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Born near Cuneo (in Italy?s Piedmont region) into a family of farmers, Gianmaria
Testa taught himself to play guitar and wrote his first songs as soon as he
learned his first chords. Following winning the first prize at the Recanati
Festival for emerging singer-songwriters, he released his first album,
Montgolfieres. In February 1997, five months after the release of his second
Extra-Muros, Gianmaria performed at the legendary Olympia in Paris. The
engagement marked a key moment in his young career, which, in the space of two
years, saw him go from being a completely unknown Italian singer-songwriter, to
making a chance d?but in France, to becoming a runaway success. Still, those
familiar with his albums and live appearances couldn?t help but note the
composure, confidence, sincerity and utter lack of self-importance with which he
made these enormous strides. His voice seemed to have gained new richness and
depth, and there was a new freedom to the instrumental playing. The driving
rhythms of jazz, lively fanfares, piano solos, and sudden silences all served to
emphasize Gianmaria?s sincerity and his subtle, elegant way of telling tales of
melancholy and quiet joy.
In February 1999 Gianmaria released his third album, Lampo, recorded in Italy and France. The title alludes to both lightening and the flash of a camera, representing a luminous instant that leaves an indelible trace in one?s memory. Lampo is a disc of micro-stories, of everyday people and things that take on surprising dimensions: lovers in Rome, the moon, chestnut trees, chalk dust left on doorsteps to mark the steps of visitors. In October 2000, he made a new album of songs and poems, Il valzer di un giorno (La Valse d'un Jour) . The album represented a real gamble: solo voice backed up with acoustic guitar, relying solely on the quality of the material. Following the release of this album, Gianmaria played Italy?s most prestigious theatres as well as other European cities.
Gianmaria?s latest album, Altre Latitudini was released in October 2003 in Europe and Canada. Its January 2004 United States release won a rave review in Time Out New York and extensive airplay on WNYC. The ?latitudes? of the title are those of the heart, explored in fourteen songs of love lost and found.
Montgolfieres (Chant du Monde, 1996)
Extra-Muros (Chant du Monde, 1997)
Lampo (Chant du Monde, 1999)
Il valzer di un giorno (Chant du Monde, 2000), also known as La Valse d'un Jour
Altre Latitudini (Chant du Monde, 2003)