Enrico Merlin

Enrico Merlin

Enrico Merlin is one of those unusual cases of an accomplished musician and composer who is at the same time an acclaimed expert on the subject of 20th century music. These two worlds which rarely come together in a single person, have infused the artist with an exceptionally creative and expressive performing talent and at the same time have inspired numerous successful literary publications.
As a musician he has played on more than 35 different recordings alongside artists such as Steven Bernstein, Giorgio Gaslini, Michael Manring, Markus Stockhausen, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, to name but a few, and has also performed at numerous international Music Festivals together with artists such as Carla Bley, Mederic Collignon, Garrison Fewell, Paolo Fresu, Mark Baldwin Harris, Lee Konitz, Boris Savoldelli, Maria Schneider, Giovanni Sollima, Elliott Sharp, John Surman, Steve Swallow, Henry Threadgill, Tino Tracanna, and many more besides.
He has been the founder and leader of several bands including the Merlin UN-Covered Music Project which was recently selected by the Italian Jazz Magazine 'JazzIt' to represent the new wave of Italian Jazz at Webnotte, a television broadcast hosted by Repubblica TV / Radio Capital TV. Worthy of note amongst his more recent musical endeavours are his solo guitar and electronics album "Unframed... Straight Ahead!" (a successful crowdfunding project); the album "Act I: Notes in Freedom" by Schwingungen 77 Entertainment (a guitar trio comprising Andrea Massaria, Alessandro Seravalle and Enrico Merlin); and participation on the album "Dangereuxorcisms" by NAD (alias Roberto Zorzi e Nic Cosmo Salerno) alongside Scott Amendola, Henry Kaiser and others.
He also writes music for the theatre and for documentaries and promotes, together with Andrea Brunello, an innovative form of interaction between words and sounds which they call "Jazz Teatrale" (Theatre Jazz). At the Fringe Festival of Edinburgh in 2013, Enrico performed for an entire month in the show "The Principle of Uncertainty".
In 2015 he was elected one of the 10 best Italian guitar players by Jazzit Magazine readers.

On the musicology front, Enrico has an undisputed worldwide reputation as one of the most important experts on the music of Miles Davis. His comprehensive and painstakingly detailed catalogue of released and unreleased works, parts of which have been published both in written and in multimedia form (first and foremost the DVD «A Different Kind of Blue – Miles Davis at Isle of Wight», Eagle Vision), led to his nomination back in the 90's by Gordon Meltzer (Davis' last producer) as the official discographer for the milesdavis.com website.
In 1996 he was invited to the annual Miles Davis Convention, held in St. Louis at Washington University, where he presented a paper on the subject of non verbal communication and coded phrases. The transcription of the presentation was later integrated in a course at the Harvard University Extension School: "Music E-145, Electronic Music, History and Aesthetics of Popular Music Since the 1960s".
He has been the inspiration and guiding light for a number of multimedia exhibitions including "I Suoni di Miles Davis" for the Veneto Jazz Festival in 2006, "Miles Davis, tra visibile e invisibile" for Clusone Jazz in 2009, and "Kind of Miles" for I Teatri di Reggio Emilia in 2011.
In September 2009, he published the book "Bitches Brew – Genesi del capolavoro di Miles Davis", written with Veniero Rizzardi and published by Il Saggiatore. The book was subsequently translated into Spanish and published by Global Rhythm.
In November 2012, he published a new book "1000 dischi per un secolo. 1900-2000", (960 pages, Il Saggiatore) dedicated to the history of Western Music seen through the evolution of recording techniques and the innovation in musical languages.
Enrico holds regular seminars and workshops in many of the most important music schools and italian conservatories and in 2014 he became a member of the prestigious teaching staff of the Nuoro Jazz Seminars.
He has also been the artistic director of the NonSoloJazz Festival (now known as TrentinoinJazz) since 2003.
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Enrico Merlin Discography Tracks


01 Kozmik Superfly Featuring Enrico Merlin Kozmik Superfly Featuring Enrico Merlin - Da Vivi In Paradiso(2xCDr, Album, Ltd) Not On Label 01 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
95/001 9to5clone , featuring Enrico Merlin 9to5clone , featuring Enrico Merlin - Molotov Cocktail(CD, Album) 9to5clone 95/001 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
761116-02306-1 Enrico Merlin Looking For... (A Title)(CD) LoL Productions 761116-02306-1 Italy 2006 Sell This Version
Enrico Merlin Unframed... Straight Ahead! (Album) Berlin Alchemist Vault Italy 2014 Sell This Version
No Number Enrico Merlin Sorcerer's Milk(File, MP3, Album) M.i.l.k. - Minds In a Lovely Karma No Number Italy 2014
SM2670 Schwingungen 77 Entertainment, Enrico Merlin, Alessandro Seravalle, Andrea Massaria Schwingungen 77 Entertainment, Enrico Merlin, Alessandro Seravalle, Andrea Massaria - Act I: Notes In Freedom(CDr, Album) Setola Di Maiale SM2670 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
EMDB 2015-02 Enrico Merlin Music For Pale Blue Dot(CDr, Album, Dlx, Ltd) Berlin Alchemist Vault EMDB 2015-02 Italy 2015 Sell This Version
BR 42-2016 Enrico Merlin - Massimiliano Milesi Enrico Merlin - Massimiliano Milesi - Astounding Stories Of Love And Outer Space(CDr, Album) Bunch Records BR 42-2016 Italy 2016 Sell This Version
KE031 Frank Sinapsi, Francesco Cusa, Enrico Merlin Frank Sinapsi, Francesco Cusa, Enrico Merlin - That Voice From Space(CD, Album, Dig) Kutmusic KE031 Italy 2016 Sell This Version
1/2017 Enrico Merlin, Valerio Scrignoli Enrico Merlin, Valerio Scrignoli - Maledetti [Area Music] Electric Guitar Duo(CD, Album) Musicamorfosi 1/2017 Italy 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

KE032 Pugaciov sulla Luna featuring Enrico Merlin Pugaciov sulla Luna featuring Enrico Merlin - John Coltrane Twisting Blues(File, Single) Kutmusic KE032 2016


2014-50th Enrico Merlin Never Again... Enrico Merlin 50th Birthday Celebration(5xFile, MP3, Comp, S/Edition) Berlin Alchemist Vault 2014-50th Italy 2014

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