Associazione Culturale Laboratorio Novamusica
Music by Giovanni
In collaboration with Teatrino Groggia - Venezia
1-22 Musica Compressa (2002-2003) 41:11
22 scenes for concertante sax, flute, trumpet, trombone, piano, piano fender-rhodes, armonium, percussion, viola, contrabbass, small instruments and accessorie
23 Musica Veramente Compressa! (2003) 3:36
for 198 musicians (!?)
Lebedik un Freylekh (2002) 12:14
Pizzica tarantata in three parts and a half for solo tenor sax, flute, trumpet, electric guitar, piano*, piano fender-rodhes*, percussions, small instruments and accessories:
I Farsa Italia
II Frank Zappa a Gallipoli preceded by Frank Zappa a Galatina
III Genoa's trallallero (the Criminal Plastic Face Government)
Musica Compressa! is a music project for solo saxophone, ensemble and video projections.
Compressa (Compress) because the composition is made up by about six hundred music ideas (phrases, rhythms and short compositions) compressed in 22 units in which the different pieces are arranged in order to create the biggest variety of music situations, running each after other like in a film editing. The six hundred music fragments were recorded by the ensemble players, then catalogued and edited in 22 units whose chronological dimensions and forms stemming directly form the numerical proportions presented by the anonymous author (or authors) of Sefer Yetzirah.
Following the methods of film editing, from the first draft has been derived another score that can be played in live performances and in which unusual instruments (ethnic instruments and even every-day life objects) are used.The CD and the music have been very carefully recorded and edited by our sound engineer and editing assistant Riccardo Farnea.
Pietro Tonolo was born in Mirano (Venice) in 1959. He started playing Jazz around 1979, giving up an embarked and fruitful career of violin player. He then moved to Milan where he played with some of the most important Italian Jazz players such as Franco D'Andrea, Luigi Bonafede, Gianni Cazzola, Larry Nocella, Massimo Urbani. Between 1981 and 1986 he has been part of Enrico Rava's ensemble. In the summer of the year 1982 he played in the “Gil Evans Orchestra” with Steve Lacy, Lew Soloff and Ray Anderson with which he performed at the “Sweet Basil” of New York in 1984 and 1985 and at “Umbria Jazz” Festival in 1987.
Since 1983 he regularly has performed both as group leader and sideman in Jazz clubs and concerts, he took part in TV and Radio programmes broadcast in Europe and in the USA.
Highly appreciated by critics and warmly welcomed by national and international audience were the performances Tonolo made in the duo with pianist Rita Marcotulli and in trio and quartet with Enzi Pietropaoli and Roberto Gatto, with whom Tonolo established an everlasting music and human fellowship.
Among the many world-wide known players Tonolo played with worth mentioning are Kenny Clarke, Roswell Rudd, Sal Nistico, Chet Baker (with whom Tonolo played in New York in 1985) Lee Konitz, John Surman, George Lewis, Barry Altschul, Joe Chambers, Aldo Romano, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Tony Oxley, Steve Swallow, Miroslav Vitous, Paul Motian (whose “Electric Bebop Band” Tonolo is part of).
Since 1988 Tonolo plays with Henri Texier - with whom he played in France, Italy, Mexico, Cuba, Egypt and Syria – with Enrico Pieranunzi, Giovanni Tommaso, conducts his own ensembles, plays and composes for “Ketorchestra” big band and Saxophone quartet “Arundo Donax”.
He plays in the most important Italian and international music festivals such as “Jazz Festival” in Berlin, “Jazz Jamboree” in Warsaw, Grand Parade du Jazz” in Nice, and other festivals in Paris , Vienna, Amiens, North Carolina, Hamburg, Leverkusen, Ankara, Smirn, Tel Aviv, Dublin and Montreal.
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 Milani 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, London and Paris.
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, France, 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 leaves 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), Festival Novart (Bordeaux, 2003). Laboratorio Novamusica recorded for RAI (Italy) and Radio Nacional de Espana , (Spain).
Laboratorio Novamusica collaborated also with Pietro Tonolo, Raiz, 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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