Born: January 13, 1964 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Rome, January 13rd 1964
Luca Flores, Paolo Fresu, Nicolao Valiensi, John Stowell, Paul Mc Candless, Roberto Bellatalla, Susanna Stivali, Marco Ariano, Piero Bronzi, Alessandro De Angelis, Maria Jatosti, Claudio Badii, Laura Nardi, Annette Maye, Marco Fagioli, Tiziana Bertoncini, Tom Harrell.
CHILDHOOD OF A PARKER'S NEIGHBOUR Original compositions by C. Riggio and themes by C. Parker,as ballads Claudio Riggio, voice, guitar, electronics, percussion, Piero Bronzi, saxes, electronics, percussion. (CdBaby 2008)
TANAQUIL Claudio Riggio, Piero Bronzi, Angelo Olivieri and Alessandro De Angelis Original compositions by Claudio Riggio (M.A..P. 2003) distribution by Feltrinelli
THE WHITE NOTE John Stowell & Claudio Riggio (Bluesmiles 2000)
THINGS LEFT BEHIND Iridescente & Paolo Fresu Original compositions by Claudio Riggio (Bluesmiles 1998)
MIDDLE EARTH Ainulindale & Paul Mc Candless (Bluesmiles 2000)
Audrey Claudio Riggio guitar, composer/ Tom Harrell trumpet, flugelhorn Alessandro De Angelis piano, Fender Rhodes Piero Bronzi saxes, flute Nicolao Valiensi trombone Marco Ariano, drums, percussions
Claudio Riggio guitar, composer/ John Stowell guitar Alessandro De Angelis piano, Fender Rhodes Piero Bronzi saxes, flute Nicolao Valiensi trombone
Viaggio d’inverno, by Nicolao Valiensi
Silenzio nel tempo, a duo with Nicolao Valiensi
Currently Claudio Riggio teaches contemporary guitar and improvisation at CDM and L’Ottava schools of music in Rome.
He teached jazz guitar, improvisation technique, harmony and jazz ensambles at:
Local (comunale) music School of Pitigliano (Gr) Music School G. Verdi Grosseto Music School Musicainsieme Albinia (GR) Music School Giocarelamusica , Grosseto Local (comunale) music School of Gavorrano (GR)
He conducted the Laboratory Orchestra of Free Improvisation at Fedim (Music Therapy Italian Federation) in Rome and he taught contemporary guitar at Vd Music (Rome).
He held seminaries of free improvisation at Gavorrano (Gr) under the patronage of Gavorrano township and of ANBIMA (Autonomous Musical Italian Bands National Association) and with I.Qu.O.Ri. cooperation. He conducted the multi,expressive Improvisation Laboratory “Dì, dì, ciac, ciac!”
He and Alessandro De Angelis hold multi,expressive Improvisation laboratory at nursery, primary and middle schools of Latium and Tuscany.
Together with Susanna Stivali he coordinated the Workshop: “Fantastic study” at the music school of Rome “L’Ottava”.
Audrey, with Tom Harrell. The complexity of simple beauty. Original compositions by Claudio Riggio.
UNEVEN, the beauty of dissonance as the height of sound clearness. A double duo, two guitars (Riggio and Stowell) and two winds (Bronzi and Valiensi), and the kaleidoscopic balancier Alessandro De Angelis. Original compositions by Claudio Riggio.
Caveau, coreography by Sara Nesti, music by Nicolao Valiensi.
Viaggio d'inverno, Music by Nicolao Valiensi.
Silenzio nel tempo, by Nicolao Valiensi. N. Valiensi, trombone. C. Riggio guitar.
Tanaquil & Banda, ensemble of free improvisation musicians together with Piero Bronzi and Alessandro De Angelis. Workshops Improvisation as a way of relationship: between intuition of realty and collective transformation. Together with I.Qu.O.Ri.
Se fossi foco, a pure research quartet with Roberto Bellatalla, Alessandro De Angelis and Marco Ariano.
Poesie d’amore e di collera, with Susanna Stivali, voice and Laura Nardi, narrator. Kansas City, event drawn from Luciano Bianciardi’s life , with Giulia Fossà. On air at december 2004 on Channel Four, RAI Cable radio.
Morire di Città, by Maria Jatosti. Lyrics by Luciano Bianciardi and Henry Miller, minimal interventions by Maria Jatosti. Theatrical event with four narrators, guitar and piano.
Figura d'acqua, a video for water promotion and valorization. Under the patronage of Tuscany Region and Gosseto Province.
UNEVEN Original compositions by C. Riggio
Claudio Riggio, guitar John Stowell, guitar Alessandro De Angelis, piano, Rhodes Piero Bronzi, saxes Nicolao Valiensi, trombone
Uneven, the dynamic strenght of unequal. Music for five musicians and seven compositions. The otherness defines us because of contrast. The beauty of dissonance as the height of sound clearness. That’s the reason why there is a double duo,two guitars and two winds, and the kaleidoscopic balancier Alessandro De Angelis. In every duo we can find the other one. And every duo is exposed to a different one. The piano is the double face mirror in which we can multiply. And at he same time it’s the desired place where we harmonically can be unequal. Musical material is drewn on band tradition,where Bronzi and Valiensi have been searching fruitful sonoric relations - and on compositions of mine. John Stowell, a great jazz guitar player, represents the stylistic dissonance that makes the sense of the project itself. There are impressionistic roots, the same of jazz and of european cultured music - as the connections between Debussy, Puccini, Strayhorn, Reinhardt up to the great synthesis made by Annette Peacock. A theft for love. We steal what we buy because of greed. We all five steal because we can’t divide the treasure equally. We steal to wish what we aren’t. We are what people rob us, because of love.
Childhood of a Parker's neighbour
Original compositions by C. Riggio and themes by C. Parker, as ballad
Claudio Riggio, voice, guitar, electronics, percussion Piero Bronzi, saxes, electronics, percussion
There are many beautiful things that can resist quickness. They are so thick that they can be appreciate at a glance. If we enlarge time, if we slow down these expressions they will show us their kaleidoscopic charm. They are perfect, always unvaired. As if Beauty prescinds from time and space. Chords beneath don’t work anymore. The ones of american traditional song (ballads, musical). Phrasing is alive and so adaptable, changeable but chords are as an abandoned ark after the journey, as a sphinx in the desert. Those wide, slowed down expressions ask for new memories, for new harmonic relations. Dissonance persists and it shows daring structures which don’t stand themselves when the carousel slowes down. Harmony listens to the wide humming bird notes and the sphinx turnes itself into daily and alive objects: a spoon, a dice, a photo. Delaied melody falls into harmony and fertilizes it. They resemble each other. And I want to sing my pieces. I love him, I love Charlie Parker.
The complexity of simple beauty.
Original compositions by C. Riggio
Claudio Riggio, classical and electric guitar Tom Harrell , trumpet and flugelhorn Piero Bronzi, saxes, flutes Nicolao Valiensi, trombone Alessandro De Angelis, piano and Rhodes Marco Ariano, drum, percussion and John Stowell, guitar.