Olivia Bignardi

(Born in 10th July 1968, in Rome), composer, clarinetist, saxophonist. Member of the choir of the Filarmonica Romana in Roma until 1980, from 1982 she studied percussion with David Searcy at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milano, clarinet with John Iuliano and later at the DAMS (Discipline delle arti, della musica e dello spettacolo) in Bologna. Since 1990 she has been active in Bologna scene playing with various groups, and in 1993 she was one of the founders of the “Scuola Popolare di Musica Ivan Ilich” where she teaches clarinet and ensemble music. She works with many national festivals including "Jazz in it", "Time in Jazz", "Women in Jazz" and her presence is equally active in the jazz clubs of Europe. In 2009 she participated in the project "Stormy Suite".
Selected works and discography: In 1995 she wrote her first work for voice, clarinet, alto sax, accordion, piano and bass guitar recorded in the CD "Fastilio", followed in 1996 by "Geco Rettile Nostalgico" and "Uruk's Tablets" for guitar quartet , included in the CD "Ayaya Moses." On commission of the "Angelica Festival "in Bologna, she wrote "Il tempio delle nudità "performed by the "Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna", and in 2000, for the “Fondazione Arena di Verona”, she wrote "Riso soffiato" and the suite "Mucca Savia"included in the CD "Uccellacci". In 2006 she wrote several works for a clarinet quartet, “Senti senti”, “Money shuffle” e “Camel disper” recorded in 2008. She has an extensive discography as a musician, soloist, co-leader and author, including: A Propos de...“ (1993), “Colpi secchi/Giro di basso” (1996), “Sevastopol” (2002), “Acrobati folli e innamorati” (2004), “Ance Migratorie” (2008).

(Roma 10 Luglio 1968), compositrice, clarinettista, sassofonista. Membro del coro della Filarmonica Romana fino al 1980, dal 1982 ha studiato percussioni con David Searcy presso la Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano e clarinetto con Giovanni Iuliano e successivamente al DAMS di Bologna. Dal 1990 è attiva nella scena bolognese suonando con diverse formazioni e nel 1993 è stata tra i fondatori della Scuola Popolare di Musica Ivan Ilich dove insegna clarinetto e musica d‟insieme. Lavora con molti festival nazionali incluso “Jazz in it”, “Time in jazz”, “Women in jazz” ed altrettanto attiva è la sua presenza nei jazz club d‟Europa. Nel 1995 ha scritto i suoi primi lavori per voce, clarinetto, sax alto, fisarmonica, pianoforte e basso elettrico presenti nel cd “Fastilio” seguito, nel 1996, da “Geco Rettile Mialgico” e “Uruk‟s Tablets” per quartetto di chitarre, inseriti nel CD “Ayaya Moses”. Su commissione dell‟”Angelica Festival” di Bologna, ha scritto “Il tempio delle nudità” eseguito dall‟Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, e nel 2000, per la Fondazione Arena di Verona, ha composto “Riso soffiato” e la suite “Mucca Savia” incluso nel CD “Uccellacci”. Del 2006 sono diversi i lavori per un quartetto di clarinetti: “Senti senti”, “Money shuffle” e “Camel disper” incisi discograficamente nel 2008. Nel 2009 ha partecipato al progetto “Stormy Suite”. Ha una copiosa discografia come strumentista, solista, co-leader ed autrice tra i quali: “A Propos de...“ (1993), “Colpi secchi/Giro di basso” (1996), “Sevastopol” (2002), “Acrobati folli e innamorati” (2004), “Ance Migratorie” (2008).

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Paola Bozzalla Gros

(Italy), composer. She gained diploma in Composition at the "Conservatorio G. Verdi" in Tourin with Giuseppe Elos. In 2006 she attended the "Gamo" composition course with Alessandro Solbiati in Florence and in the years 2007 and 2008 the "Corso di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale" with Azio Corghi at the "Accademia Filarmonica" in Bologna. Since 1998 she has been maestro collaboratore of the "Gruppo Vocale e Strumentale Eufoné" in Ciriè (Torino). Her work Psalm CL has been performed in several Italian cities (Asti, Torino, Aosta, Cremona).
Awards: 1st prize at the Composition competition promoted by the "Ente Concerto Castello di Belveglio" (At), 2005, with the premiere in the 2005/2006 concert series; 1st prize at the Composition competition on the occasion of the Summer Course in Castellabate (SA), 2005; her work Luz musical was finalist at the "Concorso di Composizione Musica e Arte" in 2006 and was performed at the "Auditorium Parco della Musica" in Rome in April 2006; "Diploma d'Onore" for the composition category at the "Concorso TIM – Torneo Internazionale di Musica", 2008.
Pubblications: she published an essay on Music and Liturgy and a composition for organ in the volume L'organo Concone della chiesa parrocchiale di Corio. Memorie e sfide di un restauro, published by Effatà.

Pernille Bévort

(born in 1966 in Lyngby, Copenhagen), tenor, soprano and alto saxophone, vocal, band leader and composer. Pernille Bévort is a graduate of the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark (1989-1993). Since 1995 she has been leader of several diverse ensembles. At present these include her trio, Bévort 3, and the septet RADIO BÉVORT. So far Pernille has released 8 CD's as a bandleader, composer and arranger. She has also composed for several other ensembles. Among these are The Copenhagen Art Ensemble, United Notions Saxophone Quartet and A Variety of ToneArt workshop ensembles. Apart from working with small ensembles, Bévort has performed with several professional Big Bands in Denmark during the last decade; The Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band, Kroner's New Music Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band and Klüver's Big Band, among others. As a member of The Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band and as a frequent substitute with the Danish Radio Big Band, she has performed with many international artists. Among these are: Randy Brecker, Tony Coe, Putte Wickman, Tim Hagans and Richard Bona. K. Furthermore,. From 2011 to 2013 she was part of the Danish Arts Foundation's committee for rhythmic music. Here she took part in choosing the composers to be awarded.
Works: Radio Bévort with Marcelo Nisinman: Perfect Organization 2011; Playground+1 Cali, 2007; Radio Bevort: 2006; My shop. Cope Records, 2004, Who's Blue? 2002, Pernille Bevort Sextet, recorded June 2000; Back in Business, Pernille Bevort Quartet featuring Lisbeth Diers on percussion 1998; A live Pernille Bevort Quartet, recorded live at the Copenhagen Jazz House 1996.
Awards: Pernille Bévort has been awarded the prestigious Ben Webster Prize, the JASA prize and the LO's Kunstnerlegat in acknowledgement of her work. She has received also several composer grants from The Danish Arts Agency.

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