Negramaro is a rock band consisting of Giuliano Sangiorgi (lead singer, piano and guitars), Emanuele Spedicato (guitars), Ermanno Carlà (bass guitar), Danilo Tasco (drums), Andrea Mariano (piano, synthesizers, programming, editing), and Andrea De Rocco (sampling).
Born and raised in the Lecce province, the six musicians got their feet wet on the alternative scene, captivating audiences with their numerous live performances. In 2003 they released their eponymous debut album Negramaro, but their 2004 follow-up 000577 was their first real breakthrough.
The band’s third album Mentre Tutto Scorre, released in 2005, cemented their status, and its eponymous single was awarded the Premio della Critica Radio & TV at the 55th Sanremo Festival; it was the first of several awards, soon followed by the Premio Rivelazione at the 2005 Festivalbar, the Premio Miglior Tour at the 2006 Festivalbar, as well as the 2006 Premio Lunezia Poesia del Rock. The band was voted Best Italian Act at the MTV Europe Awards and Best Breakthrough Act at the Premio M.E.I., and received a Premio SIAE for the commercial success and the number of live, TV and radio performances of Mentre Tutto Scorre. The song was also voted as best Italian video of 2005 and became the title track for Alessandro D’Alatri’s comedy “La Febbre”; the director personally chose eight more of the band’s songs to be featured in the movie.
Between January and April 2007, Negramaro relocated to the U.S. to work on their new album La Finestra, which was released on June 8 of the same year. The album was produced and arranged by Corrado Rustici, in collaboration with Negramaro themselves: it included fourteen tracks ranging from rock to harmonies inspired by the heritage of great Italian singers-songwriters; from electronic elements to “visual” lyrics evoking pictures and metaphors to explore a sense of social and personal discontent. The album, including a special appearance by Lorenzo Jovanotti in the track Cade La Pioggia, was the recipient of yet more awards: on September 7 the song Parlami D’Amore was the winner of the 2007 Festivalbar. In October the song L’Immenso proved to be another hit, quickly rising to the top of radio charts. That same month the band was awarded a Premio Lunezia for the musical and literary value of the album’s fourth single Via le mani dagli occhi.
Among the most notable moments in the band’s history are a string of memorable live shows. Negramaro performed at the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Primo Maggio Concerts held in Rome’s Piazza San Giovanni and headlined the 2005 MTV Day in Bologna, bringing the event to a close in front of an audience of over eighty thousand people; they also performed for the Pope at the 2005 Vatican Christmas Concert and participated in the 2005 MTV Europe Awards, held in Lisbon, Portugal, where they received the award for Best Italian Act. Negramaro also performed at Rome’s 2007 MTV Day for an audience of over 100 thousand people and participated in the 2005 and 2006 Heineken Jammin’ Festivals. In 2007 the band performed for the Italian President to celebrate the start of the school year and presented their rockumentary “Dall’altra parte della luna” at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. The movie, directed by Dario Baldi and Davide Marengo, followed their dream ascent from humble beginnings to international stardom.
Live performances continued to be one of Negramaro’s strongest points; after hundreds of live shows, the band’s extensive touring culminated on May 31, 2008, with a memorable concert held at Milan’s San Siro stadium, the first time ever for an Italian band to play the so-called “Scala of football”. The concert’s images, music and atmosphere were captured in Negramaro’s first live album San Siro Live, released on November 21 and including a DVD with the show’s unabridged footage. The DVD launch was an unprecedented cinematic and musical event, featuring screenings in more than thirty HD digital movie theaters all over Italy.
In 2010 Negramaro were back in movie theatres, this time penning the soundtrack for Michele Placido’s criminal drama “Vallanzasca - Gli angeli del male”. The movie was presented out of competition at the 67th Venice Film Festival and released in January of 2011. In the same year, the band’s soundtrack was awarded the Nastro d’Argento for best original score.
November 16, 2010 marked the release of Negramaro’s multi-platinum album “Casa 69”, recorded at the legendary Metalworks Studios of Toronto, Canada. The album was produced by David Bottrill e and included sixteen rock songs centered on the themes of alienation, individuality and the power of illusion.
On September 21, 2012, a day before performing at the Italia Loves Emilia concert, benefiting earthquake victims, Negramaro released their new single Ti E’ Mai Successo?. The song was later included in Una storia semplice, a double album featuring the band’s first ten years of hits, together with six previously unreleased tracks. Three of the latter, Sole, Una Storia Semplice and Sei, were also released as singles. After the release of their greatest hits collection, the band went back to touring. In July of 2013 Negramaro performed two more outstanding shows at Milan’s San Siro and Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, followed by a sold out tour all over Italy.