Liani, pianist, singer, arranger and composer was born in London and lives in
Venice, Italy where he graduated in Anglo American literature with full marks and
honours at the University of Ca' Foscari.
He has studied piano, harmony and history of music at the Conservatorio Benedetto
Marcello and jazz piano with
at CSM in Milan.
Co-founder and president of "Musikarte" a cultural association that organizes musical
and multi media events specifically related to jazz.
has created various projects related to the background and history of afro american
music and jazz:
The concert - lecture "Ritmo e Blues" (a small history of jazz) with which
he took part in the convention "Il jazz e gli scrittori" organized by the Mestre
(Venice) Municipal Library for high school students.
"Jazz e linguaggi" (history, music, literature, poetry) a series of multi
media events featuring the show "From New Orleans to Harlem" (the roots of
afro american music) performed by the
sextet with American singer
and "Jazz, jive and jam", a reading of poems by Langston Hughes with the
accompaniment of a jazz quartet followed by a jam session
Recently he has created the following projects:
"Gospel Nativity", a gospel Christmas show based on "Black Nativity"
by Langston Hughes. The text has been translated into Italian. Le musical part features
two original compositions and arrangements taken from the original version procuced
at the beginning of the sixties
"Ask your mama quintet", from the collecion of poems by Hughes Ask your mama
- 12 moods for jazz. Following the notes that the poet put side by side the text
of the poems Luigi Liani created a sequence of original compositions and traditional
jazz standards, bebop and progressive jazz featuring genres like lieder, calypso,
Jewish and Arab music and keeping Hesitation Blues as a leitmotiv.
local jazz musicians together with local Senegalese musicians. David Boato trumpet
fugelhorn, Stefano Gajon clarinet tenor saxophone, Alice Liani voice, Moulaye Niang
drums Samba N'Djaye djembe
"Seven songs from the seven seas". Seven original compositions in Italian,
Englisn, Spanish and French in which experience acquired while traveling and living
in Italy results in thoughts regarding the present globalization and what it entails.
Problems related to immigration and integration and generally speaking to the life
style that many people seem to follow when they come to the West.
"Uhuru kwanza", in Swahili it means freedom just now. A musical-theatrical
pièce with three musicians rehearsing that play together and that discuss the meaning
and concept of freedom.
"Shantaram" A trip through the Californian musical counterculture of the
sixties and early seventies. Songs by the Byrds, David Crosby and Joni Mitchell
that belong to a genre called Raga rock. For this reason two songs by David Crosby,
Music is love and Guinnevere have been covered together with percussionist Fabio
Lazzarin using tabla and santoor. Traction in the rain follows more Crosby's jazz
identity with Luca Bonvini playing the slide trumpet.
His translation of Langston Hughes' "A Jazz Band in a Parisian Cabaret" was
published in Swinginversi - La poesia jazz in Italia
He is presently arranging and recording a new set of songs that are part of a future
project entitled "Canciones de viaje" as a result of his trip in Senegal,
Spain and Marocco in which he broadened his experience of this postmodern world.:
"La finca abandonada", "Plaza al tripy", "Reliving the sixties
as a sixty year old", "L'erba di Gordana" and "When you think".
Professional musician since 1985 Luigi Liani has performed
in the following venues:
Hotel Excelsior Palace - Lido di Venezia, Hotel Des Bains - Lido di Venezia, Hotel
Danieli - Venice, Hotel Cipriani - Venice, Hotel Cipriani - Asolo, Hotel Bauer Gruenwald
- Venice, Hotel Europa Regina - Venice, Venice - Simplon Orient Express, Hotel Marriott
- Muenchen, Hotel Kempinsky - Dresden, Marylebone Hotel - London, Hotel Norge -
Bergen, Hotel Rica - Oslo, Gran caffè Chioggia - Venice, Gran Hyatt Muskat - Muskat,
Al Vapore (Marghera), Osteria da Codroma (Venice), Round Midnight (Venice), Al Nono
Risorto (Venice), alla Vecia Carbonera (Venice), Paradiso Perduto (Venice) Al Caffè
(Venice), Bistrot de Venise(Venice), Hotel Hungaria Palace (Lido-Venice), Villa
Mabapa (Lido-Venice) Venice Film festival (Lido-Venice), Anglo-Italian association
(Venice), Parco Savorgnan (Venice), Estate del Popoli (Mestre),Bagni Alberoni (Lido-Venice),
Pachuka (Lido-Venice), Auditorium Santa Margherita (Venice) Guernica caffè (S. Donà
di Piave) Marghera Estate Village (Marghera) Hotel Metropole (Venice), Centrale
Restaurant Lounge (Venice)
The Luigi Liani sestet and
performed at Jazz Festival Euromeet (Veneto jazz) in Campiello Pisani in Venice
and opened New Orleans painter Tony Green's exhibition of water colours of jazz
musicians at Jazz Festival Jazz & Image at Villa Celimontana in Rome.
Luigi Liani currently performs as a solo artist, with his duo, trio and quintet
He has a wide repertoire ranging from standards, to evergreens, musical hits, french
songs, bossa nova and italian songs. He sings in Italian, French, English, Portuguese
Contacts and information:
Lungomare Marconi 85,
30126 Lido Venice Italy
cell +39 - 349 -2678898
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