Freddi, bassist, film-music composer, filmmaker, b. Rome, Italy, 23 November
1965. His mother (born Mariana Poswick, Belgian
with Anglo-Spanish origins) and his father (Roberto, Italian) were both painters.
Growing up listening to classical music, his ear was opened to traditional
Umbrian church chants when the family moved from Rome to Umbria, where Guido learned
to play the church organ. Guido begun playing the electric bass in
1979, and he first heard some jazz in
1981, thanks to the Italian guitarist Alex
Adinolfi. Music by
Mingus and later by Jaco Pastorious, Stanley Clarke and
were his inspirations, soon joined by Chick Corea,
Weather Report. When he left Rome to Paris in 1996
he played with Bassidou Compaore' (Burkina Faso traditional songwriter)
Rubens Santana (Brazilian songwriter) and rock-funk and fusion bands. In
Paris Guido begun composing his own music, a free minded mix of jazz, mediterranean,
African and South American music. There he married Ilaria Borrelli, a Neapolitan
filmmaker and writer. In 1997 Guido and Ilaria
moved to New York City where they still live. He now mostly plays the double bass.
In the last 5 years Guido wrote and performed many scores for short movies
and one score for feature movie ("the Strawberry Girl",
2000, G.Polidoro, Golden Bear winner director at the Berlin Film Festival).
He's actually working on the score for the feature movie "Rent-A-Husband" (2003,
I.Borrelli, Miramax film, Brooks Shields, Chevy Chase).
His studies in Anthropology and Ethnomusicology at the Louvain University
(Belgium) and at the University of Rome brought him to many Mediterranean, African
and South American countries bringing many influences into his musical sensitivity.
Since his studies with
Patitucci, Lincoln Goines, Irio O'Farrill, Pedro Aslan,
Hill Greene and others, he played in and around NYC with Bob Quaranta,
Memo Acevedo, Ben Sher, Pietro Freddi, Rye Iizuka,
The Mezz' Riffers, the Ugetsu Collective, Bill Malchow,
Mario Ticlea, Randy Borra, Miho Nozawa, Rodney Green,
Woody Shaw (Jr.) and many other young talented musicians. He's the leader
of two bands: the latin-mediterranean jazz Sextet "Taranta
Steps" and the contemporary jazz "Guido Freddi
Quartet", both performing in NYC area (especially Downtown jazz clubs).
He also co-led the Ugetsu Collective and many jazz duos and trios.
Taranta Steps (1999),
Blending (Ugetsu Collective
2000), ‘Round eleven
(R.Borra trio, 2001)
Quartet (2002), Mariti in Affitto (2004, Bulgarian symphony
Orchestra e Guido Freddi Jazz Quartet) e Come le Formiche (2006,
DR Orchestra e Guido Freddi Jazz trio
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