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RAFFAELE DAMEN

ACCORDIONIST

AION

This is accordionist Raffaele Damen’s first album. Aion represents a discovery of the seldom-explored musical realm of the accordion. It consists of harmonies among contemporary composers who are bound to each other by a subtle red thread, ranging from Mantovani’s plain and measured style (8’20” Chronograph) to De Murashkin’s lyrical minimalism (Music of an Organic Nature), a fresco with a rare beauty, which fully exploits this instrument’s potential.

next concerts

  • 25 lug 2024, 21:00 – 22:30
    Pesaro, Palla di Pomodoro
    "Pesaro 2024 - Capitale Italiana della Cultura" music of: V. Runchack
  • 22 ago 2024, 17:00 – 18:30
    Modena, Modena MO, Italia
    Donato D'Antonio - guitar Raffaele Damen - accordion music: Arvo Pärt, A. Piazzolla
  • 22 set 2024, 19:00 – 20:30
    Campobasso, Via Colle delle Api
    Roberta Pandolfi, harpsichord Raffaele Damen, accordion music: U. Rojko, I. Prin, I. Stravinsky
  • 28 set 2024, 21:00 – 23:00
    Cagliari, Via Liguria, 70, 09127 Cagliari CA, Italia
    Gravitational Waves music for live electronics and accordion by: Roberto Zanata Danilo Comitini, Studi Celesti (premier) in collaboration with: VIRGO, Conservatorio "Maderna-Lettini", UniUrb
  • 25 ott 2024, 20:30 – 23:30
    Ascoli Piceno, Rua del Cassero, 63100 Ascoli Piceno AP, Italia
    Due operine tascabili commissionate ai compositori Mauro PORRO (“Gelsomino dolcissimo o l’amore negato”, libretto di Stefano Papetti) e Danilo COMITINI (“ Diari di Adamo ed Eva”, libretto di Paolo Peretti) Ensemble “Nuovi Spazi Musicali” Annalisa Di Ciccio, soprano e Stefano Stella, basso
  • 08 mag 2024, 21:00 – 23:00
    Città di Castello, Teatro Comunale
    Opening ceremony of Zangarelli Music Competition music of: J. S. Bach, S. Gubajdulina, V. Runchak
  • 20 mar 2024, 21:00 – 23:00
    Ancona, Teatro Sperimentale
    Jelena Dojcinovic Soprano Mattia Dattolo Direttore d'orchestra Willem Jeths The Tell-Tale Heart (Il cuore rivelatore) Testo di Edgar Allan Poe adattato da Carel Alphenaar Monodramma per soprano ed ensemble (Prima esecuzione italiana) Gustav Mahler Sinfonia n.4 in Sol maggiore Ingresso gratuito
  • 19 mar 2024, 21:00 – 23:00
    Urbino, Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 82, 61029 Urbino PU, Italia
    Jelena Dojcinovic Soprano Mattia Dattolo Direttore d'orchestra Willem Jeths The Tell-Tale Heart (Il cuore rivelatore) Testo di Edgar Allan Poe adattato da Carel Alphenaar Monodramma per soprano ed ensemble (Prima esecuzione italiana) Gustav Mahler Sinfonia n.4 in Sol maggiore Ingresso gratuito
"If you don't listen to Raffaele Damen dealing with the accordion, you can't even remotely imagine what it could become in his hands."

Andrea Bedetti

About

Raffaele Damen

Passionate and sensitive accordionist, these qualities characterize Raffaele Damen. His skills and enthusiasm for music have earned him numerous awards including Val Tidone, Stresa, Luigi Nono, and the Abbado Prize.

 

He has been featured in numerous national and international festivals such as: Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Radio3 Suite, Italian Institute of Culture in Amsterdam, "Accordéons-nous" Mons, Philharmonic Society of Trento, Friends of Music of Udine, Friends of Music of Modena, Friends of Music Society "G. Micheli" of Ancona, PIF Castelfidardo, WörtherSee Classic Festival, Ravenna Festival, Emilia Romagna Festival, Sarzana Opera Festival, Ente Concerti Pesaro, Riccitelli Festival. 

His concerts often feature world premieres of pieces dedicated to him; furthermore, he has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Liviabella Orchestra, and LaCorelli. He has recorded for Stradivarius and Ema Vinci. His debut album, "Aion," for DaVinci Publishing, was reviewed with five stars by the music criticism magazine Musica.

Graduated with top marks and honors from the "G. Rossini" Conservatory in Pesaro under the guidance of Paolo Vignani, he continued his studies with Mie Miki at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. He studied contemporary music, Indian rhythms, and the Alexander Technique at the Italian Accordion Academy of Claudio Jacomucci. He obtained a Master's degree in "Interpretation of Contemporary Music" from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome with Massimiliano Pitocco.

He is a professor of accordion at the "B. Maderna - Lettimi" Conservatory in Cesena - Rimini.

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ph. Silvano Bacciardi

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