Paul Giallorenzo

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Originally from NY (b. 1977), Paul Giallorenzo is a Chicago-based improviser, composer, producer, and sound designer using piano, synthesizer, keyboards, and electronics in a diverse range of contexts with a wide array of Chicago and international musicians in improvised, avant-jazz, experimental, and electro/acoustic music, performing regularly locally and throughout North America and Europe. 

Giallorenzo’s work has been praised for its “inside-out” nature – his ability to push the boundaries of “conventional” jazz toward more freedom but also, on the other side, to bring a measure of structure to more avant-garde material. Writing in the online journal Point Of Departure, John Litweiler said, “His solos and aggressive duets are gems of after-Bop, after-Bley melody,” while lauded music that “smudges the lines between the tradition and the avant-garde.”

His work can be found on the Chicago-based Delmark Records and Austin-based Astral Spirits labels, as well as various other imprints including Leo Records (UK), Not Two Records (Poland), and 482 Music (NY).

Giallorenzo is the Artistic Director of the intermedia arts organization Homeroom and a co-founder and programmer of the music venue/art gallery Elastic Arts, producing hundreds of creative music concerts and art events in Chicago since 2001.

Current Projects include:
PG Trio (Delmark) piano trio with Joshua Abrams - bass, Mikel Avery - drums
Hearts and Minds (Astral Spirits) synthesizer/electric piano trio with Jason Stein - bass clarinet, Chad Taylor - drums;
RedGreenBlue (Astral Spirits) pump organ/electronics in minimal experimental group with Ben LaMar Gay, Ryan Packard, Charlie Kirchen;
SOTOL synthesizer/electronics duo with Ingebrigt Haker Flaten - e bass/electronics;
Scanlines (Vimeo) synthesizer/electronics with Kim Alpert - video, Cristal Sabbagh/Jasmine Mendoza - movement, Anton Hatwich - bass;
GitGO (Delmark, Leo, 482 Music) piano quintet including: Josh Berman - cornet, Jeb Bishop - trombone, Anton Hatwich - bass, Quin Kirchner - drums, Dave Rempis - saxophones, Marc Riordan - drums, Frank Rosaly - drums, Mars Williams - reeds

Past Projects include:
Gregorio/Giallorenzo Duo (Peira) piano/prepared piano duo with Guillermo Gregorio - clarinet
PG 3 (Nottwo Records) piano trio with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - bass, Tim Daisy - drums;
Breakway (Peira) with synthesizer trio with Brian Labycz - synthesizer, Marc Riordan - drums
Masul (Creative Sources) synthesizer duo with Thomas Mejer - contrabass saxophone