Antonio Figura New York Trio

Born in 1972 in Siracusa the pianist and composer Antonio Figura grew up in a home where music was considered a daily soundtrack: classic, jazz, blues, pop, Beatles, soundtracks... At the age of six, not having the possibility of studying, the only way for him to start comprehending the music of the great masters was through the records suggested by his father (a professional Sicilian drummer) and his friends, trying to play what he listened to. After the high school he moved to Florence where he met some musicians of the Tuscan jazz scene whom he had the opportunity to play with and learn from. Making use of master Stefano Battaglia’s teachings he studied piano and jazz harmony, and after a long period dedicated to the studying of the classics his music background was entirely consecrated to jazz and contemporary music. His devotion to music is not only practical; this brought to a graduation with full marks and honours in “Jazz Disciplines and Afro-American Music History” in the Luigi Cherubini Conservatorium in Florence with a thesis on “Modern Jazz Quartet”. In 2000, after he moved to Paris, he collaborated with the Parisian percussionist Pierre Moulias performing in Paris, Dublin and London. In the last three years he gave concerts and workshops in New York, San Diego, St. Louis with the bassist Tom Kennedy and the Californian guitarist William Lenihan, the favourite of Ralph Towner, whom he recorded two albums with. Between September 2003 and December 2006 he gave two seminars at the prestigious Washington University in St. Louis disserting: "The European concept in jazz improvisation". Composer, arranger and all-round artist he played with Evan Parker, Soweto Kinch, Cleveland Watkiss and opened concerts of Roy Ayers and Ahmad Jamal. Lyricism, virtuosity and freshness are all elements which mark out him as one of the best talented musicians of the new European contemporary jazz scene. In 2008 he played at the London Jazz Festival with the vocalist Cleveland Watkiss and the saxophonist Soweto Kinch at the famous Ronnie Scott club. In January 2009 he presented “A Concert for Solo Piano” at the Music Auditorium Park in Rome, gaining an extraordinary success. In July he ended a recording in trio at the Two System Studio in Brooklyn, the famous recording studio where important artists such as Ahmad Jamal, Lee Konitz, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Hank Jones, Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock and others recorded in turn. He recorded recently "Strong Place" an album together with Kendrick Scott and Vincent Archer, the Afro-American rhythm section of Herbie Hancock. You can find more information at the relative album page.





Antonio Figura New York Trio


STRONG PLACE
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