ALTI & BASSI are an “a cappella” quintet which started its activity in 1994 in Milan. In the intervening years, they have been extremely busy in concerts organised by prestigious musical associations and institutions and have been the guests of I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, the season Notturni a Villa Simonetta, the Festival della canzone italiana anni ’40/’50 at the Palazzo Reale, Turin, the Umberto Giordano Festival in Baveno (VB), the Festival di Sanremo della Canzone Jazzata in Sanremo, the Accademia Corale S. Tempia at the Conservatoire in Turin, the musical marathon “La Musica è per tutti” (Music is for Everyone) organized by Amadeus in the Giuseppe Verdi Room at the Conservatoire in Milan, the Accademia Filarmonica di Messina in the Teatre Annibale di Francia, la Musa Leggera in the Haydn Auditorium in Bolzano, the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, Teatro Manzoni in Pistoia, Teatro Saschall in Florence, the Visioninmusica season in the Gazzoli Auditorium in Terni, at the Stagione Concertistica del Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana at the Teatro Argentina in Rome, and the “Musica e il vento” show at Pantelleria., Mi.To. Settembre Musica in Milan. They have been guests many times at Blue Note Jazz Club in Milan.
ALTI & BASSI have taken part in many TV shows, for example “Good Vibrations” on Tele+3, “Roxy Bar” on Videomusic, “Buona Domenica” presented by L. Cuccarini in 1996 and, in 2006, they were guests of Maurizio Costanzo on “Tutte Le Mattine” on Canale 5 and “Alle due su Raiuno” presented by Paolo Limiti.
They have been the voices behind a number of advertising jingles, television signature tunes such as Perepepè, the programme hosted by Gene Gnocchi on Rai Due, the signature tune “Pausette” and some Christmas themes for La Sette TV, “Le Cocche” for Lei and the closing theme in “Un amore di strega”, a fiction on Canale 5 with Alessia Marcuzzi. They have been invited for the Telethon marathon on Rai Uno with Milliy Carlucci and Fabrizio Frizzi.
They have also taken part in many radio shows: Rock FM, Radio Svizzera Italiana, Radio Classica, “Nick and the NightFly” on Radio Capital and Montecarlo Night on Radio Montecarlo presented by Nick the Night Fly, “Kitchen” on Radio Deejay hosted by Andrea Pezzi, Caffelatte news with Paolo, Lester and Alfonso Signorini as presenters on Radio Montecarlo.
They have been interviewed by Lifegate Radio, 101, Radio RAI Uno and Radio RAI Tre, they have been guests of “Notturno Italiano” on Radio RAI International and Grammelot and Piazza Verdi, live, on Radio RAI Tre. Radio FMPalermo di Buenos Aires has devoted a number of special programmes to ALTI & BASSI. In 2006 Fiorello broadcast a number of excerpts from the album MEDLEY during two episodes of Viva Radio DUE. From May 2016 they collaborate with Nino Frassica on “Programmone” on Radio Rai 2. Since September 2016 Alti & Bassi’s are radio conductors of “ONDERADIO” on Radio Svizzera Italiana (RSI – Rete Uno) every Saturday at 4 pm.
The group was also invited to several international festivals such as Voice Mania in 1998, 2000 and 2006 in Vienna, the A Cappella Festival, in Zug, Switzerland, Pure Voices in Kateldorf, Leitha, VokalTotal in Graz (2008 and 2017). Radio Svizzera Italiana has invited ALTI & BASSI to Locarno for the festival “Notte di mezza estate” (Midsummer Night) in Mendrisio. In 2015 ALti & Bassi sang in Budapest, at Budapest Jazz Club and in an important concert at Istituto Italiano di Cultura all’estero. In 2017 they represented Italy at International festival of Music of Izmir (Turkey), invited by the Consolato d’Italia in Turchia. In 2018 they are invited by Taiwan Choral Music Center for a tour: 16 concerts in the main theaters and in the most important University of Taiwan.
They have been invited to participate at the fifth edition of the music festival MI.TO. Settembre Musica 2011 at the Teatro Filodrammatici of Milan.
They produced 8 albums:
– Il Mito Americano (1998), presented by Lucia Mannucci and Virgilio Savona of Quartetto Cetra
– Il Favoloso Gershwin (2001), presented by Lelio Luttazzi
– Take Five! (2002), presented by Franco Cerri
– Medley (2006), presented by Paolo Conte
– Io ho in mente te (2009), with Bruno De Filippi, Franco Cerri, Emilio Soana, Lino Patruno, Nando de Luca e Andrea Dulbecco as special guests.
– La nave dei sogni (2015), presented by Renzo Arbore.
– Ce l’avevo quasi fatta (all original songs, December 2018)
– The Best of (December 2018)
ALTI & BASSI were awarded the Quartetto Cetra Prize in 1998 and the Prize in honour of Renato Carosone in 2006. In 2015 are assigned to the new album “La Nave dei Sogni” two nominations to the CARA, the most important prize worldwide dedicated to a cappella music, such as “Best Jazz Album” and “Best European Album”. In january 2016 The Akademia Music Award in Los Angeles was awarded to “La nave dei sogni” by Alti & Bassi as Best A Cappella song. Alti & Bassi are ranked third in Pop Competition at Vokal Total 2017 in Graz and at World Taiwan Competition 2018 in Taipei, where they have won 4 individual prizes: “Best Jazz Interpretation”, “Best Singer”, “Best arrangement” and “Best Original song”.
ALTI & BASSI are: Andrea Thomas Gambetti, Paolo Bellodi, Alberto Schirò, Diego Saltarella and Filippo Tuccimei.