Francesco Massaro

Francesco Massaro is an academic musician, graduated with praise and mention of merit, engaged in numerous multidisciplinary projects combining creative music, visual arts, poetry, audio/video, electronic arts and dance.

In 2009 he won the National Prize of Arts organized by AFAM and MIUR (jazz section). 
In 2016 and 2017 the specialized magazine Jazz Music points him out among the 10 best young italian talents calling him "one of the brightest talents come to the fore of the Italian scene in recent years".
In 2018 receives the award Targa SIAE. 
In 2019 holds a conference concert for the international platform TED. 
In 2020 receives the Pandemic Atlanta Grant Dance/Coreography.

He currently directs the group Francesco Massaro & Bestiario (mixed media project with Mariasole De Pascali, Michele Ciccimarra, Adolfo La Volpe, Egidio Marullo). He also performs solo (Black Fashion - winds and live electronics) in the trio Elica (with Chiara Liuzzi, Adolfo La Volpe, Elio Martusciello) and in the duo Outline Maps (with Alessandra Bossa); he’s also part of the Saxophone Pool Walnuts (Vittorino Curci, Gianni Console and Marco Colonna), OEOAS (Electroacoustic Orchestra Officine Arti Soniche). Among the numerous collaborations, which range from avant-jazz to contemporary academy music, the most important and profitable is certainly the one with the pianist Gianni Lenoci, his personal and mentor. He also recorded and played occasionally with Sakis Papadimitriou, William Parker, Joëlle Léandre, Stefano Battaglia, Markus Stockhausen, John Tchicai, Elio Martusciello, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Fabrizio Spera, Paolo Fresu, Carlos Zingaro, Kent Carter, Paul Lovens, Carlo Actis Dato, Antonello Salis, Eugenio Colombo, Alessandro Haber, Daniele di Bonaventura, Steve Potts, Sabir Mateen, Marco Colonna, Sauro Berti, Michel Godard, Bruno Tommaso, Roberto Ottaviano, Gunter "Baby" Sommer, Ab Baars, Ig Henneman, Admir Shkurtaj, Danilo Gallo, Enrico Gabrielli and many others. He participated in numerous jazz festivals and current music including A Strip of Earth Feconda, Angelica, Time in Jazz, Young Jazz, Talos Festival, Europa Jazz Festival di Noci, Notte della Taranta, Materadio, Rec Festival, Mantova Musica, Italia Wave, Disorder, No Sheet Festival,

Silence, Festival of the Worlds of Villa Ada, Italian Culture Week  (University of Banja Luka), he played for the University of Coimbra, the University of Bari, the German Radio Tv (Leipzig), and Radiorai.