for prepared drums

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?” (text by Lucia D’Errico)

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 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, G. Tartini in Trieste.

Forme Sonore Ensemble – concert at Spazio Arka, Assemini March 31st

Ensemble Forme Sonore celebrating his 10th anniversary will perform at Spazio Arka, Assemini – Cagliari Sardinia Sunday March 31st at 630 pm Sergio Meloni-disinneddas Amilga …

Monday March 25th, 2019

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Remembering Misha: a review

Remembering Misha; concert at Teatro Farnese Parma on October 26th 2018 Review by E. Cuppone per FOURZINE.IT (only italian version available) E’ partita venerdì 26 …

Friday November 2nd, 2018

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solo/masterclass urbino-august 2018

Solo concert for prepared drums Thursday august 2nd, 6.30 pm, Palazzo Bonaventura Odasi, Urbino-Italy From august 3rd until 5th, masterclass Forme Sonore and final concert …

Monday July 30th, 2018

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Most of his work focus on the borders between real time composition and written music. Since the beginning of his career, he pursued a very particular musical research on the drumset; starting from 2003, he performs as a soloist on his Prepared Drums, an instrumental set specifically created for his SoundAction performances. SoundAction represents a personal investigation on Sounds and Gestures and their inner relationships, constantly developing in each performance. .

For more than 25 years, he actively explores connections with other art’s languages: dance, multimedia, videoart, contemporary theatre and opera, as in “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 M. 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 period and began an intense concert’s activity in the main festivals and theatre’s programs all over: 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’s one of the few drummers (together with Bill Bruford, Han Bennink and Roger Turner) to have shared the stage with american icon, the pianist/singer Annette Peacock with whom he regulary performs as a duet since 2006.

Since 2007 he shares his sound research through Forme Sonore workshop, an interdisciplinary laboratory that he created and conducted, dedicated to either instrumentalists or performers. Forme Sonore has been hosted in various Musical Institutions in Italy and all over Europe such as Orpheus Institute Ghent-Belgium, Norwegian Academy of Music – Oslo, Italian Conservatory of Music in Milano, Parma, Vicenza, and Cagliari.

During his career he performed in the Contemporary jazz scene 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, Giorgio Gaslini, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Gianluigi Trovesi, Roberto Fabbriciani, Enea Salmeggia Chamber Orchestra and many others.

Nowdays he performs with Stefano Battaglia Trio with whom he recorded four cd’s for well known label ECM, Mirrors with accordionist/singer Evelina Petrova, RAM with M. Tadini on real time sampling, Roberto Bonati Trio, Stagon with artist Gianandrea Gazzola and his water drops installation”Nomos II”.

The discography includes more than 90 titles.

As a leader:
- Notturno (drums solo) (2021)
- Lontano (drums solo) (2011)
- Drama (Drums solo) (2008)
- Instants – Live at Teatro Olimpico (2003) with L.Sclavis, V.Courtois, K.Gregory
- Interférences (2002) with M.Godard, K.Gregory
- Images (1999) with N.Winstone, G.Venier, H.Sieverts