RIP Gianmaria Testa
It sounded ominous when the 4 January 2015 concert in Zurich was cancelled. Little did we know then, though, that that evening would have been our last chance to see and listen to this great Italian cantautore (singer-songwriter) live for the very first time. It was not to be. Since as his Facebook page informs his fans the world over in a typically quiet, unassuming way, the great poet has gone, has passed away yesterday, 30 March 2016. Due to the ubiquity of music files in today's digital world those who treasure his texts and sounds can continue to do so via his recordings - the 2001 album "Il valzer di un giorno" being my personal favourite - and many more will be able to discover his wonderful music still. So thank you for the music, Gianmaria Testa, and rest in peace.