CRISTIANO CALCAGNILE MULTIKULTI ENSEMBLE
Cristiano Calcagnile, drummer active on several fronts, from avant–garde rock to experimental jazz, in 2013 began working on a tribute to Don Cherry, a brilliant and visionary pixie, a forerunner of world-music. After debuting in April 2014 in Milan and performing at important festivals, in 2015 the Calcagnile’s octet records the material for the debut album, «Multikulti Cherry on», in three days, in Mestre.
But the creative journey of the band does not end here. They keep working and, despite drawing inspiration from the Oklahoma trumpeter, they continue their increasingly original and evocative exploration. The need to look ahead, even at the cost of taking risks, without betraying the sound of the early days, leads to the release of a new album, which also uses the material from the three recording days in Mestre, but with some reworking in studio.
«The Gift of Togetherness» confirms that something new has taken shape under Don Cherry's protective wings. Thanks to the empathy of the ensemble, which today has become a nonet with the addition of the pianist Alberto Braida, the strong personalities of its musicians are put at the service of the collective, without each individual freedom being necessarily suffocated.
Cristiano Calcagnile Multikulti – Multikulti Cherry On (Caligola Records 2016)
Cristiano Calcagnile Multikulti – The Gift of Togetherness (Caligola Records 2019)
Cristiano Calcagnile - drums, percussion, arrangements, conduction
Gabriele Mitelli - trumpet, pocket trumpet, flugelhorn
Nino Locatelli - clarinet, bass clarinet, melodica, percussion
Massimo Falascone - alto, baritone and sopranino sax, cracklebox, tugombuto, live electronics
Paolo Botti - viola, Stroh violin, banjo, bowed psaltery, er-hu
Pasquale Mirra - vibes
Alberto Braida - fender rhodes, piano
Gabriele Evangelista - double bass
Dudu Kouatè - percussion, voice, khalam
about Cristiano Calcagnile:
Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger and performer Cristiano Calcagnile has built an international reputation collaborating with great names of the new jazz, of contemporary music and pop music as well.
His work is well know in the European experimental scene and his aesthetic is a well balanced melange that remains connected to his attitude to research, developing boarder lined music.
He recorded for label as EMI, Polygram, Edel, Sony, Auand, Amirani Records, Phonometak Labs, RareNoise, Die Schachtel, El Gallo Rojo, Caligola, GoodFellas, Label Bleu and Black Saint among the others.
He extensively tours all over the world invited by international festivals and venues for jazz, rock and avant-garde music. He played at London Jazz festival, Meldown Festival, Vortex, Bimhuis, Porgy&Bess, North Sea festival, Polar Spectacle, Umbria jazz, Novi Sad, Melbourne, Helsinki, Jakarta, Tunis, Mumbai and Lisboa.
In 2019 realized his first solo album "STOMA" for a new Label WE INSIST Records.
STOMA is also a movie realized with Bruno Pulici and Luca Orioli.
STOMA is a Multi-Perspective and electro-acoustic project played with Drums, percussions, objects (acoustic and electrified) and a handmade table-guitar with effects.
He are also leading:
RUBINI Quartet with Achim Kaufmann, Tobias Delius and Antonio Borghini.
MRCA with G.Locatelli, M.Falascone, L.Venitucci
ANOKHI-3 with G.Pacorig, G.Evangelista
All this projects are working for new publications.
Current collaborations are:
Rob Mazurek quintet "immortal Birds Bright Wings";
Pipeline 8 by Giancarlo Locatelli, that have just realized "Prayer" on the music of Steve Lacy (2019 - WE INSIST Records);
Massimo Falascone Seven, that have just realized "Mèliés" (2018 Fonterossa Records);
BLASTULA.scarnoduo, with Monica Demuru.
MULTIKULTI ensemble’s tracks