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Marco Fumo plays The Early Ragtime


The Early Ragtime

Marco Fumo

Tim. / Size:
Orig. res.:
20th Century
49:12 / 496
Available at 88.2 kHz * 24 bit

A disc entirely devoted to the legend of ragtime and its birth; includes the first ever published ragtime signed by Turpin, the most famous rags by Joplin and Scott, the one of Gershwin and the development towards jazz by Beiderbecke. The pianist we present is one of the leading experts in this field, the Italian Marco Fumo, who for over thirty years has dedicated himself to researching the interpretation of Afro-American music and ragtime in particular. The recording was made on a 1952 Bluethner grand piano and captured by Neumann mics (Tube M 147 + TLM 103). The result is something fascinating!

Recorded at: OnClassical Studio, Pove del Grappa, 2009
Engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: N/A
Art-work: ©OnClassical

Original studio master is copyrighted: OnClassical, © 2009

Marco Fumo is considered to be one of the best interpreters of Afro-American piano repertoire.

After a satisfying initial career in classical music, Marco studied and analyzed the origins of and influences on early Ragtime piano. The result is a repertoire that embraces a century of literature: from the Cuban Dances of Saumell, Gottschalk and Cervantes up through Gershwin and Ellington, including composers of Ragtime and Stride Piano such as Joplin, Scott, Lamb, Matthews, Morton, Waller, Johnson, Jackson, Smith, and many others. Marco has been professionally involved in film music composition collaborating with best Italian composers Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone for over a decade.

Marco Fumo (photo by Fabio Ciminiera, ©2010)

Marco has performed in all major Italian cities and in many major cities through Europe and the US; he has taken part in prestigious festivals of classical and jazz music, also playing under the baton of N. Rota, D. Renzetti, N. Samale, G. Gaslini, E. Morricone, G. Schuller, E. Intra, and B. Tommaso. He has given première performances of pieces dedicated to him by Rota, Chailly, Gentilucci, Canino, Morricone, and Di Bari. During the last few years Marco Fumo has also played in piano duet with Hugo Aisemberg, Kenny Barron, and Enrico Pieranunzi.

His recordings include live performances for RAI, RSI, and Radio Vatican, as well as LP's, tapes and CD's for Pentaphon, Edi-Pan, Fonit-Cetra, Dynamic, Soul Note and OnClassical.

Marco Fumo was professor in many conservatories: Matera, Bari, Pescara, Udine and Castelfranco Veneto. He also taught at Civics Courses of Jazz in Milan through the International Academy of the Arts. Since this year he is vice-chairman of SIdMA (Italian Society of Afro-American Music).

In the field of Afro-American music Marco collaborates with researchers and journalists such as M. Piras, S. Zenni, R. Scivales, M. Franco, and F. Fayenz, and often holds seminars and courses in several cities.

His performances are crisp and lively, exuding a happy feeling.
- Jack Rummels, ragtimers.org


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