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Cristiano                    Giardini

Born in 1971, at the age of twelve he decided to actively dedicate himself to the study of the classical clarinet. He will
graduated from the 'V. Bellini' Conservatory in Catania in '92. As early as 1990 he felt that his path would be the saxophone and jazz music, and from the summer of 1992 he began attending private lessons with Orazio Maugeri in Palermo and with Francesco Marini in Rome; he participated in the Berklee Summer School at Umbria Jazz Clinics '94"; follows the "Permanent Courses of Musical Perfectioning of the "C.P.M. di Siena" in the academic year 1996/97, under the guidance of Maurizio Giammarco, Tino Tracanna, Paolino Dalla Porta, Enrico Pieranunzi. In the summer of '97 he entered the 'Conservatorium Van Amsterdam' i Holland, where he obtained a degree in Jazz in 2002.
On Dutch soil he had the opportunity to perfect himself with Ferdinand Povel, Jaspar Blom, Bob Malach, Chris Potter, Dick Oatts . In 1997, he recorded with the 'CAFFE' STRONG', an all-European quintet, with which he will will perform in the following years in Holland, Switzerland and Italy.
Between 2000 and 2003 he led the 'jams' of one of Amsterdam's most famous jazz clubs, Bourbon Street, as a leader.
In 2002 he recorded 'Alleggiu Alleggiu' with the Sicilian ethno-rock group MATER MATUTA for EthnoWorld, and in the same year he recorded 'New York' for Munich Records.
same year for Munich Records "New Impressions" with the JAZZMANIA BIG BAND under the direction of Peter Guidi. In 1993 he recorded for Philology with Antonella Consolo, Giovanni Mazzarino and Marco Tamburini.
In the summer of 2005 he won 1st prize at the 'Festival Nazionale di Musica Jazz' in Baronissi. Between 2004 and 2007 he is Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the Accademia Musicale Siciliana with Giovanni Mazzarino. From September 2004
to September 2009 he held the position of saxophonist in the ORCHESTRA JAZZ DEL MEDITERRANEO.
In July 2008, he obtained his 2nd Level Degree in Jazz Music with 110/110 cum laude and honours at the A. Corelli' Conservatory in Messina. Requested by the aforementioned Institute on 13 February 2007 and on 19 May 2007 he performed as a saxophonist soloist in the capital at "Radio Vaticana" first and at the "Complesso Monumental San Michele a Ripa" then, with the "CORELLI JAZZ ENSEMBLE" conducted by Maestro Cinzia Gizzi. Both performances were organised by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC) and the Directorate General for Higher l'Alta Formazione Artistica, Musicale e Coreutica (MUR).

In June 2009, he collaborated on Francesco Bertolini's latest work, 'Los dias del viaje', alongside Ellade Bandini, published by SowHatStudio.
On 14 December 2009 in Syracuse he was awarded the 'Corrado Maranci Prize' for Jazz Education by the Sicilian Association of Val D'Anapo Choirs.
In April 2010 he took over the role of saxophonist soloist in the Italian tour of Ben Sidran, with whom in the same
year he recorded 'Dylan Different live in Italy', published by Bonsai.
In April 2011, he was part of the orchestra conducted by Maestro Lawrence "Butch" Morris for "Conduction No. 195",
a world premiere, at Catania's Metropolitan Theatre. The following year he was the soloist on the Italian tour of English crooner English crooner Anthony Strong.
In the summer of 2016 he was right-hand sidekick, as well as soloist, in the Italian quartet of Argentine guitarist Andres
Laprida, and the following year in that of Martin Diaz Gonzales.
In February 2018 he is co-director and soloist of the SICILINA JAZZMANIA BIG BAND alongside saxophonist Canadian Andy Sheppard, with whom he performs two amazing concerts on Sicilian soil.
Since the summer of 2018 he has been saxophone soloist in singer Red Canzian's acoustic quartet.
Since February 2019 he has been Lecturer at the Jazz Saxophone Chair at the Conservatorio "V. Bellini" in Catania.
In April 2019, ESPRESSO ROMA-CATANIA was released with TRP Music, the first unreleased work of his quartet
Sicilian quartet.
In the summer of 2020, he collaborates with Sardinian pianist Luca Mannutza on a new record project soon to be publication.
In September 2022, CRATERE CENTRALE's first EP was released on Roots Underground.
Among others, he has collaborated with: Marc Abrams, Ellade Bandini, Andrea Beneventano, Rosalba Bentivoglio,
Francesco Bertolini, David Boato, Fabrizio Bosso, Francesco Cafiso, Red Canzian, Claudio Cusmano, Michelle David, Marcello Di Leonardo, Wayne Dockery, Candy Dulfer, Bobby Durham, Luca Mannutza, Massimo Faraò, Charlie Green, Peter Guidi, Paul Jeffrey, Andres Laprida, Phil Mer, Lawrence 'Butch' Morris, Paolo Recchia, Dino Rubino, Ben Sidran, , Andy Sheppard, Ben Sidran, Anthony Strong, Marco Tamburini.

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