Riccardo Barone

The Composer Riccardo Barone has always loved his job, composing every kind and genre of music and for every kind of instrument. It’s clear his love for symphonic music in his three “Scene di guerra” from “Landscapes” album; the electronic “Eterno ritorno” from “Criminal minds” album; the heavy metal “Chopin 2010” from “Omaggi” album; the piano music “La neve incantata” from “Il pianoforte incantato” album. He’s very prolific as far as his works get over 200 compositions. Born in Napoli, Italy, Barone graduated from Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella with a Bachelor Degree in Piano, a diploma in Composition, a Master Degree in Wind Band Conducting and a Master Degree in Composition. Since he was a child he used to show his volcanic fantasy, putting the piano at the centre of his childhood group games, creating imaginary worlds and improvising soundtracks for them. He played by himself till he was 14 years old, when he chose to learn jazz piano and to write music. He privately studied with Emilio Elia just for one year, because the teacher was thinking that it was better for the student that he should study classical music. Barone was very sad for that decision, and during next four years he changed a lot of music teachers because he was never satisfied by their knowledge or behaviour. He needed a hero, someone solid to identify. During that years Barone played a lot with bands every kind of music genre, jazz, blues, heavy metal, psychedelic, experimental, dark, progressive, writing english songs and covering great bands. His interest for theater was growing up in that years, especially for S. Beckett’s works. Barone won a special school prize for his writing “Waiting for Godot Part II”, an hommage to his favourite dramatist. At the age of 18 he finally met his loved piano professor Luigi Averna, which after an admission exam he accepted in his piano classroom at the Conservatory. In that years Barone changed his musical taste, deeply studying ancient music and everything about past music in every country. At the same time his loved composition professor Enrico Renna accepted him in his composition classroom. In that years Barone started to give piano concerts performing his own compositions in most important neapolitan events, like “Maggio dei Monumenti”. In the 2004 he wrote in collaboration with another composer a soundtrack for Susanna Nicchiarelli’s short movie, “Il linguaggio dell’amore”, during a soundtrack composition Master Class with Sergio Miceli (Co-professor with Ennio Morricone at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena) at the “Scuola Nazionale di Cinema” in Rome city. During that wonderful year, Barone won the I prize for his composition “Evasione IV for alto sax and organ” during composition competition Antonio Manoni awarded by jury member L. F. Tagliavini, A. Samorì, M. Mazzoni and A. Gentile. That composition was edited by Berben Editions. His interest for choir was turned on in that years while he was singing in Conservatory’s choir as a bass singer. His first experiences as an events organizer and coordinator was during his presence inside the Conservatory students consult. After a year he resigned from that for “trascendental reasons”; it looked strange for him how his mates should be too much politicals and not at all artists in the majority of topics discussed during their meetings. In the 2005 he published his piano album “Il pianoforte incantato” with Classicaviva Editions, recording five own piano compositions; for the same editions he published the piano score “Golem suite”. A happy, strange and new experience appeared to the young composer; he was hired by a cruiser ship company (MSC) to play music during mediterraneo travels. His improvisations were very appreciated by tourists that always had a good word for him. In the 2010 Barone started to study conducting with his loved professor Paolino Addesso who made him practice a lot with his wind band “Città di Lecce” and playing as a pianist and keyboardist in the Conservatory’s Orchestra. It was in that period that Barone attended a Master Class in conducting held by S. Rosenhaus and K. Collins, practicing with N.A.T.O. Orchestra. In the 2011 Barone created his “Venerdì 17 Orchestra”, performing and conducting only contemporary music of living composers. The most important meetings of that period can be evidenced by his two Master Classes attendance in composition, with the composers Giacomo Manzoni and Pascal Contet. In the 2014 Barone’s planning skills turned on again; he planned, coordinated, taught and played the “Master Class in Bel Canto Italiano” with students of Tajmen Academy of Siberia, Russia, at the Baronian Castle. Recently he performed his piano improvisations for “Piano City Naples” at Palazzo Reale di Napoli, his silent movies piano soundtracks at “Teatro Rostocco” and at “Interiora Horror Festival” at Forte Prenestino in Rome city. From the 2013 Barone is teaching piano and is conducting his childrens choir at the Baronian Castle in Acerra, Napoli and collaborating with primary schools with several projects.

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ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE – CONCRETE IMPERMANENCE – 3K

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by Riccardo Barone What happens if the scenography gets involved and starts to dance and to move in a piece of contemporary dance? The sculptural objects were made of crimped paper which were able to be squeezed in and out and turn into different figures and shapes, constantly changing the scenario and the environment. Occasionally …

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FRINGE 2018 – THE PLEASURE PROJECT – 4K

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by Riccardo Barone Can the clitoris save humanity? Ava Bogle, writer, actor, filmmaker, comedian and sex blogger based in LA, writes and perform this hilarious show interpreting six different characters who alternate on the stage. Six women from outher space on a mission: clitoris, this unknown, is the key (from the Greek κλείς – key) to …

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FRINGE 2018 – EMMA PASK – 3.5K

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by Riccardo Barone The elegant Fortuna Spiegeltent is quite full of enthusiastic fans and friends that don’t dislike a little bit of Emma Pask’s talk between a song and another one, overall about her husband from Uruguay. Songs are standards evergreen, from Quizás quizás quizás to Beatles passing through Mas que nada, interpreted by the …

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FRINGE 2018 – MENGELE – 5K

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by Riccardo Barone Sarcastically, cold as a perforating iced dart, she stands and listens. She listens to him, which has very much to say. To confess. A confession that has to emerge up to the surface, soon or later. A truthful truth, being denied and hidden behind “eroic gesta“, behind the fake wheel of world …

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FRINGE 2018 – AROUND THE WORLD: THE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY SHOW – 4K

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by Riccardo Barone Terry North is back for you with his irreverent, provocative selection of world wide comedians. The Griffin’s balcony is packed and the audience can’t wait for the next comedian. Kyle Legacy from UK opens the night with his post-punk provocative attitude. The interaction with the audience is prominent and with successful results. …

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FRINGE 2018 – PETER DOBBING: PLEASED WITH YOURSELF ISN’T THE SAME AS BEING HAPPY – 3K

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by Riccardo Barone “You’re both wearing the same shirt! Now they’re gonna exchange Bitcoins under the table, furtively…” Tech-no-logic topics, digital misfunctions, scars left from modern embarassments. We are facing how challenging is our daily life surrounded by iphones, smart watches and micro laptops. The comedian Peter Dobbing energetically describes the way we have become …

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FRINGE 2018 – AWO AT THE TONYS – 4K

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by Riccardo Barone   The Adelaide Wind Orchestra comes back to the Fringe with a program all based on music performed/awarded/written around the Tony awards (the highest US theater award). What a pity for the low amount of people coming to the show! The conductor David Polain, with hilarity and charisma, demonstrates the hard work …

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FRINGE 2018 – SOMA – SOUND BATH – 5K

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by Riccardo Barone Soma: it’s the harmonic marriage between music and science. Our body pulses following a specific rhythm, also vibrating on different frequencies. What happens if we try to translate everything in music? We would listen to our body symphony: heartbeat, breath, brain waves, they are becoming numbers and then frequencies, so finally sound. …

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FRINGE 2018 – EURIPIDES’ ALCESTIS – 2.5K

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by Riccardo Barone Would Euripide be satisfied if one of his tragedies would be delightedly accompanied by Irish songs? It’s quite brave and tenacious! Who knows what would think C. W. Gluck, or J.B. Lully as well! The young sparking Scrambled Prince Theatre Company reinterpreted with humour and enthusiasm an ancient classic enhancing the meaning …

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FRINGE 2018 – KOKODA – 5K

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by Riccardo Barone A simple soldier. An Aussie soldier. No, not really a soldier, one of them, Commandos, one man army. Not really. Let’s start again: a  young mankind, a “chocolate soldier”, butcher meat, hero with no glory, someone who tried to be a soldier. What could have been the daily life of a soldier …

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