Performer, Composer, Improvisor
Bobb Fantauzzo has developed a unique voice on the Native American style flute, ranging from foot tapping and head bopping to soothing and meditative. It is the feel of contemporary jazz voiced through the dulcet tonalities of wooden flutes. It is sometimes jazz, sometimes not-jazz. It is, what he calls, JazZen.
He is a past member of SemiConductor Orchestra (a "conducted" improvisational orchestra), Rhizosphere (an improvising ensemble), The Intangibles (a folk-rock band) and Sonoglyph Collective (improvisation with poets).
Fantauzzo's versatility has afforded him the opportunity to perform with noted musicians in a wide range of genres; from R.Carlos Nakai to Delfeayo Marsallis to the Violent Femmes.
In addition to performing at jazz festivals and venues in the Twin Cities area, Fantauzzo has composed and performed music for stage productions at The Pillsbury House Theatre, The History Theater and The Guthrie Theater. Music from his recordings has received air play on both national and international jazz stations and was licensed for use on the Discovery Channel.
Through the support of radio station KBEM, Jazz88 FM, Fantauzzo has had the privilege of performing a number of concerts funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
The "A Weaving of Traditions" concerts served to highlight the contributions made by noted jazz musicians with Native American heritage; including Dave Brubeck (Modoc), Miles Davis (Cherokee), Duke Ellington (Cherokee), Dizzy Gillespie (Tuscarora), Charles Lloyd (Choctaw) and Jim Pepper (Cree, Kaw).
The "Music Without Borders" concerts were totally improvised and included students performing on hand drums they made during a workshop preceding the concert. These concerts served to illustrate how music has the power to bring us together and unite us through a shared experience.