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Mauro Gargano

My name is Mauro Gargano, I was born in Bari in 1972 in Puglia, southern Italy. I do not come from a family of musicians. There was a slightly different music in my childhood house… My father was a racing driver, the rustle of engines accompanied my early life until my adolescence. But thanks to my grandfather’s and sister’s record collection, I enjoyed and loved music, in all styles, since I was very young. I started studying jazz with the electric bass with the bassplayer and organist Vito di Modugno and then double bass with Maurizio Quintavalle. Then I followed the Siena Jazz seminars in Italy, with Paolo Fresu, Furio di Castri, and Marco Tamburini. I moved to Paris in 1998 at the age of 25, to continue my classical studies at the Conservatory of the 14th with Christian Gentet, then at the Paris CNSM with Riccardo del Frà and I eventually graduated in 2004, winning the First Prize award for “Jazz and improvised music”. I participated in many masterclasses where I could study and share with great musicians like Stefano Scodanibbio, Jean Paul Celea, Bruno Chevillon, Claude Tchamitchan, Mark Dresser, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Scott Colley, Anders Jormin, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler , Jeremy Pelt, Eric Harland, Paolino Dalla Porta. During my professional life I had the chance to meet lots of talented musicians from very diverse stylistic universes who nourished my artistic imagination, and with whom I shared the stage in many festivals, theaters and jazz clubs in France, Italy, Germany , Norway, Greece, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, Morocco, Algeria, Serbia, Macedonia, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, England, Greece, Norway, Tunisia

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