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 about forty years he works on these subjects into an acoustic, electric and electronic settings as well as in performative acts.
Born in 1968, he has started to recording his music at the age of fourteen and since then, his approach remained uncompromising, embracing a DIY attitude.
He has recorded more than 120 albums with his own main projects or as co-leader, mostly in the fields of improvised music, free jazz and electronic music.
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 played with hundreds of musicians, including Evan Parker, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Gino Robair, Gianni Gebbia, Thollem McDonas, Herb Robertson, Tristan Honsinger, Tobias Delius, Steve Beresford, Giuseppe Giuliano, Giovanni Maier, Peter Jacquemyn, Edoardo Marraffa, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Massimo Pupillo, Walter Prati, Luc Ex, Hélène Labarrière, Philip Corner, 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), Centro d’Arte di Padova, BRDA Contemporary Music Festival (Slovenia), Théâtre Mercelis (Bruxelles), Interpenetration Festival (Graz), Illuseum (Amsterdam), Chilli Jazz Festival (Austria), Macao (Milano), Vortex/Mopomoso (London), Area Sismica (Forlì), Galeria On (Poland), Jazz Club Ferrara, TAC-Temporary Art Center (Eindhoven), 48th Venice Biennale, ZDB (Lisboa), Fondazione Mudima (Milano), Resonance 104.4FM (London).
As acousmatic/electronic composer, some of his works have been used or commissioned by experimental film directors and video-artists.
On 18 November 2023 he was part of the ImprovvisoFantasia ensemble led by the pianist and composer Giuseppe Giuliano (with Giancarlo Schiaffini among other musicians) performing the world premiere of “Grandi Numeri” by Sylvano Bussotti as part of the Trieste Prima / Incontri Internazionali con la Musica Contemporanea festival, at the Auditorium of the Revoltella Museum in Trieste.
In addition, he runs Setola di Maiale, a record label devoted to creative and experimental music since 1993: up to now he has produced more than 450 titles involving circa 800 musicians from all over the world.
Since 2016 he is among the curators of Angelica – International Music Festival (Bologna).
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