Enzo Torregrossa aka ZONE
Enzo Torregrossa aka ZONE
Enzo Torregrossa started jazz and classical studies at the same time. He took inspiration
from John Coltrane, Charlie Mingus and mainly from Miles Davis who is still his artistic
father and point of reference in his expressive and compositive work. He attended Master
Bruno Tommaso’s “Siena Jazz” seminaries from 1980 to 1983.
In 1982 he obtained the “Diploma di Laurea in contrabbasso” (“Degree in contrabass”) with
Master Sebastiano Nicotra at the Academy of Music “Vincenzo Bellini” in Catania and
attended the course of “Orchestra Composition and Art direction” in Bologna. Meanwhile he
broadened his knowledge of his music studies by means of "Dik Groove” and “Barkley
School”’s textbooks. In the ‘80s he played with Lillian Terry quintet together with Paolo
Birro, Andrea Beneventano, Massimo Urbani, in the quintet with Dizzy Gillespie, Chick
Corea and in the City Co quartet together with Pippo Guarnera, Giulio Capiozzo, Marco
Tamburini.In 1991 he took part in the “Festival Jazz d’avanguardia e nuove tendenze”
(“Avant-garde and New tendencies Jazz Festival”) in Forlì where he presented and played
his own compositions and arrangements.
In 1992 he composed and produced “Annatu lu sole”, soundtrack of the movie “Sud”
directed by Gabriele Salvatores, getting the “Globo d’Oro e il Nastro d’Argento” Prize as the
best soundtrack of the year.
In 1998 he arranged, composed and published his first record “Aeon” with the texts
assistance of the poet Roberto Zizzi.
In 2004 he started the “Zone Project” with the record company CurveMusic of London. The
musicians Gherardo Catanzaro e Rob Lee participated in this project and their artistic
partnership has never stopped.
In 2005 he wrote and produced his first CD “Madrugada” and went to the prestigious
“International Word Music Market MIDEM” in Cannes where he played live and his band
awarded the prize as one of the four best up-and-coming nu-jazz bands in the world.
In 2007 the CD “Madrugada” was published and distributed, both audio digital and physical
format, all over the world (iTunes, Amazon, Napster, etc). Meanwhile he had concerts in
London, Paris and several European cities . In 2009 Irmarecords published his second CD
“Gimali”, still in the best selling jazz records of several European countries, U.S.A. and
Japan, which met with the favour of the critics and the audience. In the CD “Gimali” he
dedicated the track “Angel’s wings” to Angelo D’Arrigo and made the video clip in
collaboration with the Foundation Angelo D’Arrigo e Laura Mancuso.
In 2009 he had many summer concerts and also played with the Zone band at the Antico
Teatro di Taormina during the Festival “Ad ali spiegate” as a part of “Taormina Arte”.
In 2010 he worked as Professor of Contrabass and Jazz Bass Guitar at the Secondary School
“V. Bellini” in Catania.
In January 2011 he started to record "Metade", his third album with Zone. The pianist
Gherardo Catanzaro, the saxophonist Gigi Sella, the Brazilian singer Heloisa Laurenço, the
singer Robert Lee from London took part in it and the album came out on October 1st
In September 2015 he released "Solo", an album in which they participate; Davide Angelica
on Guitar, Ty LeBlanc, Rossella Graziani, Laura Mars, Eva Macaggi Alo on voice Kalifa Kone
on percussion Stefano Paolini on drums Ivano Borgazzi and Gherardo Catanzaro on piano
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