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Antonio Faraò 
 
“Non mi capita spesso di essere sorpreso da registrazioni di musicisti, come lo sono stato quando per la prima volta ascoltai uno degli ultimi CD di Antonio Faraò. Ciò che mi ha colpito è stata la sensazione che ho sentito dentro di me. C'è talmente tanto calore, convinzione e grinta nel suo modo di suonare. Mi ha immediatamente attratto la sua concezione armonica, la gioia dei suoi ritmi e il suo senso di swing, la grazia e il candore delle sue linee melodiche improvvisate. Antonio non è solo un ottimo pianista, è un grande". (Herbie Hancock)
Pianista Jazz/Compositore - Roma 19/01/1965
Considerato dalla critica Mondiale uno dei più interessanti pianisti jazz dell'ultima generazione, Antonio Faraò nasce in una famiglia dalle radici musicali ben salde, la mamma nota pittrice e poetessa e il padre batterista jazz, entrambi appassionati, lo abituano sin da piccolo all'ascolto di musicisti come: Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Ella Filtzgerald, trasmettendogli un gusto per lo swing che resterà intatto anche negli anni successivi, diventando elemento peculiare del suo modo di suonare.
Alla precoce età di 6 anni inizia a suonare dapprima su un vibrafono giocattolo, in seguito la batteria e poi il pianoforte col quale intraprende lo studio classico, raggiungendo, sotto la guida dei maestri: Adriano della Giustina e Riccardo Risaliti, l’8° anno di Conservatorio al G. Verdi di Milano.
Influenze: Si distingue fin da giovane per uno spiccato interesse verso la musica nero-americana, i suoi primi modelli sono: Oscar Peterson, Errol Gardner, scoprendo in seguito, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarret, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, etc… tra le sue influenze è sicuramente molto importante citare quella di John Williams, compositore di colonne sonore, come: ET, Guerre Stellari, Indiana Jones, etc...
Riconoscimenti: il “Concorso Jazz Four Roses” (1991) (Premiato al Teatro Ciak di Milano) e il prestigioso “Concorso Internazionale di Piano Jazz Martial Solal” (1998) (Concorso indetto dalla Città di Parigi ogni 10 anni) Un evento che ha lanciato Antonio ancora più intensamente nei circuiti Internazionali della musica Jazz Contemporanea, portatandolo ad incidere, dopo alcuni dischi prodotti in Italia, 3 album, sempre come leader, per l'importante etichetta tedesca Enja Records: “Black Inside” nel 1998 e “Thorn”, nel 2001, in cui Antonio è accompagnato da Jack DeJohnette alla batteria, Chris Potter al sax tenore e soprano e Drew Gress al contrabbasso e “Next Stories” nel 2002.
Ulteriori Registrazioni:
Nel Gennaio 2005 incide con Andrè Ceccarelli negli “Abbey Road Studios” di Londra, con la London Symphony Orchestra, la colonna sonora del film “Anthony Zimmer” per il regista francese Jérôme Salle. Il film è uscito sul grande schermo nell’aprile 2005, con l’attrice francese Sophie Marceau come protagonista.
Collaborazioni: Franco Ambrosetti, Andrè Ceccarelli, Daniel Humair, Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz, Steve Grossman, Tony Scott, Chico Freeman, Miroslav Vitous, John Abercrombie, Richard Galliano, Toots Thielemans, Jack Dejohnette, Dave Liebman, Didier Lookwod, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, George Garzone, Charles Tolliver, Branford Marsalis, etc…tra i protagonisti della musica leggera, la grande Mina. Partecipazioni a Jazz Festivals: Tokyo Jazz Festival (Giappone), Telaviv Jazz Festival (Israele), Dubai Jazz Festival (Emirati Arabi), North See Jazz (Olanda), Tabarka Jazz Festival (Tunisia), Saltzau Jazz Festival (Germania), Berlino Jazz Festival, Calvì Jazz Festival (Corsica), Umbria Jazz (Italia), Sarajevo Jazz Festival e tanti altri…sostenendo diversi Tour Europei.
Workshop: viene spesso chiamato a sostenere Workshops in vari paesi Europei, come: Danimarca, Svizzera, Francia, etc.. tra il 2007/2008 è stato invitato dal Conservatorio di Rotterdam e quello di Amsterdam in Olanda.

“I'm not often surprised by the recordings of musicians the way I was overwhelmed the first time I heard Antonio Farao' on one of his recent CD's. What amazed me was what I felt inside of me. There is so much warmth, conviction and power to his playing. I was immediately attracted to his harmonic conception, the joy of his rhythms and swing feel and the grace and ingenuity of his melodic improvisational lines. Antonio is not only a fine pianist but a great one.” (Herbie Hancock)
Jazz Pianist/Composer – Rome 19/01/1965
He is considered to be one of the greatest pianists by the international critics.
Antonio Faraò was born into an extremely musical family. His mother was a known painter, his father was a jazz drummer. However, both of them had a great affinity and introduced him to the jazz music. By means of that he grew up listening to musicians such as: Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Due Ellington, Frank Sinatra and last but not least Ella Fitzgerald.
Because of the parent’s life pioneering Antonio Faraò gained the love for swing from them. First influenced by that style today’s influences are different. At the age of 6 he started playing vibraphone which was followed by drum playing. Finally he began to play piano and he joined piano classes with Adriano Giustina and Riccardo Risaliti at a classical school. It was the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory where Antonio Faraò studied for a degree. The completion of all studies was done after a period of 8 years.
Influences: Based on his early interest in Afro-American jazz music Antonio Faraò had idols such as Oscar Peterson and Errol Gardner until he discovered musicians like McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarret, Bil Evans, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and
Thelonious Monk. Just to name the most important examples. Among the musicians influencing him there also is to mention John Williams, composer of the famous film music for ET, Stars Wars Indiana Jones …
Awards/recordings: The “Jazz four Roses Competition Price” was awarded to him at the Ciak Theatre in Milano in 1991. The most prestigious “Competition of jazz piano Martial Solal” a competition of the city Paris which takes place only every ten years invited a small number of top international piano talents. Antonio Faraò as one of those talents won that extraordinary competition in 1998. Continuing with his first recordings for the German label “Enja records” three tremendous albums were release: “Black Inside” (1998), Thorn (2001) with Jack DeJohnette on drums, Chris Potter on tenor sax and Drew Gress on bass. 2002 the album “Next stories” went public.
Further recordings: Together with André Ceccarelli and the London Symphony Orchestra Antonio Faraò did a further recording at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London for the soundtrack of the movie “Anthony Zimmer” conducted by Jérôme Salle and with the French actress Sophie Marceau in January of 2005. That movie was released three months later.
“The best young piano player to come up for years” Kenny Kirkland
“Antonio is not only a fine pianist, but a great one” Herbie Hancock
Collaborations: Franco Ambrosetti, Andrè Ceccarelli, Daniel Humair, Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz, Steve Grossman, Tony Scott, Chico Freeman, Miroslav Vitous, John Abercrombie, Richard Galliano, Toots Thielemans, Jack Dejohnette, Dave Liebman, Didier Lookwod, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, George Garzone, Charles Tolliver, Branford Marsalis, etc…and with the famous italian pop singer Mina.
Participations in Jazz Festivals: Tokyo Jazz Festival (Japan), Telaviv Jazz Festival (Israel), Dubai Jazz Festival (United Arab Emirates), North Sea Festival (The Netherlands), Tabarka Jazz Festival (Tunisia), Saltzau Jazz Festival and Berlin Jazz Festival (Germany), Calvì Jazz Festival (Corse), Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy) Sarajevo Jazz Festival (Bosnia-Herzegovina) as well as many festivals throughout Europe.
Workshops: Antonio Faraò is also an asked performer of workshops within Europe. Some of them were carried out in Denmark, Switzerland and France. He was invited to do workshops by the Rotterdam and Amsterdam Conservatories in 2007 and 2008.
 
   


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