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|Born||26 November 1974|
|Genres||Indie folk, film score, folk rock, alternative rock|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, musician, singer-songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, flute, pipa, piano, drums, recorder|
|Piano, Guitars, Flute, Lute|
Stefano Lentini (born 26 November 1974) is an Italian composer and musician born in Rome, Italy. He is a part of this new generation of Italian composers who, in the field of soundtracks, have become the worthy hei to Rota, Morricone, Piovani. He practises his talent in cinema, television and theatre, and expresses himself in a wide field of styles. He is especially interested in non conventional scoring. He has just provided it with his Stabat Mater, as seen in Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster. He composed the soundtrack for Grazing The Wall (Sfiorando il muro, 2012), selected at 69th Venice International Film Festival. Stefano’s television work has screened in Italy and around the world, and includes the Italian Series and TV Movies Braccialetti rossi, Non è mai troppo tardi, Bakhita, Drawn for Jury Duty (Il sorteggio), and the documentaries Skin Deep, Death at Dawn, Einer von Uns. Stefano was teacher at Roberto Rossellini National Institute for Film and Television (Rome) and at Master Colonne Sonore of Lizard Academy (Fiesole, Florence). He writes for Sound & Lite magazine. Stefano Lentini is represented in USA by The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency. He has released music and soundtracks of varying styles, from the electronic rock of Il sorteggio and the ethnic folk of Bakhita to the symphonic instrumentation of 84 Urne. Stefano Lentini collaborated to the soundtrack of The Grandmasters directed by Wong Kar Wai and premiered at Berlin International Film Festival on 7 February 2013. Lentini makes use of a variety of instruments, often playing many of them himself on the same track and writes music in various time signatures. He is considered part of the cross-chamber music, but his influences are very broad. His music has been likened to orchestral, ambient music, world music and aesthetically compared to the film music of Ennio Morricone and Alexandre Desplat. Lentini' music often has spiritual themes, and many songs draw inspiration from real stories.
Lentini' first instrument was the guitar, built by his grandfather with the doors of an antique wardrobe. Ever since he was young he dedicated himself to the composition and arrangement of music. He made his debut at the Folkstudio, a historic nightclub in Rome. He graduated with high honors in Cultural Anthropology and studied Ethnomusicology in Rome and in London. He has collaborated with orchestras around the world: National Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra (BU), Orchestra di Roma (ITA), Mihail Jora Philarmonic Orchestra (RO), Digital Records Orchestra (ITA). His music is performed in Spain, Romania, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Ukraine, Alaska, Mexico, USA and Poland.
A multi-instrumentalist, Stefano Lentini is known for his use of non-conventional tunes on guitar, but also plays electric bass, piano, drums, and several other instruments, often playing all of these on his albums through the use of multitrack recording. While in school, he studied the lute and flute, which he also plays on his albums. This multitude of instruments, including string orchestrations, figure prominently in his compositions, giving his music a symphonic sound.
Lentini currently lives in the countryside of Rome.
In 2008 Lentini has written and arranged the soundtrack for the two episode television-film Bakhita, directed by Giacomo Campiotti. He collaborated with The National Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra directed by Dejan Pavlov and other Italian and African musicians. The orchestra consisted of 24 violins, 10 violas, 8 cellos, 6 basses, 2 French horns, clarinet, oboe, harp and it was recorded at Sofia (Bulgaria) during May 2008. The true story of Bakhita, a Canossian nun of Sudanese origin, sanctified on 1 October 2000. In Africa, during her childhood she is kidnapped and sold as a slave by a Turkish general. Ten years later a rich Italian merchant, Federico Marin, saves her life and takes her back to his town village in Veneto, Italy. In spite of the difficult integration with the local farmers and the stormy family life of Marin, Bakhita discovers Christianity and joins the convent. Her "master", who sees her as his propriety, demands her back. Thanks to the intervention of a cardinal, however, the "Black mother" will be able to pursue her path of faith until her death on 8 February 1947.
Drawn For Jury Duty
Lentini has recently released the soundtrack for the last film of Giacomo Campiotti. Turin, 1977. The years of Terrorism. Tonino is a factory worker in the power press department of Fiat Mirafiori plant. He leads a modest yet dignified life and shares a passion for dancing with his girlfriend. Tonino is looking for a social and economic redemption. His life changes completely when he's drawn to be a jury member on the Red Brigades' trial. Tonino, aware of the danger deriving from this assignment and taken aback by the jury members' hemorrhage threatening the trial, must make a decision which will nevertheless profoundly change his existence.
Stefano Lentini has collaborated to the soundtrack of the film "The Grandmaster" directed by Chinese acclaimed director Wong Kar Wai. The Grandmaster is a Hong Kong-Chinese action drama film based on the life story of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man. The film starred Tony Leung as Ip Man, Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo and Chang Chen. It was released on 8 January 2013 in China. It also was the opening film at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013. Lentini's "Stabat Mater" scores one of the main scene in the film, world acclaimed as "sublime", "powerful, "poetic" piece.
- Stabat Mater - As Seen in Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster" Milan Records, Warner Classics (2013)
- Watanka Original Music from the Television Series Braccialetti rossi , Edizioni Curci (2014)
- Non è mai troppo tardi Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, RAI (2014)
- Bakhita Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, RAI (2011)
- Cinematic Soundscape Soundtrack, RAI (2011)
- Tango & Popular Vibes Soundtrack, RAI (2011)
- Il sorteggio Original Soundtrack Motion Picture, RAI (2010)
- Una piccola piccola storia, Le Disco de Rondone (2009)
- Shooting Silvio Original Soundtrack, C.A.M. Original Soundtracks (2007)
- Soundtrack Sampler, Various Artists, C.A.M. Original Soundtracks (2007)
- Soundtrack Sampler, Various Artists, C.A.M. Original Soundtracks (2006)
- Super Naim Experience, Self produced (1999)
- Braccialetti Rossi, Carosello (2014)
- In un altro Paese OST, C.A.M. Original Soundtracks (2005)
- Fiorenza, CNR Entertainment (2009)
- Marte Live Compilation, Various Artists, Procult (2004)
- Maresia, directed by Marcos Guttmann (2015)
- Braccialetti rossi 2, directed by Giacomo Campiotti (2015)
- Sarà Un Paese, directed by Nicola Campiotti (2015)
- Braccialetti rossi, directed by Giacomo Campiotti (2014)
- Non è mai troppo tardi, directed by Giacomo Campiotti (2014)
- The Grandmasters (as: additional composer), directed by Wong Kar Wai (2013)
- "Sfiorando il Muro", directed by Silvia Giralucci (2012)
- "Ailes de Mercure", directed by Olivier Beaudoin (2012)
- Waves, directed by Pilli Cortese (2012)
- "Einer von Uns", directed by Andreas Pichler (2011)
- La nuova armata Brancaleone, directed by Mario Monicelli (2010)
- Il sorteggio, directed by Giacomo Campiotti (2010)
- "Skind Deep", directed by Franco Di Chiera (2010)
- "399 B.C.", rdirected by Nicola Campiotti (2009)
- Ballarò, Music for reportages, conducted by Giovanni Floris (2009)
- "Monitamal", directed by Marco Pisapia (2009)
- Bakhita, directed by Giacomo Campiotti (2008)
- "Death at Dawn", directed by M.M. Koller (2008)
- "La perla tra le labbra", directed by Daniela Morozzi (2007)
- Shooting Silvio, directed by Berardo Carboni (2007)
- "Red Cod", directed by Marco Pisapia (2007)
His album Stabat Mater - As Seen in Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster" is iTunes Top 10 Original Score Albums in Belgium, Italy, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan.
- "Stefano Lentini' artist profile". Le Rondone Records. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Stefano Lentini.|
- Stefano Lentini, composer Official Site
- Stefano Lentini at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview on Sound & Lite
- Interview on Colonne Sonore.net
- Interview on Film4Life
- News on Cinema Italiano
- Article on Postificio
- Review on Postificio
- News on Lettera 43
- Review on italian newspaper Il Giornale
- Review on italian site Zabriskie Point