Liquid Identities

Pic by Thomas Beltsios

“Forms of modern life may differ in quite a few respects – but what unites them all is precisely their fragility, temporariness, vulnerability and inclination to constant change.”

Liquid Modernity, Zygmunt Bauman

“Liquid Identities” is an Amsterdam based project led by the Italian clarinetist and composer Federico Calcagno. It features a repertoire of original songs inspired by classical-contemporary chamber music, South Indian Carnatic music, and jazz and contemporary improvised music.
The adjective “liquid” refers to the vision of post-modernity analyzed by the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman in the book “Liquid Modernity”. The quintet won the 2nd prize in the Keep an Eye international contest 2019 and played in various clubs in the Netherlands. Their first album has been officially released on the 1st of June 2020 for Aut Records.

Federico Calcagno – Clarinets
José Soares – Alto sax
Adrian Moncada – Piano
Pau Sola – Cello
Nick Thessalonikefs – Drums

Liquid Identities Expanded Version: LIQUID WAR

Federico Calcagno & The Dolphians

Pic by Daniele Frediani

Clarinetist-composer Federico Calcagno emphasizes the importance of multi -instrumentalist Eric Dolphy’s music and influence through the sextet “The Dolphians”. The project released the first album From Another Planet [Emme Label] – which has been catalogued in the list of the best 100 albums of 2019 by JAZZIT Italian magazine. This work shows a great collective interaction and enthusiasm; it declares love to the Blue Note sounds from the ‘60s, re-elaborating the masterpiece Out to Lunch and giving a contemporary rebirth to Eric Dolphy’s less known composition Jim Crow through a suite in five movements. Moreover, From Another Planet is characterized by the alternation and mixture of original compositions with Dolphy’s sparkling arrangements.

Federico Calcagno – Bass/Soprano Clarinet
Gianluca Zanello – Alto Sax
Luca Ceribelli – Tenor/Soprano Sax
Andrea Mellace – Vibraphone
Stefano Zambon – Double Bass
Stefano Grasso – Drums

Fade In Trio

Fade In Trio makes original creative music, striving for a provocative artistic identity. Through the combination of spontaneous improvisations with predetermined structures and melodies, the trio creates moments of pure interaction and dramatic energy.
Fade In Trio is very active both in the Netherlands and Italy; it has recently performed in Umbria Jazz Festival 2019 and Fara Music Festival 2019. They are among the winners of the René Arons International Improvisation Competition held in Antwerp in February 2019.

Federico Calcagno – Clarinets
Pietro Elia Barcellona – Double Bass
Marco Luparia – Drums


Piranha was born in spring 2017 in Milan. Expandable group, whose dimensions have varied from duo to quartet, and which equally deals with more or less expanded music, offering original compositions – written by each musician – and collective improvisations. Since 2019, the prevailing line-up is the trio.
The music shows a multifaceted yet balanced sound through a blend of jazz, chamber music, contemporary classical music and post minimalism. In fact, the group draws inspiration from composers such as Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, Steve Reich. Federico Calcagno’s clarinets blend well with both Filippo Rinaldo’s piano and the vibraphone, the second instrument played by drummer and percussionist Stefano Grasso. There is also a touch of electroacoustic structures with the use of octratack.
<<Piranhas are particularly annoying to sport and commercial fishing as they steal bait, maim fish, damage nets and other tools, and may bite when handled>>. From a musical and creative point of view, the safety of listeners and performers can absolutely be guaranteed, but it is also recommended to be careful and not to let your guard down too much!
Piranha played in Parma Jazz Frontiere Festival 2020.

Federico Calcagno – Clarinets
Filippo Rinaldo – Piano, Octatrack
Stefano Grasso – Drums, Vibraphone

Stab Freeze Collective

Stab Freeze Collective was born in 2018. It features international musicians who come from different background (jazz, classical, contemporary).
The director and architect of this project -Federico Calcagno – tries to find and develop common elements of Conduction and Soundpainting, demonstrating how a limited dictionary of gestures can be applied on a small orchestra with success.


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