Achille Succi, Saxophonist, Clarinetist and Jazz Composer - Profile
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Achille Succi - alto sax, bass clarinet
Christopher Culpo - piano
Oren Marshall - tuba

Profile and Biography

Achille Succi
Saxophonist, clarinetis, jazz composer
Born in Modena on July 23rd 1971

Musical Studies

Mainly self taught;

Took part at the jazz workshops of:

> Henghel Gualdi (1986), Siena Jazz (1988 and 1994)

> IASJ Scholarship (International Association of School of Jazz), workshop at the Rimon School in Tel Aviv 1995

> Umbria Jazz Berklee Clinics 1992, won the scholarship to attend one semester at Berklee College of Music of Boston (1993)

> Classes of orchestral formation in the "O.F.P. Orchestra" of Bologna (1994-95)

> Scholarship "Pépinières Europeénnes Pour Jeunes Artistes", Three months residency at the Rhythmic Consevatory of Copenhagen (january-march 1997)

> David Liebman masterclasses at Stroudsburg (USA), 1997 and 1999.


Achille Succi, has recently been singled out as "one of the European musicians to keep an eye on in the next ten years" (Bill Schoemaker, Giornale della musica, January 2010), while journalist Mario Gamba defines him as a "genius of italian Jazz" (Alias, March 20th, 2010).
Born in Modena, Italy, in 1971, he began self-taught and later won several scholarships that gave him the chance to study in some of the most important schools and workshops in the world (Berklee, D.Liebman masterclasses, Kopenhagen Rhythmic conservatory, Siena Jazz).

Among the many artists he has collaborated with are Uri Caine, Ralph Alessi, Sylvie Curvoisier, Steve Swell, Louis Sclavis, Ernst Reijseger, Pierre Dørge and Franco D'Andrea; he also took part in the recording of many CDs and performed all over the world.

As leader Achille Succi has recorded two CDs: "Shiva's dance" and "Terra", and a duo session with Bass player Salvatore Maiore: "Pequenas flores do inferno".

Together with Fabrizio Puglisi and Alberto Capelli he founded the "Atman" group, with two CDs released.

With pianist Christopher Culpo he just released "Fresh Frozen", for the "El Gallo Rojo" record label, featuring tuba player Oren Marshall.

Achille Succi teaches music ensemble in Nonantola (Modena) and holds improvisation workshops and masterclasses in several Italian cities. Since 2001 he has been a faculty member of famous summer workshop Siena Jazz, and recently taught at the In.Jam masterclasses; since 2006 he also teaches clarinet and improvisation techniques at the Ferrara, Bologna and Brescia Conservatory.

What they say about him:

Succi is as free as a bird, and fits easily into any situation ranging from plaintive beauty to organized chaos.
(Budd Kopman,

Although his own sessions as leader aren't that numerous, Modena-born saxophonist and clarinetist Achille Succi seems to be the go-to guy when adventurous Italian composers want to add professional zing to their projects.
(Ken Waxman)

In relying more on folk-tinged melodies, odd meters, and slightly unusual instrumentation, two ensembles exemplified the distinctive varieties the grapevine model yields. Achille Succi, who can wield a fiery alto saxophone, but on this occasion only played bass clarinet, led a strong quartet with Beppe Caruso, who put the tuba squarely in the front line as well as his trombone, bassist-cellist Salvatore Maiore, and Roberto Dani, an impressively resourceful drummer. Succi's compositions are rife with ear-tugging melodies and a rhythmic undertow that draws the listener deeper into the materials.
(Bill Schoemaker)