Jazz Suite, for guitar, violin and cello
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Born in Cassino, Italy, in 1978, classical guitarist and composer Emanuele Torrente graduated with honors at the Conservatory L. Cherubini in Florence with the Maestro Alfonso Borghese of the Andrès Segovia’s school and pursued his specialization at the Scuola di Musica Di Fiesole, Italy.
Torrente has formed many musical collaborations in Europe, America and Asia throughout the years:
In 2003, his “Elegia notturna” for string trio makes its world premiere at the Scuola di Musica in Fiesole, while “Archiemia”, for string quartet, premieres in the French Embassy in Florence.
In 2004 Torrente writes the “Jazz Suite”, chamber music in seven movements for
violin, guitar and cello, which he later describes musicologically and analytically in a dossier about the historical attempts at blending jazz and classical music. “Jazz Suite” was greeted by the great Italian jazz composer Giorgio Gaslini as “an excellent work – both for the originality of its musical ideas and its accomplished and reﬁned composition – that can be easily included among the most signiﬁcant and creative works exploring new formal extensions of the language of jazz”.
In 2005, after recording of “Jazz Suite” with virtuoso concert players and arranging some of its movements for piano, Torrente completes the “Invenzione continua a due strumenti” for violin duo, a ﬁfteen minutes compendium of counterpoint technique conducted by the voices of the violins, focusing on a traditional yet innovative exploration of the
form. “Invenzione” has been performed live in many occasions and recorded by the ﬁrst violins of the renowned Italian orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Between 2006 and 2007, Torrente curates and organizes musical events at prestigious cultural centers in Florence, including at the Societa’ di San Giovanni Battista, Palazzo Pitti, the Istituto Francese and the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana.
In 2008 he completes the “Invenzione continua a tre strumenti”, a piece whose impeccable weaving of polyphony and counterpoint earns the enthusiasm of critics and audience alike at its premiere at the Auditorium Cassa di Risparmio, again in Florence.
Torrente has written numerous pieces, mostly oriented to the repertoire
for solo instrument – violin and piano – and chamber ensembles – duos, trios and quartets -. He’s been involved in the recording of his music with many talented musicians, and has developed a treatise on the contemporary knowledge of music
called “Gnoseologia della Musica”, whose key points are expressed in
his “Manifesto Teoretico Musicale” and where he stands against both the so-called
“avant-garde” experimental music and the commodiﬁcation of “disposable” music.
Involved in the teaching of music, music theoretics and guitar, with particular focus on the musical thought in students in the age of development, Torrente has created and directed a children course in composition for the Centro Studi Musica e Arte di Firenze, a pioneering success documented in his report titled “Resoconto
di un’indagine di composizione sperimentale”. He’s also active as performing classical guitarist in solo concerts.
In the winter of 2009 he writes “Fantasia Onirica” for Carlotta Nobile, the late young virtuoso violinist, which she successfully premieres during an Italian tour.
In the summer of 2009 he performs a program of music by Bach and Paganini during the ﬁrst classical guitar concert ever to take place in the island of Marettimo, Egadi Archipelago, Sicily.
During a temporary relocation to the United States in 2010, he writes and performs the “Sonata Trascendentale”, in three movements for solo guitar, at the New York City Classical Guitar Society, The New York Trinity Church, and private venues in Manhattan.
Beginning in 2011 he focuses on world premiere performances, including that
of “Epicedio”, for guitar and violin, in Poland.
In 2012 he boosts his musical activity in the United States: in Sierra Nevada, California, with “Toccata”, for solo guitar, and in New York City with “A dream within a dream”, for guitar and soprano, on lyrics by E.A.Poe. The pieces are performed at the guitar by Samantha Wells, Torrente’s American student.
In 2013 he composes a cycle of six “English Songs”, lieders on texts by famous Anglo-American poets.
In December 2014 he releases “Recordings 2004-2014”, a collection crowning ten years of composing activity.
In September of 2015, Torrente is invited by the Città di Gesualdo to celebrate the reopening of the castle of Prince Carlo Gesualdo di Venosa to the public, four hundred years after his death. On this occasion, he delivers an inaugural address to the town about the future of the polyphonic music of Italian tradition and, with the aim of connecting such music to the German tradition, he composes a madrigal in ﬁve voices on the words of a poem by Herman Hesse.
In April 2016, “If music and sweet poetry agree” for solo ﬂute and inspired by the poetry of William Shakespeare, is performed at the Coningsby Gallery in London.
In August 2016, he performs the world premiere of a transcription of the “English Songs” for ﬂute and guitar in Poppi, Tuscany.
In September 2017 he publishes the updated edition of the “Jazz Suite” with Da Vinci Records in Osaka, Japan. A release of his recordings with Da Vinci is also expected in the spring of 2018.
Torrente is currently active in Bonn, Germany.