Sergio Cammariere was born in Crotone, Italy in the 1960s. His unique compositional style and deft piano playing were seldom heard before his debut in his mid-thirties.
He won the Premio Tenco Award for best performer of the year in 1997. Named as the revelation of the year, enthusiastic audiences would have to wait five years for his debut record, titled Dalla Pace del Mare Lontano, released on the Via Veneto jazz Label. The record was the result of a collaboration with songwriter Roberto Kunstler, renowned trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso
and a number of notable Italian jazz musicians. Following this release came a full year of touring along with a series of awards, including Best First Album and Best Up-and-Coming Artists from the nations most important festivals and publications. A 2003 victory at Sanremo for the Critics Award and Best Musical Composition rocketed Cammariere from grassroots success to national phenomenon. In 2003 the artist's first concert DVD was released by the powerful EMI label, titled In Concerto -- from the Strahler Theatre in Milan. Cammariere's sophomore effort Sul Sentiero was released nearly a year later, in November 2004. The album's rich mixture of string arrangement and fiery jazz influence furthered Cammariere's reputation as Italy's foremost pop-jazz innovator. Two years later, Cammariere released his first self-produced record Il Pane, Il Vino e la Visione. For the first time, the artist incorporated a number of jazz A-listers, including Gilberto Gil
, Ivan Lins
and Bebo Ferra
. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi