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Transforming Baroque



Transforming Baroque

Presenting Davide Monti (Italy, Baroque Violin) and Alexander Nettelbeck (Australia, Piano) performing together in a world premiere here in Melbourne at the Italian Institute of Culture.

A musical tapestry unfolds inspired by ancient and modern music from around the globe in a celebration of culture and shared history!

Drawing from their rich and diverse international performing backgrounds the duo interpret and improvise compositions from European Baroque Repertoire, Italy, Ethiopia, America, Brazil and Australia.


Davide Monti, Baroque violin

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Davide Monti is a violinist who combines his infectious energy with an exceptional talent of being a completely natural performer. A much sought after director, soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician his playing has been described as “phenomenal”, with “incredible freshness”, where “all appears extraordinarily spontaneous and organic”. His prize-winning recordings include his version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons which has been reviewed as “definitely one of the best versions of the decade”.

With degrees from the Conservatory of Parma and Verona, Davide has been leader/soloist with the European Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), Il Tempio Armonico, Accademia Arcadia Australia, and Ensemble Elyma, Tafelmusik Toronto, and Arparla with harpist Maria Cleary. 

Davide focuses on the art of improvising, where the experience of extemporaneous communication parallels other art-forms such as theatre, dance and fencing. He considers the score to be a canvas in which each performance is different and vital.

Davide has taught improvisation within historical informed practices in Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia, and he is the Artistic Director of the International School of Improvisation, that teach musical improvisation from a multidisciplinary perspective, leading to a complex and fascinating system of strategies. He is actually teaching baroque violin in Brescia Conservatory in Italy.

He loves to speak with his violin - a Giuseppe Guadagnini of the second half of the 18th century.



Alexander Nettelbeck, Piano

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Pianist, keyboardist, composer and producer Alexander Nettelbeck is a classically and jazz trained musician. As band member and musical director Alexander has performed on headlining tours of festivals and venues in Australia, Europe, Japan and New Zealand. Alexander has performed and recorded on a number of albums in many styles and genres from jazz, to folk, swing, reggae, blues, R&B, and world music and with a diverse variety of artists including Kate Ceberano, Ju Ju Space Jazz, Triple J unearthed winner, Vassy, Pete Hemsley’s Sons Of Invention, Aleeoop, and Deni Hines.

His original compositions have featured in dance/ theatre productions, in film& television including feature documentary " Music Of The Brain", Network Seven's ‘All Saints’ and radio throughout the world. As band member, keyboardist and musical director Alexander has performed on headlining tours of festivals and club venues as well as opening for On U Sound System, The Orb, Herbert, Java, Hexstatic and many others playing at festivals including Big Day Out, Paris Techno Parade and Splore.

Ambient recording project and co-production, Telegraph Pole, was selected for inclusion in the Brighton Soundwave Festival UK in 2007.

2009 saw the successful launch of the Alexander Nettelbeck Trio in Melbourne at fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne with bassist Jonathan Zion and drummer Simone White, followed in 2010 by the release of ‘Alexander Nettelbeck Trio’ with MGM Distribution.

Following this international success, the Trio was invited to Italy to play in jazz festivals and participate in master classes throughout 2011 and 2012. These included WARSAW SUMMER JAZZ DAYS Warsaw, Poland, FESTIVAL PIWNICA POD BARANAMI, Krakow, Poland, TUSCIA IN JAZZ Soriano Nel Cimino Italy, BOLSENA, CONZANO, MONTEFIASCONE, Italy, TUSCIA IN JAZZ FESTIVAL, Bagnoregio, an artistic collaboration and concert with a leading Italian sound artist former student of esteemed contemporary music composer Luciano Berio, Lazzaro Ciccolella, in the city of Molfetta STUDIO PROJECT AND CONCERT, at TERZA FASE FESTIVAL, Molfetta, Italy.

These tours would not have been possible without the support of Artegiro, Italy, The Australian Cultural Fund and Creative Partnerships Australia (formerly ABaF), MGM distribution and many kind individual supporters. These collaborations provided impetus for new compositions which feature on the trioʼs latest album Here Today released in December 2015.

Alexander Nettelbeck has recently been part of the artistic team bringing together some of Melbourne's leading jazz groups and soloists for the inaugural St Kilda Summer Jazz festival 2016. He recently composed the music for an installation by visual artist Lushun Tan for the State Library of Victoria. In addition to his many performing and recording projects, Alexander is a dedicated teacher of piano and music production for students of all levels in Melbourne.





Date: Thursday 31st May at 7pm (one hour duration), doors open 6:30pm

Tickets: $25 / $20 IIC members and concession card holders

Advance booking recommended: email; phone 9866 5931

Light refreshmente will be served on arrival.




Data: Gio 31 Mag 2018

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 20:00

Organizzato da : IIC Melbourne

Ingresso : A pagamento


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