il fantastico mondo di Amedeo Minghi" (1996) and, later, in the CD "Il Fantastico mondo di Fantaghirò" (2011).
The most significant recording success was achieved by the album "I ricordi del cuore" in 1992 (second best-selling album of the year). The song "I Ricordi del Cuore" is the leading theme of the first Italian soap-opera "Edera" (aired on Canale 5 and produced by Titanus). The album, with 140,000 copies booked in advance in the stores, reaches the top of the hit parade with more than 600,000 copies sold. On June 25 of the same year, Amedeo Minghi gives an extraordinary concert with 25,000 spectators, documented in a big selling home video and a live CD.
Minghi's success is strengthened by his participation at Sanremo in 1993 with the song "Notte bella magnifica". It is followed by tours in the most important theaters in Italy and the release of albums reflecting a very creative period: "Come due soli in cielo"(1994), the live recording of the tour at Teatro Sistina in Rome (1995), the album "Cantare é d'amore" released by EMI after Minghi's participation at Sanremo (1996) with the homonymous song, followed by a widely watched videoclip and a tour that brings to light his poetic qualities: his cantar d'amore. Minghi holds concerts in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Latin America, the album "Cantar es de amor" gains a substantial following followed by the publication of two albums one of which, anthological. With more than 250,000 copies sold, Amedeo Minghi's name climbs to the top of the charts throughout South America. At the same time, also the music markets of Spain and Northern Europe, Holland in front, begin to show signs of serious interest in Minghi.
In 1998, the album "Decenni" is released (over 300 thousand copies sold for which Minghi receives 4 gold records); it include the song "Un uomo venuto da lontano" (by Marcello Marrocchi and Amedeo Minghi) and a trace video showing the life of Pope John Paul II that he himself has authorized. In fact, the song is performed in the presence of Pope John Paul II, in the "Aula Paolo VI". Because of its uniqueness, the video is seen around the world, and this experience culminates with "Gerusalemme", a piece commissioned by the Vatican on the occasion of the Jubilee 2000 and contained in the double CD "Minghi Studio Collection". This song promotes the ideal of peace that Minghi has always had at heart, and gives origin to a series of initiatives.
In 2000, Minghi participates in the Sanremo Festival singing "Futuro come te" with Mariella Nava. He then releases his 20th album "Anita". The album anticipates the musical project focused on the rediscovery of Anita Garibaldi, young wife of Giuseppe, the protagonist of a great story of love and courage. The song, which opens the album, will later be part of a collection titled "Cosí sei tu" which will also include a duet with singer Diana GurzKaya presented at the Moscow Kremlin Theatre.
In 2002, Minghi publishes "L’altra faccia della luna" and participates in Sanremo 2003 with the song "Sará una canzone" for the TV drama "Terra Nostra 2 – La Speranza"; he rearranges and sings the new theme song. In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, he performs in South America (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Cordoba and Buenos Aires ) and, in Europe, (Krakow, Strasbourg, Bucharest, Madrid and Rome). He also performs again in Jerusalem.
He concludes this journey with a live concert held on December 19, 2003, at the Palalottomatica arena in Rome, broadcast live from a pool of broadcast satellites. In 2004, Amedeo undertakes a project for UNICEF with the collaboration of his friend and actor Lino Banfi with whom he signes a delightful CD entitled "Sotto l'ombrellone". As an author, he contributes to Andrea Bocelli's new album "Andrea" by composing the song "Per Noi".
On January 21, 2005, "Su di Me" is released, with its theater tour beginning in Milan on March 21. In 2006, on the occasion of Minghi's forty year career in music, EMI publishes his "PLATINUM COLLECTION" consisting of three CDs containing 48 pieces, among which the song "Ed altre storie" previously unpublished. He also writes his autobiographical book “L’ascolteranno gli americani” published by Rai Eri and distributed by Mondadori. Written in first person, Amedeo recounts his artistic life; it's a direct testimonial by one who has experienced, in person, a radical transformation among generations and their relationship with music.
In the role of "artistic producer", Minghi produces the first album of the "KHORAKHANE", titled "La ballata di Gino" (2007). The group participates with the homonymous song in the 57th edition of the Sanremo Festival "Sezione giovani". He also composes the soundtrack for the movie with Lino Banfi "L'allenatore nel pallone 2", to be distributed on a CD produced by Warner Chappel Italia.
On February 2, 2008, Minghi holds a concert at the Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome, with the orchestra "La Sinfonietta“ consisting of more than 90 elements and directed by Maestro Renato Serio. Guests of the evening are: Lino Banfi, Serena Autieri, Mietta, Rossana Casale, Fabio Andreotti, Giulio Base, Laura Comi (Etoile of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma), Maria Dangell, Gabriel Orit, Abu Hakeem Jaeela, Khorakhane, and Annuccia (professional name "Lolla“, all copresented by Amedeo and Eleonora Daniele. (The same year, he participates in the 58th Sanremo Festival with the song "Cammina cammina", and publishes the collection "40 anni di me con voi” with new songs written with Paolo Audino). Subsequently, there is a tour across Italy followed by many precious events such as the visit to Normandy, and more precisely to the Mont Saint Michel, where Minghi sang in the Abbey and received the keys to the city by the Mayor.
On March 27, 2009, a DVD of the entire concert event held at the Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome is released along with a triple CD collection of live and studio tracks, a DVD of the above concert, and two new songs dedicated to the poet Baudelaire. On March 28 the concert is broadcast on RAI UNO during the second part of their evening program. On March 31, Minghi leaves for a trip to the Holy Land where he sings accompanied by an Arab-Palestinian artist and an Israeli artist, on the occasion of the Pauline Year Pilgrimage. On May 15, he performs, with great success, at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Malta. He serves as the "artistic director" of the third edition of the "Festa dei Giovani" held in Rossano Calabro. Subsequently, he begins a summer concert tour full of many events leading to the debut, on October 26, of six unique and always different concerts at the Teatro Ghione in Rome: "Di canzone in canzone". Given their great success and public demand, a seventh concert is added. This experience culminates with the release of a box set with two DVDs containing the six concerts (2011).
In 2010, Minghi embarks on a promotional tour in Brazil, holding a concert at the HSBCBrasil in Sao Paolo, on October 22. It is followed by the release of two Cds for humanitarian causes: "Papa natale 2" and "Papa natale 3".
In June of 2011, he holds a concert in Warsaw (Poland), subsequently, he participates in the "Festival dei Due Mondi" in Spoleto, is hosted in Sophia (Bulgaria) on the set of the TV drama "Anita" for which he composed the soundtrack and wrote the script; finally, in September, he participates with Claudio Baglioni in the event "O'Scia", held in Lampedusa.
On September first, 2012, Rai Uno airs "Cantare e' d'amore" during prime time. On November 26, 2012, Minghi returns to Teatro Sistina for a memorable concert.
He contributes to "The Year of Faith", in 2013, by collaborating towards the realization of the opera concert "I Cercatori di Dio", which he brings to churches and cathedrals in Italy. The single "Vivi e Vedrai" is released (2012).
A series of numerous alternative projects emerges: “AMEDEO MINGHI E IL TRIO DI SALERNO”, with summer evenings performances during which Minghi sings his past and present hits in jazz version. A new recital at Teatro Ghione, with Cinzia Gangarella's piano elaborations, presents a new repertoire: "Suoni tra ieri e domani", with Minghi singing the songs he had composed for other artists.
The single "Arrivederci a quando non lo so" is released (2013). It anticipates the new studio album with the collaboration of Mogol.
October 2013: Amedeo Minghi is sampled by Justin Timberlake . The track in question is "Lustful", taken from the compilation "Delirium", published in 1972. Justin Timberlake has sampled the piece in "Only when I walk away", a song in the second part of his “20/20 Experience”.
On 13 January 2014 a memorable concert is held at the Teatro Brancaccio in Rome.
On April 27, 2014, Minghi is Called to Krakow, as international guest, for a celebratory concert on the occasion of the canonization of John Paul II.
Together with the duo "Insieme" (Andrea Andrei e Davide Mattioli), Minghi sings the evergreen song "Emanuela ed Io" (1984/2014) accompanied by a videoclip shot in Prague; the song climbs the charts in the Check republic, holding steadily the top spot.
May 2014: Musician and singer song-writer, Mango, includes in his new album, his interpretation of "L'immenso" .
June 2014: Amedeo launches a multimedia site to extend his presence also on the web and social networks, in order to establish a special connection with those who have always appreciated his music, and those who wish to follow close up his artistic journey through new forms of communication and new ways of using and enjoying music.
July 2014: Minghi is called again to Krakow to record a new song (for which he wrote the lyrics) with singer Agnieszka Koziarowska.
October 2014: After the summer tour and four performances in the United States and Canada, Amedeo publishes his long awaited new live work "Suoni tra ieri e domani" recorded at Teatro Ghione in Rome, with the collaboration of pianist Cinzia Gangarella. Amedeo narrates and sings, for the first time, songs he has composed for others. It is a retrospective that retraces some of the most significant songs he has composed for other great interpreters of the Italian music, songs that now, through this album, have a second life. The production is enriched by an unpublished new song, a videoclip and an original editorial project. The release of the album is anticipated by the new song "Io non ti lascerò mai" and by the videoclip directed by Michele Vitiello, a student of the Sapienza University in Rome. The video (with more than 100,000 viewers in the first weeks), made by the student under the literary advisory of Niccolò Carosi e Riccardo Cancellieri, makes reference to classical mythology with Amedeo Minghi interpreting the character of Orpheus. It is realized by Terre Sommerse Group and Produzioni Le Lune for Sanbiagio Produzioni, and is shot in Sicily, in the "Minosse Tomb", in the "Gresti Castle", and among the craters of the "Silvestri" mountains. The album “Suoni tra ieri e domani” becomes a traveling recital with first stops in Bologna, Turin and Milan.
Amedeo's collaboration with the young, culminates with a meeting-event at the "Aula Magna Rettorato" of the Sapienza Università, in Rome, on October 30, at the presence of the Dean and about twelve hundred people including artists, students and fans. The University's initiative, entitled "Quando la melodia è comunicazione (When melody is communication)”, proposes the universal language of Amedeo Minghi's music through the interpretion of the melodist's songs by the new generations who give a new rendition, reflecting their personal vision, to all time songs: "1950", "Notte bella magnifica", "Mia Vita", "Dimenticarti mai più", "Per noi".
In the meantime, the 2015 Tour is enriched by new dates and, according to a survey conducted by ALL MUSIC ITALIA, the album SUONI TRA IERI E DOMANI is declared best Italian album of 2014.
2016: Amedeo Minghi announces that he is working on a new album which will be accompanied by a series of events and novelties.