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Alessandro Fongaro

Alessandro Fongaro (1991, Valdagno, Italy) is an Italian bassist and composer based in Rotterdam (NL). Between 2014 and 2017, he led the Alessandro Fongaro 5et, a project that debuted in 2016 with the album ‘Neither More nor Less’ (Mainland Records). While a student of the Conservatory of Rotterdam (Codarts), Alessandro won the Erasmus Jazz Prijs (2014) and The Records (2014). After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Codarts with the highest honours, Alessandro temporarily moved to Amsterdam to attend his master’s in jazz double bass, which he completed in 2016. Alessandro currently leads and writes music for the band CLOD!, an electric instrumental project that blends jazz and indie-rock. As sideman, the bassist performs regularly and recorded with Koeniverse 3 ft. Joris Roelofs, Kika Sprangers Large Ensemble and Quintet, Sun Mi Hong Quintet, Robert Koemans Trio, BRAIN//CHILD, Allison Philips Trio, Rok Zalokar Trio, ROEST and others. As part of Koeniverse3 he won The Records 2015 and as part of the Sun Mi Hong Quintet he won the Dutch Jazz Competition in 2018. During the past years, he also got the chance to perform with musicians such as Jasper Blom, Bo van der Werf, Harmen Fraanje, Joris Roelofs, Tineke Postma, Ben van Gelder, Reinier Baas, Joost Patocka, Mete Erker, Mark Schilders and many others. Since 2017, Alessandro is a guest teacher at Codarts (Conservatory of Rotterdam) where he teaches improvisation and coaches ensembles.


Erasmus Jazz Prijs 2014, The Records (Keep an Eye Foundation) 2014 with the Alessandro Fongaro 5et, The records (Keep an Eye Foundation) 2015 with Koeniverse 3, Dutch Jazz Competition 2018 with the Sun Mi Hong Quintet


Album Review

Alessandro Fongaro: Neither More Nor Less

Read "Neither More Nor Less" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Amsterdam-based Keep an Eye Foundation, is a Dutch government sponsored program for developing artists across many creative disciplines. Their jazz program culminates in an annual award competition for new talent and in 2014, bassist Alessandro Fongaro was awarded sponsorship that has now resulted in the quintet release of Neither More Nor Less.A native of Valdagno, Italy, now living in the Netherlands (following a student exchange program in which he participated), Fongaro has been pursuing jazz since the ...

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The jury of the Erasmus Jazz Prijs 2014 - Hans de Lange, Jair Tehong and Kars Veling - says "Alessandro is a real band leader, with enormous attention for the sound of the bass. His set was adventurous and made sure the jury "was on the edge of the chair." - "A solo of Fongaro is like a novel you want to read."



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