Arrigo Cappelletti. He was born on February 12th, 1949 in Brunate (Como). After the degree of Philosophy he taught a little in Italian liceo, then he devoted himself to jazz, making up to this time twenty-three records himself, at least four of them (Samadhi, Reflections, Pianure, Terras do risco) had great importance in the definition of an Italian way to jazz, a way made of lyricism, introspection and connections with other musical universes. Among several festivals which he took part in, we can remember here: Como jazz meeting (1976,1996), Rapallo festival (1984), Italian jazz festival at Capolinea, Milan (1986, 1987, 1989), VII International Jazz festival Città di Milano (1988), “I suoni del jazz” festival (Pavia, 1991), Jazz festival in Butera Palace (Palermo, 1991), Pori festival (Finland, 1991), “Sanremo: l’altra musica” festival (1993) , Italia jazz festival (Verona, 1994), Noto jazz festival(1996), Lisboa Expo (Portugal, 1998), Festival Sete Sois Sete Luas ( Portugal 1999), Clusone jazz 2000, Festival “Le voci del jazz” ( Milano Auditorium, 2003), Iseo Jazz, Siena Jazz (2004), Roma Villa Celimontana, Siena Jazz (2005), Novara Jazz ( 2007), Santannarresi festival, Padova Jazz (2009), Udin&Jazz, Iseo Jazz (2011), Chiasso International Jazz Festival (Switzerland, 2013). In Italy, he played, among others, with Gianni Cazzola, Sergio Fanni, Paolo Dalla Porta, Roberto Ottaviano, Gianni Coscia. He can count collaborations with foreign musicians such as Barre Phillips, Lew Soloff, Mike Mossmann, Daniel Schnyder, Haemi Haemmerli, Bill Elgart, Olivier Manoury, Steve Swallow, Ralph Alessi, Matt Maneri.
Moreover he collaborated with the Italian singer Mia Martini and with Giorgio Gaslini’s national jazz orchestra.In 1988, the American magazine “Cadence” put his record “Reflections” among the best ten records of the year. In the last few years, he spent a lot of time in Portugal (Lisboa), where put into practise, with such musicians as Custódio Castelo, Jorge Fernando, Alexandra, a musical project between fado e jazz based on Portuguese poetry of the twentieth century, and in Russia where he collaborates with the Russian singer Polina Runovskaya. Very active in the method of teaching jazz, he has published for ESI publishing house (Naples) a book about jazz improvisation half-way between method of teaching and autobiography: “Il profumo del jazz” (The scent of jazz), for LEPOS publishing house (Palermo) a biography of one of the most important pianists in contemporary jazz, Paul Bley: “Paul Bley, la logica del caso”, translated into English by Greg Burk and published by Vehicùle Press (Montreal) and “Le avventure di un jazzista-filosofo” (Arcana). He taught jazz in CDM and Nuova Milano Musica in Milano, in the Civico Istituto musicale “Brera” in Novara and in the Conservatories of music of Sassari (Sardegna), Alessandria and Reggio Calabria. Actually he teaches jazz in the Conservatory of Venice.