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Label: ECM Records

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Stefano Scodanibbio, Daniele Roccato & Ludus Gravis Ensemble

Composer: Stefano Scodanibbio (1956-2012)

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  • Stefano Scodanibbio (1956 - 2012):
  • 1Alisei09:11
  • 2Ottetto30:39
  • Due pezzi brillanti:
  • 3I05:59
  • 4II03:36
  • Da una certa nebbia:
  • 5Da una certa nebbia18:16
  • Total Runtime01:07:41

Info for Scodanibbio: Alisei

The Italian double bassist and composer Stefano Scodanibbio (1956-2012) created extraordinary music for his instrument. Alisei (Trade Winds) features his compositions for solo bass, for two basses, and for bass ensemble.

Among them is a world premiere recording of Otetto, an often breath-taking thirty-minute compendium of all the extended techniques he invented or developed throughout his life. "It is his great spiritual legacy", says Danielle Roccato, who co-founded the Ludus Gravis bass ensemble with Scodanibbio.

As solo performer, Roccato rises to the challenges of Due Pezzi Brilanti, a piece which pushes virtuosity to its limits, and "makes the bass sing in its on true voice" on the title composition. Da Una Certa Nebbia, for two basses, also a premiere recording, pays implicit tribute to the work of Morton Feldman.

Alisei is the second ECM New Series recording to address the music of Stefano Scodanabbio. The album Reinventions, issued in 2013, featured his highly imaginative recasting for string quartet of three Contrapunctus from Bach's Art of the Fugue, together with Mexican songs and Spanish guitar music, all brought into a compelling unity.

Daniele Roccato, double bass
Ludus Gravis Ensemble
Tonino Battista, conductor

Daniele Roccato
is a double bass soloist and composer. As a soloist, he has performed at many of the world’s most renowned festivals and concert halls, often presenting his own compositions. Gavin Bryars, Julio Estrada, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Ivan Fedele, Sofia Gubaidulina, Hans Werner Henze, Filippo Perocco, Terry Riley, Nicola Sani, Stefano Scodanibbio, wrote for and worked with him. Gubaidulina declared: “his interpretation has totally shocked me. I’ve never heard a double bass sounding in this way” - RAI RadioTre).

Together with Scodanibbio he created “Ludus Gravis”, an ensemble of double basses where he is the soloist and director. With writer, playwright and actor Vitaliano Trevisan he realised the theatrical works Solo et Pensoso, Time Works, Note sui Sillabari, Madre con Cuscino, Campo Marzo 9/10, Burroughs in Cage, Good Friday Night, Il Ponte, where he has been involved both as a composer and a performer. For dancer and coreographer Virgilio Sieni he wrote the music of Agorà Tutti, Vangelo secondo Matteo (produced by La Biennale di Venezia), CORPUS_Deposizioni e Visitazioni, Vita_Nova, DOLCE VITA_Archeologia della Passione, (produced by RomaEuropa Festival), Le Sacre - Preludio (produced by Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Cantico dei Cantici, Preludi/Cominciamenti. Within avant-garde theatre he wrote the music for NuvoleCasa and Monsieur Teste produced by Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (Chiara Guidi) and for LUS, written four hands with Luigi Ceccarelli, produced by Teatro delle Albe (Ermanna Montanari, Marco Martinelli. Produced by ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro) for which he received the nomination to the UBU Prize 2015 as a composer. In the field of extemporary creation and improvisation he realized concerts and albums with Tarek Atoui, Bruno Chevillon, Mark Dresser, Paolo Damiani, Marc Ducret, Vinko Globokar, Garth Knox, Joëlle Léandre, Ciro Longobardi, Elio Martusciello, Sabina Mayer, Thollem McDonas, Butch Morris, Fabrizio Ottaviucci, Barre Phillips, Dominique Pifarély, Michele Rabbia, Terry Riley and many others. He often improvise also with dancers, actors, writers, poets, painters (for ex. Jim Dine, one of the founders of Pop Art movement) Some of his many transcriptions are forthcoming for Sikorski, Schott and Salabert editions. He brought the double bass as a solo instrument into pop music with trio projects together with Lucio Dalla and Roberto Vecchioni. Professor of double bass at the Conservatory of “Santa Cecilia” in Rome, he was invited to hold seminars at Conservatoire National Supérieur (Paris), Universitat der Kunste (Berlin), San Francisco State University, Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo), Ca’ Foscari University (Venice), Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen), UNAMM (Mexico City), UNEAC (Havana). He recorded for ECM, Wergo, Sony. Several of his concerts were broadcast by Rai RadioTre and Sky ARTE.

He was “2017 Artist in Residence” for the Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese of L’Aquila.

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