ensemble Suono Giallo
Ensemble Suono Giallo came into being in Città di Castello as a part of the 2015 festivities in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the painter Alberto Burri. The aim of the project is evident from the very name of the ensemble, that is, a synesthetic Kandinskian journey, a synthesis of the arts, or rather, of a holistic work of art such as Wagner tried to bring to fruition at Bayreuth. It is from this premise that the group proposes to divulge and promote contemporary music through new commissions, concerts, and insightful initiatives.
The collective has performed at renowned Italian and foreign festivals and concert associations such as: Ravenna Festival, Società dei Concerti Barattelli, Gioventù musicale di Modena, Festival Nuovi Spazi Musicali, Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik (Contemporary Music Festival in Weimar, Germany) and others.
In 2017, the ensemble was featured as the ensemble-in-residence of the Franco Evangelisti Composition Competition, premiering the works of the three finalists. The competition was organized by the Nuova Consonanza Contemporary Music Festival and the concert took place in Rome, Italy.
In 2018, the ensemble will visit Germany to give a series of concerts at the 26. Festival of Zepernicker Randspiele – Randfestspiele.
Furthermore, the release of a new album is being planned for 2019. The album will highlight brand new works written exclusively for the ensemble alongside pieces from the contemporary repertoire of each of the four instruments.
During its activity years, ensemble Suono Giallo has given the world premieres of works by the composers Paolo Longo, Marco Longo, Ada Gentile, Theocharis Papatrechas, Nicola Sani, Mauro Montalbetti, Alexander Strauch, Stylianos Dimou, Wei-Chieh Lin, Eleni Ralli, Claudio Panariello, Ioannis Angelakis, Zeynep Toraman, among others. Additionally, in the ensemble’s repertoire one may find works by leading figures of both the current and previous centuries, such as John Cage, Luciano Berio, Brian Ferneyhough, Salvatore Sciarrino, Beat Furrer, Pierluigi Billone, Philippe Leroux, Francesco Filidei.
Michele Bianchini, saxophone | executive director
Laura Mancini, percussion
Simone Nocchi, piano
Giacomo Piermatti, double-bass
SAXOPHONE | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michele Bianchini, Italian saxophonist, is dedicated to the development and research of new repertoire in contemporary music both as a soloist and as a member of different chamber music ensembles.
He has performed at renowned Italian and foreign institutions such as New York University, Symphony Space Hall (USA), “Megaron” in Athens (Greece), Eastman School of Music Rochester (Usa), Fabrik in Potdsam (Germany), Hartford University, Colorado College, International Festival of contemporary music in Perm (Russia), Intersonanzen 2016 Festival of Contemporary Music in Potdsam, 17° World Saxophone congress in Strasburg (France), Ravenna Festival, L’Aquila contemporanea, 35° Nuovi Spazi Musicali Festival di musica contemporanea, Festival Germi di musica contemporanea di Roma, Festival di Nuova musica di Macerata, among others.
He has premiered works by: G. Colombo Taccani, A. Gentile, A. Sbordoni, B. Strobl, D. Ghezzo, J. Eaton, Ayala Asherov Kalus, A. Cavallari, T. Papatrechas, K. Gerardi, L. Gregoretti, F. Fournier Facio, M. Porro, F. De Rossi Re, V. Palumbo, R. Vacca, S. Taglietti, V. Guastella, M. Pagotto, V. Friedel, A. Rossi, E. Bindocci, R. Bellafronte, F. Pierami, J.Hummel, P. Leonards, among others.
Since 2016, he organizes the International ilSuono Contemporary Music Week together with the Greek composer Theocharis Papatrechas. This project, annually held in Città di Castello, consists of a series of events dedicated to contemporary music.
He has won several Italian and International competitions. He graduated in Saxophone with highest honors from the Conservatory of Music in Perugia, under the guidance of M ° Roberto Todini getting a scholarship as best graduate of the academic year. He studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Pekka Savijoki. He attended several master classes with C. Delangle, J.M. Londeix, E. Rousseau, F. Mondelci, R. Todini and V. Veldi. In 2014 he received the teaching qualification from the Conservatory of Music in Adria.
He has recorded works for the American labels ICIA and Navona records, and two cds for the contemporary music section of the Italian label “A simple lunch record”: Omaggio a Burri with the Ensemble Suono Giallo and …à bout de souffle… with Nyky Trio, both including world premieres of Italian contemporary composers. He is now working on “Grido”, a project with new works written for solo saxophone or saxophone and electronics. The new Cd will be release on January 2018.
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He studied at the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia under the tuition of M°Carlo Morena. He graduated with honours obtaining a scholarship as the best student of the year. He completed his studies with: Bruno Cavallo, Michele Marasco, Marco Zoni and with Giampaolo Pretto for chamber music.He won several music competition such as “Syrinx” di Roma, “Krakamp” di Napoli, “Zanuccoli” di Cesena “Premio Gori” di Siena and others. He premeried works by B. Strobl, A. Gentile, M. Betta, F. De Rossi Re, A. Sbordoni, F. Cifariello Ciardi, N. Sani, F. Festa, S. Taglietti, D. Ghezzo, J. Eaton, A. Asherov, P. Tóth, G. Garbarino, G. Scapecchi, N. Nicolosi, V. Sharafyan, J. Hummel, J. Coughlin, V. Freidel, T. Papatrechas, F. Santucci, P. Caraba, F. Traversi, L. Gregoretti, F. Fournier Facio, R. Bellafronte, M. Porro, A. Cavallari, V. Palumbo, M. Pagotto, V. Guastella, R. Vacca, K. O. Gerardi, F. Venerucci, F. Pierami, G. Bruni and others.
He has an intense music activity that has allowed him to play in many countries (italy, USA, Russia, Ger-
many, Nederlands, France, Bulgary, Finland) for important institutions and festivals such as: New York University, Symphony Space Hall, Hartford University, Colorado College, Conservatorio “Tchaikovsky” di Mosca, International Festival of Contemporary Music di Perm, Maastricht Conservatorium, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Union of Bulgarian Composers in Sofia, Bulgaria Concert Hall, Cité de la musique in Strasburgo, Festival delle Nazioni, Festival Nuovi Spazi Musicali in Roma, Festival Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea Germi in Roma, Tuscan Sun Festival, Amici della Musica in Perugia, Sagra Musicale Umbra, Festival Segni Barocchi in Foligno, Stagione concertistica Università della Tuscia, Auditorium Tor Vergata Università in Roma, Casa Menotti in Spoleto, Amici della Musica di Foligno, Donatori di Musica di Massa Carrara, Montecatini Festival, Todi Festival and others. He was a memebr of Orchestra Sinfonica di Perugia e dell’Umbria for many years and he collaborated with Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, l’Orchestra sinfonica di San Marino under the conduction of G. Garbarino, G. Silveri, R. Zarpellon, L. Fratini, P. Belloli, M. Salvemini, A. Ciavatta, T. Battista, P. Caraba, S. Acquaviva, M. Tisano.
Some of his performances have been broadcasted by differents radios and tv programs such as Rai, Sky Classica, Radio Cemat, Bulgarian National Television and others; he recorded for the American label ICIA, Navona Records and the italian RAI.com and A Simple Lunch. He collaborates with Orchestra da camera di Perugia e G.E.R.M.I. Ensemble di Roma.
He is founder and member of Duo Narthex, Namaste ensemble “No Borders Quartet”, Nyky Trio and ensemble “Suono Giallo”. He composed works published by Lantro-Music (Belgium). He also a degree in teaching music.
Laura Mancini, percussionist, studied at the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia where obtained her Master's Degree in Percussion Performance.
Recently she graduated with another Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the Università degli Studi di Perugia. She continued her studies with Leigh Howard Stevens, Ney Rosauro, Emmanuel Sejourneè, Maurizio Ben Omar, Stefano Cantarelli and, at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, with Olli-Pekka Martikainen, Sami Koskela and Antti Rislakki.
Laura is a Tetraktis Percussion member (in 2013 recorded for Decca Records), and plays also in Time Works Trio (with Daniele Roccato and Vitaliano Trevisan) and in D-brane Duo. Her chamber music projects are various and concern from baroque to contemporary music. She works with Accademia Barocca Willelm Hermans and with the ensemble Ludus Gravis (in 2009 recorded for Wergo Records).
Moreover, Laura plays with the Nyky Ensemble and SE Ensemble (Finland), with the string quintet Colle-
gium Tiberinum. Laura has performed in various festivals and venues in Europe: Musica D’Hoy (Madrid, Auditorio Nacional), Imago Dei (Krems – Wien), AngelicA (Bologna), Società del Quartetto (Sala Verdi – Milano), Rassegna di Nuova Musica (Macerata), Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte (Montepulciano), Musiikkitalo (Helsinki). Collaborations: Stefano Scodanibbio, Butch Morris, Alessandro Carbonare, Ramberto Ciammarughi, Jonathan Williams.
In her activity as a percussionist in orchestras she plays with: Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma (tourneè in Beijing - NCPA and Bilbao - Palacio Euscalduna), Orchestra Sinfonia Veneta, Orchestra Sinfonica di Perugia e dell’Umbria, Orchestra Sinfonica di Terni, Brass ensemble Conservatorio di Perugia, Orchestra dell’Università degli Studi di Perugia, United Artists for Peace Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra del Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, Ladies Italian Chamber Orchestra, and Collegium Vocale Tifernum whereby she played for some concerts in France. Laura Mancini was born in 1984 in Città di Castello and currently lives in Perugia.
Simone Nocchi, born in Città di Castello (PG), Italy studied privately receiving his diploma in Piano in 1992 from the Conservatorio di Musica ‘Francesco Morlacchi’, Perugia.
He received his baccalaureate degree in Arts and Letters from the defending a thesis on French symbolist music and theater, cited in the journal "Studiolo", published by the "Accademia di Francia", Villa Medici, Rome. He studied privately with Maestro Andrea Pestalozza, and attended masters classes under Maestro Paul Badura-Skoda at the "Accademia L. Perosi", Biella.
After having been selected through a public audition and won a scholarship to participate in the "Orchestra Giovanile Italiana", he attended the "Scuola di Musica di Fiesole", studying with Maestros Dario De Rosa, Amedeo Baldovino and Maureen Jones, with whom he received the "Diploma del Corso di Qualificazione Professionale per Orchestra".
During his involvement with the "Orchestra Giovanile Italiana" he participated in numerous Chamber and
Symphonic concerts playing the Piano and the Celesta in many Italian concert halls, collaborating with the internationally renowned conductor Gyorgy Rath and Alessandro Pinzauti. He honed his skills as an accompanist through his participation in several Masters classes held by Maestros Vincenzo Scalera at the Renata Scotto Opera Academy, Albissola, Robert Kettelson at the "Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia", Rome, and attending the biannual course "Maestro Collaboratore" at the "Scuola Civica", Milan, with Maestro Giovanni Fornasieri.
Since 2004, Simone has collaborated with the Orchestra Haydn, Bolzano as keyboardist under conductors of international renown such as Gustave Kuhn, Ola Rudner, Johannes Wildner and Karel Mark Chichon. He has also played for several premier performances by composers such as Ivan Fedele and Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, the latter’s composition Ankaa was recorded and played on the national program Radio 3 Suite.
He has vast and varied experience as a Piano Accompanist: with the Orchestra Haydn he collaborated on the "Concorsi dei Professori d'Orchestra". Since 2000, for the "Festival delle Nazioni", Città di Castello, he has accompanied the "Corsi dei Perfezionamento di Violino" with Carlo Chiarappa, "di Corno", with Alessio Allegrini and Michael Holtzel. In Gubbio, during the Gubbio Summer Festival he accompanied the "Corsi di Violino" with Sonig Tchakerian and Valery Oistrakh, "di Viola" with Raffaele Mallozzi, "di Violoncello" with Vittorio Ceccanti. In Perugia he collaborated with Maestro Ennio Nicotra in his preparatory courses for conductors according to the Ilya Musin method. For several years he has collaborated in an ongoing four-handed piano due project with Nadir Matteucci, with whom he has given many concerts throughout Italy with notable public appreciation as well as critical success. At the international competition "Riviera del Conero" he and violinist Edlir Cano were awarded third prize.
He has long participated as a concert pianist and Maestro Collaborator for the "Festival delle Nazioni", Città di Castello: in the lyric opera "Dalle due alle tre" by Matteo D’Amico, text by Sandro Cappelletto, in the "Serva Padrona" by G.B. Pergolesi, in the "Mandragora" by Szymanowski, directed by Michal Znaniecki, conductor Stefano Seghedoni, in the "The Little Sweep" by B. Britten, in the premiers of Fabrizio Festa, Michele Dall’Ongaro, Carlo Boccadoro, Flavio Emilio Scogna, Cristian Carrara. Most notably is his accompaniment of renowned mezzosoprano Julia Gertseva in a concert of Russian lieder.
Giacomo Piermatti was born in Foligno (PG) in 1986.
He studied double bass with Daniele Roccato and Stefano Scodanibbio.
Strongly attracted to contemporary music, he worked on the most significant solo repertoire of 900 (Sequenza XIVb by Luciano Berio, Theraps by Iannis Xenakis, Mantram by Giacinto Scelsi, Folia by Kaijia Saariaho, Esplorazione del bianco by Salvatore Sciarrino, Lem by Franco Donatoni, Geografia Amorosa by Stefano Scodanibbio etc) that he played in numerous international festivals such as Rassegna di Nuova Musica - Macerata, Artescienza - Roma, Basseurope – Amsterdam, Crisalide – Forlì, Italian Istitute of Colture - Beijing etc.
He is a member of "Ludus Gravis", a unique ensemble only composed of double basses and devoted to the performance of contemporary music. With this ensemble he has taken part in numerous international festivals such as “Musica D’Hoy” di Madrid, “Rassegna di Nuova Musica” di Macerata, “Angelica” di Bologna, “Music of Changes” di Claipeda, “Gaida” di Vilnius, “Imago Dei” di Krems, “La Biennale” di Venezia, “Borealis” di Bergen, “Vinterfestuka" di Narwik, Lux Aeterna di Amburgo, Ad Lucem di Riga. He has been active in the experimental music scene and has taken part in several improvisations, led among others by Giancarlo Schiaffini, Julio Estrada, Vinko Globokar and Butch Morris. In 2013 he played with the Lucerne Festival Academy and was conducted (among others) by Pablo Heras-Casado and David Robertson.
In the field of avant-garde theatre, he worked with Emilia Romagna Teatro and China National Peking Opera Company, CRT (Milano) and Masque Teatro (Forlì).
He has recorded for Wergo and Ecm.