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Ranieri Sessa

Ranieri Sessa - Ranieri Sessa

Guitarist, arranger, composer

 graduated in classic guitar in Florence Conservatoire in 1991,

he had taken part in masterclasses of guitar and composition by Leo Brouwer .

His composition’s master was the South African composer Hendryk Hofmeyr and his jazz master, the famous Italian Maestro Giancarlo Sicuteri..

During his career, he studied with the same attention and love  classic as  jazz, and popular music, and worked with great musicians, singers, actors and dancers  in their different fields.

He is the composer and player of the music of the shows of the Italian comic actor PaoloHendel and worked  too with other famous actors as Giorgio Panariello, the great Clown “Dimitri”, Liliana de Curtis (The Totò’ s daughter).

He arranged a format of recital with lyrical voices singing the most famous Italian arias from Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Cilea, etc. with the classic guitar’s accompaniment bringing this format of show in many theatres and concert halls.

He even played  with many  different chamber ensembles, duos, trios, singers, violin players, cello players, string quartet, guitar ensembles.

Among the opera singers with whom he played, Giorgio Casciarri (tenor),

 Simone Alaimo (Bas-bariton), Inva Mula (soprano) and many others.

Due his various experiences in studies and work, he walk without any problem crossover among classic music, opera, swing, jazz and popular music too,

 helped in this by the characteristics of his own instrument, always appreciated in every kind of music.

He has fun and new ideas experimenting  techniques and moods caught from different styles and ages.

As a swing and jazz player and bandleader, he played solo concerts, in duo with sax, singers, violin players , trio, quartet, until septet.

He played with Giancarlo Sicuteri (guitarist for Fred Bongusto), Attila Simon (violin player for Cirque du Soleil) Stefano Negri (sax player for the “Dirotta su Cuba” and forRenato Zero) Fabrizio Morganti (drums player for Biagio Antonacci) and a lot of other musicians.

Being always attracted by the folk traditional music, expecially the South Italian forms (he was born in  Siracusa –Sicily), he always played  Italian dances and songs also with great partners as Fausta Vetere, Mimmo Epifani, Susy Bellucci, the “Kunsertu”.


He plays three kind of guitars :

1)     the classic guitar, an awesome instrument built by the Sicilian luthier AntoninoScandurra is the instrument for the classic concerts and the acoustic jazz sessions

2)     the amplified classic guitar, is an old Spanish instrument, adapted with sophisticated electronic. It permit a clean acoustic amplification for obtain a clear classic sound and a versatility of equalization changes in the way to give different sound as soloist, rhythmic, Spanish, and effects as reverb, delay, wha-wha, until distortions. He plays this instrument on stages, theaters, and in quartet group with voice, contrabass and drums.

3)     the electric guitar is a Parker Fly, an eclectic one, that mix magnetic and piezo-electric pickup giving infinitive possibility of sound from an emulation of acoustic steel guitar, passing on semi-acoustic jazz sonority, arriving until a metal sound! He plays this instrument with the sextet with drums, brass, for solos and rhythmic in funky, soul, Motown, R&B..

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he played in..

Sanremo: Teatro Ariston, Hotel Royal

 Roma: Auditorium RAI , Teatro Parioli, Teatro delle Muse, Hotel Excelsior, Casino                                               Valadier

 Milano: Teatro delle Vittorie, Teatro Nuovo Ciak

Venezia: Palazzo Labia, Museo Guggheneim, Hotel Hilton Stucchi, Locanda Cipriani, Hotel Europa e Regina, Nave da crociera "River Cloud2"

 Mestre: Teatro Toniolo

Napoli: Castel Sant'Elmo, Auditorium RAI

Torino: Castello di Stupinigi, Teatro Colosseo

Portocervo: Hotel Romazzino, Hotel Cala di Volpe

 Portofino: Abbazia La Cervara, Hotel Splendido

 Firenze: Teatro Saschall, Teatro Puccini ,Teatro della Pergola, Mandelaforum, Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Corsini, Palazzo Budini Gattai, Palazzo della Signoria, Palazzo degli Affari, Palazzo dei Congressi, Fortezza da Basso Hotel Excelsior Grand Hotel, Hotel Four Seasons, Antica Serra dell'Orticoltura, Stazione Leopolda

Bologna: Teatro delle Celebrazioni Genova: Teatro Politeama

Parigi: Arc in la Defense

Montecarlo (Principato di Monaco): Hotel de Paris , Hotel Fairmont

Malindi (Kenya): Casinò di Malindi

Campione d’Italia: Casinò di Campione

 La Valletta (Malta): Ambasciata del Canada

Lussemburgo: Istituto di Cultura italiana

London: Chelsea City Town Hall, Museo d’Arte Moderna

Montecatini Terme : Teatro Verdi

Modena: Teatro Michelangelo

Chianciano Terme: PalaMontePaschi

Stresa: Hotel des les Isles Borromees, Hotel Dino

CasertaLa Reggia

Catania: auditorium “ Le Ciminiere “

Ravenna: Teatro Dante Alighieri

 Fermo: Teatro dell’Aquila

 Rimini: Teatro Ermete Novelli

Varese: Teatro Apollonio

Bergamo: Teatro Creberg

Imperia: Teatro Cavour

Cervia: Teatro Comunale

S. Daniele: Teatro Comunale

Sondrio: Palasport

Moena: Palasport

 Fiesole: Castello di Vincigliata

Poggibonsi: Teatro Politeama

 Longiano: Teatro Petrella

Greve: Castello di Verrazzano

Siena: Certosa di Maggiano, Palazzo del Comune S. Gimignano: Palazzo del Comune, Hotel Collegiata

 Gaiole in Chianti: Castello di Spaltenna, Castello di Meleto

Taormina: Grand Hotel Timeo

Pienza: Palazzo del Comune

 Todi: Duomo

Sinalunga: Locanda dell'Amorosa

Orbetello: Hotel S. Biagio

Follonica: Villa il Tesoro

Dozza: Hotel Monte del Re

Madonna di Campiglio: Serata di gala Ordine dei Notai

St. Vincent: Casinò

 Palermo, Palazzolo Acreide, Piangipane, Pietrasanta, Alberga, Boretto, Galeata, Conselice etc. 

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