Vincenzo Martorella

Biography

APPROACH TO THE SOCIOLOGY OF MUSIC, COMPARTMENTS AND MODELS OF ANALYSIS, HISTORY OF JAZZ, HISTORY OF ITALIAN JAZZ, HISTORY OF ROCK, HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY OF MUSIC
Vincenzo Martorella

Vincenzo Martorella, historian of jazz by training, a scholar of 20th (and 21st century) music, is one of the most authoritative Italian music critics. He has taught, and still teaches, History of Jazz and Analysis of the Compositional and Improvisational Processes of Jazz at the Conservatories of Venice, Sassari, Latina, Cosenza, La Spezia and Ferrara.

He has taught: History of Alternative Music, at the SSIS of the University of Bari; Twentieth-Century Music History, at New York University, and History of Popular Music at the Master in Radio host and digital media, organized by the Department of Information Sciences of the University for Foreigners of Perugia; at the Terni Conservatory he gave conferences on the history of jazz, a subject he taught for fifteen years, together with Methodology of Music Criticism, History and Aesthetics of African American Music and History of Popular Music at the Academy of Criticism in Rome, where he held Critical Writing Workshops. For twenty years he has been giving lectures, listening guides and courses in jazz history throughout Italy.

He published the books: "Storia della Fusion" (History of Fusion). A guide to unqualifiable music (Castelvecchi, 1998); MC Solaar (Gremese, 1999, only in France); Art Blakey, The drum and the ecstasy (Alternative Press, 2003); La sindrome di Bollani (Bollani's syndrome) (Vanni Editore, 2009); The Blues (2009) Time After Time. I vent’anni dell’Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna (The twenty years of the Jazz Orchestra of Sardinia) (Edes, 2011); Ascoltare/Scrivere (Listen/Write). Manual (improper and anthological) of music criticism (Ottotipi, 2018). In 2015 a new edition, very expanded and updated, of History of Fusion, for Arcana types, appeared, while two years later , also for Arcana, a new edition, expanded, of Art Blakey appeared.

His contributions have appeared in dozens of other volumes.

He edited and translated, for Einaudi, New History of Jazz, by Alyn Shipton, for which he compiled a full-bodied Glossary, and wrote the long essay Il saltarello del cannibale (The Cannibal's Jumper). Backward history of a century of Italian jazz. He also translated Funny Valentine. The life of Chet Baker, by Matthew Ruddick, for Arcana, and For "la fine del tempo" (the End of Time). The history of the Messiaen Quartet, by Rebecca Rischin (Ottotipi).

For the publisher Stampa Alternativa, he co-directed the Jazz People series, promoting and curating volumes on John Scofield and Ornette Coleman. For Arcana, of which he was editorial director, he founded the ArcanaJazz series.

Author of hundreds of articles and essays, cover and room notes, he has written for all the most important magazines in the sector in between others such as: newspapers (Manifesto, Liberazione), weekly journals (L'Espresso), monthly journals (L'Uomo Vogue, Musica Jazz, Percussioni, Audio Review, Chitarre, I Fiati, Jazz Hot, and many others). For six years he directed Jazzit magazine, and, from birth to end, the rock magazine MUZ.

Musician and teacher, for two years he held the role of Artistic Director of the Festival Atina Jazz International.

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