Ensemble Collettivo Crisis is a group of composers and performers focused on music research and production in the fields of new music, improvisation and contemporary arts. They are active since 2012, based in Rovigo, in the north-east of Italy. The collective's core and founders are Pietro Frigato and Marco Bussi. Daniel Savio and Davide Rossato are members of the Crisis Ensemble 4et Project. Sigfried Pegoraro is a performer and guitarist of the Ensemble. The recent music production and research of Ensemble Collettivo Crisis investigates the unconscious formal paths and structures of free improvisation, and explores the concept of borders in music: sound/noise/silence, perception/non perception. The Ensemble is active in contemporary music composition as well, bringing improvisation in the score, deepening the idea of structuralism and expanding the possibilities of traditional instruments through live electronics and new technologies.


P i e t r o · F r i g a t o

Pietro Frigato is a guitarist, composer, improviser, teacher and artistic director born in Italy and based in Rotterdam. He graduated in composition at the Conservatoire “F.Venezze” of Rovigo - Italy. His research is focused on improvisation, on the concept of borders in music, on the edge of perceptions, on the distortion and compression of the signal as poetic, esthetic and conceptual tools. Pietro is running since 2018 as artistic director, the Cataclisma Improvisation Festival a space for new music, improvisation and social projects.

In 2012 He co-founded the Ensemble Collettivo Crisis, a group of composers and performers who practices and performs collective composition and improvvisation in the field of contemporary music.

In 2014 he created the F:A:M: fucina artistica musicale (musical and artistic forge), an educational project in which the music teachers could research and develop custom, non-standard, maieutical and innovative way to teach music and to improve the student's creativity and artistic freedom.

In 2020 during the first lockdown enforced through all europe he started DOAQ – Diaries of a quarantine an ensemble project that explored the possibilities of improvising together on the web during the pandemic. He performs in several project such as S.P.I.I.C., Impromptu.works ensemble from Hamburg and the newly made international trio Shortest Job First.

The music journalist Ettore Garzia wrote of him on the magazine Percorsi Musicali “I have no doubts about the validity of the path undertaken by Frigato. His music has good odds and a colossal range of action”


M a r c o · B u s s i

Musicolgist and pianist, Marco Bussi started playing piano at five. In 2012 he graduated at the Conservatory “F. Venezze” in Rovigo where he is currently studying Composition with professors Andreina Costantini and Nicola Evangelisti.

In 2015 he gained a MA in Musicolgy at the University of Pavia. He is interested in musical disciplines at 360-degrees and he works mainly on Twentieth Century Music Theory and on Music Cognition. He attended several Composition Masterclasses held by Tristan Murail, Claudio Ambrosini, Andrea Agostini, Francesco La Licata, Sonia Bo, Francesco Pavan among others; and also Piano Masterclasses held by Alessandro Specchi, Pietro di Maria, Sven Brich.

In 2015 he worked at the Music Cognition Lab at Queen Mary University of London. During this period, he collaborated with prof. Marcus Pearce at the implementation of computational model for Machine Learning.

In 2012 he co-founded the “Ensemble Collettivo Crisis” formed by composers and musicians who practice collective composition, experimental improvisation and contemporary music research. His research is oriented mainly on electronic and electroacustic music as well as on the implementation of automatic procedures for composition and execution.

He is also interested in human-machine interaction and in experimental improvisation as a way to establish archetypical procedures of music communication.

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