Federico Calcagno (1995) is a clarinet and bass clarinet player, creative jazz musician and composer from Milan, Italy, and currently active between Italy and The Netherlands.
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As composer, Federico regularly writes music for his bands: Liquid Identities, Piranha, The Dolphians, Fade in Trio. His compositional style is a mixed between creative-expressive jazz and post modern classical music, with particular attention to the rhythmic aspect, influenced by classical Indian music from south of India (Carnatic Music) and African music.
As leader and co-leader, Federico has released three albums and one EP till now: From Another Planet (2019), Liquid Identities (2020), Urlo d’Ebano (2021), Piranha (2021).


Federico studied classical and jazz clarinet at Milan Conservatory, and in 2019 he graduated in Jazz Master in bass clarinet at Amsterdam Conservatory and attended the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada), directed by Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey.
In the academic year 2020-2021 Federico was the teacher of the subject “Analysis and Application of Advanced Rhythm Techniques” at Conservatorio Vittadini, Pavia (Italy) and taught “Jazz Clarinet” at Cosenza Conservatorio as well.

Full List of Awards:

  • Winner of “Tomorrow’s Jazz”with Fade In Trio (Venezia, 2021)
  • Second Prize at Jazz Juniors Competition with The Dolphians (Krakow, 2021)
  • MEI Super Stage Jazz with The Dolphians (Faenza, 2021)
  • Premio Siae (Roma, 2021)
  • Leiden Jazz Award with Jort Terwijn Önder (Leiden, 2021)
  • Barga Jazz Contest with Francesca Remigi Archipelagos (Barga, 2021)
  • Dutch Jazz Competition with Aviv Noam 4et (Amsterdam, 2021)
  • Winner of “Concorso Nazionale Chicco Bettinardi” – Band Section, The Dolphians (Piacenza, 2021)
  • Top Jazz 2020 by Musica Jazz Magazine: best new Italian talent 2020
  • Premio Internazionale Giorgio Gaslini 2020
  • “Nuova Generazione Jazz 2021” with Federico Calcagno & The Dolphians
  • Second prize “Concorso Nazionale Bettinard”- Soloist Section (Piacenza, 2020)
  • Best Tonal Improvisation – International Improvisation Contest René Arons, with Fade In Trio (Antwerp 2019)
  • Second prize “International Keep an Eye Jazz Award” with Liquid Identities (Amsterdam, 2019)
  • Critics prize and second prize “Concorso Internazionale Massimo Urbani” (Camerino, 2019)
  • Premio del Conservatorio – Jazz Category with Tri(o)ttico (Milano, 2018)
  • Second prize “Premio Nazionale delle Arti”- Jazz Category (Milano, 2017)

Federico has been active between Amsterdam, Milan and Bruxelles. He’s the leader of the bands The Dolphians, Liquid Identities, and co-leader of Fade in Trio and Piranha.
He regularly plays as sideman in the bands Noneto Disconcertante, Aviv Noam Quartet, Amsterdam Modern Orkest (AM.OK), Adrian Moncada Sextet, Francesca Remigi’s Archipelagos, and played with Tino Tracanna’s Double Cut and Giovanni Falzone’s Contemporary Orchestra. In 2019, he developed interests in the rhythms of Carnatic music and in the world of the Conduction as instant composition: with Stab Freeze Collective Federico found and developed common elements between “Butch” Morris’ Conduction, Walter Thompson’s Soundpainting and Frank Zappa’s way, demonstrating how a limited dictionary of gestures can be applied on a small orchestra with success.

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