PETRINA

PETRINA

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

from the press:
"As creative as Laurie, as feminine as Tori, as playful as the Cocorosie, here is the pianist from Padua who has bewitched David Byrne of the Talking Heads" (Jam)
"Petrina is without doubt among the most original and deliciously visionary artists of these last years" (Blow Up)

Biography

PETRINA - singer, pianist and keyboardist, songwriter, composer and arranger, is one of the revelations of the independent Italian music scene.

Her debut album, in doma, distributed worldwide by Egea, features guests such as Elliott Sharp, Emir Bijukic, Amy Kohn, and Ascanio Celestini, and it is already provoking the enthusiasm of of all the specialized press and radio programs in Italy, still after one year from the release.

David Byrne put her songs in his playlists of September and October 2009.
In April 2010 Petrina is present in a new playlist, named Italia, beside Paolo Conte, Carmen Consoli and Marisa Sannia.

Petrina has just received the Indie-Pop Revelation Award during the MEI 2009 (Meeting of Independent Labels); the prize has been awarded by a jury of under 25.

Always in 2009 RaiRadio1 invited her for the festival Demo d’Autore as one of the 10 best Italian authors among the 1000 selected by the program Demo.

Even if in doma represents something entirely new in the Italian musical panorama, Petrina already has on her hands the victory of the Premio Ciampi 2007 for songwriting, and a row of collaborations and concerts all over the world.

In 2008 she was invited by Elliott Sharp to The Stone, John Zorn's club in New York City, where she performed in duo with drummer Mike Sarin.

In 2007 Petrina appeared in one of the most important clubs in S.Francisco, the Café du Nord, sharing the bill with Amy X Neuburg and Emily Bezar.

On the same occasion she performed contemporary music premieres and original music at Mills College (Oakland), temple of the West Coast avant-garde in the 60s.

Invited to the Roldán Theatre, in La Havana, by the Instituto Cubano de la Música, Petrina performed a program of 19th century cuban compositions, all reinvented and rearranged. On that occasion she gave an interview for the historical Radio Progreso.

She has also been invited to the Conway Hall in London, to play premieres by Morton Feldman. In that occasion she was also choreographer and dancer, while playing the piano.

In Italy she has performed in diverse venues, from classical and contemporary to avant-garde, to jazz, to rock stages, such as the Teatro La Fenice (with a premiere by Bruno Maderna), the Fondazione Cini in Venice (with premieres by Nino Rota), the avant-garde festival The Piano Hour Series of the Concentus Musicus, in Florence, as composer and improviser at the prepared piano, the Just Like A Woman Festival, that calls from all the world the most important female singers.

She has made recording premieres of music by Morton Feldman for an independent American label (Early and Unknown Piano Pieces, OgreOgress) and took part in the A Call for Silence curated by Nicolas Collins for the Sonic Arts Network (UK).

She is often hosted at several national radio and TV networks, where she also plays in live concerts: RaiRadio3, RaiRadio1, and Tg2.

Petrina has also been invited to play at RSI (Italian Switzerland Radio), and at the National Hungarian Radio.

Lyrics

She-Shoe

Written By: Debora Petrina

Believe me if I fold my legs and drag my bags,
Believe me if I try a dive and make it alive,
Believe me when I see-saw and when I take a bow,
Or if I sweep the strings and hang on a wire.

Believe me if I change into a giant squid
and let my fingers go round and round like a kid,
Believe me if I cannot now and then stand on my feet
and start to pound by handfuls every key I meet…

I have a hand in a shoe!
My head-dress is pretty undue!
I fall head over my heels!
No matter if I don't have appeal!

I live on the edge of a knife!
I smile and I hang on to life!
I sleep with the dancers in my room!
I’m loosing my tune, I roam in the gloom…

Believe me if I walk through mirrors and melt into the crowd
and if I leak some steam and stifle a shout!
Believe me if I fall down and get stuck in the mud,
and then I rise again and stage my flesh and blood.

Believe me if I follow my single track-line
or if I run by side and leave the train behind,
Believe me if I sing a song and lay down on the ground
or if I dig my heels forgetting what I found…

I have a hand in a shoe!
My head-dress is pretty undue!
I fall head over my heels!
No matter if I don't have appeal!

I live on the edge of a knife!
I smile and I hang on to life!
I sleep with the dancers in my room!
I’m loosing my tune, I roam in the gloom!

I have a hand in a shoe!
I have a hand in a shoe!
I have a hand in a shoe!
I have a hand in a shoe!
Hahahahahahahahahaha!
Hahahahahahahahahaha!
Hahahahahahahahahaha!
Hahahahahahahahahaha!

And this whole story is true (?)…

Pool Story

Written By: Debora Petrina

I had a friend, long time ago,
she was a girl, I was a child,
she was so beautiful, I was a child.
So many boys around her, I was a child,
she could do everything.
I could do nothing.
I could do nothing.
I could do nothing.
I could do nothing.

Every day we went to the swimming pool,
she could jump, she could dive, she could swim at the bottom.
And the last day the teacher told us:
Tomorrow you will dive in the deep water!
Tomorrow you will dive in the deep water!
Tomorrow you will dive in the deep water!

And we children we were used to swim in the shallow water shallow water…
And suddenly we should jump into the very deep water into the very deep water…
And so the last day I went to the swimming pool,
she wasn’t there she wasn’t there,
she simply was afraid was afraid was afraid,
she didn’t tell me that I would have been alone,
she didn’t tell me that I would have been alone,
she didn’t tell me that I would have been alone!

I joined the line, child after child,
I saw them all, diving in the deep,
they were refished by a long metal pole.
I wore my pink bikini, I was a child,
and when my turn came…
I jumped all alone!
I jumped all alone!
I jumped all alone!
I jumped all alone!

Asteróide 482 (radio edit)

Written By: Debora Petrina

Las observaciones realizadas por
astrónomos en busca de objetos que
puedan producir una catástrofe sobre
la Tierra permiten sugerir un impacto.
El asteróide 482, el asteróide 482.

No obstante, se necesitarán
nuevas observaciones adicionales para
confirmar la predicción porque la órbita
de estos objetos cambia en el tiempo.
El asteróide 482, el asteróide 482.

Mira mira mira qual su nombre, mira mira mira qual!
Mira mira mira qual su forma, mira mira mira qual!
Que es mejor, desviare un asteróide peligroso o destruirlo?

Astro terroristi no pasaran!

El nivel de peligrosidad
en este caso se cifra en un 2.
Hay que decir que el nivel 2
es alarmante, o no.
Tiene un diámetro estimado de
unos 580 metros y, en
caso de colisión con la Tierra,
su impacto produciría un crater.
El asteróide 482, el asteróide 482.

Mira mira mira qual su nombre, mira mira mira qual!
Mira mira mira qual su forma, mira mira mira qual!
Que es mejor, desviare un asteróide peligroso o destruirlo?

Astro terroristi no pasaran!