photo by Mauro Boni
Alessandro Baris is an italian american musician, composer and electronic music producer raised in Italy; he was introduced to music learning drums throughout his early teen age. During the following years he learned also guitar and got graduated in electronic music and sound production attending a course by the Conservatory of music at RAI in Florence. His musical aptitude is very emotional, focused and intense with love for experimentation and an instinctive and personal approach across a variety of genres.
After founding the post rock band Comfort in 2000 with which has released three critically acclaimed records over a decade Eclipse (raving records 2006), Sleep Talking Shared (off label 2009) and Proximity to Temporality (482music New York 2011) , in 2010 his collaboration with electronic music researcher Leonello Tarabella gave life to the project Collisions led by a unique and spectacular gesture recognition interactive technology for live electronics. The duo has released a self titled dvd in 2012 and the short music film Masses and Sea Motions in 2014 acclaimed by audience and critics and it has performed to most of important italian electronic music festivals such as Robot in Bologna, Dancity in Foligno, and Electropark in Genova amongst others and it has participated to international Tedx in Luxembourg and Arezzo.
After two years of Italy/U.S. long distance collaboration with his half brother Joseph Desler Costa, 2014 sees the release of mellow and dreamy record Other Summers (Saint Marie records) under the name Young Boy.
His love for instrumental music brought his work to merge with other arts such as contemporary dance and silent cinema. Since 2007 indeed he has regularly performed live soundtracks for silent movies such as Voyage dans la lune (Meliès), Metropolis (Fritz Lang), Der Golem (Wegener), Faust(Murnau), The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer) amongst others and he’s been awarded for his soundtrack renditions of Un Chien Andaloù (Bunuel/Dalì) at Moviemento festival in Naples and Berlin Symphony of a Great City (Ruttmann) at Rimusicazioni festival in Bolzano released with berlin’s music collective The Somnambulist. Today Alessandro Baris continues to work as a live soundtracks composer and performer and leads a trio with saxophonist Beppe Scardino and double bassist Gabriele Evangelista with which he performs live music on the movie The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Wiene).
His versatility as a performer and composer has won him attention from other musicians and bands with which he has later collaborated such as americans L’ Altra and Pulseprogramming, berliners The Somnambulist and Italians Kiddycar, Andrea Carboni, C’mon Tigre, Caboto, Bad Sector performing live in the United States, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, China, Canary Islands, The Netherlands.
In 2018 he has composed and performed music on Gold Mass debut album Transitions and co-produced it with scottish producer Paul Savage (Mogwai, Arab Strap, Franz Ferdinand).
Since 2008 a special support to his work, creativity and sound has came from his endorsement with UFIP cymbals.
The fall of 2018 sees Alessandro working on his first solo record.