Gazebo whose real name is Paul Mazzolini was born in Beyrouth on February 18th 1960.
He was brought up traveling around the world with his parents, gathering from different cultures.
His father, Francesco, was an Italian diplomatic and taught Paul five of the eight languages he knew.
His mother, Sonia, was a singer and gave him her inner talent for music.
Paul settled down in Italy in 1975, got his graduation three years later and went off to London where he put up various bands and decided to make music for a living. Back in Rome in 1981 he released his first single "Masterpiece", the 12" version rapidly became a big hit in the European and Asian dance scenes.
In 1983 Paul signs with Baby Records and releases his first album called "Gazebo". Included is a song that is going to be a smash hit worldwide selling more than ten million singles : the song, "I like Chopin", reaches n°1 in the charts of many countries including : Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Hong-Kong, Korea, Singapore, Turkey and tops ten in many other countries including U.K.
The second album "Telephone Mama" is released in 1984 and though the style of the songs is dramatically different from the first album it is a best seller in most of the territories were it is released.
1985 is quite an unlucky year as Paul has to join the army and this pause forces him to rebuild his career on a different and stronger basis willing to develop and improve his musical skills in song writing, arranging and producing. He puts up Lunatic S.r.l - his own production company.
The same year he releases "Univision" the first album of the new era completely owned by Lunatic.
1988 "Rainbow Tales" the first album recorded at the Lunatic complex is also the first step in Paul's new musical direction, a link towards his musical origins in the progressive pop scene of the seventies.
1989 "Sweet Life" is the first album entirely written, produced and engineered by Paul himself, this album includes a special version of a song Paul had co-wrote for Ryan Paris and that became at the time a smash hit worldwide: "Dolce Vita"
The label "Lunatic Records" gets officially distributed by BMG Ariola.
In 1992 Lunatic Records releases "Scenes from the news Broadcast". Which is up to now his last official album.
1994 "Portrait" - a compilation album with all his hits.
1997 From the merging of Lunatic S.r.l and Cresus Enterprises S.n.c (publishing) Paul puts up Softworks Snc, a new company with a big catalog and a great structure. First release “Viewpoint” the sequel to “Portrait”.
2000 Softworks' SWR releases "Portrait & Viewpoint" a double CD with all the essentials.
Of course he's been involved in numerous projects and productions during the nineties and still is working as a producer, arranger, song writer and studio manager.
2006 Release of EP “Tears For Galileo” introducing his new album. Included is “The Man at The Window” a song dedicated to Pope John Paul II of whom Paul has always admired the charisma.
Launch of www.gazebo.info . Agreement with aggregator The Orchard for worldwide digital distribution (iTunes etc ..)
2007 Work in studio on his new album with the collaboration of great musicians such as drummer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney) and bass player John Giblin (Phil Collins, Kate Bush and Simple Minds) while performing live with his new band and participating to major TV events in Europe.
2008 Anticipated by “Ladies !” and it’s Deejay contest on www.myspace/gazeboladies where the deejays were asked to remix or rearrange the song without even hearing the final version, Paul is to introduce “The Syndrone” his new album .
16 brand new songs with the new smash hit single “Virtual Love” to be released December 2008.
"The Syndrone" was released and is available NOW!!
Gazebo displays elegance, imagination in new release
By Kathryn Barnett
In his new release, “The Syndrone,” the Italian singer-songwriter-arranger Gazebo demonstrates once again his incredible talent for creating memorable melodies and inventive lyrics that paint pictures in his listeners' minds. His storytelling abilities cover uncharted terrain for pop music. A tale about the demise of a satellite (Tears for Galileo), a heart-rending portrait of a pope's final days (the Man at the Window), and a fantasy about a miracle potion that can cure love pain (Apply) are examples of the range of subject matter this artist can craft into songs of rich emotional content.
Gazebo (Paul Mazzolini) had international hits in the '80s -- “I Like Chopin,” and “Masterpiece” -- and has continued to reach huge audiences in Europe and beyond over the years. He has retained the same sophistication and sense of mystery that brought him to stardom with this album, while showing greater maturity as a lyricist and arranger.
He peers into the depths of the cosmos to explore the illusion of time and the “opium lies” of our limited perspective in an expansive philosophical piece called “Erosion.”
“In the explosion of the universe we live,
from the tiny short to the infinitely boundless
from the crackle in the drying mud I come
I see the surface from a different perspective
slipping in between the curves of
Gazebo invites his fans to not only listen but also to symbolically feel, taste, touch, see and smell what he has to offer. It's a concept he says was inspired by French poet Charles Baudelaire "correspondences" theory which was the basics of impressionists painters from that period like Renoir. The song "Parfum Exotique" is based on Baudelaire's homonymous poem.
The album's title, "The Syndrone," Gazebo says, is a neologism that describes this new sort of "blues" people feel nowadays, “lost between the non-totally satisfying virtuality of relationships, like in social networks, the fear of environmental matters and uncertainty about the future.”
The album jacket features a picture of the singer, his arms outstretched, standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon as if directing some cosmic, unseen orchestra, and at once offering himself to the universe while taking the whole cosmos into his very being.
He looks back on the passage of time in his own life in the song, “25 Years” and wonders about what might have been:
“25...years have passed
rushing through my life...
through the shadows
and the dangers of illusions
all I do is sail
The work is not entirely ethereal, though.
It includes a touching tribute to his daughter, “Crystal” that shows a father's tender care for a child entering an imperfect and sometimes difficult world. It includes a beautifully done song about yearning to be with someone who is unattainable, “Free (if only).” And a tune about online affairs of the heart in “Virtual Love.”
Through it all, Gazebo proves himself to be the consummate producer and arranger, enhancing his memorable melodies with hard-edged rhythms, and always surprising the listener – from the opening drone of the bagpipe in “Tears for Galileo” to the classical guitar harmonies of “Free.”
The album also includes vintage bonus tracks: “I Like Chopin,” “Masterpiece,” and “Dolce Vita.” If you haven't heard Gazebo since those songs were hits, you're about to discover what Europeans have been wild about for all these years. You're in for a treat with this new collection.