Livio Minafra

«That of Minafra is a music of exchange and contamination, rich in oriental echoes, of minimalistic contents, with ethnic references. You can define it as jazz but it is a limitative definition. Of course the improvisation, the instantaneousness are the supporting beams» says the journalist Amedeo Furfaro.

Winner of the important Italian “Top Jazz” prize in 2005, 2008 and 2011, Livio Minafra primarily performs solo and has also engaged in many prestigious collaborations as pianist, composer, arranger and accordionist with such groups as the MinAfric Orchestra, Kocani Orkestar, Canto General, Radiodervish…. At the same time he got four music degrees: Classical Piano, Orchestration for Banda and Jazz at Bari Conservatory and Music Composition at Matera Conservatory.

To date he has released piano solo albums ‘La Dolcezza del Grido’ (Leo Records – Uk), ‘La Fiamma e il Cristallo’ (Enja Records – De), ‘Sole Luna’ (Incipit Records – It) and as leader of the Livio Minafra 4et, ‘Surprise!!!’ (Enja Records – De).

Other important collaborations have included Louis Moholo, Keith and Julie Tippetts, Marko Markovic, Paolo Fresu, Bobby McFerrin, Gianluigi Trovesi, Roland Neffe, Jerry Gonzalez, Frank London, Mario Schiano, Sergej Kuryokhin, Paul Rutherford, Peppe Barra, Lucilla Galeazzi, Michele Lomuto, Daniele Sepe, Fakhraddin Gafarov, Darko Rundek, Aldo Caputo, Michel Godard, Flavio Boltro, Evan Parker, La Villa Barocca, Eugenia Cherkàzova…

At 35 years of age, he has toured and performed on all continents and has recorded for Raitrade, Ed. Il Manifesto, Stradivarius, Incipit and Sud Music (Italy), Enja Records (Germany), Leo Records and Ogun Records (UK).

Livio currently teaches Jazz Piano at Bari Conservatory, Italy.

Prizes:

  • Premio della Critica 1996 – W. A. Mozart International Music Academy – Taranto, Italy;
  • Steve König for Jazzhouse.org, Usa:  La dolcezza del grido as the best 10 CDs of 2003;
  • Bogdan Benigar for Radio Student of Ljubljana, Slovenia: La dolcezza del grido as the best 10 CDs for students of 2003;
  • Sakis Papadimitriou for Tzaz, Greece: La dolcezza del grido as the best 10 CDs of 2004;
  • Jazz Critique Magazine, Japan: Livio Minafra among the best talents of New Jazz Generation 2004;
  • Top Jazz 2005 with the “Pino Minafra Sud Ensemble / Terronia” as the best CD and the best group of the year;
  • Corti e Liberi 2006 Prize as the best music of the short “La via dell’arte“ by Pierluigi Ferrandina – Inveruno, Milano;
  • Premio Internazionale Musica News 2006 for the Italian magazine Musica News – Centro Jazz Calabria;
  • Press Prize 2007 for the Italian magazine “Musica e dischi” 2007 with the CD Viva la black (Ogun Records);
  • Viva la black among the best 10 CDs of 2007 for the Italian review Jazz Magazine;
  • Viva la black among the best CDs of 2007 to Ron Sweetman (Canada), Billy Smith (Usa) and Daryl Angier (Canada) – CODA, USA magazine;
  • Top Jazz 2008 with “Livio Minafra Piano Solo / La fiamma e il cristallo” as the best new talent of the year;
  • Top Jazz 2011 with the “Livio Minafra 4et / Surprise!!! ” as the best cd of the year;
  • MinAfrìc as the best cd for Bloogfoolk.com – December 2015;
  • HONORABLE MENTION – NEW RELEASES (2015) to Born Free with Louis Moholo and Livio Minafra for the USA magazine The New York City Jazz Record;
  • Louis Moholo wins the Africanjazz.info Prize 2015 as the best Drummer of all Africa with the cd Born Free in duo with Livio Minafra.
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Concerts

24

Nations

17 CDs
4 Dvd and film