Carmen Consoli is a popular Italian singer songwriter from Catania, Sicily. She has published since 1996 seven studio albums in Italy (Due parole, Confusa e felice, Mediamente isterica, Stato di necessità, L’eccezione, Eva contro Eva, Mediamente isterica – Deluxe Edition, Elettra), three international albums (État de necessité French version of Stato di necessità, Carmen Consoli English version of L’Eccezione, Eva contro Eva published in the USA by Universal Latino) and two live albums (L’anfiteatro e la bambina impertinente, Un sorso in più – Dal vivo a MTV Supersonic). Her touching song L’ultimo bacio was the theme of the movie The Last Kiss by Italian director Gabriele Muccino. Among her many awards over the years we find two Italian Music Awards, two Premi Italiani della Musica, a Nastro d’argento at the Film Fest di Taormina, Civitanova Poesia and Grinzane Cavour awards. Her italian and international albums contain collaborations with artists and producers such as Serge Gainsbourg, Henri Salvador, Emma Dante, Angelique Kidjo and Goran Bregovic. She was the first female artist to perform at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in 2003. Around the world, she has performed concerts at Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, Remis Auditorium at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Mainstage Theatre in New York (where Jon Pareles of the New York Times defined her a “magnificent combination between a rocker and an intellectual” and “a voice filled with pain, compassion and strength”), the South By South West Festival in Austin, Texas, and then Miami, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Northampton, Madison, Montreal. She participated in the humanitarian event by Quincy Jones We Are the Future in Rome, the Bob Marley anniversary celebrations in Ethiopia in 2005 (where she was the only Italian artist performing), and Central Park’s Joe’s Pub in the Park festival as headliner. Her first biography, Quello che sento – Il mondo, i pensieri, la musica di Carmen Consoli was published in Italy in 2001. Carmen founded her record label Due Parole, and in 2008 she wrote her first full movie soundtrack for L’uomo che ama by Maria Sole Tognazzi, starring Monica Bellucci and Pier Francesco Favino. Her latest album Elettra has come out in October of 2009.