Matia Bazar

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Matia Bazar
OriginGenoa, Italy
GenresPop, Italian popular music, new wave, synthpop
Years active1975–present
LabelsEMI, Virgin, Ariston
Associated actsAntonella Ruggiero, Roberta Faccani
Websitematiabazar.com
MembersPiero Cassano
Fabio Perversi Francesco Doná
Past membersAntonella Ruggiero
Aldo Stellita
Carlo Marrale
Mauro Sabbione
Sergio Cossu
Laura Valente
Roberta Faccani
Silvia Mezzanotte

Matia Bazar (Italian: [maˈtiːa badˈdzar; baˈzar]) is an Italian pop band formed in Genoa in 1975. The original members of the group were Piero Cassano (keyboards), Aldo Stellita (bass), Carlo Marrale (guitar, vocals), Giancarlo Golzi (drums) and Antonella Ruggiero (vocals). They represented Italy in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest with a song called Raggio di luna.

Their major hits were Solo tu (1978), Vacanze Romane (1982) and Ti Sento (1985), which peaked the charts in Belgium and Italy.

Ruggiero and Marrale, the two principal vocalists in the band, left respectively in 1989 and 1994 to pursue solo careers. Stellita died in 1998 and Golzi in 2015. Cassano, the last original member, left in May 2017. The band is currently led by Fabio Perversi aided by a new group of musicians.[1]

Current Lineup[edit]

  • Fabio Perversi - keyboards, violin, backing vocals (1998–present)
  • Luna Dragonieri - vocals
  • Piero Marras - guitar
  • Paola Zadra - bass
  • Fiamma Cardani - drums
Matia Bazar in June 2007

Past members[edit]

  • Piero Cassano - vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards (1975-1981, 1999-2017)
  • Giancarlo Golzi - drums (1975-2015)
  • Aldo Stellita - bass guitar (1975-1998)
  • Carlo Marrale - guitar, vocals (1975-1994)
  • Antonella Ruggiero - vocals (1975-1989)
  • Mauro Sabbione - keyboards (1981-1984)
  • Sergio Cossu - keyboards (1984-1998)
  • Laura Valente - vocals (1990-1998)
  • Silvia Mezzanotte - vocals (1999-2004, 2010-2016)
  • Roberta Faccani - vocals (2005-2010)

Discography[edit]

  • Matia Bazar 1 - 1976
  • Gran Bazar - 1977
  • Semplicitá - 1978
  • Tournée - 1979
  • Il tempo del sole - 1980
  • Berlino Parigi Londra - 1981
  • Tango - 1983
  • Aristocratica -1984
  • Melanchólia - 1985
  • Meló - 1987
  • Red Corner - 1989
  • Anime pigre - 1991
  • Dove le Canzoni si avverano - 1993
  • Radiomatia - 1995
  • Benvenuti a Sausalito - 1997
  • Brivido caldo - 2000
  • Dolce canto – 2001
  • Profili svelati - 2005
  • One1 Two2 Three3 Four4 (Volume 1) - 2007
  • One1 Two2 Three3 Four4 (Volume 2) - 2008
  • Conseguenza Logica - 2011

Greatest Hits Albums[edit]

  • L'oro dei Matia Bazar - 1977
  • Matia Bazar - Best - 1988
  • Tutto il mondo dei Matia Bazar - 1992
  • Gold - 1992
  • Tutto il meglio dei Matia Bazar - 1996
  • Messaggi dal vivo – 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ Repubblica.it. "Matia Bazar, Piero Cassano lascia: la band perde anche il co-fondatore". 2017 Repubblica. Retrieved 1 June 2017.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Homo Sapiens
with "Bella da morire"
Sanremo Music Festival
Winner

1978
Succeeded by
Mino Vergnaghi
with "Amare"
Preceded by
Ricchi e Poveri
with "Questo amore"
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
1979
Succeeded by
Alan Sorrenti
with "Non so che darei"
Preceded by
Elisa
with "Luce (Tramonti a nord est)"
Sanremo Music Festival
Winner

2002
Succeeded by
Alexia
with "Per dire di no"