Tiziano Tononi

Born in Milano on November 18th 1956, starts playing in rock bands and gets closer to jazz since the mid-seventies. In 1978 meets american percussionist Andrew Cyrille with whom starts studying in New York and successively in Europe as well. In 1979 enrolls the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano, studying classical percussion under David Lee Searcy, principal tympanist at the Teatro alla Scala, Milano, and playing contemporary chamber music. Collaborates with the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala playing Boris Godunov - 1979 - Romeo and Juliet - 1980 - and a concert with music by L.Nono in 1981. In that same year returns to New York to study with Bob Moses, and founds the group Nexus with saxophonist Daniele Cavallanti. In the same period becomes a member of the D.O.M. Orchestra, with which records for the first time and partecipates at his first European festivals, Grenoble 1982 and Rive De Gier 1983. Gets more known with Nexus, in Italy first and then in Europe, through concerts and festivals appearan ces: Milano, Cagliari, Clusone, Bolzano, Noci, Le Mans, Koln, Moers, Vienna, Vilshofen, Opeye, Mulhouse, Verona, Saarbrucken- St.Ingbert, Gent, Tampere, S.AnnaArresi, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Vancouver, Istanbul. In twenty-five years the band has seen the partecipation of some of the best Italian musicians, as well as the appearance of guests Glenn Ferris, Mark Dresser, Herb Robertson and Roswell Rudd. Nexus has released eight works - two LP's and six CD's - all of them very well received by both the critics and the public - all of them have been included in the annual Top Jazz critics pool by the Musica Jazz review - while the band has been voted Best Group Of The Year in 2002 and 2004 in the same critics pool. In the second half of the 80's starts a long serie of collaborations with some of the most outstanding exponents of the new Italian jazz scene, among which Tiziana Ghiglioni, Gianluigi Trovesi, Roberto Ottaviano, Stefano Battaglia, Giancarlo Schiaffini. Plays and/or records also with Muhal Richard Abrams, Pierre Favre, David Friedman, Dave Liebman, Jean- Jacques Avenel, Oliver Johnson, Maggie Nicols, Andrew Cyrille, Barre Phillps, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Ray Anderson, Enrico Rava, Steve Lacy, Dewey Redman, William Parker, Cecil Taylor. Founds in 1985 the percussion group Moon On The Water with David Searcy and Jonathan Scully, with whom has record ed three works with guests Pierre Favre and ex-Police Stewart Copeland.

In 1989 founds the Jazz Chromatic Ensemble orchestra with D.Cavallanti and since 1990 plays with the Italian Instabile Orchestra, with which has performed in the major international festivals and venues (Rive De Gier, Monaco, Moers, Mulhouse, Zurich, Paris, Nevers, Le mans, Grenoble, Chambery, Vilshofen, Koln, Berlin,Vossa, Lisbon, Faro, Porto, Guimaraes, Madrid, Sevilla, Salamanca, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Yokohama, Istanbul) and has recorded for ECM and Enja. Since 2000 the Instabile Orchestra started collaborating with Cecil Taylor, and the result is documented by the CD "The Owner Of The River Bank" on Enja Records.

In 1991 was hired as a percussionist to partecipate in the first edition of the "Grande Orchestra Nazionale di Jazz" conducted by G.Gaslini. In 1995 composes the music for the short "Ketchup" by Carlo A.Sigon, AIACE first price at the Mostra del Cine ma di Venezia. In the same year writes for Nexus the soundtrack for the 1929 film "The Man With The Movie Camera" by Dziga Vertov, a work that would have been recorded lately in '97.

In 1996 records under his own name "Awake Nu" a double CD dedicated to the figure of Don Cherry, first international tribute to the great musician who had died a few months before, with the Society Of Freely Syncopated Organic Pulses,with some of the best new Italian musicians and New York trumpet player Herb Robertson. "Awake Nu" was voted Best Album Of The Year in both the Musica Jazz and Musica & Dischi magazines Critics Pool. In May 1997 records a tribute to John Coltrane, "Coltrane's Infinity Train", with the same Society Of., a work commissioned by both RAI3 Radio Audiobox and Musica Jazz magazine to celebrate the 30th anniver sary since Trane's departure. In tha same year records also with both The Multipho nics Tuba Trio (with Renato Geremia and Michel Godard) and Beppe Caruso's Mr.C. Releases in '98 Nexus' sixth recorded work, this time a double CD entitled "We Still Have Visions", and containig the ultimate version of the music for the Dziga Vertov film "The Man With The Movie Camera".

1999 is largely devoted to the realization of his most ambitious project, a homage to the music and the figure of Rahsaan Roland Kirk: the result is the triple CD "We Did It, We Did It (Rahsaan & the None)", winner once again as Best Record Of The Year in both the Musica Jazz and Musica & Dischi magazines Critics Pool in 2000. In 2001 records with The Nexus Orchestra 2001 the double CD "Seize The Time!", to celebrate twenty years with Nexus.with most of the musicians who played with the band in its different incarnations and honorable member Roswell Rudd. This time the CD wins first price in the Musica & Dischi Critics Pool and gets second in the Musica Jazz Pool, while the band is voted Best Of The Year by Musica Jazz. Since 2002 re-collaborates steadily with singer Tiziana Ghiglioni, with whom records "Rotella Variations", based on the sonic works of visual artist Mimmo Rotella, and "So Long Flores" in 2004. The latest Nexus issue is a live recording published in September 2004, "Rivers Of Dreams", that defines under the name The Nexus Workshop 2004" the mood, feeling and everchanging nature of the Nexus concept..

Next projects deal with an in-depht work on the music of Ornette Coleman (entitled "Peace Warriors", the work is made of two different volumes - the first already available since Spring 2005, the second to be released in 2007), a serie dedicated to the drummers-composers, a work on the music of Eric Dolphy, the music of an idiosyncratic band like King Crimson, and, in the long run, a "monster" work on the music of Frank Zappa.

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