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Francesco Cusa

Drummer and composer, Francesco Cusa was born in Catania in 1966. He played with well-known musicians such as con Paolo Fresu, Tino Tracanna, Attilio Zanchi, Marco Micheli, Bruno Tommaso, Larry Smith, Walter Schmocker, Lauro Rossi, Gianni Gebbia, Fabrizio Puglisi, Stefano De Bonis, Guglielmo Pagnozzi, Domenico Caliri, Luigi Mosso, Edoardo Marraffa, Cristina Zavalloni, Lelio Giannetto, Alberto Capelli, Riccardo Pittau, Mirko Sabatini , Jay Rodriguez, Butch Morris, Jon Rose, Michel Godard, Kenny Wheeler, Garbis Dedeian, Steve Lacy, Tim Berne, Stefano Anna, Pietro Ciancaglini, Paolino Dalla Porta, Roy Paci, Elliot Sharp, Saadet Türköz, Flying Luttembachers, Andy Sheppard, Michael Riessler, Yves Robert, Giorgio Conte, Fred Giuliani, Zu, Mohammed El Bawi, E. Glerum, Assif Tsahar, Natalia M.King, Lionel Rolland , Dj.Pushy, Christophe Monniot, Tanja Feichtmair, Manu Codjia, Emil Spany, Arrington De Dionyso, the dancers Cinzia Scordia and Florence La Porte , the visual artist Fred Gautnier, and the writers collectif Wu Ming.

He was the promoting partner of Bassesfere's collective and actually is envolved in the cultural association for improvised and avant-garde music "Ex B." and with the project/label "Improvvisatore Involontario".He performed in several international music festivals in Francia, Romania, Croazia, Slovenia,Bosnia/Erzegovina, Olanda, Germania, Svizzera, Austria,Ungheria, Norvegia, Spagna. Apart from being the leader of the quintet/trio "Impasse", of the sextet "66six", of the trio F.
Cusa"Skrunch" and of the re-sonorization project for the movies "AURORA", "SOLOMOVIE" plays Buster Keaton, "THE BODY HAMMER", "PER UN PUGNO DI DOLLARI",and co-leader of TRIONACRIA, ZERO TOLERANCE with DJs Max & Fab and Gianni Gebbia, SWITTERS, ALTOMARIA, I NEGRI VOLANTI. He collaborates with the following groups: Cristina Zavalloni OPEN QUARTET, TRINKLE TRIO (feat. Michel Godard), the drums duo COMPLEXE MACHINE.
Drummer and composer, Francesco Cusa was born in Catania in 1966 and started approaching jazz around 1986.

He is mainly a self-tought musician, but he took part to various clinics and drums stages, among which "Siena Jazz", where he studied with Bruno biriaco, Roberto Gatto and Ettore Fioravanti.

He also gradueted at DAMS ( Department of Arts, Music and Show at Bologna University) discussing a work about the `extramusical elements in the jazz performance', and studied composition with M°Alfredo Impullitti.

1988
He moves to Bologna and starts collaborating with Fabrizio Puglisi, Stefano De Bonis, Guglielmo Pagnozzi, Domenico Caliri, Cristina Zavalloni, Alberto Capelli, Riccardo Pittau, Mirko Sabatini, Lullo Mosso, Edoardo Marraffa and other young talents standing out in the Bologna scene. They give birth together to the musical association BASSESFERE, an ensemble which aims at promoting improvised music and increasing the research in that field.At the same time, he performs with well-known musicians such as Paolo Fresu, Tino Tracanna, Attilio Zanchi, Marco Micheli, Bruno Tommaso, Larry Smith, Walter Schmocker, Lauro Rossi, Gianni Gebbia, Jay Rodriguez, Butch Morris, Jon Rose, Michel Godard, Kenny Wheeler, Garbis Dedeian, Steve Lacy, Tim Berne, Stefano Anna, Pietro Ciancaglini, Paolino Dalla Porta, Roy Paci, Elliot Sharp, Saadet Türköz, Flying Luttembachers, Andy Sheppard, Michael Riessler, Yves Robert, Giorgio Conte, Fred Giuliani, Zu, Mohammed El Bawi, E. Glerum, Assif Tsahar.

1994
Recording of the CD "Amaremandorle" with T.A.O. (published by the record label Y.V.P. music). With this group he performs very often both in Italy and Germany (Munich, Ulm, Wheinheim, Stuttgart) also with the trumpet player Paolo Fresu as a special guest. In the same year, he records the CD "Suite n.1 per quintetto doppio" with the group "Specchio Ensemble", produced by the label CAICAI. This group performs in many festivals, among which Angelica (International Music Festival), and in places such as Podewill Theater in Berlin and Bimhuis in Amsterdam.

1995
He works on the Sergio Leone' movie "Per un pugno di dollari" elaborating the original soundtrack by Ennio Morricone and giving birth to a new project, which also involves live improvisations on images. This project has been realized, so far, with the musicians Edoardo Marraffa, Gianni Gebbia and Fabrizio Puglisi.

1996
Recording the CD "Danse à Rebours" with the "Cristina Zavalloni Open Quartet"(published by Y.V.P. music too) and the CD "L'Inferno dei polli" with the group "Jorge"(published by Splasc(h) records).In the same year he creates "Impasse", a musical project about J.Prévert's poetry to wich, take part the actors Claudio Melchior and Massimo Cattaruzza and the musicians Guglielmo Pagnozzi, Gianni Gebbia, Cristina Zavalloni. They perform together and record the CD"About J.Prévert" (1997). Always in 1997, birth of the ensemble Francesco Cusa "66six", with Edoardo Marraffa, Riccardo Pittau, Tiziano Popoli, Alberto Capelli and Vincenzo Vasi; this ensemble has worked at the project "Du Démon et autre questions". In april '98 he tours Germany (Ulm, Esslingen) with the OPEN QUARTET plus French tuba player Michel Godard, and in May he performs with SPECCHIO ENSEMBLE at "Angelica" international music festival. In the same year recording, with CMC rec. , of the cd "Come valersi non servilmente di B.Brecht" with the Cristina Zavalloni "Open Quartet" feat. Michel Godard. In november, during the festival "Jazz in Town",performing with Tim Berne and Steve Lacy.

1999
February: He gives birth to "Trionacria" with G.Gebbia and Roy Paci. Opening the Metasatasio Jazz Festival" with an original production placed on order for the Metastasio Foundation (Prato Italy): it deals with the addition of a new soundtrack to the silent movie "Aurora" (1927) by Murnau. Birth of this project togheter with Cristina Zavalloni.

May: performing at Bimhuis (Amsterdam) with the"Open Quartet" and Michel Godard.

June: performing at "Milano Music Fest" with Trionacria, (with RoyPaci, G.Gebbia) that open the concert of Masada (J. Zorn ) (19). playing in Palermo for the Brass Group Jazz Fest with"Rosenoir", (Gebbia, Stefano Anna e Pietro Ciancaglini) (21).

July: performing in Catania at the Catania Jazz Fest with "Trinkle Tinkle" about the music of T. Monk (Michel Godard tuba, Paolo Sorge and Lino Costa guitar) (11).

September: foundation with the others members of the new label "Bassesferec", that produce the cd: F.Cusa "66six" - Du Démon et autres questions - . Playing in Bologna in Bassesfere Festival "Jazz a Palazzo Bargellini" with the Open Quartet, the F.Cusa "66six", the Impossibili of G. Pagnozzi. Performing in Palermo with Trionacria for the Curva Minore Fest (30).

Ottobre: performing in Palermo with the Ensemble Curva Minore conduct by Elliot Sharp. He plays in Konstanz (Germany) with Specchio Ensemble (30).

Novembre: performing in Bolzano at the festival dedicated to Pierpaolo Pasolini with the "Jorge" Ensemble and the actor Massimo Cattaruzza (4). Playing in Bergen in (Norway) with the C. Zavalloni Open Quartet + M. Godard e Roy Paci (7). Recording with "Conjura" (Roy Paci, Fred Casadei, Ninni Morgia, F. Cusa) the cd CONJURA, for the Etnagigante Rec. Foundation of the trio F. Cusa "Skrunch", with Fred Casadei and Gaetano Santoro.

2000

July: performing at the "Europa Jazz Festival di Noci" with Trionacria (7)

October: performing in Ravenna and Bologna (Mama's, ITC) with the project "Impasse" guest Andy Sheppard (new soundtrack to the silent movie "Aurora" by Murnau). Performing at the festival of Rive de Gier and Bolzano with Trionacria (17 and 18).

November:foundation of "Zero Tolerance" with dj Max & Fab + Roy Paci. Performing in Germany with Trionacria in Mainz ("Akut" festival) and in Wuppertal (10,11). Performing in Ravenna and Bologna (Mama's, ITC) with the F.Cusa "Skrunch", guest Michael Reissler, (14,18).
2001:

Jenuary:performing in Holland with the C.Zavalloni "Open Quartet" + Roy Paci ed Yves Robert at Hertogenbosh (25), at Bimhuis di Amsterdam (27) and at Eindhoven (29).

March:birth, with Francesca Scarinci and Guglielmo Pagnozzi, to the musical association " Ex B.". Self-production of the cd F. CUSA "SKRUNCH" "Skrunch", e del F. CUSA "66six" "Senza conservanti e addensanti". Touring from 6 to 31 with Trionacria in Holland, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croazia.

April: playing at ITC in S:Lazzaro with the performance "Ultrapop vs Ultrabop" (27 e 28).

May: playing with Trionacria in Montemarciano (An) for Amnesty International (2and in Torino for"Interplay" dance\musical festival(3). Playing with Zero Tolerance in Slovenia, for the "Cerkno Jazz festival" (26 e 27).

June:He organize in collaboration with the Circolo Culturale "Nievski" the third edition of the "Musiche Contro" festival. Performing in France with theRoy Paci's Banda Jonica in Toulon and Chateauvallon (15 e 16).July, August, September. Performing with Crash for "Musiche Contro" (14). Playing with Zero Tolerance at Mercati Generali di Catania (2) and in Torino ("Jazz ai Giardini Reali") (8). Playing with his trio "Skrunch" for "Musiche Contro" (5).Playing with Impasse the new soundtrack of the silent movie "Aurora" for"Musiche Contro" (22). Performing with the Open Quartet in Altamura (BA), ("Jazz ed altro") (5).

October: touring with "Skrunch" in Slovenia, Croazia e Bosnia and North of Italy(from 16th to 27th ).

November: touring with Roy Paci's Banda Jonica in Austria (Vienna and Wels for the"Music Unlimited Jazz Fest." ) and in Italy (Faenza ) (8,9,10). Playing with Zero Tolerance in Venezia at Teatro di Villa Belvedere (18).

December: playing in duo with Gebbia at the "ZO", in Catania, for the first edition of "Microonde".

2002

Jenuary: playing with the saxophonist Claudio Lugo for the performance "G-HATE", (Nievski, Catania) (4). Playing in Genova (Palazzo Ducale) (12) and at the ITC in S:Lazzaro (18) with the performance "Ultrapop vs Ultrabop" with Zero Tolerance in "Slovenia sketches" playing movies from the Slovenski filmski archiv pri Arhivu Republike Slovenije (Archivio filmico della Slovenia) at the ITC di S, Lazzaro (17)


February: playing in duo with Gebbia and the ZU at Bloom in Palermo (21).

March:playing with Trinkle Trio (Michel Godard - tuba, Paolo Sorge - guitar, Francesco Cusa - drums) at the Teatro Piscator in Catania for CT Jazz (1) and in Palermo for the Vaneo Open Jazz Fest 2002 (2).Performing for the artistic collectif Cane Capovolto for the project "Macchina Disorganizzata" at the ZO in Catania (5).He plays with "Skrunch" in Catania for the Vaneo Open Jazz Fest (3), at the Candelai in Palermo (7), at the Teatro Piscator in Catania per CT Jazz (11) and at the Container in Bologna (15).Playing with MLUK (Mohammed El Bawi - canto, percussioni Gianni Gebbia - a.saxFred Casadei - bass Francesco Cusa - batteria) in Torino for the festival Musiche 90 (26)

Aprile/May:performing with the dancer Cinzia Scordia in the performance "Bbalata", at the Candelai di Palermo (21 e 22).
Touring with ZERO TOLERANCE (European Tour 2002) in Trieste, Meldola (Area Sismica), Groningen (Grand Theatre), Amsterdam (Bimhuis), Wuppertal, Zagreb (Zedno Uho Festival), : Maribor, Lubiana (Cineteca Slovena), Lubiana (Gromki Theatre), Torino (Interplay Festival 2002), Marsiglia (Grim), (from 26th/4 to 21th/5).

June:playing with the drummer Ruggero Rotolo in the project "Complexe Machine" at the ZO in Catania (9).Playing with Trionacria in Catania for the festival "Lapilli" (26).

July:playing with "Switters" at "The Avant Gard Fest" in Sampieri (Ragusa) (21)

August:playing with Carlo Natoli for the live soundtrack: of the movie "TETSUO 2. - The Body Hammer" at the "The Avant Gard Fest" in Sampieri (Ragusa) (11).Playing with Zero Tolerance at "The Avant Gard Fest" in Sampieri (Ragusa) and at the Mercati Generali in Catania (21, 22).

Settembre:performing in the project"Ancora na notti di ventu" with the poets SEBASTIANO BURGARETTA e BIAGIO GUERRERA , the videos from ALDO PALAZZOLO and the musicians GIANNI GEBBIA,
LELIO GIANNETTO and MIRIAM PALMAfor the festiva l"L'enorme tempo" at the Istituto arte di Catania and in Messina(14,18).

October: performing in Palermo for the festival "Palermo Tutta" with the Lelio Giannetto- Gianni Gebbia special project at the ex Convento di S. Maria dello Spasimo (8). Playing at the Container in Bologna Cristina Zavalloni's Open Quartet (30).


November:birth of Solomovie, a live soundtrack's project of Buster Keaton's movie "Sherlock jr." at "Scenario Pubblico" in Catania (16,17).playing with Skrunch NEW BAND for "Musiche Contro" at the "Nievski" in Catania (18).Performing with the dancer Cinzia Scordia and the photographer Milo for the performance "Processing Bbalata", for the festival "L'enorme tempo" at Mercati Generali di Catania (22).Playing with Zero Tolerance + guest trumpet player Riccardo Pittau and saxophonist Claudio Lugo in Catanzaro, at "Teatro dell'Arca" and Napoli, at "Velvet" for the festival:"Dissonanzen" (27,28).

December:
Touring with Skrunch, in Forlì at AREA SISMICA, in Bologna at EX MERCATO ORTOFRUTTICOLO and in Germany at Caligari in Wiessbaden (7,9,10).Playing with Switters for "Musiche Contro" at the Nievski in Catania and at the Candelai in Palermo (16,17).
Playing with the Francesco Guaiana and Lino Costa Quartet for "Musiche Contro" at the Nievski in Catania (30).

He's also been alernating his carrier as a musician with his teaching activities since 1994, holding workshops at the centre "Antonio De Curtis" and giving drums lessons at "Scuola Ricordi" in Bologna and at Centro Culturale "B. Brecht". From 2002 he start teaching activities at the cultural centre "ZO" in Catania.

Apart from being the leader of the quintet/trio "Impasse", of the sextet "66six", of the trio
F. Cusa"Skrunch" and of the re-sonorization project for the movies "AURORA", "SOLOMOVIE" , "THE BODY HAMMER" and "PER UN PUGNO DI DOLLARI", he collaborates with the following groups: Cristina Zavalloni OPEN QUARTET, TRIONACRIA, ZERO TOLERANCE with DJs Max & Fab and Gianni Gebbia, TRINKLE TRIO (feat. Michel Godard), SWITTERS.

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