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Achille Succi 
 
Achille Succi, nato a Modena nel 1971, è uno dei talenti più interessanti nel panorama dei musicisti italiani. Ha studiato al "Berklee College" di Boston, e a "Siena Jazz", dove oggi è docente. Ha collaborato con Dave Liebman, George Russell, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Coleman, Ernst Reijseger, Carla Bley, Louis Sclavis, Bruno Tommaso, la New Jungle Orchestra di Pierre Dørge, l'Italian Instabile Orchestra etc., suonando in varie nazioni . Solista estremamente dotato e generoso, dall'estro melodico e vertiginosamente virtuosistico, manifestato anche nella composizione, a suo agio sia in contesti più marcatamente jazzistici che in territori più aperti. Attualmente fa parte di formazioni come Belcanto di Ettore Fioravanti, Gramelot Ensemble di Simone Guiducci, Caos Ensemble di Alfredo Impullitti, Nexus, Eleven di Franco D'Andrea, del la Proxima Centauri Orchestra di Giorgio Gaslini, e più recentemente della Dolmen Orchestra di Nicola Pisani.

Achille Succi, Saxophone and bass clarinet player, born in Modena, Italy, in 1971, had been recently pointed out as one of the european musicians to keep an eye on in the next ten years (Bill SHoemaker, Giornale della musica, january 2010), while Journalist Mario Gamba define him as one of the genious of italian Jazz (Alias, march 20th, 2010).
Mainly self-taught, thought won several scholarships that gave him the chance to learn in the most important schools and workshops in the world (Berklee, D.Liebman masterclasses, Kopenhagen Rhythmic conservatory, Siena Jazz).
Among the several artist he collaborated with there are Uri Caine, Louis Sclavis, Ernst Reijseger, Pierre Dørge and Franco D'Andrea, just to name some; taking also part in the recording of many CDs and concert all over the world.
As a leader Achille Succi has recorded two CDs: ,“Shiva’s dance” and “Terra”, besides a duo session with Bass player Salvatore Maiore: “Pequenas flores do inferno”.
Together with Fabrizio Puglisi and Alberto Capelli he founded the "Atman" group, with two CDs released; and with pianist Christopher Culpo just released "Fresh Frozen", for the "El Gallo Rojo" record label, special guest the tuba player Oren Marshall.
Achille Succi is teacher of ensemble at the town school in Nonantola (modena) and holds improvisation workshops and masterclasses in several italian cities.
Since 2001 he's faculty member of famous summer workshop Siena Jazz, and recently taught at the In.Jam masterclasses; since 2006 he's teaching clarinet improvisation techniques at the Ferrara Conservatory.

They say about him:

Succi is as free as a bird, and fits easily into any situation ranging from plaintive beauty to organized chaos-
Budd Kopman on Allaboutjazz.com

Although his own sessions as leader aren’t that numerous, Modena-born saxophonist and clarinetist Achille Succi seems to be the go-to guy when adventurous Italian composers want to add professional zing to their projects.
(Ken Waxman)

In relying more on folk-tinged melodies, odd meters, and slightly unusual instrumentation, two ensembles exemplified the distinctive varieties the grapevine model yields. Achille Succi, who can wield a fiery alto saxophone, but on this occasion only played bass clarinet, led a strong quartet with Beppe Caruso, who put the tuba squarely in the front line as well as his trombone, bassist-cellist Salvatore Maiore, and Roberto Dani, an impressively resourceful drummer. Succi’s compositions are rife with ear-tugging melodies and a rhythmic undertow that draws the listener deeper into the materials.
 
   


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