Andrea Grossi, born 1992, earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz form “Arrigo Boito” Conservatory in Parma with a score of 110/110 cum laude and academic mention.
He studied double bass and composition with M° Roberto Bonati and he also attended the courses of: Roberto Dani, Alberto Tacchini, Riccardo Luppi, Fabrizio Fanticini and Riccardo Ceni.
He participated in several masterclasses and workshops: Bruno Chevillon, Misha Alperin, Franco D’Andrea, Gianluigi Trovesi, Sidsel Endresen, Marcus Miller, Tor Yttredal, Morten Halle, Federico Sanesi.
His concert activity already has numerous national and international collaboration, including: Barre Phillips, Gyorgy Kurtag, Eyvind Kang, Aruán Ortiz, Marcelo Nisinman, Walter Thompson, Alan Bishop, Sabir Mateen, Michel Doneda, Yves Savary, Paul Roth, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Roberto Masotti, Cristina Zavalloni, Roberto Bonati, Roberto Dani, Giancarlo “Nino” Locatelli, Sebi Tramontana, Cristiano Calcagnile, Daniele Cavallanti, Tiziano Tononi, Walter Prati, Roberto Cappello, Pierpaolo Maurizzi, Riccardo Luppi, Massimo Falascone, Claudio Lugo, Gaetano Liguori, Diana Torto, Guido Bombardieri, Paolo Tomelleri, Paolo Botti, Emanuele Parrini, Beppe Caruso, Alberto Mandarini, Mario Arcari, Andrea Dulbecco, Danilo Grassi, Camilla Battaglia, Laura Conti, Gaia Mattiuzzi, Beatrice Arrigoni, Olivia Salvadori, Sandro Mussida, Alessandra Novaga, Alberto Tacchini, Alberto Braida, Marco Dalpane, Luca Tilli, Gianpiero Malfatto, Francesco Bossaglia, Massimiliano Milesi, Roberto Del Piano, Filippo Monico, Fulvio Maras, Stefano Giust, Luca Perciballi, Francesco Fiorenzani, Carlo Maria Nartoni and many others.
He has performed in important festivals and theaters in Italy (Blue Note, Festival Verdi, AngelicA, ParmaJazz Frontiere, Bergamo Jazz, Iseo Jazz, Barga Jazz Festival, Ground Music Festival, L’Altro Suono, Pisa Jazz, Il Ritmo Delle Città, Ritratti, Festival della Chitarra di Pescara, Ah Um Jazz Festival, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Farnese di Parma, Auditorium Toscanini di Parma, Teatro al Parco de L’Aquila, Teatro Dal Verme di Milano, Sala Verdi di Milano, Teatro Comunale “Luciano Pavarotti” di Modena, Teatro Storchi di Modena and many others), Spain (Festival Escena Mobile) France (Chalon-Sur-Saone Festival) Germany (Jazz&Joy Festival of Worms), Switzerland (Teatro di Banco) and Norway (Oslo Jazz Festival).
He is mainly active in avant-jazz, post-bop and improvised music. He is also often involved in jazz, classical and contemporary music, and sometimes even in pop music (in which he has worked as session man recording “Consequenza Logica”, an album by Matia Bazar and alive with the Sanremo Orchestra). He also recorded the Italian TV jingle for Paramount Pictures Channel.
He is currently leader of Blend 3 trio (with alto sax player Manuel Caliumi and guitarist Michele Bonifati) and leader of the Blend Orchestra (a 12 elements ensemble).
The union between Blend 3 and the amazing voice of Gaia Mattiuzzi has given life to Songs and Poems, project about the sound of words, an exploration of the “voices” of some great Poets.
He also collaborates with several groups in jazz and improvised music (ParmaFrontiere Orchestra and Chironomic Ensemble by Roberto Bonati, Pipeline by Giancarlo “Nino” Locatelli, in trio with Michel Doneda and Filippo Monico, Milano Music Collective, Nexus by Daniele Cavallanti & Tiziano Tononi, Idea Trio by Gaetano Liguori; Takla Jazz Trio by Filippo Monico, Extemporary Vision Ensemble by Francesco Chiapperini, Beatrice Arrigoni 4et, the band I am a Fish) and in classical and contemporary music ensembles (in the GMC by Danilo Grassi, in the MG_INC Orchestra, in the Ensemble ’05 by Massimo Felici and Antonia Valente and as a chamber duo with the pianist Gledis Gjuzi).
In the performative arts he collaborates with the contemporary dancer and choreographer Laura Matano and her XL Collective; with SParsi, a sound painting group of musicians and dancers conducted by Giancarlo “Nino” Locatelli; in audio/video performances, with the very important photographer and video maker Roberto Masotti and his Tai NoOrchestra.
He has been invited to several tv shows: “Gazebo” on Rai3 National television as part of the Italian trio of Aruan Ortiz; “Fantastico” on Zelig TV.
He also works with the tv conductor Giampaolo Gambi in his theatre performances.
In 2016 the “Beatrice Arrigoni Quartet” is given the MIDJ Prize as Best Jazz Band Under 30 of Lombardia and Emilia Romagna.
In 2017 he played at Patti Smith’s laurea honoris causa celebration hosted by the Parma University.
In 2018 the Compagnia Danzability is part of the International Contest for Coreography held by Festival Escena Mobile in Siviglia with the performance “Exit” by Laura Matano with live music by Andrea Grossi.
In The same year won the National Composition Contest “Il Cinema Ritrovato. Concerti per film silenziosi in luoghi inattesi” by Cineteca di Bologna, writing the music for the silent movie “Les Bordes de la Tamise d’Oxford à Windsor” (Francia/1914, 6’)
In 2019 with Andrea Grossi Blend 3 won New Generation Jazz 2019 promoted by I-Jazz and Mibact.
Special Mention at the International Prize “Giorgio Gaslini” in 2019.
Discography as leader:
- Four Winds – Andrea Grossi Blend Orchestra – 2020 – We Insist! Records
- Lubok – Andrea Grossi Blend 3 – 2019 – We Insist! Records
Discography as sideman:
- Tombè de la Voüte – KORR (Michel Doneda, Andrea Grossi, Filippo Monico) – 2020 – We Insist! Records
- Kakuan Suite – Trio Pipeline (Giancarlo “Nino” Locatelli, Andrea Grossi, Cristiano Calcagnile) – 2020 – We Insist! Records
- Nine Darts Finish – I Am A Fish – 2020
- Whirling Leaves – Roberto Bonati Chironomic Orchestra – 2019 – ParmaFrontiere
- Chirality – Eyvind Kang – 2019 – I Dischi di AngelicA
- Prayer – Pipeline 8 (Giancarlo “Nino” Locatelli) – 2018 – We Insist! Records
- Il Suono Improvviso – Roberto Bonati Chironomic Orchestra – 2018 – ParmaFrontiere
- Innerscape – Beatrice Arrigoni 4tet – 2018 – EMME Records
- The Big Earth – Francesco Chiapperini Extemporary Vision Ensemble – 2018 – Rudi Records
- Organic Gestures Trio – Luca Perciballi
- Songs and Poems – Andrea Grossi Blend 3 with Gaia Mattiuzzi