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Giulio Granati

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Biography of Giulio Granati

He was born in Rome (Italy) on December 27th 1956. When he was 6 years old, he started studying piano. At the age of 16 he carried on studying the pop, rock and jazz musical genres. His big versatility gave him the chance to make a living with music by working in many different situations and musical environments.

During the early 80s he moved to Germany where he dedicated himself more to jazz music, studying and working with different local musicians.

When he came back to Switzerland in 1983 he put together a lot of different kind of bands, ranging from fusion to jazz music.

During that period he was member of many bands like Studio, Musaik and several smaller "combos" with musicians from the Italian scene.

It is worth remembering, among these, the trio with the guitar player Gigi Cifarelli and the doublebass player Paolo Dalla Porta.

In the second half of 80s he published a record called "Ad un amico" together with the Many Rhythms & Blues Band.

In those years he deepened the study of different instruments, and with this new knowledge acquired he had the possibility to develop what he liked the most: composition and arrangement.

At the end of 80s he had a stand-by moment and he decided to go back to his European roots. From that moment started his very proficous compositive period.

From that period the CD "Cornici e Childrens Songs" (1989) and "Alchimie" (1991), both with the collaboration of the flute player Christian Gilardi.

After that a new stand-by period came.

After this period of silence came a return to jazz music. In 1993 he created a trio with the drums player Ivano Torre and the double-bass player Marco Danese and in 1994 released their first music work "Across My Universe".

In the same period he recorded the third opera with Christian Gilardi: "Note di poesia" and then a record produced for a television show called Hotel Fortuna.

From the fusion of those two different situations was born the band Musaik. With this band he participated to many reviews in France, Italy and Switzerland and he published also the CD "In town".

At the end of 1998 from a session of the trio with Luca Garlaschelli on bass and Francesco Dauria on drums the CD "Live at the Principe Leopoldo" was released.

At the beginning of 1999 the drummer Silvano Borzacchiello replaced Francesco Dauria. One year later Riccardo Fioravanti replaced Luca Garlaschelli for a new CD recorded at the studios of the Swiss Italian Radio on May 22-23, 2000 and published in October by the label ALTRISUONI with the title "My first pairs of glasses".

On February the 10th 2001 he recorded his first piano solo CD titled "Dreams" for the Italian label MAP.

On May 2002 , as a quartet , he recorded for the label ALTRISUONI the CD "In The Mood", with Michael Rosen on Tenor and Soprano Saxophones , Stefano DallOra on bass and Silvano Borzacchiello on drums, published in March 2003 (AS 119 ). During the Swiss tour they recorded the concert at the Moods in Z├╝rich (12.06.03) that was then to be published as "Live at Moods" in March 2004 .

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