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Italian Pianist Sets Guinness World Record
Published May 26, 2006

Christian Calcatelli, composer pianist from Rome, Italy, has been awarded a unique official Guinness World Records certificate for setting the world's longest solo music internet broadcast. Christian improvised on a Steinway D concert grand piano for 60 hours and 1 minute at the international fundraising event known as "The Calx Project" which took place at the Galleria Alberto Sordi in Rome, Italy, on 15-17 September 2004. This original event, conceived by Christian Calcatelli and realized with Zillion Productions, had the goal of raising the public's awareness on the problems that too many children are facing and the simple steps all can take to help. This was achieved by merging music and the internet's audio and video broadcast technologies to spread this powerful message which brought to the forefront humanitarian agency PLAN International's programs for children in South America.

"Christian rides on melodies in every mood - from happy to sad – changing according to how he felt, according to what was going on around him, within him!" Italian newspaper Il Tempo writes. "His friends were with him, all the public cheered for him - the whole world indeed: passers-by, tourists - everyone was there listening in amazement, and those who just had to leave returned hours later to check on the progress and listen to more music!" The Calx Project was followed by tens of thousands of listeners, on location and over the internet.

This World Record is unique as it is the only attempt in this category to be officially recognized by Guinness World Records. Photographs, video clips and sound clips from the event are freely available at the composer's website on the following link:

Another project - worthy of a record of its own - was listening and watching the nearly 60 hours of available audio and video recorded live at The Calx Project. Christian Calcatelli undertook this task with a view to selecting several tracks which have been collected on a two CD collection ironically entitled 'A Broken Record' vol. 1 & 2. These 2 electronic CDs are filled to the brink with music improvised at this historic concert and are exclusively available from the composer's website as high quality MP3 downloads for use on any iPOD, MP3 player and of course may be burned to a normal CD format.

Christian's initial interest in music began by discovering the soundtracks that gave life to golden age cartoons from Disney and MGM. Triggered by curiosity, he taught himself how to read music and plunk the first notes on the piano which eventually led to his formal music studies at the S. Cecilia Conservatory of Rome. Today, at 25 years of age, Christian has treasured all the teachings received through his classical studies and made them his own, developing a personal, intimate style of piano playing and improvisation.

"Most of my music is born from improvisation" Christian says. "It lives from what is around me – people, thoughts, and feelings. I like to explore the complete range of colors that the piano can offer – primarily because I play the piano as my personal orchestral palette. With today's problems and increasing negativity, my goal is to give someone a positive experience – because listening to something that is appealing to one's emotions can really make a difference, even change one's outlook on life!"

Today, Christian is presenting and marketing his music as an independent artist, using the internet as his primary business tool and proudly selling his CD's on He appreciates listening to every genre of music from Mozart, Bach and Chopin to Celine Dion, U2, Christina Aguilera, James Blunt and others. Not to forget is the interest he has in movie scores, as his main goal is to become a movie, TV and multimedia composer.

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