Stefano Giust is an Italian improviser musician, drummer, composer and factotum of record label Setola di Maiale. His work is focused on the broad spectrum of improvised and experimental music. From over 30 years he works on these subjects into an acoustic, electric and electronic settings as well as in performative acts.
As a drummer, his playing focuses on rhythmic pulse and its destructuration. Rhythm and sound as a continuous and variable flow, no longer thought in terms of meter and measure.
Born in 1968, he has started to recording his music at the age of 14. Since then, his approach remained uncompromising, embracing a DIY attitude.
Through the years, he has given concerts in Italy, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, Poland, Croatia, Brasil and Vietnam.
He has recorded an impressive number of albums with his own main projects or as co-leader, mostly in the fields of improvised music, free jazz and electronic music.
He has played with hundreds of musicians, including Evan Parker, Gino Robair, Gianni Gebbia, Thollem McDonas, Herb Robertson, Tobias Delius, Tristan Honsinger, Steve Beresford, Philip Corner, Giovanni Maier, Peter Jacquemyn, Edoardo Marraffa, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Massimo Pupillo, Walter Prati, Luc Ex, Hélène Labarrière, Keiko Higuchi, Alessandro Bosetti, Clayton Thomas, Guido Mazzon, Patrizia Oliva, Burkhard Beins, Roy Paci, Lotte Anker, Marco Eneidi, Steve Buchanan and Catherine Jauniaux.
Some places he has played in: Hanoi New Music Festival (Vietnam), Angelica Festival (Bologna), Jazz Cerkno (Slovenia), Mostra SESC de Artes (Brasil), MIBnight Jazz Festival (Germany), BRDA Contemporary Music Festival (Slovenia), Saturnalia (Milano), Interpenetration Festival (Graz), Chilli Jazz Festival (Austria), Macao (Milano), Vortex/Mopomoso (London), Area Sismica (Forlì), Jazz Club Ferrara, 48th Venice Biennale, ZDB (Lisboa), Resonance 104.4FM (London), Fondazione Mudima (Milano).
As acousmatic/electronic composer, some of his works have been used or commissioned by experimental film directors and video-artists.
Since 2016 he is among the curators in Bologna of the prestigious Angelica – International Music Festival.
In addition, he runs Setola di Maiale, a record label devoted to creative and experimental music since 1993: up to now he has produced 430 titles involving 700 musicians from all over the world.
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