Alessandro Fongaro (1991, Valdagno, Italy) is a bassist and composer based in The Netherlands. In the late 2013, he embraced the role of band-leader putting together the Alessandro Fongaro 5et: a very international project that feautures some of the finest musicians living in the Lowlands. With his 5et, he had the chance to take part in and win two of the most important Dutch jazz awards: the Erasmus Jazz Prijs 2014, competition meant to award the best student of Codarts (Rotterdam Conservatorium), and the first edition of The Records, competition sponsored by the Keep An Eye Foundation and meant to elect the three best upcoming jazz projects from all the Dutch conservatories. Beside his own projects, Alessandro is very active in the Dutch music scene as side-man and during his time in The Netherlands he got to play with musicians such as: Jasper Blom, Mark Schilders, Reinier Baas, Koen Schalkwijk, Stephanie Francke and many others. Alessandro accomplished his bachelor degree at Codarts (Rotterdam) in July 2014 graduating with the highest honors and then moved to Amsterdam to follow the master program at the conservatory.
The jury of the Erasmus Jazz Prijs 2014 - Hans de Lange, Jair Tehong and Kars
Veling - says Alessandro is a real band leader, with enormous attention for the
sound of the bass. His set was adventurous and made sure the jury was on the
edge of the chair. - A solo of Fongaro is like a novel you want to read.