LLucio Amanti Jazz cello
Jazz cellist and composer
"Jazz is not a what, it is a how." Bill Evans
"Lucio Amanti is a very fine cellist and imaginative composer [...] I much appreciate his work.”
-- Janos Starker --
“If Jazz means anything it is freedom of expression”
-- Duke Ellington --
“You can´t improvise improvisation”
-- Lucio Amanti --
The idea of writing a 'Jazz Suite for cello solo' came out when I tried to imagine how it would have sounded like if one of the baroque masters (Gabrielli, Buxtehude, Bach) had lived in our time and wanted to write a suite of dances. I thought it would probably still keep some of the conventions of the traditional form, like maybe the use of a Prelude to establish the key and the alternation of slow with fast movements. But some things would have definitely been different: the harmonies, for example would probably have been more complex and not always tonal. Also the popular dances used as a workbench for the suite would have been not gigues or Bourees but perhaps latin american or Jazz standards.
Well, since the great masters are unfortunately not able at the moment to accept my challenge, I had to write it myself. I hope you will enjoy it. The famous cello player Janos Starker says: "Lucio Amanti is a very fine cellist and imaginative composer. His Jazz Suite is an enjoyable mix of jazz and classicism. I much appreciate his work.' (Janos Starker).
Listen to it here
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2009 Jazz suite
my first composition of my jazz-cello cycle. does it belong to a classical concert hall or to a Jazz bar?
that is for you to decide...
20 Etudes Steps to improvisation
Very often, cellists and in general classically trained players are curious about jazz and improvisation but, once they knock at that door they get completely confused and a little intimidated by so much different terminology: almost a different language that they seem to need to use in order to communicate in this different context.
Therms like „pentatonic scale“, „Lydian mode“ or harmonic substitutions... it sounds like you tried
to get a peek outside a cage only to find out that you ended up in a smaller one...
While I understand the need for so much information that if you are serious about jazz you will need eventually to learn, I have decided to write this 20 “steps to improvisation” to help you ease gradually into the possibilities of jazz cello before knowing too much about the theory.
Of course the possibilities refers not only on what you can do while improvising alone but also what could be your place playing this different styles into a group context: do you want to sound like a bass? Like a guitar? A percussion instrument? What is the place of a cello into a jazz-modern band?
I hope that once you get through this Etudes you will have more variety of choices and eventually make your own.
All the “steps to improvisation” are transcriptions from solos that I have improvised during the years and while I did my best to keep on paper the feeling of freedom I had to avoid being too specific and I left a lot of decisions for you to make. I hope you will appreciate that.
Finally I would like to dedicate this book to Janos Starker as a token of my gratitude for the help he gave me in finding my own voice.
Here is the first review
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Out now: 20 Jazz Etudes "steps to improvisation"
enjoy the ride!
Chamber music in Hohenstaufen
...boy it was a fun experience to coach this talented young artists!!
Chamber music festival Hohenstaufen:
Eleven gifted music students from eight countries met for a week of masterclass on different chamber music pieces.
Five of them had the the chance of have me blathering for a couple of hours and prepared with me a performance of my string quintet "Genesis".
There was some improvisation panic at the beginning but after a while everybody had a good time!
Needles to say I was extremely pleased.
Thanks Sarah Rilling!!!
Here is the first review
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Premiere of my Jazz Sonata in Trieste with Eckart Runge and Jacques Ammon.
"is there really a borderline between Jazz and classical music or it is just an illusion?
Premiere of the my Jazz Sonata in Trieste by Eckart Runge and Jacques Ammon, at the Teatro Ridotto in Trieste, what an honor to have had also the chance to work and share "briefly" the stage with them!
Squeezed also a little road trip in a Giulietta! Nice weekend overall!
More about Runge/Ammon duo Here
Interested in the score? Here
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Premiere for Eckart Runge´s Cello case cycle in Berlin of my "Genesis" String quintet with Mr. Runge and ARMIDA Quartet ... A truly unforgettable evening!!!
yet one more series of concerts for Cello Case in Berlin Neukölln celebrating the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation competition winner Armida Quartett . The young quartet play works by Beethoven and Smetana and delighted the audience with an encore by Bartok. Together with the Chairman of the ISW Foundation and cellist of Artemis Quartet Eckart Runge the five musicians performed a world premiere of my new string quintet "Genesis".
look what I got after the performance: I don´t think a modern composer can ask for more in his career that have his piece premiered (twice
)by musicians of this caliber. They approached the score without genre preconceptions, open to new ideas and willing to put all their professional experience and work and just make music beyond categories ... all that being said... Man this people can groove!!!
© Eugene Nakamura
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I can understand your confusion if you have always, as many do, considered Jazz as something strictly tied to smoky bars and Saxophone players!
Let me explain just for a moment:
During the last century, Cello has become everyday more popular not only as classical instrument but it has inspired also many sound experiments in other contexts, probably thanks also to its uncommonly wide range (a Cello has the same range of the four Saxes combined!!!).
My interest when approaching Jazz Cello is not only to produce "covers" of famous standards but to rediscover a form of art that seems to have been forgotten and almost feared in the classical music circles: IMPROVISATION
What is improvisation?
Even if nowadays it is mainly associated with Jazz, improvisation is an art form that was pretty common since the early times: one illustrious example is that J.S. Bach himself, during his lifetime, was better known for his improvisations at the keyboard than for his compositions!
Improvisation is what makes the musician being able to perceive an order where others cannot and then act on it through a process that meets half way between creation and tradition.
I believe that this is an invaluable skill that needs to be nurtured and can, once applied, make the artist be able to produce beyond the categories that the market imposes and, why not, maybe applied even outside the musical world.
That being said: no need of a music degree to listen to my music :)
Please share and support this idea if you can....
Mid-17th century somewere in Europe this "Violone" (big violin) was born. its function? Playing and improvising on the "basso continuo" (pretty much the same job that a modern Double bass does today)
Sometime in the Romantic era this instrument got its modern form and the technique progressed so much that cello gradually took a more soloistic place .
But the more virtuosistic the repertoire became less room there was for improvisation
Well, nobody knows, stay tuned
Siemens music Library
The idea was to present a more human and Eco friendly side of this technology colossus.
based on the traditional motive , I have arranged produced and performed this little miniature for their events.
A little pitch for a re-branding Idea for Audi... (AG: METADESIGN)
added a little sprinkle of creativity to this nice project form Gran hotel pictures.
with Ken Duken and Regina Lund more here
Just a selection of different sounds (sorry for the crudity of the video I was in a rush!!!)
a little of audio logo development for Commerzbank, Agency Metadesign AG Berlin.
One last game Film
"Lucio Franco Amanti, born November 14, 1977, is an Italian cellist and composer. Amanti´s music is characterized by the integration of jazz and pop idiom into classical music forms."
Born in Montreal Canada in 1977 to Italian parents, Mr. Amanti lives in Germany were he divides his time between composing symphonic and chamber music and for commercial and films while performing his “new” kind of Jazz.
He writes since 2009 for Schott Music International. Premiers of his works are regularly performed worldwide by musicians such as Eckart Runge , Arnau Thomas and the Armida Quartett .
He also works for major design companies and for clients such as AUDI, Siemens and Deutsche Post.
As soloist he performed in many classical and jazz venues in USA, France, Italy, Germany and UK (Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Leverkusener Jazztage...).
As teacher Mr. Amanti has given lectures at the Universität der Künste "Jazz Institut Berlin" and at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music., International chamber music festival .
Now it is up to you!
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"A person should design the way he makes a living around how he wishes to make a life."
-- Charlie Byrd
"Jazz was not only built in the minds of the great ones, but on the backs of the ordinary ones."
-- Cab Calloway
"Life is a lot like Jazz... it's best when you improvise."
-- George Gershwin
"There's a way of playing safe & then there's where you create something you haven't created before."
-- Dave Brubeck
"You can't explain Jazz to anyone without losing the experience because it's feeling, not words."
-- Bill Evans
"The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen."
-- Duke Ellington
This is my main project: I go on stage accompanied only by my cello and offer my audience the possibly of living a part of my musical travels.
Between Just cello and Solo Electronics, I am pretty sure you have never heard anything quite like it!
Performed in between others at:
- Leverkusener Jazz Festival "new sounds"
- Rottweil Jazz Festival
- BOSS/ROLAND Loop Station Contest finals
- I forgot the rest
Lucio Amanti´s Trio
Of course you can´t play jazz if you don´t have a trio!
This is a very exciting way of getting into the Pure stuff! it might sound a little extravagant but I assure you a Drum set and a Bass Player it is all a cellist need to JAZZ !!!
L. Amanti´s Trio
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