Saxophones - Clarinets- Flute - Arranger - Compo-ser
• Born December 1948 from an italo-french family
• 1961-1969 Diploma (Philosophy), High School, Geneva.
• 1970-1976 University of Geneva, First Degree in Liberal Arts studies (Litterature, English, History, Chinese Philosophy).
• 1953-1962 Geneva Conservatory, Piano and Theory Diploma.
• 1965-1970 Private Studies in guitar.
• 1970 self taught saxophone, clarinets and flute
• 1981-1985 Private studies in Paris with composer François Jeanneau and Jef Gilson.
• From 1972 on at Geneva Association for Improvised Music (AMR): Saxophone and Theory.
• 1992-1993 E.T.M. Geneva
• From 1993 on at Geneva Conservatory -Contemporary and Jazz division-: saxophone, clarinet and flute.
• 1996-1998 Lausanne Conservatory - Contemporary and Jazz division (EJMA): Workshops.
• From 1997 on at the Professional Jazz School, saxophone.
• Workshops in Belgium (1993-1996), France (1992-1993), Russia (1991-1993) Italy (1993-1995), Africa (1993-1994) and Switzerland (1998-1999)
• His first album (MGM) was primed in Jazz Magazine and Jazz Hot in Paris.
• His first CD (l'Etat des Sons) in Le Monde de la Musique, Jazz Magazine and Cadence Magazine.
• Lumière (Live with the Electric Quartet) on the Swiss Newspaper "Le Temps"
• New York Suite was primed again in Le Monde de la Musique and Jazz Magazine.
• No Smoking (in duet with Franco d'0Andrea recieved five stars in Jazzman (Paris).
• Sskies is awarded in Le Monde de la Musique-Jazzman (Paris) in July 2000 as best european jazz record of the year.
While living in Geneva Maurice Magnoni set up a trio that became quickly famous in France and in Switzerland MGM, with Olivier Magnenat on bass and Olivier Clerc on drums. Moving to Paris, he took Daniel Humair and Jean-François Jenny Clarke. He founded a tentet first in Geneva then in Paris, a quartet with Steve Lacy and Jean-Jacques Avenel. He played in the Michel Portal Unit and in the first French National Orchestra. He has been part of two big bands under the leadership of Carla Bley. He set up an Electric Quartet in the late eighties, he was co-leader of what was to become Erik Truffaz's quintet, formed a quintet with Palle Danielsson and Enrico Rava, another with Mathieu Michel and Patrick Müller. He is the leader of a multisized big band called The State of Sounds He has played in duet with numerous musicians, among whom Jacques Demierre, and very recently with Franco d'Andrea. In 1998 he founded an experimental formula in trio or in quartet with Christy Doran, Claude Jordan and Hervé Provini and he is currently member of a quintet with Serge Lazarevitch, Joel Allouche, Philippe Aerts and Matthieu Michel. He is also member of the BBL (Big Band de Lausanne feat. Adam Nussbaum) and of a saxophone quartet, AL4AS.
TOURS AND FESTIVALS:
He has toured and played all over western and eastern Europe, West Africa, North and South America and performed in major festivals such as: Paris Banlieues Bleues, Amiens, Le Mans, Montreux, "Umbria Jazz" Perugia, Ravenna, Regio Emilia, Willisau , Samara, Sao Paolo, Rocella Jonica, Rio de Janeiro, Bern Jazz Festival, Berlin, Atlanta, Detroit, Montreal, Geneva, Brussels, Ark-hangelsk…
Maurice Magnoni has performed with many leading musicians of the contemporary jazz scene, including Jack Dejohnette, Marc Johnson, Fredy Studer, Steve Swallow, Daniel Humair, Glenn Ferris, Joseph Bowie, Gianlugi Trovesi, Kenny Wheeler, Enrico Rava, Heiri Kaenzig, Carla Bley, Larry Willis, Jacques Demierre, Steve Lacy Jean-François Jenny-Clarke, Barre Philips, Serge Lazarevitch, Adam Nussbaum, Michel Portal, Jon Faddis, Palle Danielsson, Franco d'Andrea, Barry Altschul, Marc Helias, Mathieu Michel, Bob Steward, Bobby Previte, Christy Doran, Henri Texier, Joel Allouche.