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Mattia Cigalini 
 
Sax Contralto
"Nel sax di Cigalini (19 anni) una personalità da veterano"Claudio Sessa - Corriere della Sera
Classe 1989, si esibisce in concerto dall'età di soli 12 anni. Per la critica europea specializzata, uno dei più grandi talenti della nuova generazione di musicisti. Diplomato al Conservatorio "G.Nicolini" di Piacenza con il massimo dei voti, vince vari premi e concorsi internazionali. Registra il suo primo album da leader a 18 anni: "Arriving Soon" commissionato dal colosso discografico giapponese "Pony Canion", con Tullio De Piscopo, Fabrizio Bosso, Andrea Pozza e Riccardo Fioravanti. L'album si aggiudica il premio come "Miglior album Jazz del 2010" nella classifica mondiale della rivista giapponese SWING JOURNAL. " Nell'Ottobre del 2009 compie il suo primo Tour in Giappone, riscuotendo un grande successo di pubblico e critica. Raggiunge la maturità artistica con "RES NOVA", il secondo album registrato nel 2011 per pubblicato da EMI-MyFavorite, e stato presentato ufficialmente a UMBRIA JAZZ Festival 2011 (dove Cigalini è stato artista più giovane ad esibirsi), con grandissimo successo di pubblico e critica specializzata. Il suo nuovo album "BEYOND", per la casa discografica CAM JAZZ, è stato presentato in anteprima europea al Festival Internazionale di Münster (Germania) registrando il “tutto esaurito". Nel 2013 Cigalini si esibisce a New York con concerti e partecipazioni al fianco di Curtis Lundy, Richard Johhson, Eric Kennedy, Frank Lacy, Alex Sipiagin, Donald Edwards, Orrin Evans, e tantissimi altri. E' frequente ospite di vari programmi televisivi. Collabora con i più grandi artisti italiani ed internazionali (Tom Harrell, Uri Caine, Randy Brecker, Stefano Bollani, Paolo Fresu, e tantissimi altri) esibendosi in Europa e nel mondo. Mattia Cigalini è Endorser Ufficiale dei saxofoni YAMAHA (dal 2010), e delle ance Vandoren.


Born in 1989, he started playing live when he was only 12 and started teaching music at 15th. For the specialized European critics he is one of the best talent of a new generation of musician.
Graduated in saxophone at the Conservatorio “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza with the highest evaluation, Mattia won various prizes and International competitions, among these the Luciano Zorzella National Prize as “Best New Talent”, the Massimo Urbani International Prize and others. He recorded his first album as a leader at 18: “Arriving Soon” (Dejavu/Norma Blu) commissioned by the Japanese label “Pony Canion”, with Tullio De Piscopo, Fabrizio Bosso, Andrea Pozza and Riccardo Fioravanti.
“Arriving Soon” won the prize as Best Jazz Album in the 2010 – international jazz chart by japanese magazine SWING JOURNAL. “Arriving Soon” has been voted as one of the best albums of 2010 by a panel of critics and journalists for the JAZZIT AWARD 2010 (“100 Greatest jazz Album”).
In October 2009 he starts his first Japanese Tour, gaining a great success with both critics and audience.
Wonderful reviews have appeared on MUSICA JAZZ Italian magazine, on French magazine JAZZ HOT, and on English Magazines.
He reaches maturity with “Res Nova“, the second album recorded in 2011 and pubblished by EMI.
This album, officially presented during the UMBRIA JAZZ Festival 2011 (Cigalini is the youngest artist playing in the festival), has been a great public and critical success.
Umbria Jazz selected his own compositions for making the special Umbria Jazz Compilation, dedicated to 150th anniversary of the Italy Unification, they also selected his own Italy National Himn arrangement.
His last album “Beyond” (Cam Jazz) contains songs by artists such Lady Gaga, Shakira, Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez and many more, played in a modern jazz way. The album has been presented in Germany at the Münster International Jazzfestival (with “sold-out” audience).
In 2013 he performs in New York, with artists such Mingus Big Band, Curtis Lundy, Richard Johhson, Francisco Mela, Peter Slavov, Frank Lacy, Alex Sipiagin, Donald Edwards, in some of the best-known jazz clubs in Manhattan.
He has also appeared in many TV programs on RAI Television, Vatican National TV (worldwide), RSI TV (Swiss), BBC (UK), etc; interviews for fashion magazines like VOGUE, GQ, popular magazines like Gente, Famiglia Cristiana, Panorama, newspapers like Repubblica, Corriere della Sera.
Mattia actually tutor in Jazz Saxophone at the Accademia del Suono in Milan and Swiss National Music Accademy in Switzerland.
Mattia collaborates with the greatest Italian and International musicians (like Tom Harrell, Uri Caine, Randy Brecker, Stefano Bollani, Paolo Fresu, and many more), playing in the most famous theatres and festival in Europe and abroad.
In 2011 Mattia has been nominated “Ambassador for Human Rights” by ONLUS Association for Human Rights.
In 2012 he has been nominated “Citizen of the Year” by his city, Piacenza.
Since 2013 he is “Val Luretta Jazz Festival” Artistic Director and founder, an event that brings with great success the finest jazz music to Agazzano, the village where he lives.
Mattia Cigalini is international endorser for YAMAHA Saxophones since 2010 (the youngest one), and Vandoren reeds international endorser since 2011.
 
   


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