Paola Turci

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Paola Turci is an Italian singer, songwriter, performer and author, who was born in Rome in 1964. Turci's musical debut was in 1986 when she participated in Festival of Sanremo with the song L'Uomo di ieri (Yesterday Man), written by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,the song was published her first album Ragazza sola ragazza blu (Loonley girl, blu girl). In the three following years she participates again in Festival of Sanremo winning in the critic award in 1987 with the song Primo tango (First Tango). She participate again to the Festival with the song Saró bellissima (I'll be beautiful), and in 1989 she is back with Bambini (Children). Thanks to this song she wins the 1 placement in the branch Emerging artists of Festival of Sanremo. Bambini is the song that definitely sanctioned Turci’s popularity. In 1990 Turci steps for the fifth time on Festival of Sanremo stage with the song Ringrazio Dio (I thank God); meanwhile it is issued the album Ritorno al presente (Back to the present) in which it is included the song Frontiera (Frontier) that she promotes during the summer music competition Festivalbar. In 1991 Turci promoted Candido (Candide), as for 1759 Voltaire’s novel, and, in the same year, Turci wins the Cantagiro, a music competition. Few weeks later, her song E mi arriva il mare (And the sea comes to me) performed with Riccardo Cocciante, hits the Italian playlists. In 1993 the artist participates with the song Stato di calma apparente (State of apparent calm) for the 6th time in Festival of Sanremo. Stato di calma apparente is an autobiographic song, where, for the first time, Paola Turci stands out as author. In 1993 it was published the album Ragazze (Girls). On the 15th August 1993 Paola Turci, engaged in a tour, was involved in a terrible car accident that has changed forever her life, marking her career and private life. Despite the traumatic consequences of the accident, few weeks later, Turci decides to fulfill her professional commitments, continuing exhibiting in numerous concerts. In 1993 autumn Turci sings Io e Maria (Maria and me) written by Luca Carboni, a song that approaches, for the first time in Italy, the theme of a saffic liaison. During the same period, she participates with other artists to a collective experience called Innocenti evasioni (Innocent escapism), a Lucio Battisti tribute where, she re-interpreted the song Ancora tu (You again). In 1995 Turci is back with the new album Una sgommata e via (A screech of tyres and go) which is also the name of her new single written by Vasco Rossi. This album is characterized by ‘90s acoustic background and rock-pop sounds. In this album it was also included a Luigi Tenco’s cover, E se ci diranno (And if they tell us), re-arranged empathizing a rock character. With this album she started the cooperation with R. Casini (previously - Steve Rogers Band), cooperation concluded in 2000. In 1996 it was issued the anthology Volo cosí (I fly like this) 1986-1996, the name comes from the successful song presented in Festival of Sanremo in 1996. The same year Turci participates in Festivalbar with La felicitá (The happiness), another unreleased track registered for the anthology. In 1997 was published Oltre le nuvole (Beyond the clouds), this is the only Turci’s album entirely compounded by covers. The album is characterized by Anglo-Saxon sounds winking at ‘80-‘90 rock-pop international scenario. Tracks of the likes of: Missing You by John Waite, You Don't Understand Me by Roxette and I'll Stand by You by Pretenders. The aim of the album was to experiment translating into Italian the most captivating sounds of the Anglo-Saxon world. The album first single was Sai che è un attimo, a Jude Cole cover of Time for Letting Go. It is a success achieving over 150,000 copies; the album went platinum. In 1998 the album was reissued adding 2 more songs and one of the two, Solo come me (Alone like me), an unpublished work was presented in Festival of Sanremo 48th edition. Following Oltre le nuvole success, in 2000 Turci has been asked to try again the same formula for the new album Mi basta il paradiso (Paradise is enough for me), where, together with covers, there are a number of unreleased songs such as Sabbia bagnata (Wet sand) and Saluto l’inverno (Goodbye winter) both singles written together with her friend, the singer Carmen Consoli. Saluto l’inverno was presented at Festival of Sanremo in 2001 were it reached the 5th placement. The third single of Mi basta il paradiso was Questione di sguardi (A matter of gazes), Faith Hill’s cover of This kiss. In 2002 Turci decides to turn to independent music factory in order to freely perform as songwriter. Questa parte di mondo (This part of world) marks the change to a more intimate musical experience, in this work of art Turci discloses a new artistic dimension. The new single Mani giunte (Joined hands), sung with Articolo 31 singer, was published in Articolo 31’s album Domani smetto (I stop tomorrow) with the title Fuck You.The second single, Questa parte di mondo, that gives the title to the album, is a song written with A. Rizzo, the author of the song Bambini. In 2004 Turci publishes Stato di calma apparente, an anthology entirely live recorded. In this album the singer interpreted the most significant songs of her carrier with intimate and mature arrangements and her unmistakable captivating vocal colors. The anthology brings people across substantial human experiences: from love to sorrow passing through social commitment. In this project there were also included new songs: Paloma negra Chavela Vargas’s cover, and two unedited songs: Il gigante (The giant) and La tua voce (Your voice). Turci successively declares that, through this album, she wants to put an end to all she did till that moment in order to be free and allocate time to new projects. In effect in 2005 it was released Turci’s 15th album, Tra i fuochi in mezzo al cielo (Among fires in the sky) where the singer cooperate with C.U. Rossi for the production. The first single, Dimentichiamo tutto (Let’s forget everything), is a confirmation of the artist’s creative capabilities. The whole album explores socio-political matters with songs like Troppo occidentale (Too westernized) and human troubles, with extreme thoughtfulness. In the songs Quasi settembre (Almost September) and Lasciami credere (Let me believe) she approaches the sorrow of the death; in L’inverno senza neve (A winter without snow) she speaks of abandon; while in Rwanda she speaks about the tragedy of war and genocide. With this song she won the Amnesty Italy award in 2006. At the same time Paola Turci engaged herself in supporting the NGOs Ucodep that implements projects for Vietnamese children. In 2006 she performs with the dancer Giorgio Rossi a piece called Cielo-voce danzante e corpo sonoro (Sky - dancing voice and sonorous body) a performance where live acoustic songs are interpreted in movements by the dancer. In this theatrical performance, Turci leaves her impetuous biting rock soul to perform smooth and embracing sounds accompanying sometimes the songs by classic guitar or just with her intense voice. The repertoire of this performance goes from her songs to reinterpretation of other famous authors such as Léo Ferré, Caetano Veloso, Domenico Modugno, Patty Pravo, Francesco De Gregori and Chavela Vargas. In 2007 Turci together with Max Gazzé and Marina Rei perform in a tour named Di comune accordo (On common agreement) where she plays electric guitar, Max Gazze plays bass and Marina Rei plays drums. The artists are accompanied throughout various cities of the tour by the violinist Andrea Di Cesare. During the same period Turci starts her writing experience that will bring, in 2009 to the publication of the novel Con te accanto (With you by my side). In December 2007, the singer participates to Premio Tenco (Tenco award) where she re-launches one of the most popular Tenco songs, E se ci diranno (And if they tell us) and her song Quasi Settembre (Almost September) in acoustic version. In 2008 she is back to the Ariston theatre supporting, with Marina Rei, Max Gazze competing in Festival of Sanremo with the song Il solito sesso (The usual sex). From July 2008 she is again on stage with a double commitment: a rock tour and again with the theatrical performance Cielo. In December of the same year Con te accanto book is released. The novel outlines the sweet – bitter experience of a friendship between two women; they met by accident in a hospital and, step by step they, they sort out together their physical and psychological pains. From April 2009 Paola Turci directs a Radio Due broadcast La mezzanotte di Radio Due (Radio due Middle night), in this broadcast, Turci is able to alternate interaction with listeners and live music performed alone or with her guests. She plays her songs and interprets songs of other artists. In June 2009 La mangiatrice di uomini (The man-eater) written by F. Bianconi, Baustelle frontman, this is the first single of the new album Attraversami il cuore (Go through my heart). The new album is the first episode of a trilogy where the artist consolidates her authorial capacity in the sight of an intimate and refined musical project. Nevertheless there are some deem influences due to the cooperation with M. Murru and the jazz composer Paolo Fresu. Paola Turci is also part of the special charity event organized by Laura Pausini, Amiche per l’Abruzzo (Friends for Abruzzi) organized afterwards the L’Aquila earthquake. Social commitment is again the focus of the 20 December fundraising event, the Watoto Festival at Brancaccio theatre in Rome where, the roman artist, performs together with F. Mannoia and Noemi for Kenyan children. In April 2010 it was released the second chapter of the trilogy, Giorni di rose (Roses days) the new album is entirely dedicated to female universe. The album includes an I.Fossati cover, Lunaspina (Moonthorn) performed with Fiorella Mannoia, and seven new songs written for Turci by 7 famous singers namely: Carmen Consoli, Nada, Marina Rei, Chiara Civello, Naïf Hérin, Grazia Verasani and Ginevra Di Marco. Danza intorno al sole (Dance around the sun), single of the album, is edited by Nada and Carmen Consoli. In the same year Turci is invited to participate to MTV days. In July 2011 it is published the first single of the last chapter of the trilogy: Utopia a Giorgio Gaber song re-interpreted with a rock touch. In November of the same year Turci broadcast on the online version of Il Fatto Quotidiano, an Italian newspaper, the song Devi Andartene (You must leave) a song written by M. Murru that speaks about the Italian socio-political crisis that echoes another 2002 Turci song, Un bel sorriso in faccia (A nice smile on your face). Devi andartene and Utopia will be included in her new album Le storie degli altri (The stories of others), which is also the name of another single of the album which is released in April 2012. On May 2012 Turci participates to Stile libero (Free style) a radio broadcast of R101 in a hilarious contest, Maffoni & Lontani Conoscents (Maffoni & acquainted) promoting together with several Italian singers: We are the Maffons a parody of We are the world. In May 2014 she cooperated with Laura Pausini in Stasera Laura: ho creduto in un sogno (Tonight Laura: I believed in a dream), a one man show broadcast on tv, accompanying the singer in the song Con la musica alla radio (With the Music Playing on the Radio). In September 2014 her autobiography Mi ameró lo stesso (I’ll love myself anyway) was published where she speaks in first person about the main personal and professional events of her life, her troubles and her believes. Turci declares that the book is a present for her 50 years anniversary: “the motive I wrote this book it is disclosed in the title… to forgive myself from the mistakes and accidents, actual and metaphorical, that I caused to myself”. In November 2014 Francesca Rava Foundation (NPH), an Italian no-profit organization that operates for children care, organized in cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute an event/benefit concert where Turci was the testimonial and in that circumstance Turci performed with Karlex, an Haitian singer. Of particular importance was her acoustic version of the Halleluiah by Leonard Cohen. In April 2015 was published her 19th album, it is an anthology with 3 unedited songs: Io sono (I am) which gives the title to the album. the song is again a cooperation with M. Bianconi. The album explores new sounds, adding an electronic touch to her best repertoire. In the album there are other two unreleased songs: Questa non é una canzone (This is not a song) and Quante vite viviamo (How many lives we live) written with M. Murru’s contribution, these songs bring back to Paola’s most intimate musical experiments. In a recent interview Turci declares that most probably her next album will be completely written by herself. From: Stato di calma apparente/.../guido piano riflettendo sul bisogno ricambiare che c'è in me fuori e dentro me e ricordo da lontano la solitudine di ieri un continuo adattamento alle curve, al sentimento all'universo che non si muove dentro me fuori e dentro me é uno stato di calma apparente é un forma d'amore costante in questo mare negli occhi tuoi nella tempesta degli occhi tuoi” /.../I drive slowly thinking about the need to change that’s in me, outside and inside myself and I remember from far away yesterday loneliness, a continuous adjustment between curves, sentiment and a universe that does not move in myself, outside and inside myself, It is a state of apparent calm, it is a sort of constant love in the sea in your eyes, in the thunderstorm of your eyes/.../ From: Bambini/.../Crescerò e sarò un po’ più uomo ancora un’altra guerra mi cullerà Crescerò, combatterò questa paura che ora mi libera. Milioni sono i bambini stanchi e soli in una notte di macchine, milioni tirano bombe a mano ai loro cuori ma senza piangere. Ragazzini corrono sui muri neri di città, sanno tutto dell’amore che si prende e non si dà/.../ /.../ I’ll grow up and I’ll be a man and another war will cradle me again, I’ll grow up and I’ll fight this fear that now it relives me. Millions, are the children tired and lonely in a cars night, millions they throw hand grenades to their hearts without crying. Kids run on black city walls, they know all about love, that’s something to be taken and not to give/…/ From: Le storie degli altri/.../ la vita è una domanda la fuga è una risposta tra giorni di vuoto difficili da colmare e giorni di piena carichi da sprofondare ma le storie si sa sono i nostri sogni e i nostri sogni si sa sono la nostra vita. C'è qualcosa di me che non ti so rispondere c'è qualcosa di me che ti parla d'amore non c'è distanza, non c'è assenza soltanto voglia di ritorno come di luce dentro un giorno /.../ /…/life is a question escape is an answer between meaningless days hard to fill and overflow days full to sink for, but stories as we know, are our dreams and or dreams we know, they are our lives. There’s something of me that I cannot answer, there’s something in me that it speaks to you of love, there’s no distance, no absence, only willingness to come back as the light in a day /…/ In the nineties Turci had a relationship with the tennis player Paolo Canè. In 2010 She married the journalist Andrea Amato, their wedding has been celebrated in Haiti, Francesca Turci and Francesca Rava NPH foundation volunteers attended to the private ceremony. They broke up in 2012. Turci has a long story of cooperation with NGOs and social commitment. Her sensitivity, in particular addressed to children, has brought her to engage herself in several volunteering experiences namely: in Vietnam with the NGO Ucodep and in Haiti with Francesca Rava foundation. She speaks broadly of her experiences in the autobiography Mi amero’ lo stesso, edited by E. Rotelli, Mondadori 2014. Cover album Anthology Live Curiosity Turci has also edited the preface of Ventitré secondi – L’Aquila (twenty-three seconds – L’Aquila) by A. Aquilio, this book narrates L’Aquila 2009 earthquake.