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Stefano Battaglia began his piano career at a very young age, playing mainly baroque keyboard repertoire in Italy and abroad. Active in the field of jazz since the mid-80s, he has collaborated with the most important artists of the international scene, including Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Dewey Redman, Tony Oxley, Barre Phillips, Steve Swallow, Enrico Rava, Aldo Romano, Bill Elgart, Dominique Pifarely, Jay Clayton, Pierre Favre. He has set the cycle of the 56 Sonnets to Orpheus by R. M. Rilke to music. He has dedicated many works to mystics such as Juan de la Cruz and Jelaleddin Rumi; to musicians and composers such as Bill Evans and Alec Wilder; and artists such as Pier Paolo Pasolini and Mark Rothko. Since 2004, he has been recording as a leader for ECM. Since 1988, he has been teaching at Siena Jazz, where he teaches improvisation techniques for the three-year course and the two-year course of Siena Jazz University. Since 2018, he teaches at the Accademia Chigiana and directs the project Tabula Rasa – Chigiana Siena Jazz Ensemble.
Tabula rasa. The Art of Improvisation