"Contrasting freedom and composition or them on different planes is absurd and antihistorical. We work daily to learn, to know, then to deny and to repudiate; And so we build, even subtracting. It is necessary at this point to release the music and the mind from the page, at least from that type of page, with rigor and without abandoning the case. An idea is authoritative if the thought that sustains it has a strong awareness of history and of the present: to know to take full control of time and moment, to be able to suspend it, to slow it down, to observe it, to change it, perhaps. So we create our instant compositions"
Massimo De Mattia
Born in Pordenone in 1959. Self-taught musician, begun in the 70's. He plays with Tom Kirk, Bruno Cesselli, Lanfranco Malaguti, Giovanni Maier, Glauco Venier, Gianluigi Trovesi, Zlatko Kaucic, Ares Tavolazzi, Nicola Stilo, Marco Tamburini, Column, Javier Girotto.. In 1993 he released his first record label, "Poésie pour Pasolini", and was released as one of the best Italian musicians (Referendum Top Jazz 1993). He collaborates with Cinemazero of Pordenone as artistic director of the SCHERMO SONORO and founder of ZERORCHESTRA; With the "Experimental School of the Artist"; With the composer Teo Teardo; With "i Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti"; With guitarist and composer Sàndor Szabó; With artists, painters, sculptors such as Massimo Poldelmengo, Giuseppe Onesti, Franco Costalonga, Gianni Pasotti, Romeo Toffanetti; With poets and writers (Marco De Mattia, Vitaliano Trevisan); With director Alberto Fasulo. Realizes for the Contemporary Art Exhibition HIC ET NUNC the work "I'm an instant sound architecture over a disintegrating space" (Villa Manin, Passariano - March 2000 Italy). In 2001 he gave impetus to the establishment of the improvised PHOPHONIX music orchestra. For the "Experimental School of the Actor" of Pordenone Italy, he conducted "SCENA SONORA", meetings and lessons aimed at musicians and actors based on his composer and performer strategies. He is the creator and coordinator of "TIMEFRAMES", meetings and concerts of improvised Music at the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art Armando Pizzinato sponsored by the Instituitional Municipality of Pordenone.
In 2010, the "WHO'S ACT OF DOLOR" is among the 100 WORLD GREATEST JAZZ ALBUMS (JAZZIT AWARDS).
In 2011, "MIKIRI + 3" is among the 100 WORLD GREATEST JAZZ ALBUMS (JAZZIT AWARDS).
In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, is elected as the best Italian flute player (JAZZit AWARDS READERS POLL).
Son of art, as a young man, approaches Jazz listening to the many records of his father's collection. He began studying the battery at 12 years under the guidance of his father and after one year of drumming in the Music Conservatory with the teacher Carlo Di Blasi, where he discovered and falls in love with vibraphone and marimba.
From 1998 onwards he has participated in several training seminars held by David Friedman, Dave Samuels, Ed Saindon, Saverio Tasca.
In 2002 he graduated at the Conservatory of Salerno in percussion instruments.
In 2004 he was the winner of the Massimo Urbani Prize and of the Public Prize as a young Italian jazz talent. In 2009 he graduated in Jazz with the highest marks and praise at the Conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto, Italy with M° Pietro Tonolo. He performs intense concert activity playing with the most representative musicians in formations from the traditional Jazz to the avant-garde, and he has numerous recordings both as a leader and sideman. He is a percussion teacher at the school "L. From Ponte "of Vittorio Veneto and the Music High School of Conegliano Italy.
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