U.T. Gandhi

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Born in San Daniele del Friuli (UD) Italy on 17/04/1960.

Self-taught musician, has moved into jazz in 1978, working with the foremost local and national musicians and groups. He has attended seminars run by Jimmy Cobb, Duke University with Tommy Campbell (Umbria Jazz 1985), Berklee School Boston (Umbria Jazz 1986) and Peter Erskine (Ravenna 1987 and Udine 1993).
As a composer of video, Theatre and modern dance soundtracks, he cooperated with Arearea group led by Roberto Cocconi, Centro Servizi Spettacoli Udine and “Teatrino de Rifo”.For 8 years he has been member of the Enrico Rava’s “Electric Five” band which he tored extensively in Italy, Europe, Canada and Japan. Besides, he has been a member of the “Rava-Carmen” project and involved (with Rovigo’s Symphony Orchestra) in the “Ragazzi Selvaggi” (Wild Boys) opera staging, whose musics were composed by Rava.

Eight years ago he began running percussion classes in the penitentiary of Udine, Pordenone and Tolmezzo: three CDs, featuring the convicts, resulted from that experience.
As a percussion teacher, he works in his region and sometime in other italian towns, in different labs and clinics.

He has performed with internationally renowned misicians, such as:

Enrico Rava, Richard Galliano, Massimo Urbani, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Gian Luigi Trovesi, Franco D’Andrea, Antonello Salis, Claudio Lodati, Tobias Delius, Tristan Honsinger, Sean Bergin, Ellen Christi, Paul Jeffrey, Maria Pia De Vito, Carla Marcotulli, Enzo Pietropaoli, Battista Lena, Bruno Tommaso, Giovanni Tommaso, J. L. Matinier, Tony Scott, Jack Walrath, Luis Sclavis, Dado Moroni, Rosario Bonaccorso, Stefano Di Battista, Paolino Dalla Porta, Daniele D’Agaro, Mario Schiano, Emanuele Cisi, Gianluca Petrella, Stefano Bollani, Mauro Negri, Stiepko Gut, Rudi Migliardi, Gabriele Mirabassi, David Boato, Paolo Birro, Mark Helias, Cameron Brown, Glauco Venier, Roberto Cecchetto, Giovanni Maier, Domenico Caliri, Alberto Mandarini, Umberto Petrin, Francesco Bearzatti, Miroslav Vitous, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner, Django Bates, Enzo Favata, Daniele Di Bonaventura, Tenores di Bitti, Cristina Mazza, Mark Ledford, Gary Valente, Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Yuri Goliubev, Aldo Romano, Danilo Rea, Mauro Ottolini, Danilo Gallo, Patrizio Fariselli, Ares Tavolazzi, Boris Savoldelli, Paolo Tofani, Fausto Beccalossi, Federico Sanesi, Felix Saluzzi, John Surman, Palle Mikkelborg and many others.