Antonio Barbagallo is a jazz vocalist, guitar player, and composer from Catania, Italy.Arriving on US shores, Barbagallo studied with Barry Harris, one of the few living icons of Be-bop. As luck would have it, he was selected to play guitar in the European School for Jazz Conductors and Instrumentalists' orchestra directed by Gunther Schuller. Based in Palermo, this was the pioneer school for jazz conducting in Europe, if not in the world. French horn player/composer/arranger/conductor and foremost jazz expert Schuller is a legend in jazz history, particularly for his contribution to the experimental third stream movement, a midpoint between jazz and classical music. Not one to pass up such an extraordinary opportunity, Antonio returned to his native country for 3 years. Following this great experience with Maestro Schuller, Barbagallo relocated once again to New York polished and ready to face his future.
Antonio Barbagallo's debut, “Colemania” (Ollio, 2004), is a tribute to his greatest inspiration: saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman. The CD features a mix of original compositions with lyrics written by his friend and collaborator, Gaetano Messina, as well as a combination of modern jazz standards and Brazilian jazz. Following its release, Barbagallo worked with the compatriot Grammy-nominated trumpeter Fabio Morgera on his 2006 Need For Peace (Small) providing vocals on two of the CD's original songs. In late 2009 came the opportunity for Barbagallo to compose music for the Lee Barton-directed film, “A Debt in the Life,” starring French beauty Floanne Ankah currently making the festival circuit.