Stefano Giust Stefano Giust

Stefano Giust is an Italian improviser musician, drummer, composer and factotum of record label Setola di Maiale. His work is focused on the broad spectrum of improvised and experimental music. From over 30 years he works on these subjects into an acoustic, electric and electronic settings as well as in performative acts. As a drummer, his playing focuses on rhythmic pulse and its destructuration. Rhythm and sound as a continuous and variable flow, no longer thought in terms of meter and measure. Born in 1968, he has started to recording his music at the age of 14. Since then, his approach remained uncompromising, embracing a DIY attitude. Through the years, he has given concerts in Italy, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, Poland, Croatia, Brasil and Vietnam. He has recorded an impressive number of albums with his own main projects or as co-leader, mostly in the fields of improvised music, free jazz and electronic music. He has played with hundreds of musicians, including Evan Parker, Gino Robair, Gianni Gebbia, Thollem McDonas, Herb Robertson, Tobias Delius, Tristan Honsinger, Steve Beresford, Giovanni Maier, Peter Jacquemyn, Edoardo Marraffa, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Walter Prati, Luc Ex, Hélène Labarrière, Keiko Higuchi, Alessandro Bosetti, Clayton Thomas, Guido Mazzon, Patrizia Oliva, Burkhard Beins, Roy Paci, Lotte Anker, Marco Eneidi, Steve Buchanan and Catherine Jauniaux. Some places he has played in: Hanoi New Music Festival (Vietnam), Angelica Festival Internazionale di Musica (Bologna), BRDA Contemporary Music Festival (Slovenja), Mostra SESC de Artes (Brasil), Saturnalia 2017 (Milano), Interpenetration Festival (Graz), MIBnight Jazz Festival (Germany), Chilli Jazz Festival (Austria), Macao (Milano), Vortex/Mopomoso (London), Area Sismica (Forlì), Jazz Club Ferrara, 48th Venice Biennale (Venezia), ZDB (Lisboa), Resonance 104.4FM (London), Fondazione Mudima (Milano). As acousmatic/electronic composer, some of his works have been used or commissioned by experimental film directors and video-artists. In addition, he runs Setola di Maiale, a record label devoted to creative and experimental music since 1993: up to now he has produced more than 400 titles involving 700 musicians from all over the world.

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▶ “There’s much to admire, ears for rarefied texture” Philip Clark, The Wire ▶“Endlessly resourceful, he uses every surface of his conventional drum kit to generate sounds that are somehow unexpected while being completely in concert with the prevailing mood of the moment” “While never playing time per se, his drumming has got a real sense of pulse. One of Italy’s finest improvising musician” Dave Wayne, All About Jazz USA ▶“Heterogeneously onward-looking drumming” Massimo Ricci, Touching Extreme ▶“Le percussioni di Giust strutturano un contesto ritmico sussultante e magmatico, con frementi e crepitanti effetti sui metallofoni” “Ottimo lavoro e grande rigore metodologico” Libero Farnè, All About Jazz Italia ▶“Very original way of playing” Bartek Adamczak, (Free) Jazz Alchemist ▶“Fra i migliori improvvisatori in circolazione, un drumming mai scontato, spumeggiante che rimarrà come una delle cose notevoli della musica creativa di questi anni” “Propulsore della rivitalizzazione della scena improvvisata e dell’out-jazz italiano” Michele Coralli, Altre Musiche ▶“Un tappeto ritmico che ha dello straordinario” Stefano Pifferi, SentireAscoltare ▶“Un excellent percussionniste et un improvisateur sensible et intelligent, un vrai batteur de free-music, puissant avec des idées originales” “[L'un des] animateurs majeurs de la scène improvisée italienne” Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg, Improjazz ▶“Abundance of stimuli from Stefano Giust’s thunderous drumming” Mark Corroto, All About Jazz USA ▶“Giust dà una dimostrazione verace del suo talento: raramente ho ascoltato un batterista viaggiare alla velocità della luce quanto fa lui; e non deve nemmeno sorprendere la creazione vivida dell’anguish surrettizia

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Albums by Stefano Giust

Album Patrizia Oliva / Roberto Del Piano / Stefano Giust

Patrizia Oliva /...

Setola di Maiale
2019

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Album Setoladimaiale Unit & Evan Parker

Setoladimaiale Unit &...

Setola di Maiale
2019

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Album Massimo De Mattia / Giorgio Pacorig / Giovanni Maier / Stefano Giust... by Stefano Giust

Massimo De Mattia /...

Setola di Maiale
2018

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Album Apnea by Stefano Giust

Apnea

Setola di Maiale
2017

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Album Magimc “Area Sismica” by Stefano Giust

Magimc “Area...

Setola di Maiale
2015

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Album Being Together

Being Together "Hanoi...

Setola di Maiale
2015

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