Performer, Composer, Improviser
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, what he calls, JazZen.
Labeled an innovator on the Native American style flute, Bobb is known for pushing the boundaries of both the instrument and his music in a profound and positive way. His ability to play chromatically and incorporate upper range notes that most cannot reach brings a vitality and intensity to his music.
Known primarily for playing jazz, his music was described by Jazz Police as “... the integration of an almost prayerful melodicism suggestive of Charles Lloyd with a more forward-thrusting, free-wheeling improvisational approach that echoes Coltrane, Davis, Shorter, and Coleman.”
His versatility has provided him the opportunities to perform alongside noted musicians in a wide range of genres – from R. Carlos Nakai to Irv Williams and from Delfeayo Marsalis to Violent Femmes. His recordings have received air play on national and international jazz radio stations and have been licensed for use on The Discovery Channel.
He has composed and recorded music for stage productions at The Guthrie Theater, The History Theater, and The Pillsbury House Theater and has performed live with both the Eclectic Edge Ensemble and Zorongo Flamenco dance companies. He has performed at major festivals and conventions; including World Flute Society, International Native American Flute Association, Zion Canyon Art and Flute Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival and Social Theory, Politics and the Arts.
Sponsored by radio station Jazz 88FM, he has been the recipient of multiple Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grants for both his jazz and improvisational world music concerts.
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.