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Gianni Bardaro

Gianni Bardaro, Italian saxophonist, composer and sound therapist, has been shaping for many years, the infinite possibilities of sounds. With a special focus on jazz, his saxophone performances have touched international audience as well as many projects and albums. The major “Universal Music” published in 2012 his latest album “Soul Blueprint” recorded in New York, featuring Multi-Grammy Award Randy Brecker and Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres. Gianni's history is as varied as it is distinguished. Born in Italy to a drummer-playing father, Gianni's musical skills were nurtured and naturally encouraged from an early age. Already at the age of 11, he began playing in local bar bands and in a traditional Italian “banda”. By then, Gianni discovered the Be-Bop language listening to a vinyl of Charlie Parker and Dizzie Gillespie and Jazz became an irreversible love accompanying his journey in music. Those are also the years approaching music composition, where Gianni creates and shapes the first melodies and experiments with chord progressions and simple polyphonic lines.

At 15, he began studies of classical saxophone at the Conservatory of Music in Latina where he played with the Jazz Big Band, in various jazz, R&B and soul bands. At the same time he deepened the study of jazz with his teacher Mauro Zazzarini. The Conservatorium would grant him two scholarships for artistic merits and five years later he graduates with best honors. He also studied jazz composition and improvisation with Americans Bob Mover and Agostino Di Giorgio. While attending numerous seminars and workshops by the likes of “Accademia Romana di Jazz” with Fabrizio Sferra, Danilo Rea, Giovanni Tommaso and Maurizio Gianmarco, he participates at the International Seminars Arts Academy Istituzione Sinfonica di Roma. There, at the age of 18, he plays with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert for and with one of the most influential Italian composers of the twentieth century, Goffredo Petrassi.

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”Gianni Bardaro is an excellent musician, soloist, composer and arranger. His music is fresh, exciting and yet mellow and groovy. His group is tight and cohesive, complimenting each other throughout the CD. All the compositions will take you on a trip and adventure of musical delight. Any avid fan of jazz will be greatly entertain with this CD”

—CARLOS GARNETT (M.Davis, C.Mingus, F.Hubbard, A.Blakey)

“Bardaro’s music, even while rooted in the tight, collaborative combo approach, is still fresh and new; this is no nostalgia trip or return to some “golden jazz age”. When put into the context of Euro nu-jazz,something like Scandinavian tango (as in “Scandango”) is almost revolutionary

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Bogota

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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