Giorgio Gaslini (October 22, 1929, Milan) is an Italian jazz pianist and composer.
He began performing at 13 and recorded with his jazz trio at 16. In the 1950s and 1960s Gaslini performed with his own quartet. He was the first Italian musician mentioned as a "new talent" in the Down Beat poll and the first Italian officially invited to a jazz festival in the USA (New Orleans 1976-77). He collaborated with leading American soloists, such as Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, Don Cherry, Roswell Rudd, Eddie Gomez, Max Roach, Nacci Alberto, but also with the Argentinian Gato Barbieri and Frenchman Jean-Luc Ponty. He has also adapted the compositions of Albert Ayler and Sun Ra for solo piano, which the Soul Note label has issued. He also composed the soundtrack of Michelangelo Antonioni's La notte (The Night, 1961).
From 1991 to 1995 Gaslini composed works for Carlo Actis Dato renowned Italian Instabile Orchestra. As to contemporary music, he composed symphonic works, operas and ballets represented at the Scala Theatre in Milan and other Italian theatres, in addition to music for the stage and about 20 film scores. He has been deemed a godfather of hardcore improvised music in Italy and has been the first holder of jazz courses at the Santa Cecilia Academy of Music in Rome (1972-73).
A Brief Biography by MAURO Del Gross (R.IR R.IT Parma)
Giorgio Gaslini, in a few lines - Pianist, composer, Milanese orchestra, internationally renowned jazz musician, has to his credit more than three thousand concerts and a hundred discs, for which he won ten times the Critics' Prize.
Also active in contemporary music, having six diplomas at the Milan Conservatory, he composed symphonic works, operas and ballets for the Teatro alla Scala and from the major Italian theaters. His works are printed by Universal Edition in Vienna and by Suvini & Zerboni of Milan.
Initiator of musical trends and bearer of music to young people in schools, universities, factories, psychiatric hospitals has given concerts and participated in festivals in over 60 countries.
He was the creator of the first jazz courses in S. Cecilia Conservatory of Rome (1972-73) and G. Verdi in Milan (1979-80), introducing a new generation of musical talent and opening the road at the entrance of the Official jazz as a subject of study in all the Italian conservatories.