Buhne & F.D.I.
Paul Buhne (Paul) made his musical debut as a drummer in a group
which he helped form called "Perpetual Motion". Throughout the
many rehearsals and performances at Sydney venues that were to
follow, Paul found time not only to appear on television shows
such as Channel Ten's New Faces but also to start writing poetry
In 1979 his first book "If I" was published and this was followed
shortly after by the publication of another book "Endless
Thoughts". He was later to receive the "International Prize of
Participation" for poetry at the "Il Fuedo" staged in Europe.
It was during that time that Paul met Tony Buono who was to become
a long standing friend, collaborator and integral member of the
F.D.I. team. They decided to direct most of their efforts towards
a European market composing songs of a pop, soft-rock nature,
including some where the lyrics pack a definite punch in their
desire to make a social statement about contemporary society.
Their commitment saw the release in 1995 of their first album "Un
Attimo In Paradiso" featuring the voice of Julian
Mylor.Subsequently, Paul and Tony were joined in their songwriting
efforts by Paul's father (a poet himself) and the trio became
known as F.D.I. This led to the release of a second album - "Merry
Christmas From F.D.I." featuring the beautiful voice of the late
Their songs have been keenly sought by artists participating in
events such as the International Song Festival staged in Melbourne
and the Italian Song Festival Of Sydney - an event where F.D.I.
themselves made their first appearance as performers at the world
famous Sydney Opera House.
Invariably F.D.I. compositions have always figured in the top
placings at these events - in 1997 a second place for their song
"Anche Per Me" performed by Suzie - in 1999 a third placing with a
song co-written with singer-songwriter Alfio Bonanno. That same
year Paul collaborated with prominent writer Leon Berger to pen a
song for young vocalist Alex Bartuccio - the song (eventually
third placed) was performed to critical acclaim at the
International Song Festival held at the prestigious Palladium
within the Crown Casino Complex in Melbourne.
Towards the end of 1999 F.D.I. released a long awaited third album
titled "Ditemi Voi" - this time featuring the voice of none other
than Peter Paul Buhne himself! This CD truly showcased the rare
talents of F.D.I. as artists of exceptional quality and
Their music is broadcast on numerous specialized radio programs
and stations such as SBS, Rete Italia, 2RDJ Sydney, Radio Incontro
88.9FM and Movimento 98.5FM of Sydney, 6EBA Perth, Radio
Fremantle, 5RTI Adelaide to name just a few, and reviews have
appeared in diverse publications ranging from La Fiamma newspaper
to Stagecraft Magazine.
Seven F.D.I. compositions, performed by various artists including
Ricky Giuliano and Maria Maroulis, feature on the compilation CD
Italian Love Mix released by GMP.
F.D.I. also released a CD album produced and arranged by Shane
O'Farrell with the collaboration of Peter Paul's brother Lorenzo
March 2009 saw the international release of the film "Two Fists
One Heart" by renowned Australian producer David Elfick which
includes, in various scenes, three songs composed and performed by
F.D.I. then embarked on an ambitious project involving creating
original music set to poems by prominent Italian writer and poet
Cristiana Maria Sebastiani.
The group worked hard arranging and recording and the result was a
ten track CD titled "Bosco Dell'Anima" with the underlying theme
of the poems being the writer's home region of Umbria and in
particular the city of Perugia in central Italy.
A number of notable musicians performed in the production
including pianist Tatyana Dunlop and saxophonist Lee Hutchings
along with long time F.D.I. collaborator guitarist Shane
Peter Paul subsequently spent three months in Italy promoting this
project with positive results as testified by various newspaper
reviews and invitations to appear on a number of TV and radio
FDI continue to produce their particular brand of original music
including a release of instrumental songs on a CD titled
"Stimulation", a title that augers well for the future of this