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Federico Casagrande

Paris based jazz guitarist Federico Casagrande started in early age the study of classical music in Italy. In 2003 he moved on a scholarship to Boston, U.s.a., where he attended the Berklee College of Music and graduated summa cum laude in 2006. He studied with Giampaolo Gobbo, Sandro Gibellini, Tommaso Lama, Dave Tronzo, Mick Goodrick, Rick Peckham, Greg Hopkins, Jeff Galindo, Garrison Fewell, Dave Santoro, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi In 2007 he won the first prize at the Gibson Montreux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition with George Benson president of the jury. He performed in Italy, U.S.A., Canada, Denmark, Austria, Estonia, Lettonia, Portugal, Switzerland, France, U.K., China. He leads his own trio performing original composition. He is co-leader of a duo with London based trumpet player Fulvio Sigurta’ and of a quartet with portugese vibraphonist Jeff Davis. He performs also in solo focusing on extemporary compositions, often collaborating with dancer Laura Moro or interacting with other forms of art. He works as well as a sideman in various jazz groups in Europe.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Antoine Karacostas: Insulary Tales

Read "Insulary Tales" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Paris based pianist Antoine Karacostas may have set out to write the music for Insulary Tales to evoke the idea of insularity and one's individual response to the natural world around them, but in the end he's created an emotional, ten song cycle universal to us all. A recording of hushed, sustained beauty and ...

Rosa Brunello

Read "Rosa Brunello" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Radiohead -A Moon Shaped Pool -(XL Recordings -2016). Meditativo, quasi ipnotico. Perfetto per un viaggio in treno. 02. Carmen Consoli -Stato di necessità -(Polydor -2000). Dopo qualche tempo che non la ascoltavo, sono stata recentemente ad un concerto di Carmen Consoli. Così mi è venuta voglia di ri-ascoltare Stato di ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Enrico Pieranunzi, Federico Casagrande: Double Circle

Read "Double Circle" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

L'incontro tra la chitarra acustica e il pianoforte è sempre molto affascinante, oltre a essere anche piuttosto raro (qui in Italia, vanno ricordati quelli di Giancarlo Mazzù con Luciano Troja). Il duetto documentato su questo CD ha la particolarità di essere l'incontro anche di due diverse generazioni di musicisti jazz italiani, visto che al piano siede ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz and Joy Festival 2015

Read "Jazz and Joy Festival 2015" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Jazz and Joy Festival 2015 Worms, Germany June 19-21, 2015 The Jazz and Joy Festival, located in the German town of Worms, celebrated its 25th anniversary. Not far from Frankfurt on Main, Worms carries an illustrious historical heritage, as the site of the Middle Age Nibelung Legend, which was later masterfully rendered ...

Fulvio Sigurta: The Oldest Living Thing

Read "The Oldest Living Thing" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Oldest Living Thing is trumpeter and composer Sigurta's sixth album as leader or co-leader, his fourth for the Cam Jazz label. He's also recorded with pianist Francesco Turrisi and as a member of Nostalgia 77. For this album he's joined by acoustic guitarist Federico Casagrande (who shares writing duties) and Steve Swallow on electric bass. ...

The Ancient Battle of the Invisible

Label: CAM Jazz
Released: 2012
Track listing: 01. 7 Roses; 02. Breeze; 03. Restless; 04. Arrowhead; 05. Speech; 06. Battlefield; 07. Fireplace; 08. Release; 09. Twilight. Tutte le composizioni sono di Federico Casagrande.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Ian Patterson's Best Live Shows of 2012

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Live Shows of 2012" reviewed by Ian Patterson

From Lao to the Palestinian Territories, from Borneo to Vietnam, from Kuala Lumpur to London, and from Singapore to France, it was a busy year as far as reviewing gigs went. There were many wonderful concerts and some worthy of mention include guitarist Federico Casagrande, pianist Nicolas Bouloukos, guitarist Jeremy Tjordman and Norwegian duo Albatrosh, but ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival: Shenzhen, China, October 8-23, 2012

Read "OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival: Shenzhen, China, October 8-23, 2012" reviewed by Ian Patterson

OCT-LOFT Jazz FestivalShenzhen, ChinaOctober 8-23, 2012The OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival, in Shenzhen, Gaungdong Province, is one of the youngest jazz festivals in China, yet in just two editions it has already established itself as one of the best. Financially, it can't compete with the Shanghai Jazz Festival, which for its 2012 edition attracted renowned ...

10 CD nel CD- Player di... Federico Casagrande

Read "10 CD nel CD- Player di... Federico Casagrande" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

01. Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian - Live at Birdland (ECM - 2011). Adorabile poesia dell'equilibrio. Ognuno di questi musicisti fa impallidire per lo spessore di ogni singolo gesto musicale. 02. Brian Blade Fellowship - Perceptual (Blue Note - 2000). Uno dei miei dischi preferiti da anni; da viaggiatore assiduo ma terrorizzato ...


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