ALDO MELLA

a short bio

Hello, this is Aldo Mella. 

I was born in Pinerolo, the May 10th 1959, and live in Alice Castello (VC) Italy.

If you like, you can write to me here

I play the following instruments: double bass, electric bass.

Other areas of specialization: musical arrangements and composition.

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

As a self-taught musician my first experiences were within the ambit of rock music during the '70s. At the age of eighteen I was drawn closer to jazz and dedicated myself to studying the double bass. This was also the start of an intensive concert period,as well as a period of in-depth collaboration with Italian and foreign musicians.

The 1980's and 1990's were periods of extremely varied and intense experiences,which led to my personal growth as an artist (AREA 2 - MILESTONES QUARTET with FLAVIO BOLTRO etc.) *see COLLABORATION below.

During this period,over and above significant activity as a double bass player,my passion for composing music also developed in projects like XAXEXO FUNK - MELLA & ALLIONE,QUARTETTO - JOKO VOCALE CONCORDE and in 1994 I formed L'ARCHETIPORCHESTRA: a Big band that included the best jazz exponents from Turin. The Orchestra cut its first CD in 1995 for OFR and received many favourable reviews in specialized magazines in the US.

In 1997,my introduction to the pianist FRANCO D'ANDREA led to the formation of a new quartet with ANDREA AYASSOT (saxophone) and ALEX ROLLE (drums). While I was a member of this quartet I took part in numerous festivals and shows (which included shows in AUSTRALIA and SLOVENIA) and I cut 5 CDs (*see DISCOGRAPHY).

At present,in addition to being an active musician I am a sound engineer with my own recording studio (ACOUSTIC SOUND).

DISCOGRAPHY

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"Enklisis" (DDD ) Mella & Allione Quartetto

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"Area 2" (Gala Records) Area 2 

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"Archetiporchestra" (OFR) Archetiporchestra

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"Jobim" (Philology) Franco D'andrea new quartet

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"Ballads and rituals" (Philology) Franco D'andrea new quartet

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"Eleven" (Philology) Eleven di F.D'andrea

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"Combinazione 1" (Via Veneto jazz) Franco D'andrea new quartet

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Franco D'andrea+T.Arco time percussion (Philology) 

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"Dancing Structures" (Backbeat) Franco D'Andrea new quartet 

OTHER WORKS:

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"Afa" with Antonio Marangolo

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"Send in the clown" with Francesca Oliveri

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"Neos" with Luigi Bonafede

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"La nuite americane" and "Santa Lucia" with Giorgio Licalzi

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"Latin Touch" with Roberto Taufic

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"Origini" with Marco Fratantonio

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"Bra Session" with Guido Manusardi 

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With Rossana Casale: "Lo stato naturale", "Strani Frutti" and "Billy Holiday in me" (even as recording sound technician), "Riflessi" as musical arranger and bass player, "Opera gialla" by Luigi Cilumbriello musical arranger and bass player.

               

COLLABORATIONS

Robin Keniatta, Lou Blackbourn, Adam Makovitz, Gene Bertoncini, Gary Bartz, Charles Tolliver, Jimmy Owens, Lee Konitz, Martin Dietrich, Ricky Lawson, Bruce Forman, Jack Walrath, Peggy Stern, Manhu' Roche, Franco D'Andrea, Massimo Urbani, Flavio Boltro, Stefano di Battista, Guido Manusardi, Giulio Capiozzo, Luigi Bonafede, Antonio Farao', Eric Legnini, Emanuele Cisi, Antonio Marangolo, Ellade Bandini, Andrea Allione, Giorgio Licalzi, Francesca Oliveri, Fabio Concato, Rossana Casale, Nelson Veras, Stefano Cantini, Stefano Bollani, Carl Anderson, David Liebman, Charlie Mariano, Steve Berstein, Rudi Migliardi.

FESTIVALS AND CONCERTS

Manly Festival e Barossa Valley Music Festival in Australia, Zagabria, Nyon, Umbria Jazz, Venafro Jazz Meeting, Iseo, Festival della Canzone d'Autore di Recanati, Premio Tenco, Atina Jazz, Festival Citta di Nuoro, Sanremo Blues, Verona Jazz, Siena Jazz, Musicum Concentrum Firenze, Arena di Verona, teatro Rossini Pesaro, Basement (Sidney), Bilboque (Parigi), Satchmov (Slovenia), Capolinea(Milano), Music Inn, Big Mama e Alexander Platz (Roma), Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari), Teatro Olimpico (Roma), Teatro Verdi (Firenze), Conservatorio G.Verdi, Auditorium Rai (Torino), etc, etc.

CONTACTS

Snail mail address:   Via Giardino No. 17, Alice Castello 13040 (VC), Italy
Telephone No.:         +39 0161 909839
Cellular telephone:    +39 3472518676
E-mail:                    
mellaaldo@libero.it 

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