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Gianluigi Trovesi

as, cl, *1944 IT, Nembro
Musician / Composer of Jazz

Gianluigi Trovesi (born in 1944) is an Italian jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and composer. A native of Nembro, a small town near Bergamo, Lombardy, he studied harmony and counterpoint under Vittorio Fellegara. Since then he has been a major player in the Italian and European (free) jazz scene. He also teaches clarinet and saxophone in Italy. He has won various Italian jazz awards. In 1978 Trovesi won the first prize in the Italian jazz competition for saxophone and clarinet, landing a permanent job in the Milan Radio Big band (until 1993). After a concert in Bergamo with Giorgio Gaslini's Sextet, the influential European producer Joachim-Ernst Berendt called him for his Clarinet Summit production, an all-star group with clarinet soloists, John Carter, Perry Robinson, Theo Jörgensmann and Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky. In the 1990s he formed his renowned octet, with Pino Minafra on trumpet. The first record of the group (From G To G, 1992) won the Italian Top Jazz poll and five stars in Down Beat. The octet's Les Hommes Armès (1996) was voted Best Record of the Year and the Trovesi Octet best Italian Jazz Group in the Musica Jazz Italian Top Jazz Poll (1993, 1996; Trovesi already won in 1988 as best musician). Those records are characterized by the meeting of the learned classical and contemporary music, from Renaissance music to serialism, and the Italian folk, in a context of jazz improvisation. During the years the Octet went through important changes in the lineup. In 1999 Trovesi composed "Round About A Midsummer's Dream", a suite whose inspiration comes from Shakespeare's mention, of the "Bergamasque" dance. The music is performed by a nonet based on three Trios: a jazz trio with sax, bass and drums, a classical string trio, and a folk trio with accordion and tamburello. He has toured, recorded and performed with renowned improvisers, jazz musicians and musical experimenters, including Anthony Braxton, Misha Mengelberg, Horace Tapscott, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler, Manfred Schoof, Mark Dresser, Han Bennink, Barre Phillips, Tony Oxley, and Günter Sommer. Trovesi is also member of the Italian Instabile Orchestra and a duo with accordeonist Gianni Coscia.

  • Alto sax
  • Clarinet
  • Soprano sax
  • Jazz
  • Folk
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Basin Street Blues on La misteriosa musica della Regina Loana by Gianluigi Trovesi & Gianni Coscia
Kapsberger on All' Improvviso: Ciaccone, Bergamasche, & un po' di Follie... by Christina Pluhar & L'Arpeggiata
Ciaccona, Pt. 2 on All' Improvviso: Ciaccone, Bergamasche, & un po' di Follie... by Christina Pluhar & L'Arpeggiata
L'innocenza dei Ciclopi: Cantata Sopra il Passacaglio - Diatonica on L'arpeggiata by Christina Pluhar
As Time Goes By on La misteriosa musica della Regina Loana by Gianluigi Trovesi & Gianni Coscia
Hercab“ WDR Bigband - Tape Five Remix on Circus Maximus by Tape Five
Hercab on Dedalo by Gianluigi Trovesi
Animali In Marcia on A Midsummer's Dream by Gianluigi Trovesi & Gianluigi Trovesi Nonet
First Rays on Birdwatching by Anat Fort Trio, Anat Fort & Gianluigi Trovesi
Gargantella on Mediterraneamente by Gianluigi Trovesi

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Title Artist Year Type
MediterraneamenteGianluigi Trovesi2018Album
Twelve Colours And Synesthetic CellsGianluigi Trovesi - Umberto Petrin2017Album
Remembering MasadaAnnette Maye's Vinograd Express & Gianluigi Trovesi2016Album
BirdwatchingAnat Fort Trio2016Album
The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul NoteGianluigi Trovesi2014Compil.
The Complete Alpha RecordingsL'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar Featuring Marco Beasley, Lucilla Galeazzi, Johannette Zomer, Gianluigi Trovesi2013Album
PapillonsEnsemble FisFüz & Gianluigi Trovesi2012Album
Peitzer Grand Mit VierenGünter Sommer, Manfred Schoof, Gianluigi Trovesi, Barre Phillips2009Album
Live At Jazzwerkstatt PeitzConrad Bauer / Gianluigi Trovesi / Tony Oxley / Dietmar Diesner2008Album
Vaghissimo RitrattoGianluigi Trovesi / Umberto Petrin / Fulvio Maras2007Album
Jazzitaliano Live 2007Gianluigi Trovesi Special Guest Enrico Rava2007Album
A New Shock!!Gianluigi Trovesi, Andrea Centazzo2006Album
Altre SpezieLucia Minetti, Gianni Coscia Special Guests Gianluigi Trovesi, Stefano Bertoli2003Album
DancesGianluigi Trovesi2002Album
DedaloGianluigi Trovesi2002Album
Around Small Fairy TalesGianluigi Trovesi, Orchestra Da Camera Di Nembro Andrea Salmeggia1998Album
TrioRiccardo Tesi - Patrick Vaillant - Gianluigi Trovesi1997Compil.
MasutGiovanni Maier, Ermes Ghirardini, Giorgio Pacorig, Massimo De Mattia + Gianluigi Trovesi1995Album
LetGianluigi Trovesi • Giancarlo Schiaffini • Fulvio Maras1995Album
CollineRiccardo Tesi - Patrick Vaillant - Gianluigi Trovesi1994Album
Dances And VariationsGianluigi Trovesi1994Album
EsoPaolo Damiani, Paolo Fresu, Gianluigi Trovesi, Danilo Rea, Roberto Gatto, Raffaela Siniscalchi, Antonio Iasevoli, Sabina Macculi1994Album
"Ossi Di Seppia"Paolo Fresu Sextet1991Album
Dies IraeBruno Tommaso, Marche Jazz Orchestra, Gianluigi Trovesi1989Album
Les Boîtes À MusiqueGianluigi Trovesi1989Album
Benefit ConcertMario Schiano, Peter Kowald, Gianluigi Trovesi, Paul Lovens, Pino Minafra, Radu Malfatti1989Album
Shock!!Gianluigi Trovesi, Andrea Centazzo1984Album
You Better Fly AwayClarinet Summit Live - John Carter / Bernd Konrad / Perry Robinson / Gianluigi Trovesi / Theo Jörgensmann / Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky1980Album
Secret PointsConrad Bauer / Gianluigi Trovesi1979Album
BaghètGianluigi Trovesi1978Album
Great News From ItalyGerardo Iacoucci Modern Big Band featuring Paolo Fresu, Enrico Pieranunzi, Sandro Satta, Pietro Tonolo, Gianluigi TrovesiAlbum
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