|Alessandro A. Palmitessa|
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Born in 1969 in Atina, Italy
Clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Alessandro Palmitessa earned a degree in jazz and classical saxophone from the N. Piccinni Conservatory in Monopoli (Bari/Italy). He received a "Siena Jazz" scholarship and completed the program leading to "High Professional Qualification in Jazz Music and Contemporary Derivation". Palmitessa has won numerous awards and performs with several multi-national ensembles at international jazz festivals.
Alessandro Palmitessa has been living in Cologne, Germany since 1997. In 2001 he initiated the "Menschensinfonieorchester" for homeless musicians; the group’s first CD was widely reviewed in the press (including an article in the magazine GEO in February 2004) and received the Rheinischen Förderpreis sponsorship award of the Sparkassen Cultural Foundation in 2005. In addition to numerous recordings for radio and television, Palmitessa has performed original compositions at various art exhibits (e.g. Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Turin: "Marc Chagall", 2004; Museum Ludwig, Cologne: "Piet Mondriaan", 2008) and composed soundtracks for films. Palmitessa has served as artistic director of the "Festival all’Italiana – beyond pasta and amore" in Cologne since 2009.
Palmitessa’s activities extend far beyond the city limits of Cologne. In 2005 and 2007 he toured Europe with the Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra from Japan. He and his band "Noizland" won the Newcomer Prize at the "Sant'Anna Arresi Jazz Festival" in Sardinia in 2005. In 2009 he was an instructor at "Young Notes for Europe" festival in Rome.
Palmitessa performed with Toninho Horta at the "film erzaehlt musik" festival in 2010. For the European Cultural Capital program RUHR 2010, Alessandro Palmitessa collaborated with Geremia Carrara to create an extensive cultural program that juxtaposed the former mining communities of the Ruhr metropolis with those in Sardinia. Of special note in this connection were two concerts featuring the renowned Sardinian musicians Elena Ledda (soprano) and Antonello Salis (piano, accordion).