CARLO MASSARINI


CARLO MASSARINI

Carlo Massarini has passionately lived through over four decades of music developing considerable expertise in various mediums, including photography. In the early 70’s he was already deejaying on Radio Rai, first in the historic program "Per voi giovani"  and then  "Popoff" and "Radio2 21.29". He was the first to tune in the Italian public to such artists as Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and Tom Waits, whose lyrics he would translate in Italian during his shows. Around this time Carlo would also launch a career as journalist and photographer with such cool magazines as "Popster" and the first Italian edition of "Rolling Stone". But eventually tv would become the ideal medium for Carlo.

Between 1981 and 1984 he was author as well as conductor for "Mister Fantasy", an historic tv show for Rai1 devoted to music, video art and video clips. Keen to explore new trends and languages after over 150 Mister Fantasy episodes, Carlo launched for Rai "Non necessariamente", a groundbreaking “technological tv variety show” which would use cinema, video and computerized graphics, and later "Tam Tam Village".

In the 90’s Carlo conducted "MediaMente", a Rai Educational tv program focusing on Internet and new technologies. In 2009, 25 years after the last Mister Fantasy episode, Rizzoli published his book Dear Mister Fantasy, a scrapbbok packed with stories and photographs of his encounters with the greatest music stars. The following year he conducted six special episodes of Mister Fantasy named "Mister Fantasy R&R, Reload & Rewind. Ricarica & Rivedi" shot at the MAXXI in Rome and aired on Rai Sat Extra.

Since 2001 Carlo has been author and conductor of several Rai5 programs: "Cool Tour", which is aired every day, exploring contemporary culture: web, cinema, arts, fashion, dance, music and theatre; "Cool Tour Classic Rock" and the current late night "Ghiaccio Bollente". Since November 2014 he's also gone back to radio with "Absolute Beginners", a series of short episodes on the roots of r 'n' r on Virgin Radio.

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