Andrea Avena double bass player, composer and arranger. In 1986 he won the New Talents competition organized by RAI3 as best new talent (el. Bass and double bass); in 1990 he won the 1st prize in the competition for new formations in Forlì with the “Tetracolors” group; he is a finalist in the international composition and arrangement competition for jazz orchestra in Barga in the '88, '89, '90, '96 editions; in 1998 he was a finalist in the international composition competition “Scrivere in Jazz” in Sassari. Winner of the 2009 Opera Imaie Award.
Collaborate with Lester Bowie, Kirk Lightsey, Manhu Roche, Don Moye, Massimo Urbani, Maurizio Giammarco, Javier Girotto, Paolo Ravaglia, Bill Smith, Antonello Salis, Massimo Manzi, Ettore Fioravanti, Gianluigi Trovesi, Gunther Schuller, Andrew Homzy.
He has also played in the theatrical performances "Canti di scena", "Il Signor Novecento", "Le cantata del fiore e del buffo", "Concerto Fotogramma", "La Pietà", "Epta", "Viaggi di Ulysses" (music by N. Piovani); "West side story", "Irma la dolce"; touring throughout Italy, Greece, Israel, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, Tunisia, France, England, Romania, China.
He participateed in numerous television and radio broadcasts: RAIUNO (Roberto Benigni), RAIDUE (Sabina Guzzanti; Luca Zingaretti, "Piazza Grande", "Mezzogiorno in Famiglia"), TMC (with the trio of Lelio Luttazzi), RAITRE ("Dove Osano Le Quaglie", "Prima della Prima", "Che Tempo che Fa"). Radiotre suite: European radio day dedicated to Ellington (the only Italian group), Radiotre: I concerti del Quirinale.
Music for cinema and theatre: he has collaborated with Nicola Piovani, Ennio Morricone, Germano Mazzocchetti, Carlo Di Blasi, Lucio Gregoretti, Giovanna Marini, Franco Piersanti, Renato Serio, Piero Pintucci, Stelvio Cipriani, Andrea Guerra.
Andrea Avena is the author of a method of theory, harmony and musical reading in four volumes ("Theory and Harmony" ed. Sinfonica), of three books dedicated to the analysis of melodies and their harmonization ("Analysis and Arrangement") and of an in-depth volume on rhythmic possibilities (“Polimetri, Polirhythms and multitemporal music”). He teaches harmony, arrangement and double bass in many structures including the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome.
He has recorded about 100 records as a bassist and double bass, and has two records in his name (big bands and small bands).
Eventi al Saint Louis: Alexander Night Tales.