Biography

In 2017, the story of one of the largest groups of Italian music takes off again: Fabio Perversi, a member since ’98, becomes the leader and “soul” of Matia Bazar with the debut of a young and extraordinary 26-year-old singer, LUNA. Matia Bazar are one of the few Italian groups that have achieved world-wide success: Europe, Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union countries, Japan, Latin America, Canada, U.S.A. Artistically born in Genoa in 1975, the founding members are Piero Cassano, Aldo Stellita, Carlo Marrale, Giancarlo Golzi and Antonella Ruggiero. The first single was “Stasera che sera” (1975), which immediately gained popularity.
After publishing a series of world hits such as Tu semplicità (1978), Solo tu (1978, first place in the French charts for four weeks with over one million records sold), Per un’ora d’amore (1978), first place in Spain and Latin-speaking countries and guests of honor at the Vina del Mar Festival), they won in 1978 the Sanremo Festival with the fascinating song e dirsi ciao. After the success of C’e tutto un mondo intero (disk Tournée, 1979) and their tour (which takes them around the world), Piero Cassano leaves the group and the eclectic musician Mauro Sabbione takes over the keyboards. The first big change in the sound of Matia Bazar begins: this is the moment of the techno-turn of Fantasia (disk Berlin, Paris, London …, 1981), the elegant Vacanze Romane (disk Tango, critics award at the Sanremo Festival 1983 and first ranked in Germany and Holland), the experimental Aristocratica (disk Aristocratica, 1984) and the delicate Souvenir (Melancholia, critical prize at the Sanremo Festival in 1985, and a big success in Japan where the band is called to make a series of concerts taking over public and mass media), a song written by the author and keyboardist Sergio Cossu who joined the group in 1984 after the departure of Sabbione. Always in 1985 with Ti Sento (disk Melancholia, 1985), they sell millions of copies, consolidating their international fame.
Matia Bazar followed this great success with a long international tour: Russia, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Japan and Latin speaking countries as well as becoming hosts of various television programs. Thanks to the single Noi (Melò, 1987) they successfully participate to the entire Festivalbar Festival and the following year they will return to the Sanremo Festival with La prima stella della sera (disk Matia Bazar – Best, la prima stella della sera 1988 ) again winning public sympathies. The danced Stringimi (disk Red Corner, 1989) will close a chapter in the group’s history. In 1989, Antonella Ruggiero leaves the band and is replaced by the vocalist Laura Valente.

The Sanremo Festival honours another two great hits of Matia Bazaar: Piccoli Giganti (disk Tutto il mondo dei Matia Bazar, 1992) and Dedicato a te (disk Dove le canzoni si avverano, 1993). After a long and intense concerts season, Carlo Marrale abandons the group to pursue a solo career. The remaining four members, record Radio Matia (1995), an album that celebrates the twenty years of their career, featuring the unreleased Scuola di serpenti and 13 rearranged tracks of their successes. In April 1997 they release, Benvenuto a Sausalito, a pop rock song that highlights the group’s further ability to move through different musical spaces. In 1998, Aldo Stellita, bassist, author of the group and sworn brother, passes away. After an inevitable moment of loss, Giancarlo Golzi decides to continue in the name of the irreplaceable travel companion and reunites Piero Cassano.

The research for a new vocalist lead to the discovery of Silvia Mezzanotte, known for years in her beloved Bologna. She is immediately subjected to the judgment of Piero confirming the great ductility of her voice. Cassano, with his huge production experience (more than 20 million copies worldwide, produced and written for several successful artists including Eros Ramazzotti), decides to take full care of the project, writing the music, while Golzi takes care of the delicate task of writing the lyrics. Fabio Perversi joins the band, a young arranger and multi-instrumentalist from Monza. Graduated at the Conservatory in Violin, he has several different experiences and collaborations (tour with Fabio Concato and Eugenio Finardi and various soundtracks including the musical Grease). Along with Piero they work on the arrangements of the disk Brivido Caldo and thanks to his contribution, Matia Bazar reposition their musical identity,proposing themselves again with class and elegance, elements that have always characterized their musical path.The record is a great success thanks to the single Brivido Caldo (which enchants Sanremo Festival’s audience during the performance) and the delicate Non abassare gli occhi. The group goes on a long tour and triumphs in Vote the Voice, winning the Telegatto prize as “Best Italian Group of the Year”. They make the Spanish version of the disk that is released in several European countries and then lockup into the studio to prepare a new disk. In 2001, Matia Bazar participated to the Sanremo Festival with Questa nostra grande storia d’amore and placed third. The single is in the album Dolce Canto that Matia will later take on tour. In 2002 they publish Messaggi dal vivo, the live album that comes after 27 years of career (and millions of copies sold all over the world!).