Mario Schiano

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Saxophonist and composer Mario Schiano (1933 – 2008), one of the main initiators of free jazz and avant-garde music in Italy, began playing the saxophone in the late 1950s. Neapolitan by birth, he found in Rome in the mid-sixties the ideal artistic environment to indulge his interest in the American counterculture movement of writers such as Allen Ginsberg. In the Capital he performs at the Folkstudio, at the Beat '72 experimental theater and at the Belli Theater. In 1966 he founded the "Roman Free Jazz Group", in which Giancarlo Schiaffini, Franco Pecori and Marcello Melis militate. In June of the following year, the band recorded their first album entitled "Gruppo Romano Free Jazz - 1966-67". In 1970 Mario Schiano recorded his first album "If Not Ecstatic We Refound", with the double bass player Bruno Tommaso and the drummer Franco Pecori. In 1973 it was the turn of the recording work "Sud", made with a big band, an octet and a quintet. The three formations included numerous young musicians who were attending Giorgio Gaslini's jazz course at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome at that time. Over the years Mario Schiano will prove to be an excellent talent scout of young Italian jazz talents, called to be part of his varied projects; among these, Massimo Urbani, Maurizio Giammarco, Bruno Tommaso, Danilo Terenzi. In "Sud" the saxophonist's reading of African-American free jazz and Italian folk music is implemented through a personal artistic propensity for the surreal, the mocking, the vaudeville and the rebellious and irreverent figure of the Neapolitan mask of Pulcinella. A free and uninhibited expressive figure, linked to the Marxist ideology and spokesperson for the demands of the marginalized in Southern Italy, which Schiano will carry forward with subtle intelligence throughout the entire span of his career, attracting, especially in the first years of activity, the ostracism by critics and institutions.

Between 1974 and 1975 he recorded the albums "Partenza di Pulcinella Per la Luna" and "Perdas de Fogu", the latter made in the United States with the double bass player Marcello Melis, the pianist Don Pullen, the guitarist Bruce Johnson, the percussionist Ray Mantilla, drummer Jerome Cooper and singer Sheila Jordan. In the same period he created the review dedicated to avant-garde jazz "Contraindicazioni", set up in Penne, a small town near Pescara. In the eighties and nineties he continued to devote himself to free jazz, opening himself more to experimental and European avant-garde music. Among the many musical productions of the saxophonist we can mention the one with the collective formed by Guido Mazzon, Toni Rusconi, Renato Geremia, Bruno Tommaso and Giancarlo Schiaffini, with whom he recorded the album "Unrepentant Ones" in 1986, and with the Italian Instabile Orchestra , with whom he performs in concert throughout Europe.

Essential discography: If Not Ecstatic We Found (1970 – Cedi), Sud (1973 – Tomorrow), Jazz a Confronto 8 with Giorgio Gaslini (1974 – Horo), On The Waiting-List (1974 – King Universal), Pulcinella's Departure For the Moon ( 1975 – RCA), Perdas De Fogu (1975 – RCA), Old Fashioned with Antonello Salis (1978 – Carosello), The Unrepentant Ones (1986 – Fonit Cetra), Unlike (1990 – Splasc(H) Records), Original Sins 1967/ 70 Unreleased (1992 – Splasc(H) Records), Skies Of Europe with the Italian Instabile Orchestra (1995 – ECM Records)

XV Bologna Jazz Festival

Article by Isio Saba on the 15th edition of the Bologna Jazz Festival Among the musicians present at the event we find: McCoy Tyner, Stan Getz, Patrizia Scascitelli with Roberto Della Grotta and Franco Tonani, Mario Schiano and Gato Barbieri The journalist taking stock of the musical proposal of the edition of the Bologna Festival which has just ended, he writes – “The...

Centocelle Jazz Festival

Article by Marcello Piras on the Centocelle Jazz Festival organized on 30 and 31 March 1973 in the headquarters of the Circolo Centocelle in Rome. In the space (a garage) packed with people, numerous musicians "of notable caliber" perform in the Roman jazz festival: the English pianist Martin Joseph, the R.R.R complex led by the Brazilian percussionist Mandrake, the...

Jazz Meeting

Poster of the Jazz Meeting organized between August and September 1975 in Florence as part of the National Festival of Unity. Among the groups present in the jazz event organized in Florence we find: Enrico Rava's quartet, Mario Schiano's group, the Cadmo, Patrizia Scascitelli's quartet, Gaetano Liguori's Idea trio Shared contribution...

Jazz in Italy III

Album from the series “The greats of Jazz – Il Jazz in Italia III” (with issue edited by the music critic Arrigo Polillo). Between 1979 and 1983, Fabbri Editori published the history of Jazz in installments for sale on newsstands, with vinyl attached. The album contains the songs: Safari (Eraldo Volonté Quintet), Three Out...

Old Fashioned – Schiano/Salis

Album entitled Old Fashioned by the duo formed by Mario Schiano and Antonello Salis. The album was recorded on 5 June 1978 at the Studio Junior in Rome Mario Schiano: saxophone/Antonello Salis: piano The entire material recorded on analogue support shared by Michele Zottis was digitized and restored by the sound engineers of Saint Louis College...

Folkstudio – Jazz Season '73

Article (by Nico Valerio) appearing in the weekly Il Mondo (30 August 1973) regarding the jazz season at the Folkstudio in Rome The journalist analyzes the 1973 jazz season organized at the Folkstudio, "a large basement with a bar" located behind Piazza S Cosimato in the Trastevere district of Rome. Apart from two foreign musicians, the...

Jazz Music – What's happening in Rome

Article by Nico Valerio entitled "What happens in Rome" appeared in the magazine Musica Jazz (March 1975) The article gives an overview of the recording and concert novelties of the Rome jazz scene. The "Making Music" collective of Patrizia Scascitelli and Mario Schiano, with Maurizio Giammarco, Roberto Della Grotta,...

Folkstudio – Giammarco/Vittorini/Schiano

In the photo (from left) Maurizio Giammarco, Tommaso Vittorini and Mario Schiano at the Folkstudio in Rome. The Folkstudio was founded in 1960 in a cellar in Via Garibaldi (in the Roman district of Trastevere) and then moved in 1972 to Via Sacchi (Trastevere district) and, finally, in the last years of activity (until 1988) in Via Frangipane (in...

Broadcast "Jazz in Italy" - Music Inn

Footage taken from the RAI program “Jazz in Italia” (1975) In the first part, the guitarist and presenter Franco Cerri and the music critic Franco Fayenz interview the founder of the Music Inn Pepito Pignatelli (accompanied by his wife Picchi). The film was made in the second season of the Music Inn (1974-1975), during which the Roman venue was...

Interview with Mario Schiano

Interview by Marco Molendini with saxophonist and composer Mario Schiano on the occasion of the episode dedicated to him in the program "When you say jazz" broadcast on Rai2. The episode of the television program, proposed in the late evening on the second RAI network, is recorded at the Saint Louis club in Rome with the presence in the guise of...

Jazz a Confronto Series

“Jazz a comparazione Series” is a record series licensed by the Horo label, active in Rome from 1972 to 1979. The catalog of the series consists of 35 albums, made between 1973 and 1976. In the recording sessions for the “Jazz a Confronto”, the Sicilian producer Aldo Sinesio often put together new names and...

If Not Ecstatic we Refound

Album entitled “If not Ecstatic we Refound” by saxophonist Mario Schiano. The album was recorded on 25 April at Piero Umiliani's Sound Workshop Studio and published by the GEDI label (in 1996 it was re-edited by the Splasc(H) label, with the addition of other songs by Mario's Romano Free Jazz Group Schiano engraved in the period...

Il Messaggero - Cantina memories

Article by Marco Molendini which appeared in the newspaper “Il Messaggero” (4 January 1981) regarding the twentieth anniversary of Folkstudio. The event is celebrated with a special on Rai's second network, a first-person story by Giancarlo Cesaroni, owner of the famous alternative venue in the capital. Among the guests of the two episodes there are several musicians...

Album entitled "Jazz in comparison 8" by Mario Schiano and Giorgio Gaslini recorded in 1974 at Titania Studios and produced by Aldo Sinesio's Horo Records label. The line-up that accompanies the two musicians was formed by Bruno Tommaso on double bass, Maurizio Giammarco and Toni Formichella on soprano saxophone, Massimo Urbani on alto saxophone, Michele Iannaccone on drums.

Article by Gino Castaldo which appeared in the musical magazine “Muzak” (1976) entitled “Italian jazz dossier”. The article deals with the "new Italian jazz" of the mid-seventies, analyzing its development and highlighting its autonomous and differentiated character in its formal, expressive aspect and social and political commitment, in which the reference to jazz. ..

Comparison of Jazz 8 – Schiano/Gaslini

Album recorded by saxophonist Mario Schiano with pianist and composer Giorgio Gaslini for the series "Jazz a Confronto" published by the Horo label of the producer Aldo Sinesio. The disc was recorded on February 12, 1974 at the Titania Studios in Rome. Mario Schiano: alto saxophone/Giorgio Gaslini: piano/Maurizio Giammarco: soprano saxophone/Toni Formichella: soprano saxophone/Massimo Urbani: alto saxophone/Bruno...

15 Feb

Article entitled “On new Italian jazz” by Arrigo Polillo, which appeared in the weekly Epoca (1976). In the article, the well-known music critic makes a careful examination of the affirmation of the phenomenon of the new jazz scene in various Italian cities in the early Seventies. In Rome, seventy young musicians take part in the initiative to perform in the tent of the Teatro Circo, in the neighborhood...

Pieranunzi / Tommaso / Gatto

Articolo apparso sulla rivista musicale Muzak a firma del giornalista Gino Castaldo (settembre 1975) riguardante la manifestazione “Controindicazioni” e il Festival Jazz di Pescara Nell’edizione del 1975 del Festival Jazz di Pescara si esibiscono, tra gli altri, le formazioni di Don Cherry, Elvin Jones, Zoot Sims, Anthony Braxton in solo, Charles Mingus e Chet Baker....

Pieranunzi / Tommaso / Gatto

Album dal titolo On Waiting List“del sassofonista Mario Schiano. Il disco viene registrato nel dicembre del 1973 presso i Titania Studios di Roma Mario Schiano, Maurizio Giammarco, Tony Formichella: sassofono/Domenico Guaccero: organo/Giancarlo Schiaffini: trombone/Gaetano Delfini: tromba/Roberto Della Grotta, Bruno Tommaso: contrabbasso/ Michele Iannaccone: batteria Collegamenti esterni: Mario Schiano e Giorgio Gaslini – Unita’ (1974) Mario...

Logo Label Tomorrow

Logo dell’etichetta Tomorrow (sussidiaria della RCA Italiana) fondata dal produttore discografico Vincenzo Micocci L’etichetta Tomorrow rimane in attività per un solo anno, il 1973, producendo due album, quello omonimo della band romana Blue Morning e Sud del sassofonista Mario Schiano Collegamenti esterni: Vincenzo Micocci – Biografia RCA Italiana It (Casa Discografica)

Skies of Europe – Italian Instabile Orchestra

Album entitled "Skies of Europe" by the Italian Instabile Orchestra recorded at the F.L.O.G Auditorium in Florence in 1994 and released by the ECM label the following year. The Italian Instabile Orchestra was founded in 1990 by trumpeter Pino Minafra with Riccardo Bergerone and Vittorino Curci. The orchestral ensemble is characterized by the fact that it brings together musicians and authors from localities and...

Muzak - Article by Mario Schiano

Articolo apparso sulla rivista musicale “Muzak” (settembre 1975), a firma del giornalista Gino Castaldo, riguardante gli album “Partenza di Pulcinella Per la Luna” e “Perdas de Fogu” del sassofonista Mario Schiano pubblicati l’anno precedente dall’etichetta VISTA “Muzak” è stata una rivista musicale pubblicata a scadenza mensile fondata nel 1973 a Roma da un collettivo redazionale...

The Unrepentant Ones

Album dal titolo The Unrepentant Ones registrato il 17 febbraio del 1986 presso lo Studio M del Centro di produzione radiofonica della Rai all’interno del programma “Un Certo discorso musica” di Pasquale Santoli A metà degli anni Ottanta un gruppo di musicisti, Guido Mazzon, Toni Rusconi, Renato Geremia, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Bruno Tommaso, Mario Schiano, scelgono di...

Original Sins 1967/70 Unreleased – Mario Schiano

Album dal titolo Original Sins 1967/70 Unreleased del sassofonista Mario Schiano. Il disco viene pubblicato nel 1992 dall’etichetta Splasc(H) Records Il disco contiene una selezione delle registrazioni realizzate all’Auditorium Rai di Via Asiago, agli studi della RCA e al Beat ’72 , centro teatrale di ricerca di Roma, dal sassofonista Mario Schiano con tra gli...

South - Mario Schiano

Album entitled “Sud” by the Neapolitan saxophonist Mario Schiano. The album was recorded in 1973 at Studio 38 in Rome and produced by Vincenzo Micocci for the Tomorrow label (subsidiary label of RCA). The lineup that accompanied the saxophonist was composed of: Massimo Urbani, Eugenio Colombo, Tony Formichella, Roberto Della Grotta , Tommaso Vittorini, Maurizio Giammarco,...

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