- Adriano Orru:
- Simple materials: wood
- horsehair. In other words
- double bass.
- Other simple objects: clothespins
- tin cans
- Recorded and mixed by Elia Casu.
Composer and double bass player Adriano Orrù was born in Nuoro,
Italy in 1958 and now lives and works in Cagliari. He devotes his
time to jazz, radical improvisation, chamber music. He also works
as a music teacher.
Orrù has collaborated with artists such as Giancarlo Schiaffini,
Paolo Fresu, Tony Oxley, Lenka Zupkova, Ettore Fioravanti, Roberto
Cipelli, Marco Tamburini, Tino Tracanna, Andy Gravish, Tim
Hodkinson, Victor Nubla, Simon Balestrazzi, Silvia Corda,
Takatsuna Mukai, Henning Frimann, Renato Ciunfrini, Guro Skumsnes
Moe, Håvard Skaset, Angelo Contini, G.P. Campus, Corrado Altieri,
Monica Serra, Mauro Cossu, Clara Murtas, Stella Veloce, Sebastiano
Meloni, Alessandro Garau, Stefano Figliola, Alessandro Olla, Paolo
Angeli, Manuel Attanasio, Elia Casu, Mauro Usai, Paolo Sanna,
Roberto Pellegrini, Carla Onni, Mario Faticoni, Riccardo Pittau,
and Massimo Carboni.
Together with the pianist Silvia Corda, he co-wrote a performance
for six musicians and a spoken voice entitled “Portrait in Three
Colors” and dedicated to Charles Mingus. Orrù works with the
Silvia Corda Trio on a regular basis, and several of his
compositions can be heard on the trio’s Impronte, a CD produced by
Splasc(h) in 2001. In 2004, he established the composition and
improvisation ensemble Impromptu featuring Giancarlo Schiaffini.
In 2005, he published a live CD of the Impromptu quintet and the
first recording in his own name: Solos and Duets, a work dedicated
to double bass solos and duets with Giancarlo Schiaffini on
trombone, Paolo Angeli on Sardinian prepared guitar, and Roberto
Pellegrini on percussion. He has also worked with Moex, an
ensemble focused on electric-acoustic experimentation. In 2010 Big
Round Records has published a CD “Improvised pieces for trio” with
Sebastiano Meloni on the piano and Tony Oxley on drums. A new CD
titled “Untitled Soundscapes” performed by A Sphere Of Simple
Green (Silvia Corda on prepared piano, Simon Balestrazzi on laptop
and Adriano on the double bass) was released in 2011 by the label
Magick with tears.
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