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Born in Bologna in 1966, Claudio Carboni began to study saxophone as a child and at the age of 11 he started playing in some liscio dance orchestras, acquiring great virtuoso skills along with a clean and accurate phrasing still characterising his style. After fulfilling his classical studies, he devoted himself to jazz under the guidance of Giorgio Baiocco.

In 1992 he took part in the high professional qualification courses at “Siena Jazz”, completing the third level. In the same year Riccardo Tesi called him to join Banditaliana together with Maurizio Geri and Ettore Bonafé, which would radically change his stylistic choices, making him an established ethnic music saxophonist.

In a few years Banditaliana reached the top in the field of the European world music, gaining wide recognition while touring Europe and North America and by taking part in the most important festivals, such as Parthenay, Lisbon Expo 98, Clusone, Cornwall, Saint Chartier, Folkest, Festival d’eté de Québec and so on. Moreover, Carboni has contributed to several musical projects ranging from the reworking of the folk tradition to appealing Mediterranean atmospheres and remarkable jazz influences.

Some of the most impacting projects are:

Un ballo liscio by Riccardo Tesi featuring: Gabriele Mirabassi, Mauro Grossi, Piero Leveratto, Patrick Vaillant ecc. Thanks to his knowledge of liscio dance, Carboni had a fundamental role in this project, reflecting echoes of liscio dance and ethno-jazz sounds in a sort of prysm.
Transitalia directed by Moni Ovadia, conducted by R.Tesi,gathering the most important world musicians in Italy: Carlo Muratori, Tenores di Bitti, Claudio Fossati, Elena Ledda, Lucilla Galeazzi, Dodi Moscati, Daniele Sepe and others.
Acqua, foco e vento directed by Angelo Savelli, conducted by Riccardo tesi and Maurizio Geri with the contribution of Nando Citarella, Mauro Palmas, Damiano Puliti, Valerio Perla, Daniele Mencarelli, Anna Granata and Devis Longo.
Crinali by C.Carboni and R.Tesi (the authors) with the muscians Ginevra di Marco, Maurizio Geri, Stefano Melone, Nico Gori, Marco Fadda, Nico Gori, Roberto Melone, Ettore Bonafé.

Carboni is also collaborating with Brazilian songwriter Edinho Queiroz and Italian songwriter Marco Natali. He has directed the Giuseppe Verdi Band of Riola, near Bologna, since 1996, and is regularly teaching in several music schools. He is planning a reworking and composition project based on the music of the Tuscany and Emilia Apennines, together with Luca Troiani, Elide and Michele Melchioni from Riola.



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