Born in Cesena 24/11/66
Music, Communication, People, Sport, Photography and anything outdoors or under the sky.
Until 2001 he taught Copyright and Discography at the European School of Economics.
Since 2008 he has participated as a discographer in "Amici" and other television programmes on young people.
In 2013 he took Franco Godi's Best sound label to Warner to sign JAx and Fedez, but the Warner board decided otherwise.
Since 2014 he has been the manager of Pressing Line (Lucio Dalla's historical label) and a consultant for the Lucio Dalla Foundation, with which he has carried out solidarity projects.
In 2015, from his idea to cross the language of Lucio Dalla with that of the rappers of the moment, he creates and publishes for Pressing Line "Bella Lucio": 11 tracks that revisit with great quality and respect as many songs by Lucio Dalla: (Rocco Hunt, Clementino, Art. 31 (J-Ax), Raige, Ensi, Mondo Marcio, Emis Killa, Ghemon, Siamesi Brothers, Moreno, Two Fingerz) with the production of the great Franco Godi of Best Sound. An epoch-making album, unique and unrepeatable in its genre, as defined by public and critics.
He also created for Pressing line the showcase for young people "Alla finestra" and the project "Discovering Dalla" aimed at rediscovering Lucio Dalla's songs through covers by young artists of today.
For the Lucio Dalla Foundation, among the many initiatives, on 4 March 2016 he brought the famous "Lucio Dalla bench statue" by the artist Carmine Susinni to Lucio Dalla's house in Bologna for two months, with great success from the public and the critics. Many artists and thousands of people, including Fiorello, took a selfie on the bench.
As an author of programmes and formats also aimed at social activities, Balestra is delighted to follow young artists who, despite suffering from disabling pathologies, have a great desire to tell their story, as human and artistic examples of great communicative depth.
In January 2016 he founded "Casartista", a project that deals with the natural construction of the person-artist. A practical philosophy that brings the person and his natural expression, at the centre of human and artistic communication, of ordinary people and artists. A unique and original philosophy, the result of cross-sectional experience in over 30 years of life and work, between artists of great culture, quality and humanity and people who only want to achieve success!
In April 2016, the Accademia di Comunicazione Foundation took shape in Milan, in order to follow the ongoing activities, those in progress and cross projects between music and communication.
On August 23, 2016 realizes in San Vito Chietino (CH) the first edition of the "Palco dei sogni", review conceived and reserved by Balestra to young artists selected in the territory, among those who have to express a serene artistic and human nature.
4-5 August 2017 Artistic direction of the Contursi Festival, where he introduced the Pop Star category, to highlight young artists in Italy capable of interacting with the public in several contemporary arts: singing, dancing and performance. In collaboration with Stefania Coralluzzo.
2017 Career preparation coaching of young artists in progress.
2017-2020 Manager of artist Nyvinne "Nyv".
2017 Invention of the "Pdf" method to bring out the true, natural and recognisable expressiveness of the person and the artist, by Marcello Balestra
2018 Sanremo: "Almeno pensami" the unreleased song by Lucio Dalla interpreted by Ron on the idea and management of Marcello Balestra proposed to the Artistic Director of the Festival Claudio Baglioni.
2018 04/03/2018 Conception and organization Concert in Lucio Dalla's house with the young finalists of Sanremo 2018 in addition to Masini, Arisa, Iskra, Paolo Simoni, Renzo Rubino, Fio Zanotti, Lina Sastri etc...
2018 "Starter" Lucio Dalla's last unreleased song published by decision and artistic management of Marcello Balestra.
2018 Collaboration with Sony Music for the definitive best of Lucio Dalla entitled by Balestra "Duvudubà".
2019 Organisation Concert on 4 March 2019 at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, with the presentation of the album "Lucio Dalla" 40 years later, with Carboni, Curreri, Masini, Iskra, Rubino, Ron, Gabbani and others who performed the songs from the album with the symphony orchestra.
2020 National theatre premiere of the show "Lucio c'è", a story written by Balestra about his human and professional journey with Lucio Dalla from 1980 to today, together with Lucio's songs interpreted by Stefano Fucili at the Rocca Malatestiana in Fano on 24/01/2020.
2020 "Stories from the cellar" and "Demo on air" 2 formats created by Balestra aired from 23 March to 02 June 2020 in 60 episodes on youtube from the cellar and the terrace of the house, a dialogue made of stories of music and artists and life and scouting during the first lockdown of the century.
2021 Publication "Ave Maria do sol"
Link to Youtube
Publication "Il sentire del cuore"
Link to Youtube
2021 Performances of 'Lucio c'è' in various locations in Italy.
2021 Diploma in songwriting c/o Warner Chappell Music Publishing 2021 Scouting and research activities for new forms of transversal artistic communication, through the mix of high-consumption products and matching artistic figures.
2022 Conception of the project "Termoli-Tremiti on the notes of Lucio Dalla", with concerts on 22-23 July 2022 in Termoli and the Tremiti Islands
Link to Termoli Online
Link to Primo Numero
Host of the 5th edition of the "Tremiti music festival"
Link to Puglia Sound
October - November 2022 replicas of the play "Lucio c'è" at Teatro Bello in Milan
Link to Gazzetta di Milano
2023 In publication book "Lucio c'è"
Passion and dedication in the search for new forms of artistic and communicative talent, in writing and researching new formats and potentially successful songs, in assisting and consolidating established artistic careers, are the daily bread of those who love to be surprised every day, no matter where the surprise comes from, as long as it is real, human and therefore naturally artistic.
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