Born: December 28, 1976 Primary Instrument: Piano
Michele Giuliani , pianist and composer from Puglia (Italy), is defined eclectic musician and devoted to the mixture of styles. His conception of music travels through jazz to the african rhytmhes and ethnic music. His personal reading of tradition and improvisation, the deep conviction that making music is an act of spirituality and sharing, gives him the status of a performer and composer cross and “outside the box”.
Grown up artistically during his travels in Africa and several European capitals ( Berlin, Paris, Bruxells , Prague) Giuliani makes the professional and human exchange with artists from all over the world, his technical and expressive way of learning.
The last albums produced and published “ ESSENCE “ (2007) and “ ROOTS “ (2010) rank among the special interests the voice of Burkina Faso, Gabin Dabiré ,the ethiopian visual artist Enatalem D. Zeleke the brazilian traditional dancer Ana Estrela , cellist David Viterbo and the Afro-Cuban folklore ensemble Cabildo Blanco. He also collaborates regularly with the writer / singer Gabriella Italo- Ethiopian Ghermandi producing the album “ ATSE Tewodros “ (2013).
In Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, He produces his new project recording the live concert in trio “ BEYOND THE COLOUR” with the singer and dancer Rossella Giovannelli and the extraordinary participation of the ethiopian traditional “kirar” player, Fasika Hailu (Radici Music records).
ALL ABOUT JAZZ - review
Michele Giuliani & Reunion Platz | Michele Giuliani (2009) By Achille Brunazzi
With Roots, the young and talented Italian pianist/composer Michele Giuliani leads a new wave of African jazz, achieving an innovative approach to world music. Giuliani's ensemble magnificently joins different styles and musical cultures together. Africa remains the main source of inspiration, but folk, jazz and blues highlight the group's presence on the beautiful 'Till the End of the World, and on Giuliani's piano solo tribute to Miriam Makeba, Saduva. The music of Roots is mainly based on Afro melodies, where international vocal star Gabin Dabiré recalls the mysticism of traditional tribal song. The project also features an Afro/Cuban ensemble, conducted by percussionist Cesare Pastanella, on Astatke's Mood, dedicated to Ethiopian musician/arranger Mulatu Astatke, featuring a remarkable flute solo from Valerio Zaccaro, whose sound recalls the beautiful, dark atmosphere of Rahsaan Roland Kirk on Rip, Rig and Panic (Limelight, 1965). Giuliani and his band have created a vivid and intense album that overcomes the limits of traditional musical boundaries; evocative and refreshingly contrasting some super-polished jazz records.
Track listing: Ochun; Step by Step; Opening; Roots; 'Till the End of the World; Celebration; Faayzaneh; Saduva; Astatke's Mood; Elegua.
Personnel: Michele Giuliani: acoustic piano; Marcello Piarulli: bass; Cesare Pastanella: congas, percussion; Valerio Zaccaro: flute; Davide Viterbo: cello; Cabildo Blanco: Afro-Cuban folk ensemble, led by Cesare Pastanella; Gabin Dabiré: vocals. Style: African Jazz Published: October 02, 2009
“...Giuliani and his band have created a vivd and intense album that overcomes the limits of traditional musical bounderies; evocative and refreshingly aontrasting some super-polished jazz records. All About Jazz, U.S.
...la musica colpisce subito per la precisione e la pulizia delle esecuzioni e per l'incisione realizzata magistralmente curando con attenzione il più piccolo dettaglio. Corriere del mezzogiorno, Italy
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