Roberto Bartoli (double bass, composer)
Roberto Bartoli studied classical bass at the “Gioacchino Rossini” Conservatory of Music in Pesaro with Maestro Giorgio Scala, then committed himself to the study of jazz languages with Giorgio Azzolini, while completing music arrangement and composition studies with Bruno Tommaso.
He has collaborated with a number of musicians, with Tomaso Lama, Gianni Basso, Massimo Urbani, Renato D’Aiello, Steve Grossman, Dave Schnitter, Charles Davis , Fred Henke, Tony Scott, Dom Um Romao, Lester Bowie, Franco D’Andrea, Massimo Manzi, Francesco Cusa, Emiliano Rodriguez, Paolo Fresu, GianLuigi Trovesi, Gabriele Mirabassi, Fabrizio Meloni, Mario Brunello, Mario Marzi, Stefano Nanni, Mauro Negri, Marco Tamburini, Fabio Petretti, Simone Zanchini, Mederic Collignon, Ettore Fioravanti, Gianluca Nanni, Stefano Battaglia, Achille Succi, Zlatko Kaucic, Antonio Marangolo, Daniele D’Agaro, Vasko Atanasovski , Fabrizio Puglisi, Alessandro Altarocca, Guglielmo Pagnozzi, Flavio Piscopo, Luciano Biondini, Pietro Tonolo , Daniele Santimone, Stefano Bedetti among them, also participating in international music festivals in in Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Russia, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Ethiopia.
He loves Bach’s music, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan’s folk, Laura Dukes and John Mayall’s blues, Roberto Murolo’s Neapolitan songs and all of jazz, from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, from Bill Evans to Charlie Haden, whom he considers a master and inspirator.
Roberto is highly regarded as a composer, and has developed a personal style where melody is the backbone. His compositions have often been broadcast on the RAI-Radio3 channel.
He has scored various stage productions, including Elena Bucci’s Lo scialle, from Cynthia Ozick’s The Shawl, and Canti per elefanti, and Enzo Vetrano and Stefano Randisi’s adaptation from E.A. Poe’s Gordon Pym.
In March 2013, in Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, he performed some original compositions dedicated to Bèla Bartòk, now available on a LimenMusic CD/DVD and published by Warner Chappell.
He has always been active as a teacher, and in 2004 he was invited to teach a master class at Addis Ababa’s Conservatory of Music in Ethiopia.
He is currently teaching double bass and ensamble music classes at Imola’s Scuola Comunale di Musica “Vassura-Baroncini”, while also conducting the students’ orchestra.