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Manuel Zurria

Manuel Zurria was born in Catania in 1962 and has been living in Rome since 1980. He worked closely with some of the most important italian composers such as Francesco Pennisi, Sylvano Bussotti, Aldo Clementi, Adriano Guarnieri, Franco Donatoni, Fabio Vacchi and Salvatore Sciarrino, premiering concertos and chamber pieces often dedicated to him. Zurria had the chance to collaborate with musicians such as Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Gavin Bryars, Giya Kancheli, Toshio Hosokawa, Kaija Saariaho, Alvin Lucier, László Sáry, Louis Andriessen, Sofia Gubajdulina, Peter Eötvös, and ...read more

Manuel Zurria was born in Catania in 1962 and has been living in Rome since 1980. He worked closely with some of the most important italian composers such as Francesco Pennisi, Sylvano Bussotti, Aldo Clementi, Adriano Guarnieri, Franco Donatoni, Fabio Vacchi and Salvatore Sciarrino, premiering concertos and chamber pieces often dedicated to him. Zurria had the chance to collaborate with musicians such as Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Gavin Bryars, Giya Kancheli, Toshio Hosokawa, Kaija Saariaho, Alvin Lucier, László Sáry, Louis Andriessen, Sofia Gubajdulina, Peter Eötvös, and Frederic Rzewski. He tried to push a whole generation of composers from all over the world to write new works for flute: Yan Maresz, James Saunders, Bernhard Lang, Maurizio Pisati, Mario Garuti, Gabriele Manca, Claude Lenners, Fausto Romitelli, Mary Jane Leach, Jacob TV, Luca Francesconi, Yoshihisa Taira, Yi Xu, Rytis Mazulis, Lucia Ronchetti, Stefano Scodanibbio and Philip Corner have written and dedicated their works for him. Strongly attracted by minimalism, in the early months of 2008 he published with Die Schachtel a triple cd called REPEAT! which represents the sum of his experiences, including original works or transcribed for flute and electronics in collaboration with Arvo Pärt, Louis Andriessen, Tom Johnson and many others. The cd had outstanding reviews from international critics. He performed at the Venice Music Biennale, Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo-Japan), Festival Musica (Strasbourg), Beethovenhalle (Bonn), Settembre Musica (Torino), De Yjsbreker (Amsterdam), IRCAM - Festival Agorà (Paris), Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow), Festival d'Automne (Paris), Rikskonserter (Stockholm), Illkhom Theatre (Tashkent-Uzbekistan), Takefu Festival (Japan), Akademie der Künste (Berlin), Maerz Musik (Berlin), The Warehouse (London), Festival Archipel (Geneve), NUMUS (Aarhus), ULTIMA (Oslo), Ensem (Valencia), Wien Modern, Jauna Muzika (Vilnius), MusikHaus (Wien), Berliner Philarmonie (Berlin), Teatro alla Scala – Musica per la Resistenza (Milano), Orestiadi di Gibellina, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, New Directions (Lulea-Sweden). In 1990 he was one of the founders of Alter Ego. His discography currently includes approximately 30 publications for: BMG-Ricordi, Capstone Records, Edipan, Stradivarius, Die Schachtel, Mazagran Records, Megadisc and Touch. In 2009, BMC has released Niagara, a monographic cd with music by László Sáry, while in 2010 it was the turn of Musica Falsa for Megadisc with works by Lithuanian composer Rytis Mazulis, both recorded with the technique of multi-track. In 2011 two more cds were released: Loops4ever with Mazagran and JOY FLASHINGS as a result of his long partnership with fluxus artist Philip Corner. « hide

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