The Straniero’s Blog
The Straniero Inspires Pixar...
Friday, 27 February 2009
A long time ago I was contacted by the Pixar Animation Studios. They said that they were doing a short animation about one man bands and wanted to buy my DVD. I sold them a DVD for $10 and didn’t
The Hormonauts...
Thursday, 26 June 2008
A long time ago in Sardegna I met two Scottish guys busking rockabilly. They called themselves “Spalmabilly Cheesecake”. Later I met them at the Ferrara festival a few times and then they
Busking at 8,200 ft...
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
In July 2003 I did a gig in Pennabilli,Italy with a Brazilian circus that highly recommended that I get in touch with the organizer of the Ibero-American Theater Festival of Bogotá, Colombia. After
Barbie’s Chic New Condo...
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
Now that my daughter has reached 4 years old and is becoming a Barbie Girl I thought it was time to make her a Barbie World. I spent three months working on this house for her dolls. I have a habit
Storia da un Busker
da 1987
Fin da bambino, ho sempre amato suonare ma ero anche convinto che non sarei mai diventato un musicista di professione sicuro del fatto che, facendolo per denaro, sarebbe finito il divertimento ( e
A Busker’s Story
Since 1987
Ever since I was a little kid I always loved to play music, but I always said I'd never become a professional musician. I felt that if I did it for money it would stop being fun (and we all know
Consigli per i Busker
venerdì 16 marzo 2007
La gente mi domanda spesso : “Non e’ duro suonare in strada?” Rispondo io: “ Quando va bene e’ il miglior lavoro al mondo. Quando va male, diventa un incubo!”. Fortunatamente, negli ultimi 15 anni,
Busking Tips
venerdì 16 marzo 2007
People always ask, "Isn't it rough playing on the streets?" I always respond,"When it's good, it's the best job in the world. When it's bad, it's real bad." Luckily for us, in the last 15 years
Shizuoka Japan
sabato 7 ottobre 2006
After years of wanting to get an invite to Japan, I was invited to the Daidogei Buskers World Cup in 2006. It was a great experience going to Japan! I ate sushi with lots of wasabi for breakfast,
Japanese T.V. Ads
Thursday 24 February 2005
In the winter of 2004, I got a call asking if I was interested in participating in a casting for doing some TV ads in Japan for a chain of pachinko parlors called Meiho group. I’ve always been
Ooooh Sticky & the Greasy Pigs
Since 1989
How did I get together with  "Ooooh Sticky & the Greasy Pigs"? The story goes like this... I was playing on the street in Rome one day about 13 years ago. I ran into a friend who told me that there
Maxwell St. Market, Chicago
mercoledì 28 marzo 2001
“First we’re gonna kill it, then we’ll take it apart, then we’ll kill it again”. It’s not like Chicago was exactly overflowing with cultural gathering places. In fact it’s a very segregated city.
Tammurriata-"The Rhythm of Vesuvius"
Friday 16 March 2001
The first time that I heard the rhythm of the tammurriata I was blown away. It was such an ancient sound with the rhythm of a fast heartbeat. After  12 years of being in the middle of the
Festivals In Italy
sabato 18 marzo 2000
There are literally hundreds of street festivals of all kinds each year in Italy. I personally recommend Terzo Studio for anyone looking to play in Italy. Their big festival is "Mercantia" at
I’ll be using this section to talk about bands, travel and busking experiences (past and present). I suppose that’s what most blogs are anyway.