Andrea Di Biase

Biography

Double bass player and composer Andrea Di Biase studied Classical Double Bass at Conservatory of Milan. Then he enrolled at the Jazz Post-Graduate Course at Guildhall School of Music in London, where he graduated with distinction. He had the opportunity to study with many world-class musicians such as Scott Colley, Drew Gress, John Taylor and Rufus Reid.
In the UK he has played concerts with outstanding musicians like Stan Sultzman, Norma Winstone, Pete Saberton and Asaf Sirkis.
Together with pianist Liam Noble, Andrea played in the trio of the legendary trumpet player and composer Kenny Wheeler.
He played in major festivals such the London Jazz Festival, The Hague Jazz Festival and was invited at the 2011 Meeting of IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) in Sao Paolo, Brazil in which occasion he played with the jazz giant Dave Liebman.
He is leader of the Oltremare quartet with the renowned pianist Antonio Zambrini, the british alto sax player Mike Chillingworth and drummer Jon Scott. With that band he recorded his first album Uncommon Nonsense as a composer which has been released in 2011 by the renowned british label Babel. He also recently released the Dialogues Trio new album Twinkle Twinkle by pianist Bruno Heinen, featuring Julian Siegel on sax. Andrea has given workshops at the Conservatory of Milan as well as the Guildhall School of Music in London and has recorded live radio programmes for BBC radio 3. He is funding member of Dugong, a forward looking band featuring up-and-coming Italian musicians Michele Caiati and Nicolò Ricci.
Andrea has just released the latest album of his new project Escape Hatch Roots of Unity featuring the saxophonone giant Julian Arguelles.

Il contrabbassista e compositore Andrea Di Biase ha studiato contrabbasso classico presso il Conservatorio di Milano. Ha poi frequentato il Master in jazz alla Guildhall School of Music and Drama di Londra, diplomandosi con distinzione di merito sotto la guida di maestri quali John Taylor, Rufus Reid e Chris Laurence.
Andrea ha tenuto concerti in Inghilterra con musicisti del calibro di Stan Sultzman, Norma Winstone, Pete Saberton e Asaf Sirkis.
Ha fatto parte, insieme al pianista Liam Noble, del trio del leggendario trombettista Kenny Wheeler .
Ha vinto per più anni consecutivi borse di studio della Fondazione Sienajazz, l’ultima delle quali per rappresentarla al Meeting Internaizonale della IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) che si è tenuto nel 2011 a San Paolo in Brasile,
occasione in cui ha suonato con un’altro grande del jazz: Dave Liebman.
Si è esibito in vari festivals internazionali come il The Hague Jazz Festival (il Jazz Festival dell’Aia) in Olanda, il London Jazz Festival in Inghilterra e il Festival del Cinema d’autore di Milano alla Cineteca.
Nel 2009 ha registrato il suo primo album da leader e compositore con il quartetto Oltremare con Antonio Zambrini al piano e i musicisti inglesi Jon Scott alla batteria e Mike Chillingworth ai sax.
L’album Uncommon Nonsense è stato pubblicato nel 2011 dalla prestigiosa
etichetta inglese Babel.
E’ anche co-leader del Dialogues Trio con il pianista inglese Bruno Heinen e con il batterista Jon Scott con i quali ha registrato il disco Twinkle Twinkle con la eccezionale partecipazione del sassofonista Julian Siegel.
Andrea ha appena pubblicato l’ultimo album del suo nuovo progetto Escape Hatch Roots of Unity che annovera il grandissimo sassofonista inglese Julian Arguelles.

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