He is the italian rising star of the accordion, with a remarkable technique, a deep sense of the blues and swing and playes with talent different musical genres. (Jazz Italian Dictonary, 2014)
Richard Galliano, speaking about young accordionists in an interview, said: "The person that really impressed me is a young Italian with an origin from Puglia, Italy: his name is Vincenzo Abbracciante. In every piece he embarks on a story which touches me.”(Jazzman, 2005)
Born in Ostuni in 1983. At the age of eight years old he studied music with his father Franco and A. Sanese. He studied and/or attendend masterclasses with Franco D’Andrea, Bruno Tommaso, Richard Galliano, Joelle Leandre, Steve Potts, Roberto Gatto, Dado Moroni, Jacques Mornet, Gianluca Pica, Rosario Giuliani and he graduated in jazz music at the Conservatory “Nino Rota” in Monopoli. In October 2000, he won the 25th Iternational Prize and Award in Castelfidardo and in 2003 he won the 53rd World Trophy. Since 2000, he has been the Artist of the Borsini Accordion factory in Castelfidardo.
Vince has performed and toured in various parts of the world including: Germany, Brazil, USA, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, England, Austria, France, Spain, South Africa, China, India, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Denmark , Russia, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania and Canada, performing in festivals and prestigious jazz clubs: Virada Cultural (San Paolo), Melbourne Jazz Festival (Melbourne), Queen's Birthday Jazz & Blues Festival (Wellington), Java Jazz Festival (Jakarta), Esplanade Hall (Singapore), Montreal Jazz Festival, Rochester Jazz Festival, TerniJazzFest, Bari in Jazz, FIF (Castelfidardo), National Arts Festival (Grahamstown), Hong Kong Jazz Festival. Some of the great musicians that Vince has worked with include: Juini Booth, John Medeski, Richard Galliano, Marc Ribot, Javier Girotto, Gabriele Mirabassi, Flavio Boltro, Carlo Actis Dato, Bruno Tommaso, Giovanni Amato, The Bumps (Davide Penta & Antonio Di Lorenzo), Roberto Ottaviano, Paola Arnesano, Luca Ciarla, Lucio Dalla, Ornella Vanoni, Jenny B, Heidi Vogel.
In 2006, he opened up his repertoire to include performances on vintage keyboards such as the Hammond organ, the Farfisa, and the Fender Rhodes, etc. This has given his creative and musical mind additional freedoms to venture deeper into the enigmas of psychedelic jazz music.
In 2009, along with Carlo Borsini of the Borsini Acccordion factory, Vincenzo helped to design a new system for accordion registers which allows the player to widen the range of sound coming from the instrument. After more than a year of construction, testing, and design, this Signature accordion was officially presented at the Frankfurt fair in April 2011. In the same year, he was awarded with the prestigious “VOCE D’ORO” (GOLD REED) by the International Accordion Festival in Castelfidardo, the prize is historically attributed to those with their music promote the image of the accordion.
He wrote soundtracks for the director Gianni Torres:
- “Le Mamme di San Vito” (2010). The film won the prize Globo Tricolore 2011 – Brazil/Cinema.
- "Unique" (2014)
- "Angels in Bangkok" (2015)
In 2013 he was awarded as “Best Musician 2013′′ by the ARGOJAZZ Festival.
Vince Abbracciante’s tracks