Andrea Scarpone

(b. 1977 Pescara, Italy)

Andrea Scarpone is a pianist, composer, orchestral conductor, music producer and music catalogue owner based in Pescara, Italy. He started piano lessons at about 10, and always wanted to experiment with different genres and instruments in music making. By the time he was 20, he had joined several local bands and played live music as a keyboardist, anything from mainstream pop, blues, fusion, jazz, rock, etc. Through the years, he has been particularly interested in information technology, copyright law, music business, film scoring, synthesizer programming, jazz improvisation, urban and landscape photography, and all forms of true artistic expression.

He completed the classical studies in piano, composition, conducting and then went across Italy and northern EU to perfect those notions to a full extent.

While the first music notation writing attempts date back to 1995, wholly self-taught, it was not until the year 2000 that the first public performance of an hour-long electro-acoustic incidental music work took place. Several other original works and performances followed about applied music, as well as concert music for accompanied soloists, orchestras, chamber ensembles and so forth. Among those student works, some were extraordinarily well received, which later led to prestigious collaborations and opportunities.

After a decade-long computer music practice, and two decades of improvisational jazz-style performing experience on the piano, Andrea Scarpone started the production of a new and original catalogue of sound recordings, which aimed to unite both worlds under a single idea of expressive freedom. Eventually, the classical piano influence was also a dominant component in the works later labeled Expression, as Expression was the name of the first independent release in 2013. Two more albums followed for this project, and two electronic and electro-acoustic albums that went under the name Noise also followed. At the end of 2015, catalogue counted roughly eighty tracks and growing.

The style of Andrea Scarpone can be described as a non-rhetoric unique flow of emotions. There is attention to none of the conventional rules or forms or mannerism that encapsulate much of today's productions. It is nothing short of unexpected yet logical and adventurous. This is especially true for those among Andrea Scarpone's works that are not bound to a predetermined tempo or a given key. Eventually, the fewer the instruments, and the more intimate the atmosphere, the brighter this approach would result, and that is the reason why the piano is the elected instrument for completeness of such reasoning and fulfillment of such perpetual inspiration.

 

PRODUCTIONS

Style (2015)
LP, solo piano, 16 tracks, 50:23

NOISE VOL.2 (2015)
LP, electronica, 10 tracks, 29:55

NOISE (2015)
LP, electronica, 14 tracks, 33:20

X2 (2014)
LP, solo piano, 26 tracks, 74:05

Expression (2013)
LP, solo piano, 16 tracks, 70:05

 

SELECT WORKS (ORIGINAL)

Tale of Two (2013)
Duration: 7 min.
Score: A4, 11 p.
Instrumentation: two violins

 

Abruzzi (2011)
Instrumental hymn for the region of Abruzzo
Duration: 5 min. 30 sec.
Score: A3, 27 p.
Instrumentation: Sequenced, recorded, engineered and produced for a virtual orchestra, the underlying score consisting in: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 B-flat clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 B-flat trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani, suspended cymbal, hand cymbal, snare drum, bass drum, triangle, wind chimes, gong, glockenspiel, celesta, piano, harp, large string section

 

Adagio per violino e orchestra (2009)
To the memory of the victims of the earthquake in L'Aquila, April 6 2009
Duration: 5 min. 30 sec.
Score: A4, 15 p.
Instrumentation: solo violin accompanied by 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 B-flat clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trombone, tringle, suspended cymbal, harp, piano, string section

 

Dizionario Fantastico (2008) - 21 miniatures on poems by Tonino Guerra
Duration: about 40 min.
Score: A4, 34 p.
Instrumentation: accordion and guitar

 

Concert Piece for bandoneon and string orchestra (2008)
Duration: about 8 min.
Score: A4, 24 p.
Instrumentation: bandoneon accompanied by string section

 

5 Variations (2005)
Duration: 8 min. 45 sec.
Score: A4, 16 p.
Instrumentation: string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello)

 

Dialogues (2004)
Duration: 8 min. 30 sec.
Score: A4, 42 p.
Instrumentation: string ensemble (6 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 contrabass)

 

ORCHESTRATIONS

Over 30 titles from the works of composers including A.C.ADAM, E.G.ANSCHULTZ, J.S.BACH, L.V.BEETHOVEN, J.BRAHMS, A.CICOGNINI, E.ELGAR, G.GERSHWIN, F.X.GRUBER, M.J.HILL, Z.KODALY, A.LARA, W.LUTOSLAWSKI, J.PIERPOINT, S.RACHMANINOFF, C.RUSTICHELLI, F.SCHUBERT, R.SCHUMANN, J.F.WADE, I.WATTS