Federico Ughi

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Federico Ughi
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Background information
Born (1972-10-11) 11 October 1972 (age 46)
Rome, Italy
GenresFree Improvisation and Hardcore punk
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1991–present

Federico Ughi (born 1972) is an Italian drummer and composer. He works primarily in the fields of free improvisation and jazz. Originally from Italy, he has lived in New York City since 2000, and is based in Brooklyn.

Life and work[edit]

He attended music schools in Rome until 1994 when he moved to London.[1]

He has performed or recorded with Daniel Carter, Matthew Putman, Blue Foundation, the group Wake Up!, William Parker, Steve Swell, The Cinematic Orchestra, and others. He has collaborated with the poet Steve Dalachinsky.

Ughi is also the founder of 577 Records, an independent record label based in New York City, which he ran since 2001. From 2012 Ughi started touring with electronic dream pop duo Blue Foundation, with tours and concerts around the US, Europe and China.

BLG of Downtown Music Gallery said about Ughi in 2006 "He just might be downtown's best under-recognized jazz drummer at present". and in 2009 was again described by BLG as a "free/improv wizard". Steven Loewy of Cadence Magazine said about Ughi "Federico Ughi is characteristically splendid, his drums serving as much more than a rhythmic undercurrent..."

Ughi has performed throughout Italy, the UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Lithuania, China, Mexico, Canada and the US.

Ughi was born in Rome.


  • The Space Within (Slam Productions, 2000)
  • South of Brooklyn (577, 2003)
  • Songs For Four Cities (577, 2012)
  • Quartet (FMR, 2012)
  • Before the Songs EP (577, 2015)
  • Heart Talk (577, 2016)
  • Morfina (577, 2017)

With Daniel Carter[edit]

  • Astonishment (577, 2001)
  • Concrete Science (577, 2004)
  • Mountain Path (577, 2007)
  • People's Resonance (577, 2008)
  • Gowanus Recordings (577, 2010)
  • Extra Room Vol. Two (577, 2015)
  • Extra Room (577, 2015)
  • Life Station Mountain Path (577, 2016)
  • Telepathic Alliances (577, 2017)
  • New York United (577, 2018)
  • Inside The Studio Vol. One (577, 2018)
  • Listening Group (577, 2018)

With Daniel Carter and William Parker[edit]

  • The Dream (577, 2006)
  • Navajo Sunrise (Rudi Records. 2013)
  • LIVE! (577, 2017)


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: Federico Ughi". AMG. Retrieved 9 May 2010.