Bio

Italian-born saxophonist, improviser, composer and ethnomusicologist.

Besides the training as a jazz musician and a free improviser, he undertook a traditional apprenticeship as a folk musician and learned to play the Calabrian bagpipe known as surdulina.

He is a member of the Amsterdam improvisation scene and plays with Michael Moore, Dirk Bruinsma, Wilbert de Joode, Eric Boeren, Anne la Berge, Toby Delius, Han Bennink, Joost Buis and the new generation of improvisers such as, among others, Yedo Gibson, Kaja Draksler, Renato Ferreira, Onno Govaert, John Dikeman, Nicolas Chientaroli.

He composes for and plays with Solaris Saxophone Quartet, New Dog, Comanda Barabba, HaFFaH, Antigone’s Choice.

In his saxophone solo, he explores the use of Calabrian folk music grammar in a context of a contemporary improvised solo. This work  explores the relationship between fixed and mobile elements; the resulting music is based on the constant repetition and variation of small originating musical materials.

With the painter Paolo Parisi and the musicians Luca Bernard and Giovanni Falvo, he co-founded Tranepainting, a multidisciplinary performance for improvising trio and brushes that explores the relationships between visual stimuli and musical response in a context of free improvisation.

With EL, a quartet including Alberto Fiori (electronics), Francesco Guerri (cello) and Giovanni Falvo (drums), realised Electric Leak, a show for music and neon lights co-produced with Pietro Babina, Santarcangelo dei Teatri and Ortosonico.

As an instrumentalist, he plays with Pumorgan and All Ellington as well as freelancing for different improvisation ensembles. In May 2015, he played in Antony Braxton’s Sonic Genome at the Torino Jazz Festival. He collaborated with Cornelis de Bondt for the project Atelier Ensemble in Den Haag.

In 2005 he won the Iceberg Festival, young artists prize in Bologna, playing with the piano player Alberto Fiori.

He composed music for video installations and short movies as well as composing and performing live soundtracks for silent movies. With Solaris Saxophone Quartet, he composed and performed original soundtrack at Metro Movies Film Festival in Amsterdam (2014) and in collaboration with Raymond MacDonalds at Hipp Fest 2017, Festival for Silent Movies in Bo’Ness.

He was a member of the Ivan Illich Popular School of Music in Bologna and participated to the vivid improvisation scene of the city; he played with musicians such as Fabrizio Puglisi, Edoardo Marraffa, Domenico Caliri, Tristan Honsinger, Nicola Guazzaloca.

He attended the summer seminars of Siena Jazz, Roccella Jonica, and Nuoro Jazz. He attended many workshops and masterclasses on improvisation and composition with, among others: William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhall R. Abrahams, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Egberto Gismonti, Francois Jeanneau, Rob Brown, Javier Girotto, Michel Godard, Chris Speed, John Surman, Rabih Abu Kahlil, Barre Phillips.

He graduated in D.A.M.S. (Discipline of the Arts, Music, Theatre and Cinema) at University of Bologna and in Jazz at Conservatory of Bologna. He is currently conducting a Creative Music Practice PhD research at the University of Edinburgh funded by AHRC. This practice-based research aims to develop a language for a contemporary practice of improvised music, which is informed by the grammar and vocabulary of Calabrian folk music in Southern Italy.

As a musicologist, his interests range from ethnomusicology to jazz, from improvisation to composition. He has been conducting extensive ethnomusicological research on Calabrian music. Besides the research and collection of traditional music, he is involved in the organisation of Felici e Conflenti an intensive week of seminars and workshops on Calabrian folk music. He presented at international conferences, such as ISIM Conference and Festival (Toronto 2016), Sound Thought (Glasgow 2016), The Improvising Brain (Atlanta 2017) and was invited to lecture on Calabrian folk music by the University of Cosenza Unical in 2016. He published the book La Musica da Danza nell’Area di Influenza della Madonna di Conflenti (Rubbettino 2017), a systematic work on the dance repertoire for bagpipe and diatonic accordion in Central Calabria.