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Duo Bepi D’Amato (clarinet) and Tony Pancella (piano)



Duo Bepi D’Amato (clarinet) and Tony Pancella (piano)

Vivacissimo Suono Italiano Sydney. Yearly Music Program of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Sydney

The Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney continues with its series of concerts called Vivacissimo Suono Italian Sydney, a cycle made possible by the collaboration with CIDIM - Italian National Music Committee, an organization founded in 1978 with the aim of contributing to the development and promotion of Italian classical and contemporary music abroad.

The third concert of the series features jazz duo Bepi D’Amato (clarinet) and Tony Pancella (piano), who will present their music project program Duke, Monk and viceversa, featuring compositions by Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

The repertoire includes some among the most beautiful compositions by Monk, Ellington, and Strayhorn, entirely re-arranged by the duo. D’Amato and Pancella have worked together for years, and played this programme on several occasions, in particular at the International Jazz Festival in Pescara (2014) and at the Vatican Museum in July 2015.

damato 1Bepi D’Amato was born in Pescara, Italy in 1959. He studied at the Conservatorio di Musica in Pescara with Aldo Settimi and graduated in 1977. Bepi can be considered self‐taught jazz musician, although he obtained a Jazz Music Diploma in 1999 from the Campobasso’s Conservatory of Music. Carlo Loffredo, Romano Mussolini, Marcello Rosa, Larry Franco, Dado Moroni are only a number of Italian musicians Bepi has collaborated with; he also still features as a soloist in the Italian Big Band directed by Marco Renzi; he also often collaborates with Tony Pancella. Bepi D’Amato has also collaborated with a number of American musicians, including: Tony Scott, Buddy De Franco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jon Faddis, Larry Willis, Gary Smulyan, Ira Coleman, Jimmy Woode, and Bobby Durham. He has also played as a soloist in Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Romani, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Algeria, Brazil, and the United States. Bepi D’Amato is one of the few Italian musicians to have performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York. He has held master classes in several universities (Germany and the US among the others), and has been teaching Jazz Clarinet at the Pescara Conservatory of Music.

Pianist Tony Pancella has been active on the jazz scene for decades and pancella 1 enjoys a high reputations among international critics. He has performed in some at the most prestigious festivals, jazz clubs, and theatres in Italy, the US, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Luxemburg, Israel, Switzerland, France, Greece, England, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, and others. He won the Best New Talent prize in Italy (Rome 1989) in a competition organized by Rome's most prominent jazz‐club, the “Music Inn”, and Best New Emerging Italian Jazz Group (Forlì, 1990) at the 7th annual Forlì Jazz Competition. He also won the first prize together with clarinettist Bepi D'Amato at the 2004 edition of Baronissi Jazz. He has featured in several radio and television programs, both in Italy and abroad. Tony Pancella regularly holds seminars and workshops during his tours abroad. He also teaches privately on a regular basis and in 2004 has been invited to teach piano and advanced harmony to the “Jazzinty Workshop” in Novo Mesto, Slovenia He has been teaching a Master in Music Communication Management at the Università G. D’Annunzio since 2004. Tony Pancella has collaborated with countless musicians on the international scene and his music – some of which stems from collaborations with other musicians – has been recorded by many record labels, including YVP (Germany), Philology, Splasch, Audionika, Abeat (Italy), Mapleshade Records, and MG Music (U.S.).


Limited seats. Booking essential:

The duo will also perform on the 20th of June at the Brisbane Jazz Club:

The concert has been made possible through the collaboration with the Italian Consulate in Brisbane.


Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : CIDIM

Entrance : With fee


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