Sebastiano Dessanay

is a double bassist, composer,
and music artist, active in
the European jazz,
classical contemporary
and avant-garde scene.




On 23 April 2022 the long-awaited 377: album by Sebastiano Dessanay was finally released, containing the music written during the 377project! This is a DOUBLE CD in DIGIPACK DELUXE...

At Sardinia Anima Mundi Festival

At Sardinia Anima Mundi Festival

On Sunday 3 October, I will have the pleasure of participating in the fifth edition of the Sardinia Anima Mundi Festival in Cuglieri, this year particularly important because it is based on...

The Lost Spells R&D

The Lost Spells R&D

From 20 to 27 September, I will work on the R&D phase of the musical The Lost Spells, based on the beautiful illustrated book with text by Robert Macfarlane and illustrations by Jackie Morris,...


Sebastiano Dessanay with Maria Vicentini and Salvatore Maiore
The San Lorenzo Strings video promo, June 2021

Sebastiano Dessanay with Maurizio Pulina and Alessandro Garau
Live at Bflat Club, Cagliari, December 2020

Sebastiano Dessanay / 377 project
Live at Ardasai Nuraghe, Seui, December 2019

Giocavamo bambini for ensemble, by Sebastiano Dessanay, poem by Fanny Satta
Live at the Italian Cultural Institute, London, October 2018


As a double bassist, he currently leads his own jazz combos (trio and quartet) and he is bassist in many projects by artists in classical, jazz, contemporary, folk and pop music. He has extensively recorded as a leader, co-leader and session musician both on the acoustic and electric bass.

As a composer, he writes music highly informed by a strong sense of melody and mixes traditional styles with more experimental material. He has written works for jazz and classical ensembles, for the theatre, opera, dance and visual arts.

“Dessanay is a graceful melody-driven player, with impeccable pitch and clear phrasing. His bass solos show his strong tone and note accuracy to full effect.”

Peter Bacon, The Jazz Breakfast blog

Sebastiano is an enthusiast music teacher and educator. He taught composition, double bass and music theory at the Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire; he collaborates as orchestral trainer with the Music Department at the University of Birmingham; he was part of the Young Composers Project team as mentor and performer; he taught the mini bass to young students in several primary and secondary schools across the Midlands.

“It’s always interesting to see what jazz people do when they’re not doing jazz, and it’s obvious that Dessanay is steeped in both operatic form and the vocabulary of modernistic classical music.”

AJ Dehany, London Jazz News