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Giorgio Gaslini

Giorgio Gaslini


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)


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.


It 'was the
owner 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.



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