The award-winning Patrizia Laquidara is considered one of the most multifaceted and brilliant Italian singer-songwriters. She is the recipient of important prizes like the Targa Tenco 2011 and the Critics Award in Sanremo 2003. She has released five albums as of now and has collaborated in many theater productions with numerous leaders of the contemporary drama scene.
In this concert, presented with Theatre Raymond Kabbatz in celebration of Make Music Day, Patrizia Laquidara dives into her repertoire, recounting the origins and history of Italian popular music.
Opening with an homage to Neapolitan song, Patrizia then moves to the first edition of the Sanremo Music Festival and music of the 1950s, featuring Modugno’s revolutionary idea that Italians are ready to fly (“Volare”). Touching upon the poetic notes of Endrigo and Tenco, as well as the songwriting of De Andrè, Guccini, and Battisti, the performance takes us on a musical journey that also teaches Italian history.
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Sicilian-born PATRIZIA LAQUIDARA grow up in the Veneto region, in the North of Italy. In 1998 she won a scholarship to study Italian folk music at composer Mogol’s CET school. A stylish vocalist and a passionate fan and student of South American music, particularly from Brazil, the young singer debuted with a tribute to Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso, Para Você Querido Cae, in 2001. The following year Laquidara won the Critics, Best Performance, and Best Music Award for her song “Agisce” at the Premio Città de Recanati festival.
In 2003 she repeated the feat at the new artists’ section of the Sanremo Festival, winning Best Song and Best Performance for “Lividi e Fiori”. She also released her second album, Indirizzo Portoghese, this time featuring original material sung in Italian, and stellar collaborations from guests such as Fausto Mesolella from Avion Travel, Javier Girotto from Aires Tango, Tony Canto from Arancia Sonora, and singer Mario Venuti, with whom she shares a duet on the hit “Per Causa d’Amore”. In 2005 Laquidara wrote with film composer Paolo Buonvino “Noite e Luar”, the main track for Giovanni Veronesi’s Manuale d’Amore. The film became the Italian blockbuster of the year, and its song, sung in Portuguese, cemented Laquidara’s reputation as a sophisticated, cosmopolitan singer/songwriter, with a sensual South American twist.
In 2007 she released her third album, Funambola, recorded in the U.S. and produced by Arto Lindsay. In 2010, she has held music workshops at the University of Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, Bento Goncalves, Porto Alegre. In October 2018, Patrizia Laquidara released a new album, C’è qui qualche cosa che ti riguarda, an independent work financed by an a crowdfunding campaign. Anticipated by two singles, “Marciapiedi” and “Sopravvissuti”, the album was produced by Alfonso Santimone.
In 2022 Patrizia began collaborating with theater director, actor and author Marco Paolini with whom she staged the show Boomers and with writer Luciano Zampese for the two-voice show Il corpo fonico in Meneghello. In 2023 she published her first novel I saw you yesterday for Neri Pozza.