BIOGRAPHY
 

ABOUT CARLO MOMBELLI

Bassist - Composer - Educator

The South African composer/bassist has recorded and performed at many international festivals, including the Rome Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival, the German Moers and the ‘Leipziger Jazztage’ festivals, Banlieues Bleues festival in Paris, the ‘On the edge of Wrong’ festival in Norway, with amongst others, Mick Goodrick, Charlie Mariano, Jeroen van Vliet, Malcolm Braff, Adrian Mears and Samuel Bläser. He has recorded on Enja Records with Egberto Gismonti as well as with Lee Konitz, and has contributed music and played on the 1989 tribute for Jaco Pastorius, ‘Basstorius’, that also features the bassists Mathew Garrison and Carles Benavent.

He worked for two years with the Paris based company Lutherie Urbaine on community projects building instruments from recycled material. Back home in South Africa he can be heard as a bassist on many recordings with amongst others, Marcus Wyatt, Simphiwe Dana, Sibongile Khumalo, Kyle Shepherd and Miriam Makeba. As a producer he worked on the Shane Cooper album ‘Oscillations’ that won the jazz album of the year at the 2014 SAMA awards. 

In addition to several ballets that have been choreographed to his music, and his many composition commissions that include more than 14 films, documentaries and animations (winning an award at the Hiaff Animation festival in Tokyo 2005), and commissions for Zim Ngqawana’s 50-piece orchestra performance, the ‘Stockholm Saxophone Quartet’ and his recent 2013 piece for the Grammy award-winning New York String Quartet ‘Ethel’, he has been nominated three times for a SAMA (South African Music Awards) for his recordings.

Besides performing, composing and recording, Carlo has been involved in music education for many years. In 1998 and 1999 he held a teaching post at the Richard-Strauss Conservatoire in Munich, Germany. Since then he has taught and run ensembles at amongst others, the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Jazz Musik Akademie in Basel Switzerland. In 2015 he led the prestigious DKSJ-all-star-project with thirteen Masters students studying jazz in Switzerland.

He currently teaches at Wits University, Johannesburg, where he received his doctorate in composition in 2009.

 

 

Carlo uses- 

DR Handmade Strings courtesy of MARSHAL MUSIC, Johannesburg 

Markbass amplification courtesy of Music Connection, Johannesburg

Performance with the Jazzcampus Big band - Basel, Switzerland

My music arranged by Adrian Mears,

Jazz Campus Club Basel

11 October 2019

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19 December 2018

Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige - Bolzano, Italy
@ 21:00

www.info@suedtiroljazzfestival.com

8 December 2018

Noval Foundation - Cape Town
@ 20:30

Carlo Mombelli - bass/composition

Kyle Shepherd - piano

Keenan Ahrends - guitar

Jonno Sweetman - drums

www.norvalfoundaion.org

2 December 2018

Oude Libertas Amphitheatre - Stellenbosch
@ 20:15

Carlo Mombelli - bass/composition

Kyle Shepherd - piano

Keenan Ahrends - guitar

Jonno Sweetman - drums

(This concert will be a double bill with visiting artists - see website below)

www.ouderlibertas.co.za

16 & 17 November 2018

Orbit Jazz Club, Johannesburg
@ 20:30

Carlo Mombelli - bass/composition

Kyle Shepherd - piano

Keenan Ahrends - guitar

Jonno Sweetman - drums

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Maria Mombelli - voice

Peter Cartwright - piano

www.info@theorbit.co.za

17 October 2018

Birds Eye Jazz Club, Basel, Switzerland
@ 20:30

Carlo Mombelli - Bass/composition

Adrian Mears - trombone

Andreas Tschopp - trombone

Jorge Rossy - vibraphone

Jonno Sweetman - drums

12 October 2018

Jazzcampus Club, Basel, Switzerland
@ 20:30

Performance by-

Carlo Mombelli - Bass/composition

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Students of the Jazz Musik Akademie Basel

28 July 2018

Olympia Bakery, Kalk Bay
@ 20:00

Performance by-

Carlo Mombelli - Bass

Kyle Shepherd - Piano

Keenan Ahrends - Guitar

Jonno Sweetman - Drums

Angels and Demons LIVE at Labia Theatre, Cape Town

27 July 2018

Labia Theatre, Cape Town
@ 20:00

Performance by-

Carlo Mombelli - Bass

Kyle Shepherd - Piano

Keenan Ahrends - Guitar

Jonno Sweetman - Drums

Angels and Demons LIVE at Gallery University Stellenbosch

26 July 2018

Gallery University Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch
@ 19:00

Performance by-

Carlo Mombelli - Bass

Kyle Shepherd - Piano

Keenan Ahrends - Guitar

Jonno Sweetman - Drums

Angels and Demons LIVE at The Orbit

13 & 14 July 2018

The Orbit, Johannesburg
@ 20:30

Performance by-

Carlo Mombelli - Bass

Kyle Shepherd - Piano

Keenan Ahrends - Guitar

Jonno Sweetman - Drums

Angels and Demons LIVE at The Orbit

02 Feb 2018

The Orbit, Johannesburg
@ 20:30

Performance by-

Carlo Mombelli - Bass

Kyle Shepherd - Piano

Keenan Ahrends - Guitar

Jonno Sweetman - Drums

Carlo Mombelli LIVE at the Jazzwerkstatt Bern

28 Feb - 04 March 2018

Workshops and concerts Jazzwerkstatt, Bern, Switzerland 

 

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