Report on Italian singer Paolo Conte on the occasion of his French tour. The artist brings up the way he writes music and he presents a few songs that he will sing on stage.
Born the 6th of January 1937 in Asti in Piémont, Paolo Conte lived his passion for music throughout the 60s, sharing his time between his career as a lawyer and his talents as a composer that he put at the service of the great names of Italian song like Adriano Celantano (La coppia piu bella del mondo and Azzurro).
It was only in 1974 that he released his first record, soberly titled Paolo Conte and revealed the richness of his universe. His little tragicomic stories told in a very personal spoken-sung style over nonchalant jazzy rhythms found their audience and Conte to devote himself to music. At the beginning of the 80s, he published one after the other Un gelato al limon and Paris Milonga which guaranteed him international renown.
Developing with a lot of charm and self derision, his nostalgic jazzy crooner character, Paolo Conte became the great author composer and performer of Italian song throughout the 1980s. Aguaplano in 1987 is the album that secured his position, especially in France. If in 1990 his record Parole d'amore scritte a macchina was surprising for its hybrid arrangements mixing chorus and electronic sounds, Conte would follow up with a series of albums that were poetically and musically remarkable (Novocento in 1992, Una faccia in Prestito in 1995, Elegia in 2005) with all the elements of his work: limping swing, craggy voice and a distanced humour.