Villafalletto, farewell to the jazz musician Bruno Astesana


Villafalletto. Bruno Astesana is no longer there.

The world of music loses a great protagonist.

He passed away yesterday, Friday 22 May, at the Santa Croce Carle hospital, where he had been hospitalized for a few months.

Bruno Astesana, born in 1953, studied percussion instruments with Michael Messerklinger and composition with Carlo Mosso in the conservatories of Milan and Alessandria from 1968 to 1973.

From 1973 to 1994 he was a permanent percussionist of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin (with which he still participated in the centenary of G. Puccini’s “Bohème” in 1996 alongside Luciano Pavarotti) and of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Teatro Regio di Torino from 1974 to 1991. In 1987 he was part of the Italian International Orchestra of Fermo conducted by Güstav Kuhn as a timpanist and from 1987 to 1990 he was present in numerous performances of the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, among which the 4th Brahms Symphony and Schubert’s 4th Symphony conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini (1989, RAI Auditorium in Turin) and the accompaniment of the music by Smetana, Ciaikovski, Dvorak conducted by Marcello Rota (1990) with Maestro Miroslav Rostropovich.

From the beginning he has dedicated himself to chamber music with the Contemporary Music Group directed by Giampiero Taverna, the Musica Rara Ensemble directed by P. Ferrara, the Turin Chamber Group directed by Alberto Peyretti, the Stravinsky Octet, the Canino-Ballista piano duo, the European Antidogma Ensemble – Camerata Casella directed by Enrico Correggia and the Percussion Ensemble of M. Ben Omar. It includes a large repertoire of pieces by important composers, in particular J. Cage, S. Reich, C. Chavez, I. Xenakis, C. Saint Saens, B. Bartok, and of performances such as the “Création du monde” by D Milhaud directed by Marcello Rota (1987), “Quatro Canciones de Federico Garcia Lorca”, directed by Fernando Lopes-Graça, “Histoire du soldat” by I. Stravinsky directed by Mariano Manocchi (1993), and “Arcana” by E. Varèse.

Since 1981 he has cultivated jazz, funk, rock and latin music and studied in the United States of America with Alan Dawson, Gary Chaffee, Bob Gullotti and Hal Krook. Between 1984 and 2001 he attended courses at Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied with the best musicians in the sector, in particular with Skip Hadden, Tommy Campbell, Ed Uribe, Horatio Hernandez, Dean Anderson, John Ramsey, Steve Wilkes, Joe Hunt, Robert Kaufman, Jon Hazilla, Bob Tamagni, Jamey Haddad, Pascal Meirelles, Victor Mendoza, Enrique Plà, Francisco Mela and Kenwood Dennard.

In 1976 he made his debut in jazz music with Gianni Basso and in subsequent concerts he appeared with Andrea Allione, Gianni Basso, Francesco Bertone, Flavio Boltro, Rosario Bonaccorso, Luigi Bonafede, Paolo Bonfanti, Fabrizio Bosso, Pinuccio Calì, Cico Cicognani, Emanuele Cisi, Paolo Conte , Antonio Faraò, Julius Farmer, Luigi Ferrara, Garrison Fewell, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Mark Harris, Augusto Mancinelli, Yu Nobuhara, Marco Pellacani, Enrico Rava, Michel Rosen, Danila Satragno, German Schauss, Don Stapleson, Tak Tanaka, Stefano Travaglini, Massimo Urbani, Jimmy Villotti, Douglas Yates, Attilio Zanchi, Riccardo Zegna and others.

He has formed various musical groups: the Bruno Astesana Jazz Trio, the funky-fusion Nord West Professional Band, the AfroRitmia group, the Bolling Group with the flutists Giuseppe Nova and Shelby Boggio and the Drummeria mobile group.

In 1982 he began teaching drums, timbales and ear training in various institutes (Percstudio and Centro Jazz in Turin, “Nuvolari Libera Tribù” Modern Music Laboratory in Cuneo, Civic School of Turin) and free lance in drum courses lab, in particular in the European Community of Saluzzo Higher School of Music, the Espace de Musique in Lausanne, the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

He was professor of drums at the “E. R. Duni “of Matera and has taught the same instrument for years at the” G. Tartini ”of Trieste.

He leaves his wife Patrizia. The funeral will be held on Tuesday 26 May at 10 am in his Villafalletto.

Many comments in his memory on the Facebook group “Sei di Villafalletto”. Pino writes: “Great friend, good, humble and generous ” , Silvia: “I am very sorry, sweet and good, from the smiles and words that were good for your heart“And again Nicoletta:”hello Bruno have a good trip now you will play for the angels “.

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