How does one remain timeless as a musician? If you look at the greats, two qualities come to mind. One element is a repertoire that speaks to everyone’s hearts and resonates with passion. The second is a stellar, singular voice. Patrizio Buanne, an international entertainer with a penchant for singing classics that are beloved globally, manifests both.
Buanne hails from Naples and Austria. When he moved back to Rome, he studied languages, and fluently speaks six. Having sung and entertained family as a young child, he turned professional in his teens after winning vocal competitions and after a music manager selected him to sing for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Wroclaw, Poland. There he sang a number, half in Italian and half in Polish, that had been written for the opening mass, for 85,000 people. His resulting sudden popularity with the Polish public led to his first local record deal. And in Italy, success followed success: A production company produced shows for RAI and Mediaset. But Patrizio’s goals were expansive. The teenager wanted to be an international recording artist. And now he is.
He is known as an entertainer who sings in the style of a crooner, but also does pop, jazz, rock, and popular international songs, sometimes highlighting “the Italian Songbook.” He has a global fan base which has been exponentially growing since the 2009 release of Patrizio on Warner Music in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and South Africa. The album went platinum and resulted in a tour of Australia and Asia in May 2010.
On Patrizio’s birthday in 2011 Concord Music released the album in the U.S., where it hit number 5 on the Billboard jazz chart. As most musicians and bands must now do on the release of a recording, he followed up with more concerts, in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa, and the U.S.
Also, in 2011, he released an album of South African hits for his South African fan base, Dankie Sued Afrika (Universal), sung in his incredible voice in Italian, English, and Afrikaans. The album featured duets with South Africa’s most popular singers.
While it too was going platinum, Patrizio prepared a German-focused album in 2012, Wunderbar (Warner Music GSA), on which he sings Italian songs and original compositions in both German and Italian. Now, in further evidence of the extent of his talents, his gift for languages is prompting him to move into the South American market in the coming year.
Every time Patrizio Buanne releases an album he goes on a global tour, as he did with his fourth worldwide release, 2015’s Viva la Dolce Vita (Universal), on which he is an “Ambassador for Italian song” with unique and singular song interpretations. The album includes new material with an international flavor written especially for him. Another CD, Bravo Patrizio, includes his most popular songs over his first 10 years, and he is following through with tours this year and next in the U.S., Australia, South Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
In concert, and as I found out in person as you can see in the video interview below from the Friars Club in New York, Patrizio’s charm, unforgettable persona, and anointed voice allow him to revel in interpreting pop songs and Italian and international standards, leading to millions of album sales globally. Currently wrapping up his U.S. tour, he will be in Richfield, Connecticut at the Ridgefield Playhouse October 21, in New York City at the Highline Ballroom October 22, and in New Jersey at NJPAC October 28. Click here for tickets.
Here is my video interview with Patrizio Buanne: