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Alessandro Fongaro

Alessandro Fongaro (1991, Valdagno, Italy) is an Italian bassist and composer based in Rotterdam (NL). Alessandro currently leads and writes music for 'Pietre' (stones in Italian), a quartet he assembled during the lockdown in 2021. He describes the music as a kind of 'personal diary' in which he collects images and moments, all somewhat related to love and friendship. Pietre's music is a combination of stuttering rhythms, improvisation, and melodies.

"First time (a)live." is the band's debut album, independently released in 2022. The album was very well received by the public and the press, and the ensemble had the opportunity to present the music at various venues, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, BIMHUIS, De Doelen, Injazz, Ham Sessions Gent, Stadtgarten Köln, De Ruimte, among others.

In 2022, Alessandro received 'The Pack Project' from Jazz International Rotterdam, a composition commission whose result was presented at festivals RAUW (Festival Jazz International Rotterdam) and Festival Jazz International Nijmegen.

Since 2017, Alessandro has been a guest lecturer at the jazz department of Codarts (Conservatorium Rotterdam), where he coaches ensembles and teaches improvisation for the bass guitar department and rhythm section lessons for drummers.


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