Photography by: Luigi Porzia
Patrick Girondi, originally from the south side of Chicago, is an Italian and American singer-songwriter, author, and founder of a gene therapy company. In addition to his work with gene therapy, girondi has released five music albums and published a book Diamond in the Rough. He has led his company, San Rocco Therapeutics, since 2003, with the mission to cure Sickle Cell Disease and his own child’s affliction, Thalassemia.
The Orphan Dream band published it’s first CD, ‘Orphan’s Soul’ in 2004. All its albums are about Orphan Disease (Rare Disease) and how it’s affected the lead singer, pat girondi’s life. The 80 published songs are all written and produced by the Orphan Dream Band. The latest album, “Orphan’s Return,” was released days before the culmination of girondi’s 5-year pharmaceutical court battle. As the album’s name hints, the verdict has allowed girondi to return to his work of curing rare diseases. girondi’s producer is Fairlive, headquartered in Matera, Italy.
He has received honors and awards including
Giffoni Film Festival
Award from Giffoni Film Festival for his music video, It’s Your Time
Featured in an Award Winning Italian film
Girondi’s music has been featured in the Award-winning Italian film Focaccia Blues
International Indie Artist of The Year
International Indie Artist of The Year Award for Orphan’s Journey as voted by the Indie Music Writer’s Association
Induction into the Accademia di Sicilia
Induction into the Accademia di Sicilia, Palermo, recognized for artistic and scientific contributions to humanity
Video of the Year
Award for Video of the Year, Italy for his song, Living Without You
Girondi’s music has been featured in the Award-winning Italian film Focaccia Blues. Patrick Girondi and the Orphan Dream Band has been featured dozens of times in Italian newspapers as well as on television in New York, Chicago, and Italy.
Patrick Girondi has performed with Italian acts, The Pooh and Renzo Arbore. He has performed at the Chicago Poor Man Blues Fest in Washington Park with Coco Taylor, and Ronnie Lee Graham; the Harris Theater in Chicago; and the Umbria Jazz Festival.
Photography by: Antonio Sansone