Antonio barbagallo

Antonio barbagallo

 New York City, New York, USA

Antonio Barbagallo's seductive jazz and bossa nova is performed by noted NYC players. He sings of love in Italian, English, Portuguese.


Antonio Barbagallo is a jazz vocalist, guitar player, and composer from Catania, Italy.Arriving on US shores, Barbagallo studied with Barry Harris, one of the few living icons of Be-bop. As luck would have it, he was selected to play guitar in the European School for Jazz Conductors and Instrumentalists' orchestra directed by Gunther Schuller. Based in Palermo, this was the pioneer school for "jazz conducting" in Europe, if not in the world. French horn player/composer/arranger/conductor and foremost jazz expert Schuller is a legend in jazz history, particularly for his contribution to the experimental "third stream movement," a midpoint between jazz and classical music. Not one to pass up such an extraordinary opportunity, Antonio returned to his native country for 3 years. Following this great experience with "Maestro" Schuller, Barbagallo relocated once again to New York polished and ready to face his future.

Antonio Barbagallo's debut, “Colemania” (Ollio, 2004), is a tribute to his greatest inspiration: saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman. The CD features a mix of original compositions with lyrics written by his friend and collaborator, Gaetano Messina, as well as a combination of modern jazz standards and Brazilian jazz. Following its release, Barbagallo worked with the compatriot Grammy-nominated trumpeter Fabio Morgera on his 2006 "Need For Peace" (Small) providing vocals on two of the CD's original songs. In late 2009 came the opportunity for Barbagallo to compose music for the Lee Barton-directed film, “A Debt in the Life,” starring French beauty Floanne Ankah currently making the festival circuit.

That year ushered in a new quartet with Craig Hartley on piano, Chris Brown on drums, and bassist Ugonna Okegwo, giving birth to "Splendida Luce," Antonio's brand new CD. Released by Koine Italy, the Dodicilune imprint which showcases outstanding classical jazz & crossover singers, this newest work boasts special guests Fabio Morgera and rising star saxophonist Stacy Dillard. “Splendida Luce” has quickly become a press favorite and Antonio is performing live in support of the CD with various special guests.



Written By: Antonio Barbagallo

La vita sai e' una marea.
umori e lune.cangianti verita'
riluce ancora,la fiamma che i dubbi da
Nei falsi cieli di queste citta'
Io sogno Rakham che mari non ha
immune dalle mie maree
li' donne ed acque non cambiano mai
e chissa' e chissa'
vedo solo mezzaluna e l'altra e' di la'
Un dio bifronte i miei capelli li acconcio'
tra Rakham e falsi cieli senza verita'
Sole che tieni quei dubbi in mano
mi sdraio e godo del tuo raggio piu' insicuro

The life you know is like a tide
moods and moons ,changing realities
is still on, the flame that gives you doubts
In the false skies of these cities
I look for Rakham a place with no seas
immune to our tides there women and waters never change
and who knows and who knows
I see only half a moon and the other is overthere(in the opposite side}
A bifront god fixed my hair
between Rakham and false skies without truth
Sun I know you keep that ray in your hand
I lay down and enjoy the most insecure of your rays


Splendida Luce 2011 Dodicilune/Koine
Colemania 2004 Olio Records