Performer, Composer, Improviser
“... 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.” - Jazz Police
"... a versatile sound that incorporates everything from modern groove to world jazz." - MOJA Radio
"Fantauzzo infuses a really nice jazzy style... really hip!" - KFAI FM
Bobb Fantauzzo has developed a distinctive voice on the Native American style flute ranging from foot tapping and head bopping to soothing and meditative. It is the essence of jazz voiced through the tonalities of wooden flutes. It is, what he calls, JazZen. His unique approach to the Native American style flute has been described as evocative, innovative, engaging, and hip. It is an approach that brings the instrument out of the canyon and into the club.
His versatility enables him to adapt the music to the setting and has afforded him the opportunity to perform with a wide range of noted musicians, from R. Carlos Nakai to Delfeayo Marsallis to the Violent Femmes.
In addition to performing in intimate spaces (coffee houses, clubs, libraries and art galleries) Fantauzzo has also performed for larger audiences at festivals (Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mid-West Music Fest) and conventions (World Flute Association, International Native American Flute Association, and Social Theory, Politics and the Arts).
He has composed and recorded music for stage productions at The Pillsbury House Theater, The History Theater and The Guthrie Theater and has improvised with both poets and dancers, including The Eclectic Edge Dance Ensemble and Zorango Flamenco.
Supported by KBEM Jazz88 FM, he is the recipient of multiple Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grants for his “Weaving of Traditions” (2013, 2016, 2017) and “Music Without Borders” (2018) concerts.