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Riccardo De Fra
double bass

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Riccardo Del Fra was born in Rome in 1956. He has played with the RAI TV orchestra (italian radio-television) for jazz concerts and movies soundtracks (F.Fellini's La Città delle Donne, L.Cavani's La Pelle, etc).

In 1979 he starts playing with Chet Baker (9 years partnership 12 records and several films). In the 80's, he moves to Paris. He has played also with: Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt, James Moody, Lee Konitz, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, Dave Liebman, etc. Steady bands with Barney Wilen, Bob Brookmeyer, Johnny Griffin; played also with Martial Solal, René Urtreger, Michel Legrand, Georges Arvanitas.

In 1989, he records A Sip of Your Touch, a duets CD with Art Farmer, Dave Liebman, Rachel Gould, Enrico Pieranunzi et Michel Graillier (Grand Prix Fnac), hommage to Chet Baker (reissued in 2007- Nocturne). Contemporary music with the ensemble 2e2m of Paul Mefano (Toru Takemitsu) and traditional music from Brittany with the singer Annie Ebrel (CD Velluto di Luna, Voulouz Loar - Diapason d'or 1999 – Choc Monde de la Musique).

He is the composer of the music for the films of Lucas Belvaux: Pour rire, the trilogy Un couple épatant-Cavale-Après la vie, La Raison du plus faibleThe Law of the Weakest (competition Cannes 2006).

In 2000, he records in duo with Michel Graillier Soft Talk (prix Charles Cros et prix de l'Académie du jazz). In 2004, he becomes the head of the Jazz Department of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) where, in 1998, he had succeeded to Jean-François Jenny Clark as a teacher. In 2005, the CD Roses and Roots (Nocturne).

In November 2006, he receives the Django d'or award (confirmed musician).

In 2007, as director of the Jazz Department of the CNSMDP, with about thirty young students, he attended the 34th IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) convention in New York, where France was the country guest of the year, and where they played concerts for the Gotha of the international jazz world.

In January 2008, Riccardo Del Fra receives the Prix du Musicien Européen de l'Académie du Jazz.

Concerts with his own quartet at the IAJE 35th convention in Toronto.

He composes - and plays live - for three french films from the ‘20s for the Festival Corps et Décors at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. In March, the Cinémathèque de la Danse gives him a Carte Blanche for a unique special concert at la Cinémathèque Française where literature, movies, danse and jazz happily meet.

In April, he conducts and plays his music for big band at the Auditorium of Rome with Maurizio Giammarco and the Orchestra del Parco della Musica. Spring and Summer, tours with CHET MOOD, tribute to Chet Baker in quartet with Enrico Rava, Philip Catherine and Aldo Romano.

October: concerts in Louisiana, in New Orleans, with his own french quintet.

Contacts and Information:
Riccardo De Fra
web: www.riccardodelfra.net
myspace: www.myspace.com/riccardodelfra

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