Massimo Gallotta ProductionsPino Daniele

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Saturday / June 9, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
United States
Pino Daniele

Pino Daniele is an influential Italian jazz-fusion guitarist. He has released 30 studio albums since 1975. Through his love for diverse musical genres (ranging from Elvis Presley to Roberto Murolo) he has created a new style all his own, a style he calls "taramblù” (so named for the way it blends tarantella and blues).
This is Daniele’s first Boston performance. He will be accompanied by jazz greats Rachel Z on piano, Omar Hakim on drums, Gianluca Podio on keyboard, and Solomon Dorsey on bass.

Born in Naples, Italy on March 19, 1955, self-taught guitarist Pino Daniele recorded his first album at the age of 22. From the beginning of his career, it was evident that his passion lay in rock and blues. Greatly influenced by his own cultural background, his music was a successful fusion of tradition and modernity.  

His solo debut, Terra Mia, sung in Neapolitan, was the first example of what Daniele called "taramblù," a combination of tarantella, rhumba, and blues. In 1979 his self‐titled sophomore record was released, followed by Nero a Metà in 1980, and that same year Daniele was invited to open for reggae superstar Bob Marley for his show in Milan. During the next few years the artist continued exploring his various Mediterranean, African, and Western inspirations—found in albums like Common Ground, a collaboration with American folk singer Richie Havens, and the Middle Eastern‐influenced Bonne Soirée—as well as writing soundtracks for films by Massimo Troisi.

In 1989 Daniele took a step toward greater commercial success with the release of the pop record Mascalzone Latino, followed by another deluge of albums, including 1991's Un Uomo in Blues, 1993's Che Dio Ti Benedica (which had two tracks produced by Chick Corea), 1995's Non Calpestare I Fiori Nel Deserto, 1997's Dimmi Cosa Succede Sulla Terra, and 2000's Medina.

Two years later the singer teamed up with fellow Italian stars Francesco DeGregori, Ron, and Fiorella Mannoia for a tour, captured on the appropriately titled In Tour. In 2005 Daniele released Iguana Café, another studio record. Between 2005 and 2010, Daniele released three more studio albums: Il Mio Nome e Pino Daniele e Vivo Qui, Ricomincio da 30, and Electric Jam. In 2010, Daniele released his 13th studio album, Boogie Boogie Man.

On June 24, 2011, in Salerno, Italy, Pino Daniele performed side by side with the English blues rock superstar Eric Clapton. A benefit for children's causes in Italy, the concert sold out to capacity at the Stadio di Cava de' Tirreni.

$60, $45, reserved seating