Nicola Guazzaloca

Pianist, composer, improviser

Nicola Guazzaloca _ Kanjiza Lazz Festiva

Nicola Guazzaloca’s music mixes a variety of influences working out of orthodox language boundaries to express the most sincere and direct intention. His musical journey started in the late eighties in the underground scene, to pass then through many different musical experiences and a various range of approaches. In the ’90 he moved to the jazz and experimental scene, focusing on a personal way to compose, organize and improvise music (studies with Muhall R. Abrahms, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Barre Phillips). In 2007 he had been recognised by the national press as being among the most talented italian jazz composers. He has composed and performed for cinema, theater, dance and multimedia (prizes Prima Aziz ‘03, Favolando ‘04, Interculture Map ‘05). Since 2006 he’s involved with the Popular School of Music “Ivan Illich” in Bologna with teaching and conducting workshops and laboratories. He have released more than 30 CDs (link: discography) with international labels like Leo Records, Amirani Records, FMR, Aut Records, Rai Radio3, Setola di Maiale among others.

He have performed in international festivals and venues in Italy, Germany, England, Russia, Portugal, Austria, Holland, France, Hungary, Serbia and Belgium, among them Angelica Festival (Bologna IT), Long Arms Festival (Moscow RU), APositzia Festival (St. Petersburg RU), Ujbuda Jazz Festival (Budapest HU), Kanjiza Jazz Festival (Kanjiza SE), Bimhuis (Amsterdam NL), Mopomoso (London UK), Free Sounds Festival (Leuven BE), Italian Jazz Rebels (XM24 Bologna IT '03, Area Sismica Meldola IT '04), International Jazz Festival (Nijni Novgorod RU), Rai Radio Tre – Battiti Series (Roma IT), Festival des Musiques Insolentes (Puget Ville FR), MIA Encontro de Musica Improvisada (Atouguia da Baleia PT), Limmitationes (Heiligenkreuz im Lafnitztal A), Improvvisamente Festival (Milano IT), Bè Festival (Bologna IT), Modern Art Museum (Bologna IT), Monash University - Metastasio Festival (Prato IT), Ivan il Terribile (Bologna IT), Giornata Internazionale del Jazz Unesco (Bologna IT, Pisa IT), Lucca International Festival Composers (Lucca IT), Free Flow Festival (Gravina IT), Scatola Sonora Festival (Alessandria IT), Massa Sonora Festival (Massalombarda IT), Orsara Jazz Festival (Orsara IT), Bordighera Jazz&Blues (Bordighera IT), Ceglie Jazz Open Festival (Ceglie IT).

​He have recorded and performed with several musicians as Tim Trevor-Briscoe, John Russell, Barre Phillips, Satoko Fukuda, Francesco Guerri, Szilard Mezei, Gianni Mimmo, Hannah Marshall, Tristan Honsinger, Edoardo Marraffa, Silvia Bolognesi, Sabir Mateen, Nils Gerold, Roger Turner, Christian Ferlaino, Piero Bittolo Bon, Luca Bernard, Gaetano Alfonsi, Paul Flaherty, Marcello Magliocchi, Stefano Giust, Lol Coxhill, Eugenio Sanna, Edoardo Ricci, Andrea Grillini, Roberto Bellatalla, Davide Lorenzon, Maresuke Okamoto, Alex Ward, Joao Pedro Viegas, Taylor Ho Bynum, Carlos Zingaro, Alvaro Rosso, Harri Sjoestroem, Luo Chao-yun, Maryclare Brzytwa, John Hughes, Peter Ajtai, Szilveszter Miklos, Alfred Lorinius, Martin Öhman, Ahmed Tambouz, Federico Eterno, Antti Virtaranta, Adrian David Krok among others.