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Oscar Del Barba

OSCAR DEL BARBA was born in Brescia, Italy in 1968. He qualified as a pianist with full marks at Brescia Musical School in 1990 and obtained a jazz and composition diploma at the Giuseppe Verdi Musical School in Milan. He has approached a range of musical genres (jazz, Cuban, Argentinean, Brazilian music) which, together with his classical studies, have given rise to an original personal style influencing his compositions as well as his improvisation.

In 1993 and 1994 he obtained two grants to the Boston’s “Berklee College of Music”. In 2001 he won the third prize at the 1st International Competition for Jazz Pianists “Friedrich Gulda” in Ostra (Italy) and the first prize at the Brescia On Line Composition Competition (cat. World). In 2002 he won the 1st prize at the International Composition Competition “Writing in Jazz” in Sassari (film music section). In October 2003 he qualified first at the Emerging Soloists and Jazz Groups “Schio Emerjazz 2003” Competition and in November 2003 he obtained the 2nd prize at the Valentino Bucchi Prize International Composition Competition in Rome. He also received a silver medal from the President of the Italian Republic with his piece for choir and grand orchestra “Al volo” (1st and 3rd prizes not awarded)

OX Trio, his newest album, contains Oscar Del Barba’s original compositions. The songs arise from the synergy between contemporary music and modern jazz, between contrapuntist writing and great rhythmic research. The dialogue between composition and improvisation is very narrow and subtle at the same time, and gives shape to a now ethereal and spacious sound (where the harmonic element prevails), now dense and energetic (where the rhythm is in the foreground). Strongly stratified and in which the roles of musicians alternate in an unusual way for a formation -like the “piano trio”- so important in the tradition of African-American music.

Autoritratto is the second album from Oscar Del Barba on Dot Time Records. This album presents Oscar alone with his instrument in a solo piano outing. The album features 10 original tracks, both through-composed and improvised. Musically, this album straddles the boundaries of Classical and Jazz with elements of minimal music while at the same time never straying far from the Jazz tradition. Oscar’s performance is immaculate throughout, showing his full control of technique. This album would be at home in any piano lover’s collection no matter what your favorite music style is.

In ‘Two Suits For Jazz Orchestra’, Featuring: Dave Liebman Oscar Del Barba has been released from the Jazz Big Band witness protection program, or so it seems. This award winning Italian composition master is a name which jazz supporters will have to take note of. Filled with melodic hues and shades, Del Barba has approached a range of musical genres (Jazz, Cuban, Argentinean, Brazilian music) which, together with his classical thoughts, have given rise to an original personal style influencing his compositions as well as his improvisation.