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Mirco Ballabene

Mirco Ballabene, from an early age, began the study of music playing piano and electric bass, to finally arrive at the doublebass. In 2010 he graduated in classical doublebass at the "G. Rossini "of Pesaro. In 2011 he published a record, "Vìreo", with Fabio Mina and Danilo Rinaldi, in collaboration with Markus Stockhausen, for the German label Aktivraum. In 2014 he deepened the study of improvisation techniques with Silvia Bolognesi. In February 2015 he released a second album, "Triologos - Tracce di canti", with Paolo Cerboni Bajardi and Bruno Cerboni Bajardi, for Slam Productions, a prestigious English label founded by George Haslam, a disc that will also be presented in the program "Piazza Verdi" on RadioRaiTre, one of the most important national broadcast. Also in 2015 he took part in the "Anthony Braxton's Sonic Genome" project at Torino Jazz Festival, an eight-hour musical performance led by Braxton himself and his collaborators (Taylor Ho Bynum, Jame Fei, Nate Wooley and Mary Halvorson among others), and he begins the Permanent Music Research Laboratory with Stefano Battaglia at the Siena Jazz Foundation, which ends two years later with the recording of a record with the same pianist and Massimiliano Furia on drums. In September he released the album "Strade", with Giovanni Ferri on alto sax and Mirco Bindelli on drums, again for SLAM Productions. In 2017 he participated in the project of the Fonterossa Orchestra, conducted by Silvia Bolognesi, ensemble with whom he performed at Fonterossa Day in the context of Pisa Jazz. In the meantime he began to collaborate with the association Urbino Jazz Club and with Lorenzo Binotti he organized the Laboratory of Improvisation and Experimental Music (LIMS), in which he conducts improvisation and Conduction workshops.


Album Review

Mirco Ballabene, Stefano Battaglia, Massimiliano Furia: Oltranza Oltraggio - La Beltà

Read "Oltranza Oltraggio - La Beltà" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Esplorare il linguaggio dei poeti novecenteschi, coniugandolo in musica attraverso l'improvvisazione: questo l'obiettivo che si è posto Mirco Ballabene, contrabbassista e studioso di letteratura, dando vita, assieme a Stefano Battaglia e Massimiliano Furia, al progetto Oltranza Oltraggio, del quale vede qui la luce il primo capitolo, che prende spunto dalla raccolta di poesie di Andrea Zanzotto La beltà, pubblicato nel 1968. Il lavoro, si badi, non è però né un'illustrazione musicale della poesia, né qualcosa di meramente ispirato ...

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