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Forme Sonore

Compositional processes in a open Form’s field

It represents a deep investigation on Form’s concept with a particular attention to the relationship between sound, body and images/symbols.
It is focused on improvisation as a real-time compositional process.
The purpose is to enquire into new ways in which music performers can relate to the already known – specifically, musical works and notation. Percussionist Roberto Dani will present his method of working with improvisation utilising models drawn not only from musical structures, but also from observations in everyday life and in human interactions, thus mobilising the relationship between notation, improvisation and extemporisation.
This will be linked to a reflection on a possible new role of notated scores: can we extract from them improvisational models that differ from instructions linked to a solely musical code?

Thanks to this interdisciplinary approach, since 2008 several artists among musicians, painters, photographers and dancers met and worked together at Centro Stabile di Cultura (C.S.C.) S.Vito di Leguzzano, Vicenza, every year from November until May. Since 2009 this Workshop also began at Sinnai, a small village near Cagliari, Sardinia and took place in various cultural associations in italy and Europe and few Conservatory of Music in Italy.


Solo – Fano-review

Review of  Solo Concert at FanoJazz 2017 by Monica Grossi on Prospettive Magazine http://www.prospettivemagazine.com/2017/07/30/forme-musicali-in-movimento-il-corpo-come-estensione-del-suono/

Monday August 28th, 2017

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Annette Peacock-Roger Turner-Roberto Dani- review on Giornale della Musica

Review of the 23rd may 2017 concert in Modena on italian magazine Giornale della Musica (only italian version available) Presentata semplicemente come una performance con …

Saturday July 1st, 2017

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Article on Percorsi Musicali

Interesting article by Ettore Garzia recently appeared on his blog Percorsi Musicali. http://ettoregarzia.blogspot.it/2016/11/poche-note-sullimprovvisazione-italiana.html

Wednesday November 30th, 2016

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Since the beginning of his carieer, he pursued a very particular musical research on the drumset; Most of his work is based on improvisation and the borders between improvised and written music.

In particular, on his Solo performances he investigates between sound/body/space.

He focused mostly on interdisciplinary relationship with other art’s languages and performed with dancers as in “Mobiles”, multimedia performance“Duell(O)” based on a chess duel against a pianist played on an interactive chessboard. In the contemporary opera “Il Sogno di una cosa” as a percussionist/performer, commissioned to composer Mauro Montalbetti and Ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi conducted by Carlo Boccadoro. In contemporary theatre’s shows like “Luce Nera” and “Non ricominciamo la guerra di Troia” (for six drums ensemble and actress Patricia Zanco), Stefano Benni’s “Baldanders”, “Oscillazioni” by Vitaliano Trevisan and composed original music for some of Trevisan’s theatre’s works such as Quattro Stanze con bagno and Solo RH. Movie soundtrack recording like Torneranno I Prati by italian director Ermanno Olmi (with Paolo Fresu and others)

He also recorded ballet music for Teatro La Scala commissioned to composer Carlo Boccadoro.

After the early debut with progressive band “Devil Doll”which reached a high recognition all over , he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for a while and began an intense concert’s activity in the main festivals and theatre’s programs all over. He played in Austria, Germany, Czeck Republic, Slovenia, Republic of Slowakia, Denmark, Israel, Switzerland, Portugalo, France, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, Norway, Holland, Estonia,Turkey, Qatar, UK, Scotland, Wales, South Africa, South America, USA, Mexico, Japan and South Corea.

He also performed in New York clubs like Blue Note (in ’96 he recorded “Live at the Blue Note” with pianist Mika Pohjola), Birdland, Knitting Factory, Visiones.

He’s one of the few drummers (together with Bill Bruford, Han Bennink and Roger Turner) that shared the stage with american icon, the pianist/singer Annette Peacock with whom he regulary performs as a duet since 2006.

During his career he played with Louis Sclavis, Kenny Wheeler, Tim Berne, Dave Liebman, Paul McCandless, Norma Winstone, Michel Godard, Al Di Meola, Mick Goodrick, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Drew Gress, Ben Monder, Erik Friedlander, Christy Doran, Hal Crook, Michele Tadini, Giorgio Gaslini, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Gianluigi Trovesi, Roberto Fabbriciani, Enea Salmeggia Chamber Orchestra and many others.

Nowdays he performs/records with Stefano Battaglia Trio with whom he recorded four cd’s for well known label ECM, with Oslo Art Trio with pianist Misha Alperin and accordionist/singer Evelina Petrova, Roberto Bonati Trio , with artist Gianandrea Gazzola and his water drops installation”Nomos II” , Samo Salamon band.

He run an intense activity as a teacher (Forme Sonore interdisciplinary workshop) where he investigates on the relantionships between Improvisation and Form, in important Institutions such as Orpheus Institute Ghent-Belgium, Norwegian Academy of Music -Oslo, Conservatorio G. Verdi- Milano, A. Boito -Parma, A. Pedrollo -Vicenza, P. L. Da Palestrina -Cagliari e L. Campiani – Mantova.

Since 2007 he teachs drums/ensemble music at Conservatorio A. Boito in Parma

The discography includes more than 90 Cd.

As a leader:

  • Images (1999) with N, Winstone, G. Venier, H. Sieverts

  • Interférences (2002) with M. Godard, K. Gregory

  • Instants – Live at Teatro Olimpico (2003) with L. Sclavis, V. Courtois, K. Gregory

  • Drama (solo drums) (2008)

  • Lontano (solo drums) (2011)