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Andrea Centazzo Complete Music Archives

Andrea Centazzo - Musical Renaissance Man

Over the past thirty years, Italian/American composer/percussionist/multimedia artist Andrea Centazzo has created an amazing body of work, spanning a wide range of musical styles. Starting in the 1970s, he helped instigate the free jazz movement in both Europe and America. In the 1980s, he combined his compositions with both ethnic and environmental sounds, anticipating what would become new age music. He also produced large scale ensemble works, starting with the formation of his Mitteleuropa Orchestra in the early 1980s, going on to write and produce operas, symphonies, and music for films. Centazzo has traveled the globe, incorporating various ethnic musics into his own, and in the 1990s he combined video and music into cutting edge multi-media performances, creating a signature musical language easily identified as his own.
Andrea Centazzo, a true musical renaissance man, offers in this series an outstanding collection of his music, personally chosen, remastered, and presented the way it was originally intended. He also offers many unreleased recordings recently discovered in his archives. Sit back, listen, and enjoy!

Michael Bettine (journalist/percussionist/composer), Milwaukee, January 2005

ICTUS Records was founded in 1976 by Andrea Centazzo and Carla Lugli, establishing immediately one of the most interesting collection of new musics on the market for more than 10 years to come. Now ICTUS is back with the Andrea Centazzo Complete Music Archives in a special endeavor to present a broad selection spanning the 30-plus years of Andrea Centazzo's artistic career.
Each CD has a specific and separate character reflecting the cultural influence of the time and place where the music was composed or improvised.
Melody and rhythm as well sound textures and noise explorations are prominent motifs in all of Andrea Centazzo's work. His melodic roots combine with his innovative rhythmic and minimalistic percussive style to express a harmony that is unique.
Two musical souls, one musical vision: a vision that is on the edge of established musical trends, a horizon that is Andrea Centazzo's own captivating style .

I have not been aware of Andrea Centazzo or his music for much of his 30 years career, but it only takes a moment to recognize genius when you are fortunate to finally meet it.
Maestro Centazzo as a musician and as a person is never black and white; rather, he is kaleidoscope of distinctive colors: bright and bold in presentation; complex, introspective, muted hues in realization. Yet his work is very specific.
Even in his early improvisation avant garde pieces there are no accidents - only occurrences of being wholly present with the music.
Gifted in communication, Maestro Centazzo speaks many languages, but when he communicates with music, the world's spirits and energies emerge through him.
Beauty, pain, nature, fear, love are all presented eloquently, clearly and completely accessible.
Maestro Centazzo's success is a result not solely of talent but the marriage resulting from diligent expertise guided by the certainty of skill and the perseverance to overcome any obstacle.
Darrell Larson (director), Los Angeles, October 2000