Hometown: Milan, Italy
Web site: http://www.matteobrancaleoni.com
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Matteo Brancaleoni was born in Milan in 1981. He is a young artist with a versatile and original personality: actor, singer, journalist, musician.
By the time he was 14, he began singing and performing in jazz clubs and theatres around Northern Italy.
In 2006 it his critically acclaimed debut album "Just Smile" was released with pianist Renato Sellani, featuring first rate Italian musicians guests like Gianni Basso, Franco Cerri, Fabrizio Bosso, Stefano Bagnoli, Massimo Moriconi.
His album is recommended by the international French magazine Jazz Hot.
On April 2007, at "The Place" in Rome, Michael Bublè invited him to duet live on stage, during his Italian Official Showcase.
Finalist for the IMUA "International Massimo Urbani Jazz Music Award" in 2006.
His recordings were also featured in the Radio Festival of Italian Jazz Singers as one of the most talented young italian jazz vocalist.
His performances have also been heard on Radio Palermo in Buenos Aires, RTSI (Swiss Radio) Broadway Las Vegas conducted by Giuliano Fournier, an Punto Radio FM from Pisa, Radio Jazz Portugal.
In 2006 he attended the Umbria Jazz Clinics with Donna McElroy.
He's graduated in Performing Arts University of Turin with music specialization with a Bachelor degree.
He has performed in Europe and USA: Blue Note Milan, Bollate Jazz Fest, Saluzzo Jazz D.O.C., Umbria Jazz, National Museum of Motion Picture, International Book Fair Turin, Not Just Jazz Milano, Italian Jazz SongsFestival Sanremo, Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award, Musicamdo Jazz & Blues, Savona Jazz, New Orleans Caf�, Grand Visconti Hotel Milan, Hyatt Hotel Chicago.
In 2002 he is invited by the President of ISA (Instrumen Society of America), to perform in ballroom of the McCormick Center of Chicago. He performed with some great jazz artists: Franco Cerri (g), Renato Sellani (p),Fabrizio Bosso (tr), Stefano Bagnoli (dr), Gianni Basso (sax), Massimo Moriconi (b), Lino Patruno (g), Massimo Manzi (d), Claudio Filippini (p), Fulvio Albano (sax), Lino Patruno (g), Aldo Zunino (b).
He is a member of the IJJA (International Jazz Journalists Association).
As a journalist he interviewed artists like Tony Bennett, Freddy Cole, Jane Monehit, Jamie Cullum, Ornette Coleman, Richard Galliano and many others.
In 2002 he attends the Dramatic Art Academy "Sergio Tofano" of Turin, where he studies acting and diction and follows a course of television dubbing.
In 1996 he begins to study at a drama school, under Director Leonardo Gazzola, at Milan Theater Laboratory. He remains, with this Group, for 5 years and he directs and acts in a number of theatre works like "The little Prince" of A. de Saint-Exupery, "Othello" of W. Shakspeare, "St. John's smile" of R. Cappuccio. In 2000 he plays, at Verga Theater in Milan, "Murder without reason" of E. Ionesco.
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