CWRU Jazz Ensembles, featuring Italian composer/arranger, conductor and pianist Giuliana Soscia

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

7:30 PM (Eastern)
Florence Harkness Memorial Chapel
Free – open to the public

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This concert will feature the music of Italian composer/arranger, conductor and pianist Giuliana Soscia. The program will include five pieces by Soscia and student compositions by Matthew Smutny, Weillin Feng, and Michael Brough.

Please join CWRU Jazz Ensemble I again on Fri., Feb. 23 (8pm) at the Bop Stop with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. [details here]

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  • Paul Ferguson, director (Jazz Ensembles I and II)
  • Giuliana Soscia, composer/arranger, conductor and pianist

Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago 

Giuliana Soscia, pianist and composer
Photo: Paolo Soriani

Giuliana Soscia is an Italian composer, arranger, conductor, pianist, and jazz composition professor at Salerno Conservatory (ITALY).

She has performed her projects in the most important festivals and theaters of the world (Italy, Vietnam, India, France, Brazil, Peru, Ethiopia, Turkey, United Kingdom, etc.) including television (Rai Uno and Rai Due) and national and international radio. As a jazz accordionist, she has also pursued a prestigious artistic activity.

Winner of numerous prizes and awards, she was awarded the 1st prize at the Barga Jazz 2019 International Competition of Arrangement and Composition for Orchestra dedicated to Dave Douglas, winning project of the jazz section of "Vivere All'Italiana in Musica 2020" for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the "European Personality Award 2005" at the Campidoglio in Rome, the Career Oscar Trophy 2007 and the Sonerfisa Trophy 2001 within the International Accordion Prize City of Castelfidardo, and many other prizes and competitions.

She has conducted the Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna, the National Jazz Orchestra of the Italian Conservatories and the Orchestra Jazz Parthenopea of Jodice/Soscia with her compositions and arrangements. She currently conducts various ensembles, always proposing her own compositions and arrangements: "Giuliana Soscia Small Orchestra Project", "Giuliana Soscia Indo Jazz Project" Italian-Indian ensemble, "Belcanto & Jazz-Giuliana Soscia 4tet meets Roberto Fabbriciani". She also performs in trio and piano solo with "Sophisticated Ladies, A tribute to Women Composers in Jazz", carrying out a constant popularization of female jazz composition, and with the project "My Songs".

She has collaborated with Roberto De Simone, Luis Bacalov, Dave Douglas, Tommy Smith, Paolo Fresu, Pino Jodice, Maurizio Giammarco, Quyen Thien Dac, Raed Khoshaba, Roberto Fabbriciani, Mario Marzi and many others, in jazz as well as contemporary classical.

Giuliana Soscia's compositions/arrangements are featured on numerous records: "Giuliana Soscia Indo Jazz Project", DVD "Belcanto & Jazz", "Latitango", "Megaride", "Antiche Pietre", "Il Tango da Napoli a Buenos Aires", "Contemporary" and "Il Viaggio di Sindbad", "Sonata per luna crescente", "Stabat Mater in Jazz", "North Wind" and many others, with major labels such as Universal Music, BAM International, Alfamusic, Splasc(h), Wide, Alman Music, all of which have been reviewed by the most important national and international music magazines.

She is also active as a teacher and she is currently professor of Jazz Composition at the Conservatory "G.Martucci" in Salerno. She has previously taught at the F. Morlacchi Conservatory in Perugia, J. Tomadini in Udine, A. Buzzolla in Adria and S. Giacomantonio in Cosenza. She has held numerous workshops and master classes at the Conservatories S.Cecilia in Rome, "G.Verdi" in Milan, "D.Cimarosa" in Avellino, "C.Gesualdo da Venosa" in Potenza, "Nacional de Musica" in Lima (Peru), "Addis Ababa" in Ethiopia.


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