"Stefano Scodanibbio, a young but yet famous bass player with truly extraordinary qualities". This is what an Italian newspaper, "L'Unità", wrote on 1987 after a marathon of four hours, in which Scodanibbio played 28 pieces by 25 different composers.
Not only a virtuoso, Scodanibbio was a true innovator on the instrument; he started studying contrabass with Fernando Grillo and composition with Fausto Rizzi and Salvatore Sciarrino. In 1983 he founded the review "Rassegna di Nuova Musica di Macerata", in order to promote and share the new tendencies of American and European contemporary music. At the same time he worked also on his compositions, like Six Studies for solo contrabass, Six Duos for all the possible combinations of the four bowed instruments, Concerto for contrabass, bows and percussions, while in 2004 he played for the first time his version of the XIV Sequenza by Luciano Berio, originally for cello.
|Stefano Scodanibbio - Photo: Mauro Rocchi|
Between the many records disposables under his own name, one that can attract the curiosity of the hard-ons of improvised music is the 2010 release by the Italian label Die Schachtel "On Debussy's piano and ..." in which Scodanibbio and pianist Thollem McDonas improvised on schemes provided for the occasion by McDonas and recorded in Brive-La-Gaillard using a piano belonged to Claude Debussy, whose impressionistic music had an important and still mostly unrecognized influence on the improvised music coming from both the US and Europe.
Stefano Scodanibbio sadly disappeared today after a long and difficult desease in Cuernavaca, Mexico. His ashes will be spread on the gardens of Mexican residing composers Ana Lara - that also wrote an article after his death on the newspaper "La Jornada" - and Julio Estrada. But for all the true music lovers, this can be an occasion to fully immerse into CDs issued by the likes of Wergo, Mode, col legno, New Albion, Stradivarius, Dischi di Angelica, Ricordi.