Gabriele Mirabassi Clarinet
Italian clarinetist Gabriele Mirabassi was born in Perugia and studied both modern classical music and jazz improvisation at the prestigious Morlacchi Conservatory, from which he graduated in 1986. Focused on jazz; he performed at numerous high-profile jazz events in Europe and beyond, and began recording regularly for Egea in the mid-'90s. 1995's Fiabe was a duo outing with pianist Stefano Battaglia, and the 1996 quartet session Come Una Volta helped him win an Italian award as the year's top new talent. Mirabassi teamed with guitarist Sergio Assad for the 1999 duets album Velho Retrato, and formed a regular trio with accordionist Luciano Biondi and tuba player Michel Godard. Mirabassi is active in contemporary music and is one of the founders of the Artisanat Furteux Ensemble.