Composer and double bass player Adriano Orrù was born in Nuoro, Italy in 1958 and currently lives in Cagliari, Italy. He devotes his time to jazz, radical improvisation, chamber music. He also works as a music teacher. In addition Meloni and Oxley, Orrù has collaborated with artists such as Giancarlo Schiaffini, Paolo Fresu, Ettore Fioravanti, Roberto Cipelli, Marco Tamburini, Tino Tracanna, Andy Gravish, Tim Hodkinson, Victor Nubla, Simon Balestrazzi, Mauro Cossu, Clara Murtas, Alessandro Garau, Stefano Figliola, Alessandro Olla, Paolo Angeli, Manuel Attanasio, Mauro Usai, Paolo Sanna, Roberto Pellegrini, Riccardo Pittau, and Massimo Carboni.
Together with the pianist Silvia Corda, he co-wrote a performance for six musicians and a spoken voice entitled Portrait in Three Colors, which was dedicated to Charles Mingus. Orrù currently appears with the Silvia Corda Trio, and several of his compositions can be heard on Impronte, a CD produced by Splasc(h) in 2001. In 2004, he established the composition and improvisation ensemble Impromptu featuring Giancarlo Schiaffini. In 2005, he released his first CD as a solo artist, Solos and Duets, featuring Giancarlo Schiaffini on trombone, Paolo Angeli on Sardinian prepared guitar, and Roberto Pellegrini on percussion. He has also worked with Moex, an ensemble focused on electric-acoustic experimentation. For more information, visit www.adrianoorru.com.
The Oscuro Quintet is an international group of 5 accomplished musicians of diverse disciplines pursuing their collective passion for tango and contemporary music.
As Philadelphia's first tango music ensemble, the quintet evokes the passion and the grace of tango from dance floors to concert halls with a mind toward both the music of the past and the vanguard of progression.
You can learn more about the Oscuro Quintet and see upcoming performances at oscuroquintet.com.
Tony Oxley was born in Sheffield, England. Oxley, a self-taught pianist by the age of eight, first began playing the drums at age seventeen. While in the Black Watch military band from 1957 to 1960 he studied music theory and improved upon his drumming technique. Oxley moved to London in 1966 and became house drummer at Ronnie Scott’s, where he accompanied visiting musicians including Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins and Bill Evans. In 1969 Oxley appeared on the John McLaughlin album Extrapolation. Later that year, he formed his owned quintet consisting of Derek Bailey, Jeff Clyne, Evan Parker and Kenny Wheeler, and released the album Baptized Traveller. Following this album the group was joined by Paul Rutherford on trombone and became a sextet, releasing the album 4 Compositions for Sextet in 1970. Through the 1980s he worked with various musicans, including Tony Coe and Didier Levallet, and formed his own Celebration Orchestra during the latter half of that decade. Oxley toured extensively with Anthony Braxton in 1989, and also began a long lasting working relationship with Cecil Taylor. Today, Oxley continues to perform and record music.