Graziano Lella

Italian bassist, saxophonist and composer. Always interested in avant-gardes in all artistic forms and expressive languages he organized many concerts and cultural events with the Cervello a Sonagli association.

After a first experience as bassist in a punk band, in 1997 he entered the art-rock group Dura Figura and took part, as a saxophonist, in some performances which connected music and visual arts with the open collective Ask the Dust. Moreover he took part in some workshops/works with important innovative musicians like Tim Hodgkinson, Ken Hyder, Amy Denio

At the same time he dedicated himself to improvisation practice both with a consolidated formation, the radical improvisation Zic quartet, and with many musicians of experimental area. Fascinated by the timbre-dynamics possibilities of electric bass, with the Zic quartet he developed his own vocabulary through a prepared instrument. Subsequently he introduced in his work the use of self-made amplified objects supported by live electroacoustic treatments and pre-elaborated recorded materials.

Beginning from 2000 he works in a solo project called arg. With arg he carries out electroacoustic and concrete music compositions with a personal compositional approach which appropriates heterogeneous materials and put them in a dialectical relationship to define his own language and narrative techniques. Such materials are used as plastic elements for the elaboration of musical structures. One of the most important aspects of arg’s research regards the construction of a floating sound space through stratified textures which define, when they are thin, a sort a materic vacuum. It’s in this case that detail/alphabet creates form/text.

In 2002 started his collaboration with the theatre, dance and music performance project Arturo. In october 2002 Sirr.ecords label (Portugal) released his first solo cd arg.

In 2003 began his collaboration with the electronic improvised music trio Taxonomy (with Elio Martusciello e Roberto Fega). In 2004 he began the collaboration to some audiovisual projects together with the filmakers Carlo Hintermann and Luciano Barcaroli. He is a founding member of IATO and iXem musicians collectives.


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Graziano Lella

Rome (Italy)

Residence: Rome (Italy)

  • Composer
  • Performer
  • Improviser


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