Ukulele

A ‘contemporary classical’ ukulele

Ukuleles are fascinating versatile instruments. The diversity of construction materials, types and shapes as well of string kinds and performing techniques offer to a composer an invaluable range of tools to fit any style, aesthetic, ensemble and musical need. I collect instruments, commission and perform new contemporary classical music written for the ukulele and arrange classical and renowned contemporary and twentieth century scores for it, fostering the development of a new challenging and cultivated ukulele repertoire and aiming to deepen and evolve the idiomatic unique features of the instrument. I also play in duo with renowned British ukulelist Samantha Muir and with Italian guitarist Matilde Oppizzi. I am co-director of the upcoming First Ukulele International Conference (UIC 2021) – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Performance, Composition, and Organology, to be hosted by the University of Milan on October, 16-17, 2021.

I am always looking to perform and promote new art music: in case you have composed (or you are aware of) scores featuring the ukulele, solo or in any ensemble, feel free to contact me at mail@giovannialbini.it.

If you are interested in writing for ukulele consider also the opportunity offered in the composition program at the eleventh edition of highSCORE Festival (Summer 2021). We are considering the submission of music for ukulele solo to be recorded by me in an album to be released in early 2022. More information on the highSCORE website. Moreover, this Winter I am teaching some workshops at the Gaithersburg UkeFest. Check it out!!

I am a proud Aquila Corde Armoniche official endorser. They gave me the honor to test all their nine ukulele string sets and to make official videos on their YouTube channel to showcase and compare their stunning features. You can listen all of them them at this link.

現代音楽 + ウクレレ + イタリア ◆ 夏威夷四弦琴 / 烏克麗麗

Scores written for me / premiered

► Alberto Barberis, Preludio Variato (2020) for ukulele solo (gCEA) and web app. Duration: 5′. Written for and dedicated to Giovanni Albini.

► Andrea Beggio, Prototype Pattern (2020) for amplified detuned ukulele solo (gCE♭G) and live electronics (via Ableton Live). Duration: 3′. Written for (and revision and fingering by) Giovanni Albini.

► Cosimo Carovani, [Leidenpassus] Op. 49 No. 4 (2020) for ukulele solo (GCEA), from Miniature Caratteristiche per vari strumenti solo. Duration: 5′. Written for (and dedicated to) Giovanni Albini.

► Choan Gálvez, The Cheerless Walk (2020) for ukulele solo (gCEA). Duration: 5′. Dedicated to and premiered by Giovanni Albini. ISMN: 979-0-805446-01-1 SCORE / VIDEO

► Choan Gálvez, A. P. Drove me to Tears (2020) for ukulele solo (Low G) with scordatura (GBDA). Duration: 3′. Premiered by Giovanni Albini. ISMN: 979-0-805446-03-5 SCORE / VIDEO

► Choan Gálvez, Bigger Steps (2021) for baritone ukulele solo (DGBE). Duration: 6-10′. Premiered by Giovanni Albini. ISMN: 979-0-805446-16-5 SCORE / VIDEO

David John Roche, I love Ukulele, Three Pieces for Solo Ukulele (2020) for ukulele solo (gCEA). I – Future Champion, II – Love and Admiration, III – Greatest of all Time. Total duration: 10′. Written for, commissioned and premiered by Giovanni Albini. VIDEO

Davide Tammaro, The Messenger (2021) for ukulele solo (GCEA). Duration: 3′. Written for and dedicated to Giovanni Albini.

Fabrizio Nastari, Dies Rainbow (2020) for ukulele solo (GCEA). Duration: 3′. Written for and dedicated to Giovanni Albini. VIDEO

Fabrizio Nastari, Pappagalli Verdi (2021) for ukulele solo (gCEA). Duration: 3’30. Written for, dedicated to to, revision and fingering, and premiered by Giovanni Albini.

Joe Schittino, Le Capybara Rêveur, JS 322 (2020) for ukulele solo (GCEA). Duration: 3′. Dedicated to (and revision and fingering by) Giovanni Albini.

► Lindsay Higgs, Homage to Brouwer (2013) for ukulele solo (gCEA). Duration: 40”. Premiered by Giovanni Albini. VIDEO

Lodi Luka, Country Roads (2021) for ukulele solo (GCEA). Duration: 4′. Dedicated to (and revision and fingering by) Giovanni Albini.

► Matteo Generani, Cartolina Musicale (2020) for ukulele solo (gCEA). Duration: 3′. Written for, dedicated to, revision and fingering, and premiered by Giovanni Albini. VIDEO

► Roberto Squillaci, Arpeggio (2020) for ukulele solo (gCEA). Duration: 4′. Written for, commissioned and revision and fingering by Giovanni Albini.

Samantha Muir, Lines of Flight 3: The Red Angel (2021) for ukulele solo (Low G) with scordatura (GB♭DB♭). Duration: 5′. Premiered by Giovanni Albini. VIDEO

► Sonia Ballarin, Recuerdos de El Nihuil (2021) for ukulele solo (GCEA). Duration: 3′. Written for, dedicated to, commissioned and revision and fingering by Giovanni Albini.

► Stefano Procaccioli, Percorso G – liens VII (2020) for ukulele solo (gCEA). Duration: 3′. Written for, dedicated to (and revision and fingering by) Giovanni Albini.

Toivo Tulev, Synchronistic Afternoon With a Freshly Tuned Ukulele (2020) for ukulele solo (GCEA) and crystal glasses. Duration: 5′. Written for (and revision and fingering by) Giovanni Albini. Dedicated to Giovanni Albini and Liisa Hõbepappel.

Virginio Zoccatelli, Friend’s Hand (2020) for ukulele solo (GCEA). Duration: 3′. Written for, dedicated to, commissioned and revision and fingering by Giovanni Albini. VIDEO

Virginio Zoccatelli, Improvviso (2021) for ukulele solo (gCEA). Duration: 4′. Written for, dedicated to, commissioned and revision and fingering by Giovanni Albini.

Ukulele original scores by me

► Giovanni Albini, Op. 48 No. 2 – Piccola Fantasia Madrilena (2020) for ukulele solo (GCEA). Duration: 4′.

► Giovanni Albini, Op. 66 No. 2 – Minuetto Lento (2020) for ukulele solo (GCEA). Duration: 3′.