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DANIELE D'AGAROclarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone and C melody sax
Daniel D'Agaro was born in Spilimbergo (Friuli, Italy) on August the 13th, 1958. He started his professional activities in 1979, playing with the Mittel Europa Orchestra, an Italian big band that performed improvised music along with many international guest artists.
In 1979 Daniel D'Agaro has moved to Berlin, Germany and later on to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he resided since 1983. He has performed and toured with many musicians representative of jazz and improvised music. He was member of many dutch bands like J.C. Tans Orchestra, Sean Bergin's M.O.B. and toured with the Carribean group Frankie Douglas' Sunchild.
He formed the Lingua Franca Trio with the American cellist Tristan Honsinger and the Dutch bassist Ernst Glerum.
Since late '80s, together with fellow tenorists Sean Bergin and Tobias Delius, D'Agaro formed the Trio San Francisco,
that combined many aspects of improvised music, such as South
AfricanKwela,Folk Music and Jazz. They performed on different sets of
instruments, like saxes, clarinets, flutes and concertina.
In october 1991 he performed a piece commissioned for the international October Meeting '91 festival in Amsterdam, for an ensemble which included improvisers and the Val Resia ensemble, an ethnic string conclave from the eastern Italian Alps.
In the fall of 1993 he toured with his new project, consisting of his Lingua Franca Trio, the Griot singer from Senegal Mola Sylla and the computer and electronica specialist Richard Teitelbaum. The group featured the original clarinet, cello and bass combination,plus the Senegalese singer Mola Sylla, percussionist Paco Diedhiou and dancer Issa Sow.
In 1996 he toured with his new project Hidden Treasures, the unpublished music of Don Byas, a quintet featuring veteran trumpeter Benny Bailey and drummer Han Bennink. The music consisted of original manuscripts written by Don Byas and found by D'Agaro at the Ducth Jazz archive in Amsterdam.
In 1996 he moved back to his home town Udine -Italy, where he formed a duo with church organist Mauro Costantini performing music from the sacred concerts of Duke Ellington, post -gregorian music and free improvisations.
In 1998, he toured and recorded with New-York bassist Mark Helias.
In july 2001, he performed in Chicago presenting more compositions by Don Byas never heard before.
In june 2002, he recorded "Strandjutters"a live CD in Cologne with Han Bennink & Ernst Glerum for the label Hat-OLOGY.
In november 2002, april 2003, february 2004 and september 2005, he toured the USA, performing and recording with his new quartet which included Robert Barry(Sun Ra's drummer in the 50's), trombonist Jeb Bishop and bassist Kent Kessler.i.
He also leads the Adriatics Orchestra, a large international ensemble dedicated to the comtemporary aspects of improvisation.
The Live CD "Comeglians" has been released by the label "El Gallo Rojo" in 2007.
Since 2005, he is performing in various groups led by pianist Franco D'Andrea.
In 2006, he formed a duo with pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, producing the CD "Dedalus" by ArteSuono Records in 2007.
D'Agaro is a steady member of The Globe Unity Orchestra.
His last creation is the Tempest Trio with Hammond palyer Bruno Marini and Han Bennink on drums.
The CD "The Tempest", inspired by W. Shakespeare's comedy, is available by Artesuono Rcs.
He formed a new Trio with Mauro Ottolini on trombone and tuba and Vincenzo Castrini on accordion, featuring the CD "Gipsy Blue".
He won the critics Poll "Top Jazz 2007" as best Italian Reedman Of The Year and the CD "Comeglians" reach te first place as Best Cd Of The Year.
In 2008 he won again the "Top Jazz" as Best Reedman Of The Year.
The latest project is the "Wild Bread Quartet" with M.Ottolini, Stefano Senni and Christian Calcagnile featuring own compositions and free improvisations.