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Laboratorio Novamusica Experimental Unit
Compressione dialettica alla mente
Dialectic Mind Compression

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Laboratorio Novamusica Experimental Unit
Ilich Fenzi: trumpet
Umberto De Nigris “Barone”: trombone
Piergabriele Mancuso: viola
Andrea Carlon: double bass
Giovanni Mancuso: piano and conduction



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Recorded at Teatrino Groggia – Venice - May-June 2003
Recording, sound editing and mastering: Riccardo Farnea
Musical editing and musical direction: Giovanni Mancuso

Compressione dialettica alla mente

(Dialectic Mind Compression)

The project takes form from the improvisation and extemporary music sessions Laboratorio Novamusica contemporary ensemble.

The project has been conceived as a long sequence of music units. These units consists of informal, “structural” scores in which every instrument intervention is called by a hand signal of the conductor.

The music languages and styles gathering in this sessions are certainly heterogeneous but united by a subtle fil rouge made of three fibres: tension, mutation and compression.

In the title – derived from Adriano Banchieri's Contrappunto bestiale alla mente and from the contemporary recall of Luigi Nono's Contrappunto dialettico alla mente we wanted to resume the main characters of the entire music creative process: continuous flux of music, sudden change of style colours and register, mnemonic technique adopted in scoring music units which gave form to entire the project ( alla mente , by hearth),

(G. Mancuso)



Ilich Fenzi started studying trumpet in 1965 and graduated in music at the Music Academy of Ferrara in 1971. From 1981 1982 he played or the Solar Big Band conducted by Giorgio Gaslini. Since 1984 he is member of the Keptorchestra. He now plays also in the Thelonious Monk orchestra conducted by Marcello Tonolo. He played with some of the most important Italian and international jazz players such as Steve Lacy, Steve Lacy, Renato Geremia, Marc Abrams, Davide Ragazzoni, Pietro Tonolo, Maurizio Caldura, Enrico Rava, Claudio Fasoli, and as a member of the “Thelonious Monk Big Band” also with Carla Bley and with Steve Swallow in the Goes to Church & Others project. He founded the "Sound and Colours" ensemble
with which he recently presented some of his new compositions.

Umberto De Nigris was born in Bologna in 1931 and is self taught musician.In the 50s he founds the "Flaminian Street Jazz Band which, after the blessing of Louis Armstrong in Perugia in 1955, published the "Flaminia Street Jazz Band makes an history of jazz" and "10 anni di Jazz di Italia 1949-'59 " which were warmly welcomed by the public also in the USA. In 60's De Nigris moved to Venice in which he took part to many Jazz and contemporary music ensembles. In 1980 he attends the contemporary Jazz sessions of the "Il Suono Improvviso" orchestra conducted by Giannantonio de Vincenzo and which released two Cds: " Il Suono Improvviso " and " Lee Konitz e il Suono Improvviso ". He founded the "Murano Jazz Club Band" which specialized in the Jazz classics of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, and later on the "Sestetto De Nigris" and the "Venezia Hot Jazz Club". Since 1997 he plays in the "Thelonious Monk Big Band” collaborating, among others, with Paul Jeffrey (cd Goofy's Dance )and Carla Bley and Steve Swallow in the Goes and Church & Others project

Andrea Carlon, was born in Venice in 1958. Selftaught doublebassist. At the age twentytwo he became member of the Venice Big Band '81 conducted by Renato Geremia. He has later on been very active in the jazz clubs underground and specialized in jazz style at C.P.M. Acedemy in Milan, directed by Franco D'Andrea, where he obtained the music degree in jazz double bass. He became member of the Laboratorio Novamusica in 1995 and in 1999 became resident bassist of the Theloniouis Monk Big Band conducted by Marcello Tonolo. He then worked with Gavin Bryars in Carolyn Carlson's ballet "Waltz Thru Time" (Biennale Danza of Venice, 2002) and in other projects such as Giovanni Mancuso's Faustus Circus (2001) and recently in Alphabet Music Festival Novart in Bordeaux. As a member of Laboratorio Novamusica Ensemble he played in Madrid for Radio nacional de Espana.

Piergabriele Mancuso was born in Venice in 1975. In 1999 graduated at Venice University in Oriental Languages and in 2001 obtained the music diploma of viola at Music Academy “N. Buzzola” in Adria. In 2001 he published an anthology of Hebrew texts concerning music entitled “I canti di Salomone” (The Songs of Salomon) and the text and commentary of one of the oldest Hebrew mystical text: “Sefer Yetzirah – Il Libro della Formazione con il commentario di Shabbatai Donnolo” (Sefer Yetzirah – The Book of the Formation and the Commentary of Shabbatai Donnolo).

He is PhD Candidate at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies of University College London and Visiting Research Student at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Giovanni Mancuso was born in Venice in 1970. He studied music at the Music Academy “B. Marcello” in Venice and graduated with first honour degree in piano in 1992 under the guide of Wally Rizzardo.

He also graduated with first honour degree in chamber music at the Imola Music Academy and studied composition and orchestra conducting at the Scuola Civica di Milano under the guide of Renato Rivolta. He specialised in jazz style and language under the guide of trombonist Umberto de Nigris.

He also obtained further degrees in music composition at the Corsi Internazionali di Composizione di Città di Castello (1990 and 1991) and at the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna (1991/92) under the guide of Salvatore Sciarrino.

He was commissioned by some important private and national institutions such as Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese, Gran Teatro La Fenice of Venice, Biennale Musica - Biennale Danza and European Association for Jewish Culture.

In 2004 he was awarded by the Rockefeller Foundation, New York.

He recorded for RAI (Italy); Norwegian Broadcasting Company, Oslo and Radio Nacional de Espana , Madrid.

In 1991 he founded the music ensemble and study group “Laboratorio Novamusica” whose he is conductor and piano player. As a solo pianist and conductor he performed also with other ensembles in Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Lebanon and Norway.

He played and conducted first performances of compositions of David Lesser, Betty Olivero, Fabio Nieder, Paolo Furlani, Olga Neuwirth, Luca Mosca, Stefano Bellon, Matteo D'Amico, Mauro Cardi, Renato Rivolta, etc.

He lives in Venice and teaches at the Music Academy of Palermo.

Laboratorio Novamusica was founded in 1991 by some students of Music Academy “B. Marcello” of Venice. Aim of the founders was to create a music ensemble to performe contemporary music but also to establish a group of scholars and players to stimulate and at the same time investigate the tendencies of contemporary music.

Laboratorio Novamusica took part to festivals and international music happenings such as “Sonopolis” ,“Biennale dei Giovani Artisti dell'Europa Mediterranea” (Lisbon, 1994); “Intempo” (Venice, 1996); “Replay” (Gran Teatro La Fenice – Venice, 1997); Istituto di Cultura in Libano (Concerts in Beirut and Baalbek, 1999), “L'Altra Scena” (Venice, 1999), Biennale dei Giovani Artisti dell'Europa e del Mediterraneo (Rome, 1999), Piccolo Teatro (Milan, 2000), Festival Risonanze (Venice, 2002), Biennale Musica (Venice, 2000), Festival di musica contemporanea di Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain, 2001), Biennale Danza (Venice, 2001), Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Madrid, 2002), CDMC (Madrid, 2002). Laboratorio Novamusica recorded for RAI (Italy) and Radio Nacional de Espana , (Spain).

Laboratorio Novamusica worked together with theatre company Laboratorio Teatrale D.A.F. ("Word and Music" of Samuel Beckett-Morton Feldman; “Una Giraffa" from Luis Bunuel).

Laboratorio Novamusica collaborated also with Pietro Tonolo, Gavin Bryars, Paolo Angeli, Pietro Borgonovo and Renato Rivolta.

Since 2001 the ensemble is resident group of Groggia Theatre in Venice.

In 2002 Laboratorio Novamusica founded Galatina Records and released Musica Compressa , its first CD.


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