Nils Gerold. Born in 1964. Plays flute (woodwinds). Lives in Berlin since 2012. Studied science of religion graduated with spirituality and improvisation – religious tendencies in free jazz and improvised music (1994). Concerts with free jazz and improvised music since 1990 among many others with: Evan Parker, Urs Leimgruber, Ulrich Phillipp, Lol Coxhill, Paul Lytton, Paul Lovens, Phil Minton, Günter Christmann, John Russel, Roger Turner, Keith Rowe, Lê Quan Ninh, Johannes Bauer, Mark Charig, Bill Elgart, Wolfgang Fuchs, Tatsuya Nakatani, Christoph Irmer. Lived in Bremen from 1989 to 2012 and worked in the MIB (Musicians Collective (Initiative) Bremen). Founder and organizer of Birdfree (serie of concerts and sessions with free music). Co-organizer of Improvisation (concerts with improvised music). Co-founder and organizer of A Cute Music (festival with improvised music). Co-organizer of MIBnight Jazzfestival (festival with jazz and improvised music).
Nicola Guazzaloca, pianist, composer, improviser. Born 1975 in Bologna, Italy. He grew up his training with improvised and contemporary music mostly through researching/projecting together with other musicians and collectives, and partecipating didactic contests oriented to deepening different methods and approaches (with Muhall R. Abrahams, Barre Phillips, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton among others). His technique mixes a variety of influences and approaches combined by sensibility and choices, often working out of the instrumental language to express the most sincere and direct intention. He had been member of the “Fete Foreign” Barre Phillip’s large ensemble and of the italian improvisers groups driven by cellist Tristan Honsinger. In 2007 he had been recognised by the national press as being among the most talented composers in Italy in relation to his activities with the Comanda Barabba quintet, an avant-jazz collective formed in the end of ’90. He has composed and performed also for cinema, theater and multimedia (prizes Prima Aziz ’03, Favolando ’04, Interculture Map ’05). He’s involved with the Popular School of Music “Ivan Illich” in Bologna with teaching and coordinating laboratories about music and improvisation, as well as social-didactic activities. He have performed in Italy, Germany, England, Russia, France, Hungary, Serbia and Belgium with several other musicians, as John Russell, Barre Phillips, Tristan Honsinger, Tim Trevor-Briscoe, Szilard Mezei, Satoko Fukuda, Hannah Marshall, Lol Coxhill, Roger Turner, Edoardo Marraffa, Paul Flaherty, Francesco Guerri, Jason Stein, Alex Ward, Taylor Ho Bynum, Gianni Mimmo, Harri Sjoestroem, Phil Minton, Otkun Dostai, Luo Chao-yun, Thollem McDonas (piano duo), Maryclare Brzytwa, Jan Pillaert among others.
Stefano Giust (1968) is an Italian improviser, drummer, composer and factotum of the record label Setola di Maiale. His work has focused on the broad spectrum of improvised and experimental music. He considers the practice of improvisation as an important aesthetic form in contemporary music and also an open process compatible with any idiom and musical situation. In the last thirty years he works on these subjects into an acoustic, electric, electronic and audio/video surrounding. As a drummer, his playing focuses on rhythmic pulse and rhythmic destructuration, along with embracing powerful rough angularity, asymmetrical rhythms, noise, timbric intensity and extended techniques.
He has started to recording his music at the age of 14. Since then, his approach remained uncompromising, firmly independent, embracing a DIY attitude. He has recorded about 90 albums with his own main projects or as co-leader, mostly in the fields of improvised music, free jazz and electronic music.
As a drummer, he has played among others with Gianni Gebbia, Mick Beck, Tobias Delius, Guido Mazzon, Steve Beresford, Peter Jacquemyn, Edoardo Marraffa, Luc Ex, Tristan Honsinger, Thollem McDonas, Eugenio Sanna, Clayton Thomas, Vincenzo Vasi, Wolfgang Reisinger, Roy Paci, Liz Allbee, Sakis Papadimitriou, Bratko Bibič, Patrizia Oliva, Bob Marsh, Carlo Actis Dato, Gianni Mimmo, Xabier Iriondo, Kanoko Nishi, MaryClare Brzytwa, Luca Miti, Gianni Lenoci, Keiko Higuchi, Stéphane Rives, Marco Eneidi, Paed Conca.
He has toured Italy, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenja, Belgium, Poland, Brasil and Vietnam.
As acousmatic/electronic composer, some of his works have been used and commissioned by experimental film directors and video-artists.
In 1993 he founded a radical record label named Setola di Maiale (www.setoladimaiale.it) with DIY attitude; up to now he has produced an impressive number of albums, involving hundreds of avant-garde musicians; connected to this project, he has also organized 3 festivals.
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