GABRIELE RUSSO, a musician from Umbria, is co-founder of the Ensemble Micrologus for which he is involved in researching about organology and performance practice of string instruments of the medieval period. Classically trained and rock (violin and guitar) he is also an interpreter of traditional Umbrian music, with the Sonidumbra, as an instrumentalist (violin, guitar and mandolin).
The progressive acquisition of performance techniques of various string instruments of the European and non-European tradition (Calabrian lyre, rebab, traditional violin etc.) will enable him to collaborate with a number of groups performing author music and song writers such as the Fratelli Mancuso, with whom he recorded a CD on Sicilian traditional music with Ambrogio Sparagna and Raffaello Simeoni.
He has given concerts, mainly with Micrologus, both in Italy and abroad playing for the most important Early Music Festivals. He has participated in the production of 29 CDs of medieval music as well as other recordings and collaborations, guesting with well-known names in the panorama of oral tradition and experimental music, such as Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Giovanna Marini, Daniele Sepe, Novalia, Vinicio Capossela.
In addition to this concert activity, he has performed, in collaboration with the other musicians of Micrologus, some important soundtracks of Italian films such as ‘Ragazzi fuori’ by Marco Risi, ‘Mediterraneo’ by Gabriele Salvatores,Oscar winner for best foreign film ’92, “Silenzio si nasce” by Giovanni Veronesi.
He also composed several soundtracks for short films on St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi and on Giotto,as well as music for contemporary dance performances and other productions.
He has given Seminars and Courses in various European Schools: in Antwerp, Belgium, in La Citè de la Musique in Paris, at l’Abbaye de Royaumont in France, at Jaroslaw in Poland, at the International Courses of Early Music in Urbino, of Orte (TR Italy), of Maccagno (VA Italy), in Copenhagen, Switzerland (Mendrisio), CIMM in Valldigna Spain.
Since 2009, with the other musicians of Micrologus, he has been teaching at the International Courses of Medieval Music at the “Adolfo Broegg” Study Center in Spello (PG), Umbria.
He is teacher of “Ensemble music for voices and instruments of traditional music ” at the A. Casella Conservatory of L’Aquila.
He is teaching Fiddle and Rebec at the Accademia Resonars in Assisi
He has been Artistic Director of the “Spello Splendens” Festival since 2010.
He has given seminars and workshops in various European centres: in Antwerp, Belgium; at the Cité de la Musique in Paris; at the Abbaye de Royaumont in France; Jaroslaw in Poland; at the international centre for early music, Musica Antica in Urbino; in Orte (TR Italy); Maccagno (VA Italy); in Copenhagen and in Mendrisio, Switzerland.
From 2009, has has been teaching, alongside the other musicians of Micrologus, at the International Annual Summer Courses at the Centro Studi “Adolfo Broegg” in Spello, Umbria.
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