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ANDREA CENTAZZO
drummer, composer, producer

In an artistic career that spans over twentyfive years, Andrea Centazzo has given more than 1000
concerts and live performances in Europe and the United States, as well as having appeared and
performed on numerous radio and television broadcasts. He has recorded over 60 LP's and
CD's, and has authored 350 compositions and eight musicology books. His musical endeavors
and creative expression range from the sublime to the passionate, from lyric opera to orchestral
symphony and solo percussion. He has performed in momentous festivals as soloist of his own
compositions or as conductor of symphonic orchestras. Centazzo is a pioneer of contemporary
percussion. In the early years, he performed with some of the greatest avant-garde soloists and
composers, including J. Zorn, S. Bussotti, S. Lacy, D. Cherry, A. Mangellsdorf, E. Parker, etc.
Deservedly, Centazzo has received a number of prestigious music and video Awards (Premio
Speciale della Critica Discografica Italiana, USA Downbeat Poll, International Video Festival
Tokyo, Prix Arcanal of French Culture, etc.) A doctoral graduate in musicology, he has taught
seminars and workshops in Europe and the USA. Since 1983, Centazzo has been dedicated to
creating multi-media experiences. This expansion began with an exhibition of his scores rendered
as painted ideograms, and evolved into video performances combining both live performance with
video images. These efforts culminated in his directing award-winning videos and films. As a
soundtrack composer, he unites traditional instrumentation with current technological advances in
musical expression through sampling machines and computers. These efforts give a new
perspective to the fusion of sound and image through his theatre, television, video, CD rom, and
feature film scores. The music of A.C. captures and expresses the rhythm and pulse of life by
synthesizing the mystery of Oriental percussive vibrations with the timbral harmonic
understanding of contemporary music and the soul of jazz and rock post-culture. A.C. continues
to contribute his unique artistic vision to the evolution of contemporary culture.