Armando Battiston is notoriously a jazz pianist and composer, in 2000 he started playing the accordion with the heart of a jazz player and started to work on this instrument with the expertise he has in jazz, with composers like Dolphy Coltrane, Hancock, Tyner etc.
He has combined his own composers dimension to these composers, developing his unique, original style among accordion jazz players and is known internationally. He has a diploma in instruments for band taken at the public conservatory Jacopo Tomadini of Udine. He has studied composition with the music teacher Daniele Zanettovich.
He has taught music in public schools and still interacts with them, for finalized projects, such as music laboratories meant to teach how to improvise and do music as a whole etc.
In over thirty-years activity, he has done recordings, given concerts and has done festivals in Italy and in Europe, working with internationally famous musicians. Hes always working in television and radio. Does meetings and conferences on various musical subjects and shows, hes utmost talent in comparing jazz to classic music. He composes and plays original pieces for artistic, cultural, theatrical and school events and movies. He interacts with the sculptor Vincenzo Balena, with astrophysicist Steno Ferluga, with wirters Stanislao Nievo and Mauro Covacich, writer and poet Amedeo Giacomini, the painter Giuseppina Lesa. Events: archaeological exhibition “7000 years ago the first bread” in Udine 1998/99 season, musical performance at the Modern Art Gallery of Udine “Mosaic in New York City”, always in Udine 2003, “Fulgor j muerte de Joaquin Murieta” by Pablo Neruda, composition of the music for the theatrical piece Barber Shop by Alberto Severi. Recently has composed, recorded and directed the musical event “Specchi Sonori”, the lyrics by the friulan poet Amedeo Giacomini.
Actual projects: Quadrant (Armando Battiston: Piano, flutes, accordion and live electronics), The Contact (duo with jazz percussionist and drummer Adrew Cyrille), Project Kurtweill (with mezzo soprano Monica Saronni plus jazz rhythm), Quintet Echos to include drummer Hamid Drake and double bass player William Parker.
Recordings: CDs “Revelations in solitude”, “Cardinal Points”, “Gospels”, “Ninfe”, “Foolish Heart”, “Jazz reflections only for jazz accordion”, the book and cd “Tanche Giaiutis” interacting with Amedeo Giacomini and “Live in Ceglie” with qintet Echos. “The Contact” with jazz percussionist and drummer Andrew Cyrille. “Poesie nel friulano concordiese”.
Hes also music critic for Gazzettino and weekly magazine “Il Friuli” for several years.
Hes the artistic director for “Lignano Jazz” and “Jazz Esponenziale” inserted in the project Friuli Venezia Giulia Jazz Sesto al Reghena (PN) confirmed also for 2007.
Gian Maria Maletto, jazz critic, describes him like this: “Armando Battiston seems to dwell the furthest galaxy of Italian jazz, so singular, his impact with music is so exclusive. Pordenones pianist seems to search for a new dimension for jazz, spreading his impromptou on vaster territories. He chooses his music with great care” (Musica Jazz, marzo 1996).
Armando Battiston, outsider for Italians has only one vice: to live; one virtue: solitude music is what glues his existence.