Bicicletas de Marzo
RICCARDO PEROTTI is, without a doubt, one of Ecuador's top contemporary artists. Not only has he sat comfortably at the #1 position in national radio charts for over 70 weeks since his first appearance in 1989, but has also written and conducted symphonic music, theatrical plays and award winning film scores, created ambitious multidisciplinary shows and produced the first and only rock festival inside the crater of a volcano. Riccardo was the first Ecuadorian to study at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), the world famous Jazz School that produced artists such as Al DiMeola, Pat Metheny and Juan Luis Guerra, to name a few. He also got a Diploma in Sound Engineering and Audio Production from The Recording Workshop (Chillicothe, OH). Upon returning to Ecuador, Riccardo became the Director of Octavo Arte Recording Studios, eventually starting the country's first Indie label and becoming one of the pioneers of the it's Pop-Rock movement. ----- His first solo EP, 'Traficando un Amanecer', was released on the 21st of November, 1990. It's single 'Quién te ha dicho que el amor es fácil' became an overnight smash hit, getting him his first 'Estatuilla de Oro de JC Radio' Award as 'Revelation Artist of the Year'. This single was the first in a long chain of #1 hits on Riccardo's career. He received a second 'Estatuilla de Oro de JC Radio' Award as 'Best Song of the Year' for his song 'Aunque no se dónde estás' in 1993. By then, his artistic career is coupled with a prolific agenda of music productions, including the music for the winning Presidential Campaign of Arq. Sixto Durán-Ballén, an award winning Soundtrack ('Best Sountrack' in the Demetrio Aguilera Malta Festival), other artists music projects, his Indie Label Record releases and quite a bit of radio and TV jingle writing. Ricardo Williams, the first of Riccardo Perotti's musical protégées, also won two 'Estatuillas de Oro de JC Radio' under Perotti's musical direction and arrangements. In 1994, the CD 'Palabras Grandes' was released, taking him to #1 during 1994 ('Basta con que estés'), 1995 ('Duro de Matar') and 1996 ('Nada queda ya'). By now Riccardo is also directing and conducting the orchestra for the 1994 and 1996 OTI (Ibero-American Television Organization) Festivals, managing Diner's Club's Recording Label 'Dinediciones Musical' and Directing UNICEF's First Children Music Festival, among many other projects. The 1995 war between Ecuador and Peru found Riccardo personally involved with the daughter of the former Peruvian Ambassador in Ecuador, then Vice-Minister of Foreign Relations of Peru. The story of their relationship, and it's violent ending, is brought to the screen by TC Television in a Series called 'Love in times of War'. As his attention shifts to his country's socio-political affairs, Riccardo decides to move to Miami for a couple of years to work on new music and get a better perspective on things. In 1997, Diario Hoy published the CD 'The Best of Perotti & Williams', compiled by the two artists to promote the song 'Tierra de Nadie (¿qué pasa con Galápagos?)', written for an Environmental Awareness Campaign by The Nature Conservancy and the WWF. The CD sold 35.000 copies in 12 hours (an absolute record in Ecuador) and led to a National Tour that concluded with the recording of the Live CD 'Rodando una vez más'. In 1998 Riccardo decides to move back to Ecuador, partly to work in the music production of the Presidential Campaign of Dr. Jamil Mahuad Witt, whose strong will to reach a Peace Treaty with Peru attracted Riccardo's special attention. Once elected, Riccardo followed closely each step the new President took towards reaching a Peace Agreement and became decisively involved in many activities to promote it, including an Alliance with Peruvian Artists called 'Bajo un mismo Sol' and a 62 hour long concert called 'Vigilia por la Paz', setup outside the building of the Ecuadorian Congress to rally support for the delicate peace process. For all his dedication and commitment, Riccardo was invited as a one of the guests of Honor to the signing of this historical Peace Treaty in Brazil. He was also appointed by President Mahuad as Composer and Producer of most of this Peace Treaty's related events, such as it's First Anniversary, President Fujimory's Official Visit to Ecuador, a Memorial CD-ROM of the process, etc. After the Peace Treaty, and partly inspired by it, Riccardo embarks in his most ambitious adventure ever: the creation and production of the 'Pululahua, Rock from the Volcano' Festival - the first and only Rock Festival ever to take place inside the crater of a volcano - which consisted of a 4 day long concert in February 1999, featuring 48 national and international bands inside the Pululahua, located near the Equinox Lat 0° in Quito, Ecuador. The Festival not only attracted important bands from Latin and North America and Europe, but was also covered by press from around the World, including E! Entertainment, MTV, Rolling Stone, BBC, Diario Clarin and Sorted Magazine. A year after the Festival, Riccardo is invited to Argentina to record his second CD, 'Aurora Café', with an all-star line up of Argentinean rock legends, including Hector Starc, Alejandro Lerner, Claudia Puyó, Nito Mestre and B.B. Muñoz, among others. 'Aurora Café' did terrible in Ecuador: it's sound was aimed at the Argentinean market, which collapsed three months after the recording of the album. Radio stations in Ecuador simply reverted to the older Riccardo Perotti's CDs and completely forgot about this episode. In 2001, the Coca-Cola Company of Ecuador asked Riccardo to create and produce the project called FIORA MUSICA, consisting of a series of events aimed at the discovery and promotion of amateur, original music artists in Ecuador. Taking up most of 2001 and 2002, the project included over 50 concerts throughout the Country, 120 hours of auditions to over 800 artists in 15 provinces, a CD with 18 finalists on 3 categories, several collective concerts, including the Grand Final Concert, and the production of 3 CDs of the selected artists. In 2002, the producers of the Election of Miss Quito asked Riccardo to write a song that would uplift the spirit of the people of Quito, at that time drowned in pessimism and discontent. Riccardo's 'Tierra de Luz' delivers beyond all expectations and is adopted by the City as it's new official song for all it's Communication and featured in the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of UNESCO's Declaration of Quito as World Cultural Heritage. Many campaigns are developed by the City around 'Tierra de Luz' including 'Quito-Tierra de Luz', a CD project that invited other Ecuadorian artists to also write songs about Quito and was released in a historical concert that changed young people's attitude towards the City Government. Riccardo Perotti becomes the City's 'undeclared official musician', and is honored with the Music Production and Direction of most of the City's important engagements, including 'Quito Saluda al Mundo', the Major's Official Show for the Miss Universe 2004 Pageant held in Quito. Riccardo also wrote the Miss Universe 2004 Official Song, appointed by the Pageants Organization Committee, and produced the music for the Semi-finalists Worldwide Broadcast by TNT. By 2004, Riccardo is ready to retake his artistic career and goes back to the studio for his latest album 'Bicicletas de Marzo', this time co-producing with two great names in Latin America's music scene: Eduardo De Narváez (Shakira, Carlos Vives, etc.) in Bogotá and Mario Breuer (La Ley, Charly García, Fito Páez, etc.) in Buenos Aires. The first single 'Angeles de Paso' hits the radio stations in November of 2004 and reaches #1 by March 2005. The second single, 'Espérame', is released with the complete album by mid 2005 and reaches #1 seven months later. Two other singles, 'A veces' and 'Tan desnudo de ti', receive strong airplay but stay at #3 and #6, respectively. In 2006, Riccardo plays around the Country on his Tour 'The 10 Best Discotheques of Ecuador'. It's smart application of technology and a smashing top-hits-only repertoire, make this Tour a memorable comeback for Riccardo Perotti. 2007 brings on decisive steps towards foreign markets: he's invited to represent Ecuador in the ENTEPOLA Festival in Pudahuel, Chile; plays a memorable concert in the 'El Perseguidor Jazz Club' in Santiago de Chile, and performs in 17 German cities in the 'Tour Alemania 2007', with Alberto Caleris (Argentina) and Alois C. Braun (Germany). Most importantly, Riccardo Perotti signs an exclusive worldwide music publishing agreement with WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC, one of the most important firms in the business and part of Warner Brothers Music Corp. This agreement marks a huge leap forward in Riccardo's career and predicts a fine future. Riccardo is currently composing his first short Broadway-style musical and working on the songs for his new CD 'Todos estos Años' .