Alberto Popolla


Clarinettist arranger and composer, he has played in New York, London, Berlin, Brussels, Algiers, Lisboa and in many Italian festivals. He has explored the different sounds and the infinite resources of timbre of his clarinets, crossing experimentation and improvisation, writing and conductions , situations more strictly jazz and Balkan music and klezmer.

He has promoted several Italian and European ensembles and collaborated with musicians from all around the world. He graduated Conservatory of Frosinone with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Music and La Sapienza University in Rome with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature, with a plan of historical political studies of modern and contemporary age.

In recent years he has dedicated himself passionately to the arrangement and composition taking inspiration from the great blues heritage and the fascinating sounds of the so-called Canterbury scene and progressive music .

He has played in concert and recorded with:

John Tchichai, Don Byron, Steve Beresford, Lol Coxhill, David Ryan, Ian Mitchell, Michel Godard, Simon Allen, Chris Cutler, London Improvisers Orchestra, Mamadou Diabate, Bob Moses, Greg Burk, Elliott Sharp, Jamal Ouassini, Noel Taylor, Veryan Weston, Michael Thieke, Ab Baars, Ig Henneman, Lisa Mezzacappa, Mike Cooper, Christian Munthe, Marco Cappelli, Mauro Pagani, Eugenio Colombo, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Gianni Trovalusci, Emanuele Parrini, Ferdinando Faraò, Cristina Zavalloni, Francesco Lo Cascio, Francesco Cusa, Marilena Paradisi, Ettore Fioravanti, Pasquale Innarella…


Crossroads (Imola-Bo), Atina Jazz (Atina-Fr), Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival (Roma), Pietre che Cantano (Cisternino-Br), Il Moro Jazz (Lentini-Sr), Festival di Nuova Consonanza (Roma), Emmas (Olbia), Klezmer Musica Festival (Ancona), Artisti in Piazza (Pennabilli-Rn), Vincoli Sonori (Pinerolo-To), Meeting delle Arti e della Musica (Catania), Along Came Jazz (Tivoli-Rm), Atlante Sonoro XXI (Roma), Alterazioni (Lainate-Mi), Jazz/Not Jazz (Palermo), Pinocchio Live Jazz (Firenze), Jazz im Goethe Garten (Lisboa), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Sonic Illuminations, Britsh Film Institute (London), Festival Culturel Europeen en Algerie

Clubs and other venues

B Flat (Berlin), Cafè Oto (London), Iklectik (London), Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge), DownTown Music Gallery (New York), Ray’s Jazz at Foyle’s (London), Issue Project Room (New York), Italian Academy, Columbia University (New York), Brecht Forum (New York), Old Fire Station (Oxford), Oude Kerk (Brussels), Casa del Jazz (Roma), La Palma (Roma), La Citè (Firenze), Area Sismica (Forlì), Masada (Milano), Centro Stabile di Cultura (Vicenza)…