ALESSANDRO PIERPAOLO BARIS
Alessandro Baris is an Italian-American multi-instrumentalist based in Bologna, Italy. He is also a producer of electronic music and a composer.
Raised in the country side town of Esperia, Alessandro’s childhood was immensely influenced by its surrounding natural environment. This connection deeply touched his soul – impacting his approach to music and his love for experimentation across a variety of genres. Intimate and intense, detailed and evocative, his musical language is a continuous research through a process of deconstruction and reconstruction, somehow influenced by the endless life-cycle.
In his early teens, Alessandro was introduced to music when he took to learning the drums; then later, the guitar. He also studied Electronic Music Production and Sound Processing at the Conservatory of Music, Tempo Reale and Rai in Florence.
His versatility and commitment to music and sound garnered him attention from his peers across Europe and the United States – leading to collaborations with renowned artists Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), L’Altra, Lisa Papineau, Egle Sommacal (Massimo Volume), Pulseprogramming, C’mon Tigre, Collisions, Comfort, and Paul Savage (Delgados, Mogwai) with notable performances and festival appearances that include: CMJ (New York), Proximos (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Eurosonic (Groningen), Tanned Tin (Valencia), Robot (Bologna), Centre des Arts (Paris), Kento’s (Shanghai), Club101 (Beijing), Sala Nasti (Madrid), Schubas (Chicago), Monk (Roma), Ancienne Belgique (Brussels), Tedx (Luxembourg), Petit Formant (Barcelona), Cameo Gallery (Brooklyn) amongst others.
Alessandro is also active as a composer and performer on soundtracks for silent films (2007 – Present), with performances primarily being held at cinema festivals and venues throughout Italy and France. His soundtrack renditions of Un Chien Andaloù has been awarded by the Moviemento Festival in Naples, and Berlin die sinfonie der großstadt at Rimusicazioni Festival in Bolzano with Berlin’s music collective The Somnambulist. Alessandro also collaborates with saxophonist Beppe Scardino and double-bassist Gabriele Evangelista for the soundtrack of Das cabinet des Dr. Caligari. In 2020 he performed solo for his new soundtrack rendition for the film La Jetèe by Chris Marker.
As an established drummer special support to Alessandro’s work and sound comes from his endorsement with UFIP cymbals.
photo Rosaria Loaicono
“melodic and driving, though also ambient and richly detailed” – All Music
“nervous and dragging as well as cinematic or delicate and wrapping” – Rumore
“Last Letter To Jayne, sang by Lee Ranaldo, is a prayer standing on few hanging chords played by a synthesizer .The vocal lines by the ex Sonic Youth change it constantly and makes you feel like floating on a sea of voices” – La Repubblica XL
“Eclectic e imaginative” – Sentireascoltare