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Enzo Rocco

ENZO ROCCO guitarist, improviser, composer, conductor. From the early 90’ Rocco has taken part in various groups and has accompanied many Italian jazzmen always attendeding also contemporary music, music for theatre and ballet, folk music, happenings and improvisations with poets and with painters.

With his groups he has recorded a dozen of CDs very well reviewed by the specialised press all over the world and he has played everywhere in Europe and often in Japan, Indonesia, Latin America, Northern Africa.

Nowadays, after closing the eight-years experience of the TUBATRIO - his own group with Giancarlo Schiaffini (trombone/tuba/electronics) and Ettore Fioravanti (drums) -, he leads his own new, amusing E.R. QUARTET (with Simone Mauri on bass clarinet) as well as he continues to play all around the world in the humoristic duet born in 1997 with Carlo Actis Dato with whom he has also created a quartet with tuba and drums (début at “Jazz à Carthage 2009”, Tunisia).

In Janyuary 2004 a duo with the Scottish drummer Tom Bancroft (winner of the musicians of the year BBC3 Award 2006) was born thanks to the suggestion of the director of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival (concerts in some important festivals in UK: Edinburgh, Manchester, Cheltenham, etc.).

Regularly active in Latin America since 2000, in Argentina Rocco created the “Spaghetti Jazz Trio” with Rodrigo Dominguez and Hernan Mandelman (cd live in Buenos Aires in 2012) and runs a duo with sax player Pablo Ledesma (a cd recorded at the La Plata Conservatory and University came out in 2010).
He was also responsible of the Italian Song Project, born by a commission of the Italian Cultural Institute in Buenos Aires and dedicated to the arrangement of the most famous Italian songs.

From 1998 Rocco is a regular partner of some important English improvisers like Veryan Weston (cd “London Gigs”), Lol Coxhill ("Fine tuning") and others.

In France in 2006 he has been leading a trio with Frédéric Monino (bass) and Bruno Tocanne (drums) purchased by the “Cri du Port” of Marseille, whilst in 2011 he was invited to take part in some concerts in duo with Barre Phillips (Maison des saveurs, Agde).

He collaborated in Italy with Peter Kowald, in Belgium with André Goudbeek, and has partecipated to the Italian conductions of Butch Morris. Definitely he regularly meets a lot of musicians around the world. He often visits Japan and collaborates with the Italian Cultural Institute in Buenos Aires and with a couple of Argentinian Universities.

From 1997 he is more and more involved – concerts, workshops, meetings – in his personal concept of collective conducted improvisation called “comprovisation”.

Eventually he has been for seven years the artistic director of the Bottesini Bassofestival, dedicated – in the name of the double-bass virtuoso in his home town Crema – to every kind of “low-pitched” instrument in every kind of music. From 2000 he collaborates to the festival “Mardi Graves” in Montpellier.

“Jazz = funky/neapolitan/electronic/blues mixed with verdi’s/heavy metal/opera mixed with russian/yodel/waltz of santo domingo mixed with an hard japanese noise- lullaby sang by an italian romantic crooner…”

“Enzo Rocco continues his untiring comparison all over the world with that musicians like him interested in the research of new languages mixing, in the name of the jazz, a lot of different influences…always seasoned with that theatrical, ironic, humoristic approach which is the natural way Rocco runs his idea of jazz.”

“Jazz and irony, world music and amusement, dance and improvisation: the music of the "wacky Italian" guitarist Enzo Rocco is
a mix of contemporary jazz, free improvisation and folk music from all around the world always dressed with that generous amount of sense of theatre that always make so tasty his shows”.