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Tonino Miano

Terms like "dense lyricism" and "emotional impact" are used to describe the playing of Tonino Miano. While his analytical mind (he holds a degree in physics from the City College of New York) parses logical progressions for his improvisations, his artist's soul compelled one reviewer to call his work, "Very beautiful and very, very sophisticated."

He has performed in venues such as Abrons Art Center, NYU, Knitting Factory, WKCR, 13in13 Jazz Festival, Roulette, Binnenpret, Apollohuis, Stork Music Festival and his list of collaborations include Brian Groder, Mirio Cosottini, Andrea Melani, Dinu Ghezzo, Edoardo Marraffa, Frantz Loriot, Jaap Blonk, Marco Cappelli, Lorenzo Brusci, Alessio Pisani, Jim Pugliese, Francesco Cusa and Riccardo Grosso. He also holds a Degree in Musicology from the University of Bologna and a Degree in Classical Piano Performance with maximum honors from the V. Bellini Conservatory in Caltanissetta (Italy). He has also been the co- curator (with Frantz Loriot) of the AVANT POST, a New York monthly series dedicated to avant garde/improvisational music hosted by Temple M. Among Mr. Miano’s releases CARDINAL (Grimedia/Impressus, 2009) has received critical acclaim and has appeared in two European top ten lists, as well as being included in the list of most notable CDs of the decade by AllAboutJazz/Italia. Some of his projects are: FluiDensity, a collaboration with trumpeter/composer Brian Groder, and The Inner Life of Residue with Mirio Cosottini. His latest release , Human Pieces (with Cusa/Groder/Grosso) is out now on Leo Records. Tonino Miano is also the author of the highly praised Non- Tonal Technical Studies for Piano, a two-volume collection of pattern-studies deemed “Fascinating” by Stephen Hough, “Highly recommended” by Richie Beirach and hailed by International Piano Magazine as an "exhaustive, comprehensive and extraordinary labour of love”. He lives in Catania (Italy) after almost three decades in New York City.


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FCTrio (Francesco Cusa Trio): Minimal Works

Read "Minimal Works" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il trio di Francesco Cusa, che avevamo già recensito in un lavoro progettato dal pianista Tonino Miano che ospitava il trombettista americano Brian Groder, Human Pieces, presenta adesso questo suggestivo album che raccoglie otto brani firmati dal batterista: la metà, rispondendo al titolo programmatico del disco, ruotano attorno a temi minimali, che vengono ripresi, mutati, sviluppati, con effetti tra l'ipnotico e l'ossessivo; l'altra metà, invece, sono “meditazioni" più aperte ed estese, entro le quali domina l'improvvisazione e vengono sperimentati effetti ...

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Cusa - Groder - Grosso - Miano: Human Pieces

Read "Human Pieces" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Rientrato nella natia Sicilia dopo una lunga permanenza negli Stati Uniti, il pianista, compositore e didatta Tonino Miano non ha perso tempo e ha prontamente messo in piedi una formazione con due corregionali-- Riccardo Grosso al contrabbasso e Francesco Cusa alla batteria--e un suo frequente collaboratore dell'area newyorchese--il trombettista Brian Groder. L'album si articola su sette tracce, tutte di una certa ampiezza--la più lunga, “Skitties Heavy," supera i dieci minuti--e di notevole coerenza, pur nella loro mutevolezza. Il ...

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“ New York City has two of the greatest improvising pianists, Cecil Taylor and Tonino Miano. An Italian who lives in the Bronx, Miano has developed a style that comes out of both the Western classical and jazz traditions, and plays with fearsome technique, intelligence, and passion." — G. Grella, The Brooklyn Rail

“…a musician of broad vision.” — Massimiliano Damerini

"Miano’s virtuosity is all over the piano. [...] He never lacks for textural and gestural ideas that contribute a sense of designed space to the improvisations..." —The Whole Note

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Minimal Works

Improvvisatore Involontario


Human Pieces

Leo Records



Impressus Records


The Curvature of Pace

Impressus Records



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