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Tony Cigna

Drummer, composer, percussionist, producer, music teacher, Tony Cigna, born in Italy, started to play music while very young, cultivating, from the very beginning, a great interest for jazz-music and everything that surrounded the jazz-scene. After having finished his studies, he decided to dedicate all his time to music, participating in various groups and jazz-festivals.
In 1979 he participated at "Brazilian music and rhythms " with the Brazilian percussionist Afonso Vieira. In 1984 he frequented the courses of Berklee college of music and had Jimmy Cobb as docent.
In the same period he played with the big-band conducted by the saxophonist Paul Jeffrey at the Umbria International Jazz festival.

In 1985, in Italy he collaborated with musicians such as the Canadian tenor saxophonist and flute player Larry Nash, the alto and soprano player Gianni Gebbia, the double-bass player Lelio Giannettoand Orazio Maugeri and the American trumpet player and composer Jeff Silvertrust.

In 1986 he transferred to Danmark [Copenhagen] where he made some master classes with Ed Tighpen docent at the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen. After having established himself in Danmark, in 1987, he collaborated with, amongst others, Jacob Riis, Asger Siiger, Marco Spallanzani, some very talented musicians.

In 1991, together with the tenor saxophonist Thomas Agergaard, the pianist Nikolaj Hess and the double-bass player Ole Rasmussen, he recorded "To meet again", which was produced and distributed by the danish jazz label Olufsen Records. For many years now, Tony Cigna has been working as free lance and sideman in different groups and recordings and as a music teacher on full time scale at the civic music schools.

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