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Cristina Donà

voc, acg, *1967 IT
Singer / Songwriter of Rock and Pop
A.k.a. Cristina Trombini

Italian singer and songwriter.(Rho, September 23, 1967). She developed a passion for music since she was a teenager, her favorites singers being, among others,Bruce Springsteen, Sinéad O'Connor, Joni Mitchell, Michelle Shocked, Tom Waits, Lucio Battisti, and Beatles. She studied at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milano, where, during a student protest in 1990, she met Manuel Agnelli, leader of the Italian indie rock band Afterhours. Later she started her own singer career opening Afterhours’ concerts in their During Christine’s Sleep tour. Besides the live performances in clubs in Milano and surroundings, Donà, encouraged by Manuel Agnelli himself, begins working to her own songs, and releases her first album, Tregua, in 1997. The album is an immediate success. Robert Wyatt listens to it and includes it among his favorites of the year on Mojo. The music critic Charlie Gillett broadcasts some songs on BBC radio. In the meanwhile Donà performs live in an Italian tour, and opens concerts for Ben Harper and David Byrne. In 1999 she duets with the songwriter Eric Wood in his album Illustrated night, and starts working to the second album,Nido. Robert Wyatt gives his contribution to this album with the arrangements in the song Goccia and with the participation to a videoclip, shot on the East Coast of England, and released in the Goccia EP. In 2001 Donà is invited (first and only Italian artist so far) to the Meltdown Festival, where she performs the same night as Anja Garbarek and Mark Eitzel. Davey Ray Moor, attending the concert that night, is very much impressed by Donà’s performance, and this is the starting point of a long-lasting collaboration between the two artists. While working with him to the third album, in January 2002 Donà is invited to participate to the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen (The Netherlands). The third album, Dove sei tu, is released in 2003, and Davey Ray Moor performs as a special guest in some concerts during the promotional tour. Donà records a cover of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights, which is included in the single Invisibile. She also works, together with Davey Ray Moor, to the translation of the lyrics of Dove Sei Tu, in view of the first English work. The self-titled album is released in 2004 and distributed in 33 countries by Rykodisc International. The English press welcomes the album with very good reviews. Mojo gives it four stars, Down Beat compares Donà to artists such as Marianne Faithfull and Ute Lemper, Sunday Times includes a song in the monthly CD attached to the cultural magazine. At the end of 2004 she starts an extensive tour all around Europe, performing in Germany, France, UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, and with a special performance at the Polar Spectacle Festival in Norway. The American musician Ken Stringfellow plays with her in most of the European concerts. In 2005 she plays in Italy with Annie Whitehead’s Soupsongs, and is in UK for an acoustic tour, during which she’s invited to Robert Elms’ BBC London Live. In 2006 she signed to the major label EMI that is re-distributing all her catalogue.

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Percussion
Genres
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Folk
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Universo on La Quinta Stagione by Cristina Donà
Stelle Buone on Piccola Faccia by Cristina Donà
Settembre on La Quinta Stagione by Cristina Donà
Settembre on Piccola Faccia by Cristina Donà
Goccia on Nido by Cristina Donà
Risalendo on Tregua 1997 - 2017 Stelle buone by Cristina Donà
Universo on Piccola Faccia by Cristina Donà
Sign Your Name on Piccola Faccia by Cristina Donà
L'Aridità Dell'Aria on Piccola Faccia by Cristina Donà
Invisibile on Dove Sei Tu by Cristina Donà

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Discography


Title Artist Year Type
Tregua 1997-2017 Stelle buoneCristina Donà2017Album
Così ViciniCristina Donà2014Album
Torno A Casa A PiediCristina Donà2011Album
The Emi Album CollectionCristina Donà2011Album
Sign Your NameCristina Donà2010Album
Piccola FacciaCristina Donà2008Album
UniversoCristina Donà2007Single
La Quinta StagioneCristina Donà2007Album
I DuellantiCristina Donà2007Single
Premio Grinzane Cavour 2002Manuel Agnelli, Cristina Donà, Marco Parente2006Album
Triathlon (Uk Version)Cristina Donà2005Single
Invisible GirlCristina Donà2004Single
Triathlon / How Deep Is Your LoveCristina Donà2004Single
Meloria's BalladeGianni Maroccolo, Cristina Donà2004Single
Cristina DonàCristina Donà2004Album
TriathlonCristina Donà2003Single
Nel Mio GiardinoCristina Donà2003Single
Dove Sei TuCristina Donà2003Album
InvisibileCristina Donà2003Single
Deliziosa AbbondanzaCristina Donà2000Single
GocciaCristina Donà2000Single
L'Ultima Giornata Di SoleCristina Donà1999Single
NidoCristina Donà1999Album
Un Amore Lungo Un GiornoAfterhours - Cristina Donà - Egle Sommacal - Il Grande Omi - La Crus - Marco Parente - Ritmo Tribale - Santa Sangre - Scisma - Steve Piccolo - Six Minute War Madness1998Single
TreguaCristina Donà1997Album
Raso E Chiome BiondeCristina Donà1997Single
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