Carlo Mezzanotte


Carlo Mezzanotte was born in Rome in 1959. Studied piano at the Rome conservatory. Private composition studies with several teachers, the most important being Gino Marinuzzi. Got interested in jazz and played with groups and big bands in Italy and abroad.

From 1982 to 1986 worked mainly in theatre productions with some of Italy's leading companies as composer, arranger and pianist. Wrote two short musicals, staged by the MTM company. In 1985-86 as leader of the modern jazz group "Relapse" writes and arranges the whole of its repertoire. In 1988, he is pianist and stage director for the concert/stage play "Satierik", based on Erik Satie's music and writings. In 1989, he studied with jazz pianist Mike Melillo, formerly of the Phil Woods quartet. In 1991 is a founding member of the contemporary music group "Diacronic Ensemble". Wrote several pieces for it and won 1st prize at the Stresa International Competition and 2nd prize at the Lamezia National Competition. The repertory goes from Stockhausen and Cage to original material. In 1992 studied with Vinko Globokar at the Fiesole Music Academy. In 1993 formed the electric jazz group "Syntaxis"; again, writes and arranges all the music for the group, which has recorded the CDs "Visibile" and "Cieli Diversi". A third CD is in the works. In 1994, he was composer and performer in "Il ritorno alla ragione", a performance of electronic music based on the surrealistic short films of Man Ray.

With the etno-rock group "Indaco" toured extensively on keyboards/programming from 1996 to the present day. The group recorded two successful CDs, "Vento del deserto" and "Amorgos"; a third one, recorded live, is due out soon.

In May 1996 performed at Rome's Teatro Argentina in a series of evenings produced by the Italian National Theater as electronic music improviser (on synthesizers) over readings and dance by some of Italy's leading performers. The experience is repeated in May '97. In 1997 a short film by director Mauro Paracini, "Al(L)ways Night", for which he wrote and recorded the score, won the National Film and TV Critics' Award.

In 1999 recorded "Bach to the Future", a CD of Baroque music plus original compositions, played on both piano and synthesizers.

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