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Act No Strange - Carlo Actis Dato

Born in Turin on March 21, 1952. He has been living in the south of Italy during the childhood. His grandfather played trumpet in the marching band of his village in Piedmont, north of Italy. He started to play clarinet in this band , then he played sax in several bands of dance music, R&B and swing. He was co-founder in '74 of Art Studio, one of the first group to play new jazz in Italy. Since the early 70s he has been dedicated to concertistic and discographic activities, appearing in more than 85 records for international labels in Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Canada; in half of them as leader or co-leader. Many magazines have published articles and interviews about him in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan,Turkey. He made concerts all over Europe and Canada, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Senegal, Antilles, Morocco, Argentina, SouthAfrica, Ethiopia.

He leads his Actis Dato Quartet, exhibiting in over 300 festivals in Japan, Morocco, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, Finland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Ethiopia, Lithuania,South Africa, Antilles and Italy. Also exibiting in clubs everywhere in Europe and Japan. The Quartet, assembled in 1984, has participated to radio programs for many national networks in Europe. In the annual referendum of music critics of "Musica Jazz" magazine it was ranked for seven times among the top Italian groups and his records are on "The Penguin Guide to Jazz" and on Larousse Encyclopaedia. He co-leads Atipico Trio (Berlin, Helsinki, Le Mans, Madrid...) , Brasserie Trio (Nevers, Mulhouse, Moers, Clusone, Pisa, Saalfelden, Roma) and TAO (2 tour in Japan & Italy). He plays Solo recitals (Sarajevo, Skopjie, Nimes, Le Mans, Perpignan, Roma, Rive-de-Gier, Vancouver, eight tours in Japan, 2 in USA, 2 in Canada). He leads Actis’Band, aggressive-downtown music (Italy, Germany, Belgium, Slovenia, Switzerland, Greece, Indonesia, Finland) and the nonet Actis Furioso (France, Serbia, Germany).

He is a member of Italian Instabile Orchestra, six times voted as the best group in Italy , touring Japan and Canada, everywhere in Europe, Chicago, recording with Cecil Taylor; of Minafra Sud Ensemble, (voted as best italian group in 2005), Fazio Sextet , Duo with E. Rocco (playing with them everywhere in Europe, Argentina,Japan), Ellen Christi Quintet (New York, Toronto, Senegal). He took part in many dance and theatre performances. He was ranked among the best baritone sax players worlwide (first Italian jazz musician to reach this nomination) from the 2001’ critics poll of the american magazine “Down Beat”. He was Artistic Director of “Italia in Fukui” Festival, Japan. He played with dozen of European, American and Japanese musicians, among them David Murray, A.Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Ken Vandermark, W.Horvitz, B. Phillips, L.Moholo, R.Garrett, J.Shahid, E.Rava, G.Gaslini, M.Dresser, L.Bowie, D.Sanborn, M.Nicols, K.Tippett, G.Sommer, A.Salis, L.Konté, K.Umezu, M.Satoh, T.Kondo, S.Fujii, A.Sakata, C.Zingaro, M.Bisio, J.McPhee...

Actis Dato Carlo - via Boglietto 7 10035 - Mazzé (To) - Italy
Ph/Fax : 0039 011 9830236
www.actisdato.it - actisdato@libero.it

As leader or co-leader

Actis dato quartet
Noblesse Oblie & Oltremare - Splasch 1987 & 1988, reissued 1999 (2 CD)
Ankara Twist - Splasch 1989
Bagdad Boogie - Splasch 1992
Blue Cairo - Splasch 1995
Delhi Mambo - YVP 1998 (Germany)
Enna Milonga - Baj 1999 (Japan)
Istanbul Rap - YVP 2002 (Germany)
Swingin’ Hanoi - Splasch 2003

Actis Dato Solo
Urartu - Leo 1994 (England)
The Moonwalker - Leo 2000 (England)

Actis Dato / Rocco
Paella & Norimaki - Splasch 1999

Atipico Trio
Allegro con Brio - Leo 2003 (England)

Art Studio
Complete CMC Sessions - Splasch 1995 (2 CD)

Actis Dato / M.Satoh
Liberissimo - Baj 1999 (Japan)

Tomorrow night gig - Leo 2000 (England)

Vandermark/Horvitz/Reed/Robair etc
USA Tour - Splasch 2001

Mott/Ho Bynum/Lonberg-Holm/Samworth etc
American Tour - Splasch 2002

Actis Band
Son para el Che - Splasch 1997
Don Quijote - Splasch 2001
Garibaldi - Leo 2002 (England)
On Tour - Live 2004 - Splasch 2005
Cina ! - Leo 2007 (England)

Actis Dato & Musique Vivante
Dolce Vita ? - Dede records 2006

Actis Furioso
Avanti Popolo ! - Splasch 2005

As sideman

Fazio septet
Zapping - Leo 2003

Minafra Sud Ensemble
Sudori - Victo 1995 (Canada)
Terronia - ENJA (Germania) 2004

Gaslini big band
Mister O - Soul Note 1996

Italian Instabile Orchestra
Skies of Europe - ECM 1994
The Owner of the River Bank (with Cecil Taylor) - ENJA 2003

Roy Paci
Corleone -Etna Gigante 2004
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