Gagliardi was born In Barcelona in 1987, and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. He began to study violin and baroque/renaissance flute, switching to saxophone at 14. Two years later he moved to the Netherlands to pursue a degree in jazz performance at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2009 Gagliardi studied at SUNY Purchase with Eric Alexander, Hal Galper and Arturo O’Farrill, leading to studies at Le Conservatoire National Superior de Paris. After moving to Boston to attend Berklee College, Gagliardi was awarded a presidential scholarship in 2012 to the new Berklee Valencia school as a Student/Ambassador, charged with performing for and promoting the college around the world, with appearances at the European Parliament in Brussels, the MIDEM Convention in Cannes, France and many others.
Gianni is the Director of the Barcelona Jazz Collective, a platform for rising musicians to produce and release albums, and has been invited to perform at prestigious international jazz festivals around the globe, such as The North Sea Jazz Festival, the Luxembourg Jazz Festival, Guatemala and Nicaragua Jazz Festivals and Eurojazz Festival (Mexico), as well as leading jazz venues, such as Bimhuis, Porgy & Bess Vienna, Jamboree. Gagliardi has also played in Europe, South America and USA with musicians such as John Clayton, Eric Alexander, Dick Oatts, Phillip Harper, Terell Stafford, Jorge Rossy and many others.Now, Gagliardi is determinedly making his mark on the Brooklyn/NYC scene with the release of his debut CD, Nomadic Nature.
Gagliardi nació en Barcelona en 1987, comenzó a estudiar violín y flauta barroca y renacentista, a los 14 empieza a tocar el saxofón. Dos años más tarde se traslada a los Países Bajos para obtener un Bachellor en jazz performance en el Conservatorio de Ámsterdam . En 2009 Gagliardi estudia en State University of New York SUNY Purchase con grandes del jazz como Eric Alexander , Hal Galper y Arturo O’Farril. Seguidamente se traslada a Le Conservatoire Nacional Superior de París como ERASMUS. Y posteriormente a Boston becado por la AIE y Berklee College of Music (2011), Gagliardi es galardonado con una beca presidencial en 2012 para la nueva escuela Berklee Valencia como estudiante / Embajador , encargado de promocionar la nueva sede de la universidad por todo el mundo, con apariciones en el Parlamento Europeo en Bruselas , la Convención MIDEM en Cannes , Francia y muchos otros. Gianni es el Director del Barcelona Jazz Collective, una plataforma para los jóvenes compositores y improvisadores para producir y lanzar álbum, ha sido invitado a actuar en prestigiosos festivales internacionales de jazz por todo el mundo, como el North sea Jazz festival, Festival de Jazz de Luxemburgo, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Eurojazz (México DF), Thelonious (Chile) y en clubes principales como Bimhuis Ámsterdam, Sunset/Sunside Paris, Porgy & Bess Viena. Gagliardi también ha compartido escenario en Europa, América del Sur y EE.UU. con músicos como John Clayton , Eric Alexander , Dick Oatts , Phillip Harper, Terell Stafford, Jorge Rossy y muchos otros. Actualmente, Gagliardi está dejando su marca en la escena jazzística de Brooklyn / NYC con el lanzamiento de su CD debut “Nomadic Nature.
Nomadic Nature, the debut CD from tenor saxophonist / composer Gianni Gagliardi, is comprised of original music charged with autobiographical stories of places and people that have impacted Gagliardi greatly. It is through his compositions that he reflects on the experience of being an artist with no fixed residence; a sojourner who roams the world with his horn in search of the next experience or encounter that will inform his art. Nomadic Nature features Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Luke Marantz (piano), Alexis Cuadrado (bass) and Mark Ferber (drums).
“Brooklyn’s Best…Tenor Saxist Gianni Gagliardi is one of the new up and comers, and he sounds pretty impressive and original here in (Nomadic Nature) as he leads a team [...] through eight originals”
“Gagliardi is fronting a quintet of like-minded modernists, delivering music that’s distinct and bracing. Dynamic arcs and a sense of drama and mystery are all alive and well in Gagliardi’s work. One of his many gifts surrounds his ability to shape and build intensity”
“With excellent arrangements on a variety of challenging compositions, all of which were written by Gagliardi. ‘Nomadic Nature’ is a most impressive debut . . . Gagliardi is now a rising star on the Brooklyn jazz scene.”
“A powerful talent at his early twenties . . . Gagliardi is without a doubt the great hope of our jazz”
“Gagliardi is a wonderful player and composer with a unique lyrical voice. Here on his debut album he shines with a first rate band. His playing has a natural, unhurried, organic quality. His solos unfold very naturally and beautifully. Looking forward to hearing more from this significant new player on the NYC jazz scene. “
“Finally, Gianni’s Debut CD! It’s about time as I’ve been enjoying his music and playing for several years now. ‘Nomadic Nature’ is a collection of great music played by a superb band!”
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