First and last name: Alessandro Polloni /Hometown: San Donà di Piave-Venice, Italy

At 7 I begin to play the guitar, at 11 to write verses.

Teacher Flora has discovered my musical gift; My brother sent me a passion for Mark Knopfler.

I studied classical music for 7 years at the Monteverdi School in Musile di Piave-Venice (under the guidance of Dino Doni). I improved the writing thanks to Massimo Bubola (courses Poem for Song 2003-4) and I took singing lessons from Angela Milanese (Paul Jeffrey School).

From 20 to 30 I lived in an irrational way, trying to write some good songs. To keep myself I have covered 9 positions between Venice and London (supermarket, wine cooperative, construction site, bar, ice cream shop, waiter, cleaning, security officer, sales assistant). It was a playful and sabbatical period (thanks to the trust of my employers).

A sustainable way is my second artistic work (We are going to translate it in English soon).

In the first three years of secondary high school, I was at the scientific lyceum (not for me), then I switched to social sciences (3 wonderful years with 1 exchange in Denmark). I attended 1 year the Art University in Bologna and 2 years modern letters in Venice.

I spent my childhood and adolescence in Northeast Italy (I lived in London for 3 years, playing in the open-mic pub circuit; the capital continues to inspire me).

With Radio Ca’ Foscari I conceived the Italian music program Precious Words to Remember, conducting 21 monographic episodes on Italian songwriters, interviewing Massimo Priviero and Max Manfredi. At uni, I participated in theatre laboratories (Silvio Castiglioni).

I graduated (recovering from senior) in Cultural Heritage/Art Management (1 Erasmus in Music in University of Southampton), writing 1 thesis on Urban regeneration and Publishing (case of the Independent library Limerick of Padua, Monica Calcagno supervisor). I have followed 10 courses between marketing, entrepreneurship and Design Thinking (I continue to update) and I was one of the cultural mediators of the exhibition Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable by Damien Hirst (I lost count of the duties covered).

I have 2 parents raised in the country: My father in France (grandparents emigrated and repatriated), my mother in a Venetian patriarchal family.

From April 2019 I started to post on Instagram.

I played at the Teatro Verdi in Padua (in front of the RAI Italian TV cameras), the Flat Club of Mestre, the Astra of San Donà di Piave, in several local and provincial festivals. In 2018 I made my first tour (show-case) in 9 independent libraries of the main cities of Italy, travelling from Venice to Naples by train and bike.

Bright is my first EP.

I volunteered at FAI (Italian National Trust) and at Festivaletteratura in Mantua. In addition to Bubola and Knopfler, my artists are the singers of the years ‘ 60, Francesco De Gregori, many English and American artists of classic rock such as Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Rolling Stones, the grunge (Pearl Jam) and the recent neo-folk (Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons and many others).

I was an assistant at performing arts events (Venice, Winchester, Tallinn) and I was involved in intercultural projects with the NGO Youth Action for Peace. I love to travel sustainably, making new experiences (Workaway, Couchsurfing). In summer 2016 I travelled the Cammino di San Tommaso (313 Km Ortona-Rome) and I wrote the homonymous hymn. I participated in the Climathon 2018 in Venice.

I am passionate about the stories of sport (in the family we support Juventus, Del Piero is our regional countrymen). I love all forms of literature and I am fascinated by contemporary art.

My Music? A mix of popular genres (starting from folk and rock) with Italian melody and language.

Favourite book? Shantaram. Movie: Dance with Wolves.

My values: #art, #interculture, #sustainability.