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Giuseppe Doronzo

Giuseppe Doronzo is an Italian saxophonist and composer. After classical and contemporary studies in Italy, and jazz studies in Groningen, he moved to Amsterdam where he became an active member of the European improvised scene. He focuses his research on the baritone saxophone, aiming to explore a vocabulary that goes through contemporary classical music, jazz improvisation and non-western music.

In 2018 he released his first baritone sax solo album “GOYA” on his record label, Tora Records. In 2015 he recorded a solo piece for the dutch dancer and choreographer Cora Bos-Kroese titled “Two ways towards”, that was played and performed at the New York University (NYC). He can be seen among his current projects as Solo, Falga, AVA Trio, Michael Moore Bigtet, All Ellington, XP7. He has been giving music workshops in several spaces and institutions in Europe together with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Stedelijke Muziekschool (The Netherlands), Arkestra Lab foundation (Italy), Marmara University of Arts (Turkey).

He has worked with creative artists covering various fields of the national and international art including: Michael Moore, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Mariem Hassan, Vince Mendoza, Han Bennink, NDR Big Band, João Bosco, Kiko Freitas, Robin Eubanks, Paolo Fresu, Tullio De Piscopo, Taylor Ho Bynum, Steve Potts,Ralph Alessi, Irene Aebi Lacy, Jim Black.

He has played in venues and festival including OCT LOFT Jazz Festival, Xihu Festival, Shanghai World Music Festival (China); Bimhuis, Gaudeamus Muziek Week Festival, Doek Festival, Lantaren Venster, North Sea Jazz Festival, Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour Festival (The Netherlands); Novosadski Jazz Festival (Serbia); Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival 2018, Reggia della Venaria (Italy); Die Aegidien church, NDR FUNKHAUS (Germany); Meutiviti Festival (Denmark); Ljubliana Jazz Festival (Slovenia) and many others

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”Doronzo plays as if with a split personality—he is aware of one mindset even as he goes off on a tangent. His playing is powerful but not overwhelming and his toying with multi-phonics, layers and textures manages to hang together even in the most abstract passages. Doronzo brings out the distinctive qualities of the baritone from the moody, to the raspy to the visceral. It's been said that the improvised solo is the highest form of personal expression and Doronzo does a first-rate job of articulating his vision.” (Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz )

“… huge sonore sound; his performance is mystic, multilayered and full of secrecy” (W.de Joode)

“… clear example of reincarneyation” (Duke’s day, Bimhuis)

“…the most extreme soloist of the bunch with his search along the borders of the baritone, slap tongue- harmonic effects to downpours” (draaiomjeoren.com)

“… such dynamics! such power! such swing!” (E.Determeyer)

“… Doronzo holds a brilliant argument for the baritone sax as a leading instrument.” (Trouw)

Discography

Goya

Goya

Tora Records
2018

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FALGA

FALGA

Cantina Records
2016

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