Giuseppe Milici was born in Palermo on November 22nd 1964. He has studied chromatic harmonica with Willi Burger, jazz improvisation with saxophonist Larry Nash, and piano with Salvatore Bonafede.
His talent first emerged in his early collaborations with Enzo Randisi. He gained his first professional experience with Romano Mussolini and Lino Patruno.
Since 1983 he has worked as a harmonica player and composer for a number of popular Italian television programs, such as Serata d’onore, Fantastico, Uno su cento, Il numero uno, , Un Natale Italiano, Novecento, I Fatti Vostri, Taratatta, and three editions of “the Festival di Sanremo” and “I Fatti Vostri”
In 1990 Milici was Adriano Mazzoletti’s guest on the popular jazz program RadioUno Sera Jazz. On that occasion he met Martial Solal, who said, “Milici has the right feeling and shows he knows everything about jazz.”
Milici was also a member of the first European Jazz Orchestra, conducted by James Newton.
Milici has worked extensively in the world of film, playing on the soundtracks of such movies as The Magician, starring Anthony Quinn and for televisions series, such as Avvocato Porta, starring Gigi Proietti and Tutti I Sogni del Mondo, with Serena Autieri. He recently played on the score for the movie Vaniglia e Cioccolato, with Mariagrazia Cucinotta. He also wrote the soundtrack for La Terramadre, directed by Nello La Marca, and screened at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival.
In his long career he has performed several times in the U.S.A. (the Blue Note in New York), Holland (the Theater Carré), Switzerland, Morocco, Australia, England, France, South Africa (the Great Hall at Witz University), Mozambique, Swaziland, Germany, Polland and Argentina.
He plays all over the world with the group Dirotta su Cuba, performing alongside such internationally renowned artists as Laura Fygi, Philip Catherine and Toots Thielemans, and receiving public and media acclaim.
In 1998, Milici began working in classical music, performing music by Gyorgy Kurtag with conductor Zoltan Pesco, and music by Bach, Gordon Jacob, M. Betta and Giovanni Sollima with the Ottava Nota ensemble.
In 2001, he worked with popular comedian Riccardo Pazzaglia, and played on recordings by Gigi D’Alessio, Gino Paoli, Dirotta su Cuba, and Ivan Segreto. His composition “November 64” became a theme song for cultural programs on the Italian television station RAI 3.
In 2002 he was invited to perform with his quartet at Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome.
In 2003 he toured in Italy with the writer Evelina Santangelo, who was presenting her book La Lucertola Color Smeraldo. The two appeared on RAI radio program Fahrenheit. That same year, Milici was interviewed by Alex Pierotti for RAI International, and was a guest of Stefano Spadoni’s on the Big Apple radio station in New York. In December he recorded the CD November 64, described by Toots Thielemans as “well played and well produced.” http://www.giuseppemilici.com/en_US
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