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Gualtiero Dazzi (born in 1960) has been on the move since early childhood, living first in Milan and Rome, then in London, Paris and Mexico City, finally returning to France where he has resided since 1982. These numerous journeys during his formative years awoke a lively and wide-ranging curiosity, and brought him into contact with composers as diverse as Luigi Nono, Franco Donatoni, Brian Ferneyhough and Tristan Murail. In his own compositions, however, he has always followed his own path, independent of any particular stylistic trend.
The defining characteristics of Dazzi's compositions lie in his eclecticism. His interest in minority languages is often evident in his works, as for example in 'Contra suberna', which utilises the old French langue d'Oc, or in 'Icnocuicatl', which sets pre-Columbian Mexican texts. Tragedy and mythology are also two favourite themes in Dazzi's compositions: his opera 'La Rosa de Ariadna' is inspired by the legend of the Minotaur and in his vocal work 'Klage' he uses poems from 'The Persians' by Aeschylus. In his instrumental works, Dazzi often fuses a contemporary idiom with older musical forms and genres, as in 'Augenblick', which uses Indian music, 'Lichtzwang', which uses the music of Scarlatti, and 'All'alba della trasparenza', where he scores for the accordion.
Dazzi is regularly involved in education projects which include professional performers, music students and amateurs, and has been involved in projects embracing other art forms, including film, video and sculpture.
It is in the theatre, in the relationship between words and music, that Dazzi's highly emotional and lyrical musical language is best expressed. It is not surprising then, that he has collaborated as dramaturge several times with Stefan Braunschweig, including operatic stagings: Fenelon's 'Le chevalier imaginaire' (conducted by Peter Eötvös), Bartok's 'Bluebeard's Castle' (conducted by Charles Dutoit) and Beethoven's 'Fidelio' (conducted by Daniel Barenboim).
Gualtiero Dazzi's works have been extensively performed throughout Europe, Japan, South and Central America and the United States.