After starting off as a rock musician, Nicola Marinoni studied violin making at the Conservatory of Parma in Italy and sang with the Luca Marenzio madrigal choir, led by Luigi Quadranti. He also studied classical percussion with Italo Savoia in Milan and at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland with Paul Glass, Mike Quinn, and others. He taught at the conservatory from 1987 to 1995. Marinoni studied Middle Eastern drumming with Marc Loopuyt at the Association pour l’Encouragement de la Musique Improvisée (the Association for the Encouragement of Improvised Music) in Geneva and improvisation with Pierre Favre at the Lucerne Conservatory. He trained with Ruud Wiener and the New Percussion Group of Amsterdam and with Trilok Gurtu and Adama Dramé, among others. He studied singing with Emmanuel Pesnot at Martine Catella’s Glotte Trotters school in Paris.
Performances and recordings
2012 to date:
On tour with “La Vie Tendre et Cruelle des Animaux Sauvages” (Tenderness and cruelty: the life of animals in the wild), an aerial acrobatics performance by the company Azeïn.
2013 to date:
On tour with Keynoad, a trio created by the harpist, singer, and composer Ameylia Saad Wu.[ read more... ]
- Musical collaborations
Marinoni has played with a long list of musicians. They include the following:
Giorgio Conte, Manu Theron et Lo Còr de la Plana, Delizioso (Italian swing songs from the 1930s), Maria Bonzanigo, Ameylia Saad Wu (the Keynoad trio), Michèle Fernandez, Eric Montbel, the Ripercussioni trio, Aix’inki (France-Finland), the Krachno Horo band (founded by Bulgarian Neno Koytchev), Isabelle Courroy (creator of the Balkan’Ail project), Boukovo (Balkan brass band music), Brigata Italica, Patrick Vaillant, and Françoise Atlan.
He has also played with Rafael Lima (Parà, Brazil), Banco Philarmonie, Azadi (Kurdistan), Al Cal Govend, Artemondi, Wang Xiao Ching and Chun He Gao (China), Patricio Morales (Chile), Panselinos (music from northern Greece), Gacha Empega (polyphonic music from Marseille), El Hilal (Algeria), Pierre Sauvageot’s Orchestre de Chambre de Ville, the Quartetto Novecento, the European Union Youth Orchestra, Coro Luca Marenzio, and Dr Chattanooga & Navarones.
Marinoni has performed at numerous venues, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, Expo ’98 in Lisbon, the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, the XI Festival Iberoaméricano de Teatro de Bogotà, the celebrations in Bern for the 150th anniversary of Swiss confederation, Juegos Panlatinos de Teatro in Montevideo, Les Suds in Arles, Festval in Quebec, the Festival des Arts de la Rue in Chalons sur Saône, and the Dansem festival in Marseille.
From 2007 to 2011, Marinoni performed (as a musician) in “Nebbia”, an acrobatic extravaganza that was created in Montreal and toured 13 countries. There were 450 performances of the show, which was a co-production between Teatro Sunil from Switzerland and Cirque Éloize from Quebec in Canada, and was directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca.
“Nebbia” has toured in Europe, Russia, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, and South Korea and has been broadcast on several TV networks including ZDF Kultur in Germany and TSR in Switzerland. It featured on special Christmas and New Year programmes in 2009 and 2010 on the Franco-German network Arte.
Maria Bonzanigo, Oliviero Giovannoni, Vladimir Cosma, Mario Pagliarani, Dargo Raimondi, Ameylia Saad Wu, Pietro Viviani.
The choreographers he has worked with include Giorgio Rossi, Maria Bonzanigo, Dominique Boivin, Kagumi, Claudio Schott, and Marjan Raar.
- Performing companies
Marinoni has worked with several performing companies, including the Compagnia Finzi Pasca and Teatro Sunil (Switzerland), Cirque Éloize (Canada), Laura Curino and Laboratorio Teatro Settimo (Italy), Teatro Pan (Switzerland), Sosta Palmizi (Italy), La Saeta (France), Subito Presto (France), the Compagnia Vitale (Switzerland), and Azeïn (France).
- Poets and painters
He has collaborated with several poets, including Jean Monod and Julien Blaine, and painters who include Aziz Elhihi, Mirella Marini, and Alice Marinoni.
Marinoni has published two articles on the evolution of kettledrums during the Baroque and Classical periods (“Notes on Baroque kettledrums”). They appeared in the magazine “Percussions Sans Frontières” (Percussion without borders) in the January-February 1995 and March-April 1995 issues.
Nominations and awards
- In 1995, the Uruguayan Theatre Critics Association nominated “Percossi Obbligati” – in which Marinoni performed with Maria Bonzanigo – for the Florencio Prize in Montevideo in the Best Foreign Show category. In 1999, the show won first prize at the ASTAJ festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, in the Young Audience category. The performance was directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca.
- The album “Musica per Teatro” (with Artemondi) won the 1995 Golden Orsino prize, awarded by Radio SFW, Karlsruhe, Germany.
- The French magazine Télérama gave the live album “Méditation”, featuring Giorgio Conte, its “fff” award in 1996.
- The album “Delizioso” won the Phonopaca prize in France in 2005 and received three stars from Jazzman magazine.
- The album “La charmeuse de serpent”, produced with Eric Montbel, received a Bravo award from Trad’Mag in 2006.
Courses from 1987-1995:
- percussion and ‘musical awakening” classes at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland
- percussion and solfège in five brass bands
- classes in Middle Eastern drumming at the École de Musique Populaire in collaboration with the Verzasca ACP (cultural association in Switzerland).
Classes and workshops from 1991
Rhythm classes for actors and circus performers:
- for Maria Bonzanigo and other performers in the Compagnia Finzi Pasca and Teatro Sunil (in Portugal, the Azores, Uruguay, and Mexico)
- for the Azalaï Association (the Shems’y national circus school in Rabat, Tangier, and in Marrakesh).
Classes in rhythm, voice, and body percussion for chorists. (For the Giocantara Association in Switzerland and the Fuveau choir in France.)
Balkan percussion at the Calais conservatory.
Didactic concerts and courses in schools:
- Rhythm days for music teachers in schools in Ticino Switzerland, (in collaboration with Oliviero Giovannoni).
- Primary school music classes in collaboration with the Themus Association, Marseille.
- Private lessons.
Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Milanese dialect, knowledge of English and German