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Thinking Of … Stefano Scodanibbio


Barre Phillips (US) – Double bass
Joëlle Léandre (FR) – Double bass
Christine Hoock (DE) – Double bass
Mark Dresser (US) – Double bass
Barry Guy (GB) – Double Bass
Daniele Roccato (IT) – Double bass
John Eckhardt (DE) – Double bass
Tetsu Saitoh (JP) – Double bass
Sebastian Gramss – Double bass / Composition
Dieter Manderscheid (DE) – Double bass
Hakon Thelin (NO) – Double bass


is an international collaboration project of 11 renowned double bass players from around the world dedicated to Stefano Scodanibbio. The CD, produced and composed by Sebastian Gramss, was released in 2014 for the label WERGO, and can be ordered through their website. Everyone contributed for free. Respecting the wish of Stefano’s widow, Maresa Scodanibbio, all the proceedings from the album will be transferred to Rassegna di Nuova Musica (founded by Stefano). One of the goals of the association is to edit and release Stefano’s complete work as a composer.

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I met Stefano for the first time in 2008. We spent some days at my place in Cologne sharing Italian pasta recipes and walking in the woods talking about the bass and life, in our evenings off playing the bass, sharing compositions, listening to music and hanging out at the rehearsal room in my garden. On other occasions, we had some duo concerts in the area, and collaborations and recordings with players like percussionist Stephan Froleyks and flutist Dorothee Oberlinger.
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Stefano Scodanibbio

Macerata, Italy, June 18, 1956 – Cuernavaca, Mexico, January 8, 2012

Stefano Scodanibbio occupies a central place in the overall history of the double bass and the most prominent place in the history of modern double bass by contributing, as a performer, and especially as a composer, to the revival of the instrument for more than three decades. His work, unprecedented and exemplary, consists of charismatic interpretation of a varied repertoire for the double bass in contemporary music festivals; the release of dozens of works written for him by Bussotti, Donatoni, Ferneyhough, Frith, Globokar, Sciarrino or Xenakis; creation of original bands for improvisation and interpretation – duo with the cello player and improviser Rohan de Saram, duo with the trumpet player and composer Markus Stockhausen, duo performances with Terry Riley, and recitals of music and poetry with Edoardo Sanguineti; and an ability to give the double bass an unerring basis for a truly new music.
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All About Jazz – Eyal Hareuveni

The late Italian double bass master Stefano Scodanibbio, who died untimely in 2012 after a battle with the ALS disease, was a unique artist. A musician who expanded significantly the vocabulary of the double bass, exploring its almost infinite timbral range, and inventor of many extended and experimental techniques. He was also a unique composer and interpreter of of 20th century ground-breaking compositions by such composers as John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis and a role model for forward-thinking double bass players coming from the fields of free jazz, free improvisation and contemporary music.
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