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Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza (also known as The Group or Il Gruppo) was an avant-garde free improvisation group considered the first experimental composers collective.[1][2]

Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza
Il Gruppo in 1978
Background information
OriginRome, Italy
GenresNoise, Avant Garde, Experimental, Free Improvisation
Years active1964–1980
LabelsDeutsche Grammophon, RCA, Cramps, General Music
Past membersEnnio Morricone, Egisto Macchi, Franco Evangelisti, Frederic Rzewski, John Heineman, Mario Bertoncini, Walter Branchi, Roland Kayn


The collective was formed by Italian composer Franco Evangelisti in Rome in 1964. Drawing on jazz, serialism, musique concrete, and other avant-garde techniques developed by contemporary classical music composers such as Luigi Nono and Giacinto Scelsi, the group was dedicated to the development of new music techniques by improvisation, noise-techniques, and anti-musical systems. The group members and frequent guests made use of extended techniques on traditional classical instruments, as well as prepared piano, tape music and electronic music. During the 1970s the music continued to evolve to embrace techniques and genres such as guitar feedback and funk. In addition to concerts, the group issued a series of albums and contributed to many scores by group member Ennio Morricone, including Un Tranquillo Posto Di Campagna (1968) and Gli occhi freddi della paura (1971).[3] The group slowly disbanded after Evangelisti's death in 1980.

Main MembersEdit

  • Franco Evangelisti (piano, percussion)
  • Ennio Morricone (trumpet, flute)
  • Egisto Macchi (perc, celesta, strings)

Other Members at timesEdit


  • 1966 "Nuova Consonanza", LP RCA
  • 1967 "The Private Sea of Dreams" (as Il Gruppo), LP RCA Victor
  • 1968 "Improvisationen" LP Deutsche Grammophon
  • 1970 "The Feed-back" (as The Group), LP RCA
  • 1973 "Improvvisazioni a Formazioni Variate" (also known as "Gruppo d'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza"), LP General Music
  • 1975 "Nuova Consonanza", LP Cinevox Records. Reissue 2007 CD Bella Casa
  • 1976 "Musica su Schemi", LP Cramps Records. Reissue 2002: LP Get Back, CD Ampersand
  • 1992 "1967-1975", CD Edition RZ
  • 2006 "Azioni", CD Die Schachtel
  • 2010 "Niente", CD Cometa Edizioni Musicali. Reissue
  • 2012 LP The Omni Recording Corporation/The Roundtable
  • 2011 "Eroina", CD Cometa Edizioni Musicali


  1. ^ Harrison, Sylvie (1999-12-03). "Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  2. ^ John Zorn, liner notes, Azioni (Die Schachtel), 2006
  3. ^ Alvin Lucia, liner notes, Niente. (The Omni Recording Corporation/The Roundtable), 2012.