NIKI LA ROSA – My fourth album
My name is Niki La Rosa. I was born in Glasgow to a Scottish mother and an Italian father. I’ve spent my life between Great Britain and Italy. My father used to bring instruments into the house and he was the one who taught me the first chords on a guitar, which i picked up at the age of ten, and never put it down ever since.
From the young age I always felt the need to put the melodies roaming in my head to life. At the age of 20 I started playing in small clubs around Leghorn, Italy, which is my home town. Then in 2009 my friend and a fellow musician Roberto Luti returned from the States and we started playing together on a regular basis – on the streets of Livorno, Rome, Lucca and London. My other friend Massimo Gemini joined us as a saxophone player.
My music is a mix of blues, folk and country and this album is my 4th. The music is simple and it talks about my own experiences. It’s the expression of my heart.
My 4th album “Us” was recorded live in studio in January 2015 at Sam Studios in Lari, Pisa. We wanted the sound to be pure and simple, without any overdubs. Most importantly, we wanted this album to display the energy and passion of the 5-piece band, a group of people interacting through music on the spur of the moment.
Every album a person records leaves a sign in their life. This one has definitely left one in ours, captured in that studio during the cold January of 2015. Now the songs are out there forever.
I am so grateful to the musicians and all the people at Sam studios that made it happen. They are a fantastic team, really connected in their hearts. The title “Us” came to me while thinking with gratitude about all those who have made this album possible, for their talent and passion in making music, for their decision to live following their dreams. I am not alone on this path.
It occurred to me that although I am the composer of the songs, the outcome of the album is the unique sound and the expression of all of us.
Do you want to be part of “Us”? We really want let you hear what we have created and to do so we need your help!
If you got in contact with my music, live on the street of some cities, or through my previous albums, or on the web, if you like what I do help me to finish this album.
So “Us” is where I am now in my life. It’s not only the title of my 4th album, but the way I’m trying to learn to live my life, as “Us”.
- Niki la Rosa : Acoustic Guitar – Voice
- Roberto Luti : Guitar – (Playing for change)
- Massimo Gemini : Sax
- Marco Bachi : Bass – (bandabardo)
- Piero Perelli : Drums – (Dana Fuchs)