chickpee is the solo lo-fi pop project of Italian musician, Chiara D’Anzieri. She began a professional classical career as a cellist at the age of 13, a child prodigy that spent her developing/teen years traveling from city to city in Italy performing with various orchestras and quartets but eventually decided to take a hiatus from her classical life for sake of her own mental health and wanting to explore other kinds of music and instruments. She then spent many years as a producer/studio musician/songwriter at a major studio near her hometown of Ravenna, IT. In June 2018, her and her partner, American musician Ron Gallo, met at a beach venue in Ravenna which lead to them falling in love and taking her first-ever airplane to the United States and out of her home country for the first time.
She talks about this whole experience, including overcoming fears of border patrol/immigration in America in her first song, “25”, which her and Gallo recorded at their house in Nashville during her first-ever visit, it is also the first time she wrote lyrics and sang in English.