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Luca Lo Bianco

Luca Lo Bianco was born in Palermo on June, 13th 1974. He started playing electric bass when he was thirteen and after a few years he approached the double bass.

He graduated with the maximum grade in double bass in 1999 under the guide of Mo. Franco Muzzi. In 2010 he obtained the Master degree in Jazz Music with Magna Cum Laude at the State Music Conservatory 'Vincenzo Bellini' of Palermo with a thesis entitled 'Musical syncretism in contemporary Jazz’. From 2010 until 2015 he taught electric bass at the 'V. Bellini' State Conservatory’s Jazz Department of Palermo and from 2011 until 2013 at the 'A. Corelli' State Conservatory’s Jazz Department of Messina. Since 2016 he teaches electric bass, double bass and music for ensemble at the 'G. Rossini' State Conservatory’s Jazz Department of Pesaro (Italy). During his career he performed in numerous festivals in Italy, Japan, China, U.S.A., Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, France, Slovenia, Norway, Turkey, Germany, Holland, and Malaysia. From 1994 until 2007 he has been a member of the world music band Tammorra with whom he recorded two CDs, 'Ballu Tunnu' (1994) and 'Sali' (2001) produced by the German label Biber Records. The band won also the 8th edition of the 'Folk Herbst Fest' in Plauen (Germany). In 2001 he received the diploma at the 'European School of Jazz Orchestra', studying with Gunther Schuller, Bill Russo, Dusko Gojkovich, with grades 27/30. With the same orchestra, he performed the Italian premiere of the 'New Orleans Suite' by Duke Ellington under the direction of Bill Russo. In 2002 he composed and performed the music of ‘Garibaldi', a short movie directed by S. Pecoraro. In 2003 he performed the 'Claude Bolling's suite for cello & jazz piano trio' at the Teatro Politeama Garibaldi in Palermo. In 2004 and 2007 he played, with Tammorra, at the 'Penang World Music Festival’ and at the 'Rain Forest World Music Festival' in Sarawak Borneo, Malaysia.

From 2005 till 2014 he collaborated with the Italian/Swiss songwriter Pippo Pollina with whom toured intensively all around Europe and recorded two CDs, 'Bar Casablanca' (2005) and 'Ultimo Volo - Orazione civile per Ustica' (2007).

In January 2006 he created the musical theater 'La Scomparsa di Majorana' (based on the novel written by the Italian writer Leonardo Sciascia), which has been presented in premiere in Berlin at the 'Werkstatt der Kulturen', in cooperation with 'Teatro Instabile Berlino'. 'La Scomparsa di Majorana' has become also a CD published by the Italian label Silta Records. In 2007 he founded the independent music label Fitzcarraldo Records and in the same year the Orchestra In-stabile DIS/accordo [O.I.D.], an ensemble of about 15 musicians that improvise each performance following the 'conduction' technique. The orchestra represents one of the most significant and innovative experiences produced in Italy in the last years. In October 2008 O.I.D. was invited to the prestigious 'Hamburg Jazz Tage' in Germany, where it encountered an extraordinary success. The concert was recorded by Norddeutscher Rundfunk and became a CD entitled 'O.I.D. live in Hamburg'. In 2009 he recorded Ear Catcher, his second album as a leader. The CD produced by Fitzcarraldo Records, was highly acclaimed by the Italian press. In 2010 O.I.D. has obtained a prestigious result when the album 'O.I.D. live in Hamburg' won the 'JazzIt Award', the international referendum held by the Italian jazz magazine JazzIt, in the category '100 best Jazz Album produced in 2010'. In 2011 he played in the project 'Opera Italia' directed by Mauro Pagani at Teatro Politeama in Palermo and played in the 'Go Organic Orchestra' conducted by American percussionist Adam Rudolph. In the same year the international cultural network TEDx filmed and published a concert by O.I.D. at the Nautoscopio in Palermo.

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"Luca Lo Bianco, Sicilian bass player can be counted amongst those musicians who hardly take anything for granted". Sergio Spada - SUONO

"The music is modern, nervous and lanky. With the right urban air and the appropriate morbid curiosity to drive the quintet to look around and investigate the hidden corners of the many scenarios in chiaroscuro which conceal patches of dark, threatening light. As if we were inside a Werner Herzog film. The core language is contemporary jazz but of course the most diverse idiomatic influences add a value which must be appreciated". Maurizio Comandini - ALL ABOUT JAZZ ITALIA

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Human Plots - Six...

GleAM Records


Won 3 - Thoughts in...

Fitzcarraldo Records



Dodicilune Records


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