Amedeo Tommasi

He was born in Trieste on the 1st of December 1935. When he was six years old he began studying piano by taking private classes from a classical music piano teacher. At age 17 he created a trio (piano, bass and drums) with which he participated in 1959 to the “Coppa del jazz”, a National Competition announced by RAI, and, even if remaining unknown to many, he arrived 3rd in Italy amongst the modern style bands. Amedeo Tommasi played with many great Jazz artists such as: Chet Baker, Massimo Urbani, Giovanni Tommaso, Roberto Gatto, Franco Mondini, René Thomas, Bobby Jaspar, Jaques Pelzer.

 

In Rome he was hired as an arranger by the Italian RCA and collaborated with many arrangers and singers amongst whom: Ennio Morricone, Rita Pavone, Mikis Teodorakis, Gianni Morandi, Lucio Dalla, Antonello Venditti, Riccardo Cocciante, Renato Zero, Dino, Michele etc.
In the 60s he collaborated with the director Pupi Avati, composing the music of many of his films.
The activities he undertook during that period were mainly involved with cinema and television. Since 20 years Amedeo Tommasi has collaborated with Ennio Morricone, providing him with electronic music material for his films. He recently collaborated with him in creating the music for the film “The legend of 1900”, directed by Oscar winner Giuseppe Tornatore. For this film, Amedeo Tommasi composed 8 songs.
Amedeo Tommasi started his didactic career by teaching  Jazz Harmony at Saint Louis College of Music in Rome, inaugurating a new system of Jazz Harmony teaching, based on the reharmonization of famous American standards. Tommasi held the Chair of Ear training and Harmony at the summer courses of Siena Jazz for 5 years amongst the best Italian Jazz Musicians.

 

In 1992, Tommasi held a summer jazz course at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena, for classical composers. In 2003 Amedeo Tommasi held a jazz harmony stage and a concert within the Bled International Festival. Currently the activity of di Amedeo Tommasi continues both in teaching and in composing film music for television, and on the web.