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Claudio Fasoli is a jazz composer, saxophone player, educator. First professional experiences: Born in Venice, he now lives in Milan, Italy. After a long apprenticeship and many sessions with various prominent musicians, he achieved popularity in the ’70 playing with “Perigeo Quintet” amongst whose other artists were Giovanni Tommaso as its leader, Franco D’Andrea, Bruno Biriaco and Anthony Sidney. The group performed a never-ending number of live - concerts throughout Italy, Europe and also overseas, and with it Fasoli gained a considerable experience both as soloist and composer. The Perigeo recorded for RCA many albums still much appreciated by collectors. After Perigeo, small beginnings, great musicians: In 1978, Perigeo disbanded and Fasoli became leader of his own group adopting definitely a more acoustic way to express himself. He put together mostly trios and quartets defining a further characterized compositional concept definitely close to a “modal complex” approach. Some of the great names in the Italian, European and International jazz scene have played in these groups. Since the 80’s, were involved in his combos names in the likes of Mick Goodrick, Palle Danielsson, Tony Oxley (“Bodies”) Lee Konitz (“Infant Eyes”), Kenny Wheeler, Bill Elgart, Henri Texier, (“Ten Tributes”), Drew Gress, Ralph Alessi, Nasheet Waits (“The Brooklyn Option”), Justin Brown, Matt Mitchell (“Selfie”) etc. performing not only in Italy, but even in France, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Cuba, USA, UK, Canada, etc. Further Collaborations: He was invited to perform in the first performances of the “Grande Orchestra Nazionale” in Italy and in the “Lydian Sound Orchestra”. He has also participated with and conducted the European Music Orchestra in live and studio performances, and has played within the Manfred Schoof International Band. He contributed also to the Giorgio Gaslini Quintet and to other bands. Identity: Fasoli adapts well to various musical settings and has developed his own solo style and a distinct, always-developing sound and compositional approach. Acclaimed even abroad, he continues to work with the best Italian and foreign musicians. He happened to collaborate with the great Italian classical cello player, Mario Brunello and the Swedish pianist, Bobo Stenson. The Educator: Since the Siena International Jazz Clinics was founded in 1978, Fasoli has been responsible for the classes in Tenor & Soprano saxophone and the master class in Improvisation. He founded the saxophone Courses at the City of Milan Jazz School under the direction of Enrico Intra and has taught Jazz at National Conservatories. He conducts Clinics throughout Italy and abroad. He has been artistic Director of the Padua Jazz Festival (2003-2010). His name appears in Music and Jazz Dictionaries in Italy and abroad. Further information : Leonard Feather / Ira Gitler : “ Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz” (Oxford) TOP 10 Highlights of Discography: (1) “LAND” w. Kenny Wheeler, Jean-François Jenny Clark (2) “BODIES“ w. Mick Goodrick, Palle Danielsson, Tony Oxley (3) “GUEST” w. The European Music Orch. guests: Kenny Wheeler & Aldo Romano (4) ”TROIS TRIOS” 3 different trios w. Henri Texier & Aldo Romano / Jay Clayton & Stefano Battaglia / Mick Goodrick & Bill Elgart (5) ”VENICE INSIDE” w. Mario Zara, Yuri Goloubev, Marco Zanoli (”C.F. Emerald 4et”) (6) ”LONDON TUBE” w. Michele Calgaro, Lorenzo Calgaro, Gianni Bertoncini (”C.F. Four 4et”) (7) ”THE BROOKLYN OPTION” w. Ralph Alessi, Matt Mitchell, Drew Gress, Nasheet Waits (8) “HAIKU TIME” w. Michael Gassmann, Michelangelo Decorato, Andrea Lamacchia, Marco Zanoli (”C.F. Samadhi 5et”) (9) ”SELFIE” w. Matt Mitchell, Matt Brewer, Justin Brown (”C.F. New York 4et”) (10) ”NEXT” w. Simone Massaron, Tito Mangialajo Rantzer, Stefano Grasso (”C.F. Next 4et”) Docu-films: “Inner Sounds” w. Claudio Fasoli – Angelo Poli director (2018) 26’ “Spaces” w. Claudio Fasoli – Alberto Nacci director (2017) 3,46’ Books: “Inner Sounds” - Agenzia X Publisher – Marc Tibaldi & Francesco Martinelli (2018) “Filosofia di John Coltrane” – Mimesis Publisher / Giacomo Ghidelli & Claudio Fasoli (2019) ** Top Jazz Musician of the Year 2018 (critics) Referendum “Musica Jazz “

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