Raphael Gualazzi will represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011
Raphael Gualazzi the winner of San Remo will sing the song Follia d'amore. Gualazii won the juries' confidence as well as the tele voting of the 61st San Remo Festival.
Gualazzi Raphael was born in Urbino on 11 November 1981. After he began studying piano at the Conservatorio Rossini in Pesaro, where he started learning the classical authors, is expanding its music research in the field of Jazz, Blues and Fusion, collaborating with leading artists in the industry and is distinguished by the its peculiar quality vocal and instrumental.
His music comes from a combination of technical Rag-time of the early 90 with the lyricism of the blues, soul and jazz in its most traditional. The typical sound of the pre-jazz and stride-piano of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Art Tatum and Mary Lou Williams, and blues of Ray Charles and Roosevelt Sykes are updated by Raphael Gualazzi with a personal style where the tradition coexists with the most innovative influences to eclectic artists such as Jamiroquai and Ben Harper.
Since 2005, Raphael Gualazzi part in important festivals such as the Fano Jazz, the Java Jazz Festival Jakarta winch, Ravello and other International Festival in 2008 and released in France, at the Wagram label, the compilation "Piano Jazz" which includes the song " Georgia On My Mind "as performed by Raphael Gualazzi well as compositions by great artists like Nora Jones, Diana Krall, Art Tatum, Ray Charles, Jimmie Cullum, Michael Petrucciani, Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington.