is a double bassist, composer,
and music artist, active in
the European jazz,
and avant-garde scene.
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.”
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.”
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Mountains is an outtake from my 2018 Restless Dreams album, a duet between me and trumpet player Fulvio Sigurtà, amazingly produced by Marti Jane Robertson.Originally it was a transcribed bass...
377: in transit is a multidisciplinary travel story, the first artistic result of my experience during the 377 project, the journey through the 377 municipalities of Sardinia, one a day, by bicycle,...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7WMfWBB6WQ 377: in transit is a multidisciplinary travel story, the first artistic result of my experience during the 377 project, the journey through the...
Sebastiano Dessanay with Maurizio Pulina and Alessandro Garau
Live at Bflat Club, Cagliari, December 2020
Giocavamo bambini for ensemble, by Sebastiano Dessanay, poem by Fanny Satta
Live at the Italian Cultural Institute, London, October 2018