Summer in the CityGiorgio Albanese
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Giorgio Albanese was born 30 years ago in Ostuni, Italy. He has represented Italy three times at the prestigious World Accordion Championships and won more than 30 national and international competitions. In 2009, he earned a degree in jazz music at the Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory in Bari, and in 2012, he studied new language composition and interpretation at the Conservatory of Music Nino Rota in Monopoli, achieving distinction both times.
Albanese has had the pleasure of collaborating with many leading musicians, among them Jhon Tchicai, Gianni Lenoci, Steve Potts, Mirko Guerrini, and Mikael Swafirowski, among others. He has also been actively involved in a wide variety of musical projects that span traditional and contemporary jazz, working across multidisciplinary arts such as theater, dance, and cinema. His music is influenced by world sounds and sound experimentation, producing a more profound, intrinsic language of music.
After his academic studies, Albanese has focused on developing his own approach to music completely independent from the predominant aesthetic standards. This approach has enabled him to conceive of the accordion as a modern sound and language, a synthesis of a rich artistic journey that finds its origins in the language of contemporary jazz. His music has appeared in the short film “L’ultima partenza” as well as in theater performances, and he has taught workshops and master classes on jazz accordion worldwide, including musical improvisation workshops inspired by the African American jazz tradition and European contemporary music. He has worked and performed in such countries as Italy, France, Argentina, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among many others.