Photo: Susannah Baker-Smith
UMBERTO MARZOTTO chose his life: instead of his family’s industries he preferred music. Following his encounter as a youth with Fabrizio De André he decided to become a songwriter. He recorded his first album in 1987 and was selected for the Festival of Sanremo with the single “Conta chi canta”, but even on the stage of the Ariston, his surname and the history of his family were too cumbersome.
In 1994 he records his second album in Scotland "Luci e Martellate" together with SCOTT DONALDSON.
Nearing fifty, UMBERTO, woke up from a dream which he describes as: “I see colours, winged animals; I take a train that goes to the sea and then I see houses, skyscrapers, forests, the desert…The Navajos and the Apaches are far into the desert. The man who’s waving could be Geronimo, but I’ll never know.”
UMBERTO without hesitation left for Arizona. He stayed many months and met many people that slowly became like long lost friends. This experience brought him to write, with his friend SCOTT DONALDSON, new songs about the encounter with this universe. UMBERTO and SCOTT performed their songs live in a concert in Santa Fe that saw them sharing the stage with their friends JONNY ROSCH, SUSAN C. WILLIAMS and SAMMY MERENDINO and great Native American artists such as the legendary MARY YOUNGBLOOD, TONY REDHOUSE and the young and talented JANA MASHONEE.
Here ends and begins the dream we dreamt together…