Stefano Giust

Improviser, drummer, composer of electronic/acousmatic music and producer. His work has focused on the broad spectrum of improvised and experimental music. He considers the practice of improvisation as an important aesthetic form in contemporary music and also an open process compatible with any idiom and musical situation. In the last thirty years he works on these subjects into an acoustic, electric, electronic and audio/video surrounding. As a drummer, his playing focuses on rhythmic pulse and rhythmic destructuration, along with embracing powerful rough angularity, asymmetrical rhythms, noise, silence, timbric intensity and extended techniques.

Born in 1968, he has started to recording his music at the age of 14. Since then, his approach remained uncompromising, firmly independent, embracing a DIY attitude. He has recorded about 90 albums with his own main projects or as co-leader, mostly in the fields of improvised music, free jazz and electronic music.

As a drummer, he has played among others with Gianni Gebbia, Mick Beck, Tobias Delius, Guido Mazzon, Steve Beresford, Kris Wanders, Luc Ex, Tristan Honsinger, Ken Hyder, Eugenio Sanna, Martin Mayes, Clayton Thomas, Vincenzo Vasi, Wolfgang Reisinger, Roy Paci, Liz Allbee, Sakis Papadimitriou, Marcello Magliocchi, Bratko Bibič, Patrizia Oliva, Bob Marsh, Carlo Actis Dato, Gianni Mimmo, Xabier Iriondo, Kanoko Nishi, Nicola Guazzaloca, MaryClare Brzytwa, Luca Miti, Gianni Lenoci, Keiko Higuchi, Edoardo Ricci, Stéphane Rives, Marco Eneidi, Rik van Iersel, Peter Jacquemyn.

He has toured Italy, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenja, Belgium, Poland, Brasil and Vietnam.

Some places he has played in: Hanoi New Music Festival (Vietnam), BRDA Contemporary Music Festival (Slovenja), Mostra SESC de Artes (São Paulo, Brasil), Interpenetration Festival (Graz), MIBnight Jazz Festival (Germany), Axes Beuk Festival/TAC (Eindhoven), Vortex/Mopomoso (London), Area Sismica (I), Drittes Kleines Festival Der Anderen Art (Bern), 48th Venice Biennale (I), ZDB (Lisboa), Fluc (Wien), Wendel (Berlin), Retrograde In The Dromosphere Festival (Poland), La Centrale (Bordeaux), Resonance 104.4FM (London), Festival Sons Libérés (Bruxelles).

As acousmatic/electronic composer, some of his works have been used and commissioned by experimental film directors and video-artists.

In 1993 he founded a radical record label named Setola di Maiale, with DIY attitude; up to now he has produced more than 270 albums involving 400 international musicians; connected to this project, he has also organized 3 festivals.

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