Solo Double Bass – Dario Calderone – Part I

02/2015 Gaudeamus – NLimpuls – AT

Calderone_02_byMichel Marang

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This is a program of new pieces for solo double bass (with and without electronics), involving impuls Academy and Festival in Graz (AT) and Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht (NL). :


The idea of the project is to create a “corpus” of literature for solo double bass in order to fill in a void; for some reason no bass player in past years ever stimulated or inspired the creation of new pieces, like for example Harry Sparnaay did for the bass clarinet.

# commissions to 3 composers, so far – names to be announced soon
# composition workshop for double bass solo pieces at impuls academy 2015 (involving 7 student composers)


The project will be organized in several steps, as follows :



# Summer 2014: Call for solo works for Dario Calderone amongst composer participants of impuls 2015 in Graz, Austria – participants can hand in new pieces until November 2014.

Dario selects 2 pieces; these 2 composers get a commission to develop their works further. Dario then prepares the 2 pieces, works with the 2 composers on spot at impuls in February and also performs the world-premieres of the pieces at impuls in February 2015.


# End 2014 Gaudeamus commissions 1 composer, Gagi Petrovic, to write for double bass and electronics.

Dario works with him during impuls 2015 parallel to work with other composers from impuls.
A first version of the piece by Gagi Petrovic will be premiered in Graz during impuls academy and festival.


The composers selected to participate in the composition workshop for double bass solo pieces during the impuls academy in Graz (AT) in February 2015 are (find also some of their biographies below) :

Eric Skytterholm Egan
Seongmin Ji
Sung-ah Kim
Giulia Lorusso
Oliver Thurley
Nina Whiteman
Tomoya Yokokawa


# The final workshops with the composers take place during the Gaudeamus Academy, 4-9 September 2015 in Utrecht. Performance of this new work plus rerun of the 2 works from impuls, eventually with already existing works of the above mentioned list at Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht, in September 2015.



In Graz (AT):

impuls: 13.-25 February 2015


I. Concert: Young Ones

New compositions for double bass:

# Gagi Petrovic: In your face (1) for extended double bass, electronics developed by Gagi Petrovic in collaboration with Tijs Ham (2014) – World Premiere


and pieces by composers of the impuls Academy 2015 :


# Oliver Thurley: yet another example of the porousness of certain borders for double bass solo (2014) – World Premiere


# Eric Skytterholm Egan: …in White…, from: Fragments of shapes, hewn. In white silence… for double bass solo (2014) World Premiere


# Giulia Lorusso I.: Let it come, from: diptych for double bass solo (2014) – World Premiere


# Tomoya Yokokawa: December rush for double bass solo (2014) – World Premiere


as well as the following works :

# Juan de Dios Magdaleno: SF_oia, for piano (2009)

# Luciano Azzigotti: ledro, for piano (2009) – Austrian Premiere

# Rocco de Cia: Just on the edge of Nothingness, for piano (2014) – World Premiere

# Pierluigi Billone: Sgorgo N, for e-guitar (2012)



with :

Dario Calderone: double bass

Yaron Deutsch: e-guitar

Anna D´Errico: piano


19 February 2015


Proberaum, 20:00



II. Lecture and presentation by Dario Calderone : Double bass solo

Lecture and presentation for composers and instrumentalists, where Dario Calderone will not only give comments on all the pieces handed in at the call for scores – amongst them also the ones performed in concert the day before –, but also explore specific problematics deeper, hereby referring also to issues such as notation, technical specifics, preparation …

20 February 2015 in Graz (AT)

MUMUTH Lichtenfelsgasse 14, 8010 Graz

Proberaum, 10:00 – 13:00




In Utrecht (NL):

Gaudeamus Academy, 4-9 September 2015

Gaudeamus Muziekweek 9-13 September 2015.

More details here.


Reruns of the pieces are currently planned (tbc) in:

– Korzo (The Hague),

– Mediamatic (Amsterdam),

– Splendor (Amsterdam),

– Bologna in “Teatro comunale”,

– Hong Kong new music festival and

– Tashkent.





Dario Calderone


Dario Calderone (Rome, 1978) is one of the most representative doublebass player of his generation.  Trained as a classical performer,  he graduated with maximum marks at the Coservatorio di S. Cecilia in Rome with Massimo Giorgi. He Studied later with Francesco Petracchi at the renowned Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona. Already during his studies he started his carrier as a chamber musician, becoming in 2001 a member of the chamber string ensemble “I solisti aquilani”, with whom he played as a soloist the Bottesini repertoire in Italy, Vietnam, Singapore and many other countries in Europe. After, from 2004 until 2006 he was principal solo doublebass of the orchestra of the “Teatro Massimo” of Palermo and of the “Teatro dell’Opera” of Rome.

In 2007 decided to leave his Orchestra carrier and to focus on new experimental techniques. He became one of the few pupils of the well renowned doublebass player and composer Stefano Scodanibbio from whom he learned all the extended techniques from the last century. Moreover he studied experimental musical theatre with Georges Aperghis and Pierre Sublet at the HKB of Bern, working especially on the works of J. Cage, D. Schnabel and G. Aperghis.

Dario Calderone is  well appreciated as a chamber musician and soloist,and focuses his activity mainly on the literature of the last 40 years. He is member of   Nieuw ensemble (NL), Ensemble Algoritmo (IT) and Ensemble Laboratorium (CH), and has been often invited to collaborate with ASKO/Schönberg ensemble and Klangforum Wien.  He collaborated with a number of composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Ivan Fedele, Yannis Kyriakides, Georges Aperghis, Beat Furrer, Bernhard Lang, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen and Robert Ashley in the creation of new pieces for solo doublebass or chamber music with doublebass. In 2008 co funds CO2, a duo with the flutist Riccarda Caflisch; in 2012 starts, together with Yannis Kyriakides, Anne Laberge, Wijk Hijmans and Reinier Van Houdt the MAzE project, based in Amsterdam, for experimental interactive composition. Regularly plays chamber music with Marco Rogliano and Mario Caroli.

He is regularly invited in many festivals of contemporary music (Biennale di Venezia, Nuova Consonanza, Auditorium Parco della musica di Roma, Traiettorie Parma, Rec Festival  of Reggio Emilia, Tage fur Neue Musiek Zurich, Luzern Festival, Davos Festival, Festival d’Automne of Paris, Muziekgebow Amsterdam, November Music of Den Bosch, Gaudeamus festival, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Berliner Konzerthaus, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary music festival, June in Buffalo in NY, Reyna Sofia in Madrid, Festival de Alicante,NYID festival Tallinn etc…).  He recorded  for Wergo,  Stradivarius, Attacca Records, Dynamic, Unsounds and the Bottesini B minor concerto for Nbb Records.

Active as a teacher he gave masterclasses in the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Uzbekistan state conservatory and the Shanghai music Academy.  He also had different recognitions in competitions, like, among others, 1° prize at W. Benzi competition in 2002 and IMD Darmstadt Stipendiumprize in 2006.

He plays a Chanot from the beginning of XIX and a 5string Mattei, copy of Marcucci (1984).



Tomoya Yokokawa


Tomoya Yokokawa was born in 1988 in Nagano (Japan), studied composition at Tokyo Gakugei University (2007-2011). In Japan, he studied composition with Miyuki Siozaki, Masahiro Yamauchi, Choji Kaneda.

He has attended many master classes of Japan and Europe, and received guidance from Isabel Mundry and Georg Friedrich Haas.

His pieces were performed in impuls 9th International Composers Academy for Contemporary Music 2015 in Austria (Graz, 2015)

He moved to Austria and has started studying composition with Klaus Lang since 2013 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.


Giulia Lorusso


Born in Rome in 1990. Composition and Piano studies at the “Conservatorio G.Verdi” of Milan. Currently studying Composition at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris thanks to an Erasmus Bourse (with Frédéric Durieux, Luis Naon, Tom Mays, Yann Geslin and Karim Hassad).

Workshops and Masterclasses with Mark Andre (Nuova consonanza 2012), Peter Eotvös and Luca francesconi (Eotvös Foundation, Budapest 2013), Stefano Gervasoni
(Montegiorgio, Ancona 2013), Francesco Filidei (Pontedera, Pisa 2013), Pierluigi Billone (Milano, 2014), Brian Ferneyhough (Paris, 2014) and Salvatore Sciarrino (annual workshop for young composer at the Conservatorio Respighi in Latina, Italy).
In 2012:
Short-listed by “Divertimento Ensemble” for the third edition of the Composition Contest for AFAM students; first-prized of the first edition of the “New Repertoire Call for Score” award, held by Rome “Arte2o” association in collaboration with “G.E.R.M.I. Ensemble”; finalist in the “2012 Unique Forms of Continuity in Space Composition Competition” announced by the Italian Institute of Culture
in Melbourne, in collaboration with the Elder Conservatorium of Music University di Adelaide; winner ex-aequo of fifth edition of “Galleria d’ Arte Moderna di Milano” European Composition Competition.
In 2013:
selected for the “Marathon V: Festival für junge zeitgenössische Musik Werke” (Wien, September 2013)


Oliver Thurley


Oliver Thurley is a young composer currently based in Leeds, UK. Working with a hybrid of contemporary acoustic and electronic compositional techniques, Oliver’s work explores disorientating structures and temporalities, instability and fragility, algorithmic and computational procedure, and indeterminate poly-formal systems. Sonically, the work is often noted for its approach to quietness, operating at the brink of performative control and perception.


organized in partnership with Gaudeamus - NLimpuls - AT