Outlier of a long running family tradition in architecture, indiscriminately curious, Stefano Kalonaris takes a good look at everything life throws at him. Life-long undecided, lately decided (!!!) to focus on decision-making processes and Sonic Arts. He is a seasoned performer and avid researcher of a myriad musical styles and cultures. Stefano is particularly keen on sound (including its absence), mathematics (including counting calories), languages (including programming ones), and good dark chocolate. Stefano holds a PhD from the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, UK.
He previously studied at the Conservatoire P. Mascagni (Livorno, Italy), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, UK), the D.A.M.S. (Bologna, Italy) and at S.I.M. (School for Improvisational Music, Brooklyn, NYC, USA). His mentors/teachers have included: Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, Drew Gress, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Joe Diorio, Robert Brightmore, Carlo Mascilli-Migliorini, John Parricelli, Simon Purcell, Scott Stroman, Barak Schmool.
Stefano conducted field research of a wide range of musical styles/cultures, ranging from Brazil, Cuba, West Africa, South India and Peru. As part of his undergraduate studies in Music Semiotics (Ethnomusicology Course at the D.A.M.S University of Bologna) Stefano also investigated the tradition of ‘Tarantismo’, a phenomenon that dates back to the rites of Bacchus and that is still alive in Puglia (Southern Italy). The results of the research were published in one of the chapters of ‘Intense Emozioni in Musica’ – G. Stefani (Edizioni Clueb, 1996).
Stefano has led numerous projects/ensembles in the past and he has performed with artists such as Stephane Payen (Thot, France), Francesco Pastacaldi (Jean Louis, France), Sebastian Rochford (Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear, UK) and Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, UK), Annette Krebs (Germany), Anne La Berge (USA, Netherlands), Robert van Heumen (Netherlands), Andrea Parkins (USA), Tom Mudd (UK).