Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
di Castri, Furio
di Castri, Furio, bassist, composer, educator; b. Milano, Italy, 12 September 1955. His parents are Luigi (b. 5.4.1927) and Sonia (b. 1.17.1928). He has a brother (Marco) who played the guitar when he was young. Marco was born 8 October 1952.
His family moved first to Argentina, then to Naples and Venezia. There he went to music at 11 years old, playing the trumpet. He moved to the electric bass at age 13. Formerly, he is a self-taught musician, beginning to play with rhythm and blues and progressive-rock bands. He recorded his first album in 1973 (Dedalus) then started with the double bass. In 1978 he moved to Rome, where he started to play with tenor saxophonist Maurizio Giammarco and with altoist Massimo Urbani. In Rome he met Chet Baker, with whom he would have kept playing on and off since 1988. In the same period he also became very active in Milano, I, playing with tenor saxophonist Larry Nocella, pianists Luigi Bonafede and Franco d'Andrea, and sitting in with musicians as Walter Davis Jr, Jimmy Knepper, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer. During february 1981 he entered Enrico Rava's band (with Franco d'Andrea and Aldo Romano) and, a few months later, the first trio of Michel Petrucciani (1981-1983).
From 1981, he has played together with some of the greatest soloist in the European scene such as Richard Galliano, Dino Saluzzi, Antonello Salis, Joe Lovano, Charles Lloyd, Steve Lacy, John Surman, Dave Liebman, Pharoah Sanders, Michael Brecker, Sal Nistico, Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson, Franco Ambrosetti, Kenny Wheeler, Charles Tolliver, Ray Anderson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Michel Grailler, Gordon Beck, Franco d'Andrea, John Taylor, Paul Bley, Don Friedman, Enrico Pieranunzi, Rita Marcotulli, Jon Balke, Stan Tracey, John Abercrombie, Philip Catherine, Paul Motian, Tony Oxley, Barry Altschul, Daniel Humair, Jon Christensen, Joe La Barbera, Bruce Ditmas and Andre Ceccarelli.
Furio started leading his own bands in 1986. In 1989 he was selected among the best new European talents at the New Jazz Meeting in Baden-Baden, held by the German Radio-TV (Sudwestfunk). In 1990 he started to perform with trumpeter Paolo Fresu. They recorded together 12 CDs and played all over France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Israel, USA, Argentina, Brazil and China. This duo-project eventually enlarged with the coming of John Taylor (piano), Naco (percussion), Jon Balke (piano) and Pierre Favre (percussion). Since 1995 they perform regularly with pianist and accordeonist Antonello Salis.
Since 1997 he leads Wooden You, an acoustic trio with Mauro Negri, clarinet, and Andrea Dulbecco, marimba, and composes music for Theatre and Dance (Teatro Settimo and Gabriele Vacis, Teatro di Dioniso and Walter Malosti, Ente teatrale di Nuoro, Scuola Holden-Torino, Sosta Palmizi) In 2000 he has led WELCOME, a workshop sponsored by the Biannual on Young Artist of the Mediterranean with young musicians from Sicily, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece and Palestina. This workshop mixed the sound of traditional instruments like oud, darbouka, tabla and accordion with the sound of classic instruments (cellos, basses, piano, drums and horns) and performed in Turin, Gaza and Sarajevo. In 2001 he formed OUTLINE, a quintet with Eric Vloeimans, Gianluca Petrella, Bojan Zulfikarpasic and Joel Allouche. Since 1990 he has been teaching bass and improvisation at the Siena Jazz clincs in Siena, Italy, and at the Conservatory of music of Torino, Italy. He also held master classes at the Newpark school, Dublin, Ireland, the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag, NL, DAMS, Bologna, Italy, Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Italy, and at the Conservatories of Music of Mantova, Sassari, Parma, Italy.
Things (1985); Solo (1987); Opale (1989); Unknown Voyage (with guests Joe Lovano and Paul Motian (1988); Evening Song (1992); What Color for a Tale (1992); Urlo (1993); Contos (1994); Chaos, (w. Paul Bley and Tony Oxley) (1994); Mythscapes (1995); Scalabrun (1995); Hands (1996); Paf: Live in Capodistria (1997); Wooden You (1999); Fellini (2000);
More than 80 albums with various artists including: Enrico Rava: Opening night (1982), Volver (1986), Secrets (1986), Animals (1987); Michel Petrucciani: Estate (1982); Aldo Romano: Ritual (1988), To be or not to be (1992), Dreams and waters (1993), Canzoni (1993), Non dimenticar (1994), Prosodie (1994); Kenny Wheeler: All the more (1994); Giammarco/Liebman: Live in Rome (2000); Paolo Fresu: Angel (1997), Metamorfosi (1999), Sonos e memoria (2001), Kind of Porgy and Bess (2002); Massimo Urbani: Max mood (1981), Easy to love (1987); Enrico Pieranunzi: Isis (1980)