FURIO DI CASTRI Born in Milano, september 12, 1955. He went to music at 11 years old, playing the trumpet. Move to the electric bass at age 13. Formerly he is a self-taught musician, beginning to play with rhythm and blues and progressive rock bands. He recorded his first album in 1973 (Dedalus, Trident records) then started with the double bass. In 1978 he moved to Rome, where he started to play with tenor saxophonist Maurizio Giammarco and with altoist Massimo Urbani. In Rome he met Chet Baker, with whom he would have kept playing on and off since 1988. In the same period he also became very active in Milan, playing with Larry Nocella, Luigi Bonafede and Franco d'Andrea, and sitting in with musicians as Walter Davis jr, Jimmy Knepper, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer. During february 1981 he entered Enrico Rava's band (with Franco d'Andrea and Aldo Romano) and, a few months later, the first trio of Michel Petrucciani. From 1981 until now, he has played together with some of the greatest soloist in the European scene - such as Richard Galliano, Dino Saluzzi, Antonello Salis, Joe Lovano, Charles Lloyd, Steve Lacy, John Surman, Dave Liebman, Pharoah Sanders, Michael Brecker, Sal Nistico, Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson, Franco Ambrosetti, Kenny Wheeler, Charles Tolliver, Ray Anderson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Michel Grailler, Gordon Beck, Franco d'Andrea, John Taylor, Paul Bley, Don Friedman, Enrico Pieranunzi, Rita Marcotulli, Jon Balke, Stan Tracey, John Abercrombie, Philip Catherine, Paul Motian, Tony Oxley, Barry Altschul, Daniel Humair, Jon Christensen, Joe La Barbera, Bruce Ditmas, André Ceccarelli. Furio started writing music and leading his own bands in 1986, mainly Trios or Quartets. In 1989 has been selected among the best new european talents at the New Jazz Meeting in Baden-Baden, held by the German Radio-Tv (Sudwestfunk). In 1990 he started to perform with trumpetist Paolo Fresu. Together they recorded over 12 CD and played all over France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Israel, USA, Argentina, Brazil, China. The duo-project eventually enlarged with the coming of John Taylor (piano), Naco (percussion), Jon Balke (piano) and Pierre Favre (percussion). Since 1995 they perform regularly in a trio with pianist and accordeonist Antonello Salis. Since 1997 he performs with Wooden You - an acoustic trio with Mauro Negri, clarinet, and Andrea Dulbecco, marimba - and compose music for Theatre and Dance (Teatro Settimo e Gabriele Vacis, Teatro di Dioniso e Walter Malosti, Ente teatrale di Nuoro, Scuola Holden-Torino, Sosta Palmizi). In 2000 he has led WELCOME, a workshop sponsored by the Biannual on Young Artist of the Mediterranean with young musicians from Sicily, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece and Palestina. This workshop mixed the sound of traditional instruments like oud, darbouka, tabla and accordeon with the sound of classic instruments (cellos, basses, piano, drums and horns) and performed in Turin, Gaza and Sarajevo. In 2001 he formed OUTLINE, a quintet with Eric Vloeimans, Gianluca Petrella, Bojan Zulfikarpasic e Joel Allouche. MAIN ARTISTIC COLLABORATIONS: RICHARD GALLIANO: duo, trio and quartet. Concerts in Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Canada, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia - from 1995 until now. ENRICO RAVA: concerts and tour in Europe in quartet and various groups - from 1981 to 1988. JOHN TAYLOR: concerts and tour in trio and quartet - from 1986. PAUL BLEY: concerts in trio with Paul Motian or Bill Elgart, in 1988 and 1990, european tour with John Surman and Tony Oxley - in 1994. JOE HENDERSON: european tour with Enrico Rava, John Taylor and Paul Motian, concerts in trio with Tony Oxley - in 1988. CHET BAKER: concerts in Italiy - dal 1979 al 1986. MAURIZIO GIAMMARCO: trio, quartetto and Lingomania - from 1978 to 1986 . MASSIMO URBANI: concerts - from 1978 to 1985. MICHEL PETRUCCIANI: in trio - from 1981 to 1984, concerts in 1985 and 1988. ALDO ROMANO: concerts and international tour's in quartet - from 1988 to 1995. PAOLO FRESU: concerts and worldwide tours in duo, trio, quartet and various groups - from 1990. TEACHING: Conservatory of Music of Torino - Jazz class - since 1996. Siena Summer Jazz Workshops - since 1990. Stages at: Newpark school - Dublin, Royal Conservatory - Den Haag, DAMS - Bologna, Accademia Chigiana - Siena Conservatories of Music of Mantova, Sassari, Parma. RECORDINGS: As a leader or co-leader he recorded 17 albums (Things, Solo, Opale, Unknown Voyage, Evening Song, What color for a tale, Urlo, Contos, Chaos, Mythscapes, Scalabrun, Hands, Paf, Wooden You, Fellini, Morph, Under Construction). As a sideman he recorded more than 60 albums with various artists including: Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley, Michel Petrucciani, John Taylor, Aldo Romano. EMANUELE CISI In his 40ies, Emanuele Cisi is one of the most appreciated jazz musicians of the European scene. He has cut six records in his name and dozens as co-leader or sideman, in different European countries for Italian and foreign labels (among these Blue Note, Universal); he played at concerts and TV shows Europe, United States, China, Oceania, cooperating with some of the most famous musicians of the world like Clark Terry, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Cobham, Nat Adderley, Aldo Romano, Daniel Humair, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Sting and many others. Since some years ago he is active in France, where he has already cut a record in his name and where he has collaborated with Aldo Romano for "Because of Bechet", supporting him with his sound. Collaborations From 1985 to 2005 he collaborated with: Nat Adderley, Gary Bartz, Lou Blackbourn, Walter Booker, Cameron Brown, George Cables, Tommy Campbell, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Cobham, Bobby Durham, Bruce Forman, Benny Golson, Steve Grossman, Billy Hart, Albert "Tootie" Heat, Red Holloway, Vic Juris, Jack McDuff, Jimmy Owens, Reggie Johnson, Akira Tana, Clark Terry, Toqinho, Warren Vaché, Jimmy Woody, Eliot Zigmund, Wessell Anderson, Area II, Flavio Boltro, Luigi Bonafede, Salvatore Bonafede, Giulio Capiozzo, Rossana Casale, Gigi Cifarelli, Furio Di Castri, Tullio De Piscopo, Antonio Faraò, Paolo Fresu, Roberto Gatto, Sandro Gibellini, Paul McCandless, Dado Moroni, Enrico Rava, Aldo Romano, Michel Benita, André Ceccarelli, N'Guyen Le, Daniel Humair, Sixun, Louis Winsberg, Francois Chassagnite, Giovanni Tommaso, Kenny Wheeler, Eros Ramazzotti, Bruno Lauzi, Fabio Concato, Angelo Branduardi, Stefano Bollani, Sting. Selected discography: As leader (or Co-leader) 'Urban Adventure' with Paolo Birro, Simone Monnanni, Yoann Serra, François Chassagnite (track 1,4,8), Jean Marc Jafet (track 7) e Architorti (track 2,7) (Elabeth ELA 621054) 2005, 'How deep is the Ocean" with Zlatko Kaucic and Nicola Muresu (Splasc(h) Records - CD H935.2) 2004, "Small Changes" with Changes: Stefano Battaglia, Piero Leveratto, Fabrizio Sferra (Splasc(h) Records - CDH 733.2) 2001, "Theodore Walter 'Sonny' Rollins: an homage from Italy" with Sandro Gibellini, Dario Deidda, Luigi Bonafede (Philology - w186.2)2001, "L'ange caché" with Aldo Romano, Paolo Fresu, Remy Vignolo, Nathalie Loriers, (Pygmalion records - 595282) "May Day" with Paolo Birro (CDpM Lion - 114-2) 1997, "Hidden songs" with Paolo Birro (Splasc(h) Records) 2001, "Giochi di nuvole" (DDQ - Soul Note - 128022-2) 1996, "Where Are You" feat. Enrico Rava (Modern Times - MDT 30122) 1994, "Scalabrun" with Furio Di Castri, Paolo Fresu, Andrea Dulbecco, Francesco Sotgiu, Loris Bertot (JVS 001-2) 1996, Five for Jazz, "Soulscapes" (DDQ-Soul Note - 128018-2) 1996 with Flavio Boltro, Luigi Bonafede, Rosario Bonaccorso, Francesco Sotgiu With others: 2004 Gregg Kofi Brown feat. Sting 'Together as one' (Nicolosi Productions), 2002 Billy Cobham 'Drums n' voices' (Nicolosi Productions), 2002 Aldo Romano 'Because of Bechet' (Universal records), 2002 Fulvio Chiara 'At Home' (Splash Records - CDH 727.2), 2002 Alessandro DiLiberto 'Tonalità Naturali' (Wide Sound), 2001 'My smooth corner' Michele Franzini (A-beat records), 2000 Jazzinaria 'Camminando' (Splash Records - CDH 726.2), 2000 'Top Jazz in Italy ' (Musica Jazz), 1996 Iseo Jazz '97 'Songbook' (CDpM Lion 116-2) Barbara Raimondi 'Vita da altoparlante' (Philology - W 160.2) 1999 Jean Pierre Como 'Empreinte' (Blue Note - 7243 5 20907 2 3) 1999 Massimo Colombo 'The great Naco Orchestra' (Symphonia Sim - SYM . 03) 1999 Enrico Rava 'Certi angoli segreti' (Label Bleu - LBLC 6594) 1998 Beppe Aliprandi 'Duke, I love you madly' (Splash Records - CD H 686.2) 1999 Massimo Colombo 'Il suono Elegante' (Symphonia Sim - SYM.02) 1997 Giampiero Prina, 'Nimba' (CDpM-Lion - 108-2) 1996 Saverio Tasca, 'Sinfono' (Modern Times - MDT 30125) 1994 Massimo Colombo, 'Relazioni e rapporti' (Modern Times - MDT 30123) 1994 Luigi Bonafede, 'Another Side of Me' (DDD Records - 262 354) 1991 Antonio Faraò, 'Viaggio ignoto' (DDD Records) 1 991 feat. Cameron Brown, Billy Hart Gigi Cifarelli, 'Kitchen Blues' (DDD Records) 1991 Gigi Cifarelli 'Coca & Ruhm' (Diremusic - FO 104) 1985 AreaII 'AreaII' (Gala Records - GLLP 91005) 1985 He performed in the most important Italian and foreign festivals: among them: Messina, Ivrea, Umbria jazz, Iseo, JVC Newport Torino, Valtellina, La Spezia, Genova, Verona Jazzitalia, Ancona, Pomigliano, Ravello, Volterra, Camaiore, Ciak - Milano, Crossroads - Rimini, Brisighella, Trento, Udine, Linguaggi jazz - Torino, Villa Celimontana - Roma, EtnaJazz, Clusone, Vienne (France), Marciac (France), Toulon (France), Nizza (France), Avignon (France), Liegi (Belgium), Luberon (France), Heineken Beat (Pekin, China), Maribor (Slovenia), La Reunion (Réunion Island), Reims (France), Delta jazz (Holland), Terneusen (Holland), Oupeye (Belgium), Calvi (France), JazzRally (Belgium), Francheville (France), Aguillon (France), Grignan (France), Menton (France), RumoreJazz (Principaute de Monaco), Paris Jazz Festival (France).