Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Cusa, Francesco, drummer, composer; b. Catania, Italy, 20 July 1966. He is a mainly self-taught musician, and became involved in jazz around 1986 and attended various clinics including "Siena Jazz", where he studied with Bruno Biriaco, Roberto Gatto and Ettore Fioravanti. He also graduated from Bologna University, studying composition with M Alfredo Impullitti, and writing about extramusical elements in jazz performance, a topic that remains central to his work which is often multi-media.
In 1988 he moved to Bologna and began working 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. They created the musical association BASSESFERE, which aims at promoting improvised music.At the same time, he performed with Paolo Fresu, Tino Tracanna, Attilio Zanchi, Marco Micheli, Bruno Tommaso, Larry Smith, Walter Schmocker, Gianni Gebbia, Jay Rodriguez, Butch Morris, John Rose, Michel Godard, Kenny Wheeler, Garbis Dedeian.
In 1994, he recorded with T.A.O. and performed with them often in Italy and Germany. He has written works for the "Specchio Ensemble," which performs in many festivals, including Berlin and Amsterdam. In '95 elaborated the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone for Sergio Leone's film "A Fistful of Dollars," adding improvisations by Edoardo Marraffa, Gianni Gebbia and Fabrizio Puglisi. In 1996 he created "Impasse", a musical project on J.Prevert's poetry for actors and musicians. In 1997, he formed his own "66six", with Edoardo Marraffa, Riccardo Pittau, Tiziano Popoli, Alberto Capelli and Vincenzo Vasi.
He regularly performs at festivals throughout Italy. He has taught in Bologna since 1993, holding workshops at the centre "Antonio De Curtis" and giving drum lessons at "Scuola Ricordi." in Bologna.
T.A.O.: Amaremandorle (1994); Specchio Ensemble: Suite no. 1 per quintetto doppio (1995); Francesco Cusa Impasse: su Jacques Prevert (1997)
URL (Bassesfere): http://www.comune.bologna.it/iperbole/bassfere
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