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Giancarlo Schiaffini

tb, *1940 IT, Rome
Musician / Composer of Jazz

Italian composer, trombonist and tubist. He was a member of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza from 1972 until 1983. Composer-trombonist-tubist, was born in Rome in 1942 and graduated in Physics at the University of Rome in 1965. Self-taught, he appeared as soloist in the first free-jazz concerts in Italy and subsequently presented his own compositions widely in the mid 1960’s. In 1970 he studied at Darmstadt with Stockhausen, Ligeti and Globokar and formed the contemporary chamber ensemble Nuove Forme Sonore. He also worked with Franco Evangelisti in 1972 and has since collaborated with the Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova consonanza until 1983. In 1975 he founded the Gruppo Romano di Ottoni performing Renaissance and Contemporary music. He is member of the well known Italian Instabile Orchestra. At present he teaches at the Conservatorio “A. Casella” in l’Aquila and at the Summer Courses of Siena Jazz. He teaches also Contemporary Music, Jazz and Improvisation in Clinics and Seminars all over the World (like New York University, Monash University Melbourne, Hochschule Freiburg i. B., Acanthes-Villeneuve d’Avignon, UNEAC-Cuba). He plays Contemporary Music, Jazz and Improvisation in concerts and International Festivals of Contemporary music and Jazz like Teatro alla Scala, Accademia di S. Cecilia, Biennale Musica di Venezia, Autunno Musicale di Como, Settembre Musica di Torino, IRCAM, Upic and Festival d’Automne (Paris), Reina Sofia (Madrid), Ars Musica (Bruxelles), Europa Jazz Festival du Mans, Jazz a Mulhouse, Tramway (Rouen), Wien Modern, Aspekte (Salzburg), Donaueschinger Musiktage, Moers, Tage fuer Neue Musik (Zurich), Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Berliner Philarmonie, Festival di Gibellina, FIMAV Victoriaville and New Music Concerts-Toronto (Canada), Nuova Consonanza, Bimhuis (Amsterdam), JazzYatra (India), Darmstadter Ferienkurse, Pomeriggi Musicali and Musica del nostro tempo di Milano, UNEAC (Cuba), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Lincoln Center and Hunter College (New York). Since 1988 Mr Schiaffini has been working with the singer and writer Silvia Schiavoni to the composition and performance of multi-media events inspired by literature and visual arts (Joyce, Gauguin, Ibsen, Boccioni, Ammaniti, Belli, and others), with images created by Ilaria Schiaffini. In 2000 he has been Composer in residence for the International Composers & Improvisers Forum Munich. Mr. Schiaffini has collaborated with John Cage, Karole Armitage, Luigi Nono and Giacinto Scelsi in various performances and works for solo trombone or tuba have been dedicated to him by Scelsi, Nono, Amman, Alandia, Dashow, Villa-Rojo, Renosto, Laneri, Guaccero. He has performed for the National Radios in Austria, Canada, Holland, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Spain Sweden, France as well as having recorded for BMG, Curci, Cramps, Edipan, Horo, Pentaflowers, Pentaphon, Red Records, Ricordi, Vedette. His music has been published by BMG, Curci, Edipan, Ricordi. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (Oxford University Press) and the Enciclopedia della Musica (Utet/Garzanti) dedicate an entry-word to Mr Schiaffini. His treatise on contemporary trombone techniques is published by Ricordi.

  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Euphonium
  • Bariton sax
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
Parata Grande on Live in Ventotene by Antonello Salis, Giancarlo Schiaffini & Mohssen Kasirossafar
Deuterium, Pt. 1 on Trigonos by Andrea Centazzo, Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli
Metapenta, Pt. 2 on Trigonos by Andrea Centazzo, Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli
Soft Shoes on From the Alvin Curran Fakebook by Alvin Curran, Giancarlo Schiaffini & AlÍpio C Neto
Under the Fig Tree on From the Alvin Curran Fakebook by Alvin Curran, Giancarlo Schiaffini & AlÍpio C Neto
Two5 on John Cage: About Cage Vol. 4 by John Cage, Giancarlo Schiaffini & Francesca Gemmo
Metapenta, Pt. 1 on Trigonos by Andrea Centazzo, Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli
Deuterium, Pt. 2 on Trigonos by Andrea Centazzo, Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli
Trigonos, Pt. 1 on Trigonos by Andrea Centazzo, Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli
Tre pezzi (1956): for trombone solo I on Giacinto Scelsi: Okanagon by Giacinto Scelsi & Joëlle Léandre

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
KammermusikGiancarlo Schiaffini, Errico De Fabritiis, Luca Tilli2018Album
Verso Il Primo Maggio 2017Giancarlo Schiaffini, Giorgio Pacorig, Giovanni Maier, Michele Rabbia2018Album
Dolenti Delitti Dolosi Dalle Dilette DolineGiancarlo Schiaffini \ Giorgio Pacorig2018Album
TrigonosAndrea Centazzo - Giancarlo Schiaffini - Sergio Armaroli2018Album
From The Alvin Curran Fakebook - The Out Off SessionAlvin Curran - Giancarlo Schiaffini - Alípio Carvalho Neto - Sergio Armaroli2018Album
Voi Ch'amate Lo CriatoreGiancarlo Schiaffini E Silvia Schiavoni, Ensemble Dissonanzen2018Album
ReloadedAndrea Centazzo, Giancarlo Schiaffini2018Album
Luc Ferrari Exercises D'ImprovisationGiancarlo Schiaffini - Walter Prati - Francesca Gemmo - Sergio Armaroli2018Album
From The Alvin Curran Fakebook - The Biella SessionsAlvin Curran - Giancarlo Schiaffini - Alípio Carvalho Neto - Sergio Armaroli2017Album
Micro And More ExercisesSergio Armaroli Trio With Giancarlo Schiaffini2016Album
CorindilindoliAndrea Massaria / Giancarlo Schiaffini2015Album
TotemEugenio Colombo, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Luigi Marino2014Album
CruciverbaGiovanni Maier, Giancarlo Schiaffini2013Album
LatecomersAndrea Centazzo, Anthony Coleman, Steve Swell, Giancarlo Schiaffini2013Album
Live In VentoteneAntonello Salis, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Mohsen Kassirossafar2012Album
SchiaffiniGiancarlo Schiaffini2012Album
PST - Live in RomeEddie Prévost, Giancarlo Schiaffini, John Tilbury2012Album
Wind & SlapGiancarlo Schiaffini, Sebi Tramontana2011Album
A Centro Metri Comincia Il Bosco: Guerra Memoria NaturaGiancarlo Schiaffini, Silvia Schiavoni2010Album
Ho Veduto Volare - Trittico Per BoccioniSilvia Schiavoni, Giancarlo Schiaffini2009Album
Tierkreis E DintorniNabla Ensemble, Giancarlo Schiaffini2008Album
Giancarlo SchiaffiniGiancarlo Schiaffini2007Compil.
Moot & LidLol Coxhill, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Andrea Centazzo2006Album
Solos and DuetsAdriano Orrù, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Paolo Angeli, Roberto Pellegrini2005Album
War OrphansClaudio Cojaniz - Giancarlo Schiaffini2004Album
MonsterWalter Prati & Giancarlo Schiaffini2004Album
Rhapsody For BillieGiancarlo Schiaffini / Silvia Schiavoni2002Album
Three Incredible IdeasThurston Moore / Walter Prati / Giancarlo Schiaffini2001Album
Post-Deconstruction Live At The One Step DownGiancarlo Schiaffini and Peter Fraize2000Album
MarcesinaGiancarlo Schiaffini2000Album
L'Anello Mancante - The Missing ChainringGiancarlo Schiaffini2000Album
Tuba LibreGiancarlo Schiaffini2000Album
SituationsAndrea Centazzo, Lol Coxhill, Franz Koglmann, Giancarlo Schiaffini2000Album
AleaClaudio Cojaniz Trio + Giancarlo Schiaffini1996Album
LetGianluigi Trovesi • Giancarlo Schiaffini • Fulvio Maras1995Album
EdulaGiancarlo Schiaffini1994Album
UncagedMario Schiano • Famoudou Don Moye • Marcello Melis • Giancarlo Schiaffini1991Album
Il TromboneGiancarlo Schiaffini1991Album
Specchiati Sembianti / Canzon "La Volupiense" / Delay-Me / Leif Ericson Drive / EuphoniaGiancarlo Schiaffini1987Album
Per DevozioneLucilla Galeazzi, Giancarlo Schiaffini1987Album
The Unrepentant OnesGuido Mazzon / Giancarlo Schiaffini / Mario Schiano / Renato Geremia / Bruno Tommaso / Toni Rusconi1986Album
Infernal DreamGiancarlo Schiaffini1986Album
Nuove Forme SonoreMauro Cardi / Paolo Renosto / Rosario Mirigliano / Giancarlo Schiaffini / Arduino Gottardo, Nuove Forme Sonore1986Album
Rosenfest Berlin 1984 (Fragment XXX)Robert Ashley, Henning Christiansen, Giancarlo Schiaffini, "Blue" Gene Tyranny1984Single
A Tung MeGiancarlo Schiaffini1983Album
PISA 1980: Improvisors' SymposiumMaarten Altena / Derek Bailey / Barry Guy / George Lewis / Paul Lovens / Paul Lytton / Evan Parker / Paul Rutherford / Giancarlo Schiaffini / Philipp Wachsmann1981Album
Memo FromGiancarlo Schiaffini - Michele Iannaccone1979Album
29.9.78 PezzoSIC Trio, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Michele Iannaccone, Eugenio Colombo1978Album
MootLol Coxhill, Andrea Centazzo, Giancarlo Schiaffini1978Album
Jazz A Confronto 5Giancarlo Schiaffini1973Album
Musica Per Commenti SonoriGiancarlo Gazzani / Giancarlo Schiaffini1973Album
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