Saturday, January 23, 2016

Eugenio Sanna 13 Questions

Photo Massimo D'Amato- Firenze Italy- 
"Viaggio in autoriflessione" a Lorena Sireno and Eugenio Sanna's installation on a citybus in Pisa

Eugenio Sanna, born in Genoa, Italy on 1953, is  original and versatile guitarist and music therapist, carries out always a research of extreme rigor that knows no compromise. He has participated from 1976 until 1986, to the foundation of the CRIM Center for Research on improvisation Music in Pisa, the city where he currently lives.

Photo by Christian Rizzo- Roma- Italy

He has performed with the most important contemporary musicians and exponents of improvised music but also with artists from other areas of expression: Peter Kowald, Derek Bailey, Roger Turner, Edoardo Ricci, John Zorn, John Canale, Tristan Honsinger, Stefano Bartolini, John Edwards, Joseph Chiari, Edward Marraffa, Steve Noble, Luca Tilli, Tony Rusconi, Sebi Tramontana, Thomas Lehn, Tiziana Bertoncini, Esther Lamneck, Eric Lyon, Ute Volker, Eddie Prevost, Patrizia Oliva, Stefano Giust, Paed Conca, Carlo Actis Dato, Mauro Orselli Phil Minton, Liz Allbee, Marco Cristofolini and many others. Interested in the fusion of different artistic languages, participates in planning and performance with dancers such as Douglas Dunn, Robert Castle, Cheryl Banks, Manrico Fiorentini, Atsushi Takenouchi, Katie Duck, Charlotte Zerbay, Paola Lattanzi.

Photo by Andrea di Sacco

After taking part in the formation of various rock bands, and a country group in the mid-70s he became interested in jazz and improvised music. During this time he performs solo and in duo with Dutch Peter Cousack. In the same years, he founded together with other musicians, critics and operators, the CRIM in Pisa. It takes part in seminars organized by the center, led by Martin Joseph, Milford Graves, Gunther Hampel, Leo Smith, Raphael Garrett and Steve Lacy. Parallel develops a thick musical activity playing regularly in jazz bands and experimental music in various clubs of Tuscany. He's also present in in the various concert editions of the International Festival of Jazz of Pisa and Florence.

with Roberto Castello Photo F. Salvetti

In the early '80s, he met saxophonist Carlo Actis Dato with whom he formed a duo that later became a quartet with the addition of the American singer and saxophonist Irene Robbins Sauro D'Angelo; at the same time, she takes part in various events organized by the CMC Cooperative of Creative Music in Turin. He then moved abroad and in London he meets among others, Roger Turner, John Russell, Taya Fisher, Richard Beswick, Phil Wachsmann, Derek Bailey.

with Edoardo Ricci

Some highlights from a long career plenty of concerts and collaborations: In '86, along with Edoardo Ricci founded the group Padouk, with whom he played the length and breadth of the Italian peninsula and abroad. In '92 he was invited to play in various festivals of the Contraindications of Rome, in a trio with Edoardo Ricci and Filippo Monico and again in '98, in a quartet with Mauro Orselli, Mike Cooper and Jean Marc Montera.

with Phil Minton

In '94, he met the clarinetist and tarogato player, Esther Lamneck. In those years he was invited to participate in interactive works of electronic music, with composer Ron Mazureck, musicians Rene Mogensen and Brian Mallery, the legendary choreographer Douglas Dunn, and the ensemble NYU.

with Esther Lamneck

In '98, he plays in the exhibition Stupid Millennium to keep of Bologna, with a formation of electro-acoustic music Flaming Beauty with Massimo Simonini, Edward Ricci, Edoardo Marraffa and Mirko Sabatini. Also in this year, he took part in the festival Angelica playing duets with Edoardo Ricci and mixed formations with Hans Reichel, Gino Robair, Luca Venitucci, Fabrizio Spera, Mauritius and Elio Martusciello. Eugenio also participates in the exhibition Restless Speed playing in a trio with L.Venitucci and M. Orselli, with the association Jackson Pollock. With percussionist G.Canale, soul playing live, the show Departures directed by Stefano Vercelli.

Photo Tuia Cherici
"The practice of improvised music, is an imperfect practice, uncomfortable, destabilizing, destructuring, exciting, stimulating that always causes astonishment, fury, love, perseverance, in all people that will discover and will cultivate it with humility, kindness and devotion.
Improvisation is a magic that everybody have inside themselves and that can be discovered to enrich their lifes in an important way. In this way we can improvise with music, thought, words, dance or movement of our body, in a process of fundamental relevance.
Art always chases very personal path, I mean connected with the sphere of the individual meant in his daily routine. But as we well know, in the deepest layers of the human psyche, the creative energy doesn't know limits, blocks, differences."
( Eugenio Sanna ) 

by Lorena Sireno, visual artist 

Since 94 'is regularly invited to give lectures on the improvised music from the Department of Electronic Music and Contemporary Art at the New York University, for the students of that university. For twelve years he has been conducting a music workshop in the penitentiary G.Don Bosco in Pisa and from 2001 he is conducting two workshops with expressive and therapeutic purposes, for the association of psychosocial rehabilitation L’Alba, in the same city in which he lives.

Teatro Rossi Aperto Pisa, "Il suono dell'improvvisazione " festival.
  Edoardo Ricci, Eugenio Sanna, Cristina Abati. Photo by Zaira Cestari

Currently he is the creator and host of the permanent workshop The sound of improvisation, whose objective is to spread through the didactic training, the musicians and the audience, the art of improvisation and which is held every fourth Friday of the month at the Theatre Rossi Pisa.

Photo by Cristina Avanzinelli- Lucca Italy

What do you remember about your first approach to sound?

When I was a child, I fall asleep listening to the screeching of trams on rails.

Photo Lorenzo Desiati

How's your musical routine practice?

I practice every day with scales, arpeggios and chords

What's the relevance of technique in music, in your opinion?

The technique is useful in order to evoke by means of it one's sound-musical soul.

Depict the sound you're still looking for, or the sound you'd like to hear.

Sounds presented to us we look for them.

Which is the main pleasure of the strings? What are their main limitation?

The roughness and the asperity given by the rough strings: there are no limits to the kind of sounds they can produce.

Can you describe a sound experience that you believe contributed to your becoming a musician?

Listen to night trams wich passed in the street under my house

What do you recall about your playing learning process?

To play my first electric guitar, an italian Zero Sette solid body after I insert a paintbrush among the strings.

What is your relationship with other art disciplines?

My musical relationship with painting, literature, dance, theatre and let's say also dreams, is of interaction with these different languages.

Where are your roots? What are your secret influences?

Dreams affect me constantly and their messages always induce me to look for my roots in all senses.

Dancer Manrico Fiorentini

What would you enjoy most in an art work?

In any case to improvise is main for me.

What quality do you most empatize with in a musician?

Every musician, through music, speaks about himself to the listener in an empathetic way.

What is some valuable advice that someone has given to you in the past?

As Freddie Green stated: "before you play hang your jacket to the chair ".

What projects are you working on now and what does the future hold?

In this moment I'm carrying out as the creator the workshop and the improvised music exhibition Il Suono dell'Improvvisazione. I'm working on a the new CD with a ten elements band: a real orchestra that completely and totally improvise.

by Lorena Sireno, visual artist

Selected Discography

1988 Padouck 
Splasc(h) Records

1997 Lo Scorfano Miracolato 
Edoardo Ricci Eugenio Sanna
Burp Sonic Inventions

 1997 Improvvisazioni 
Frigorifero Production

1998 Improvvisazioni Quartetto 
 Mike Cooper, Jean-Marc Montera, Mauro Orselli, Eugenio Sanna
Ada Records


2000 Trio Improvisations
Rene Mongensen, Esther Lamneck,  Eugenio Sanna
Knitting Factory


1999 Sunset Boulevard  
Tony Ruscony Orchestra 
VM Boxes Ed.

2000 The Tower of Ping Pong 
Burp Sonic Inventions

2000 Spices  
Lenoci Sanna Orselli 
AFK Records

2000 Le Sette Premonizioni Ortofrutticole
Edoardo Ricci Eugenio Sanna
Burp Sonic Inventions

2002 Habanera  
Tony Rusconi Orchestra 
WM Boxes Ed. 

2002 Jodel del Segafanciullo 
E-N.E.E.M. Project 
Burp Sonic Inventions


2002 Blues on Blue  
Tony Ruscony Orchestra 
W M Boxes Ed.

2005 Ospiti 
Luciana Manca 
Self Released 

2005 I segnali della ritirata 
Edoardo Ricci - Eugenio Sanna - Roger Turner 
Burp Sonic Inventions

2006 “Arte 3-Arte 4” 

W M Boxes 
Ed. Forum della Musica

2007 Intentions 

Esther Lamneck Eugenio Sanna 
Amirani Records 

2008  Live At Ex-Mental Hospital S. Maria Della Pietà - Roma 1/8/2008
Mike Cooper / Eugenio Sanna / D.B.P.I.T. / Cris X

CX Records, Dischi Gatto Alieno 


2008 1/4
Jealousy Party Plus Eugenio Sanna
Burp Publications, Setola Di Maiale


2011 Gamra
Paed Conca, Eugenio Sanna, Patrizia Oliva, Stefano Giust
Setola Di Maiale SM1940

2015 La porta stretta 
Eugenio Sanna
(c29) Tutore Burlato #04

with Claudia Caldarano and Beppe Scardino