Radu Malfatti

Radu Malfatti ( born December 16, 1943 in Innsbruck) is an Austrian trombonist of free jazz and improvised music that is increasingly active as a composer.

Life and work

Malfatti attended from 1965 to 1970, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, where he studied with Eje Thelin trombone. Between 1970 and 1972 he lived in Aachen and Amsterdam and worked with Paul Lovens, Peter Kowald, Arjen Gorter and Paul Rutherford. In 1972 he moved to London, where he was known in particular with Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, but also co- leader of NICRA ( with Nick Evans ) was playing with Elton Dean's Nine Sense, but also in a duo with Harry Miller and recorded, but also improvised with Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Paul Lytton, John Stevens, Trevor Watts, Phil Wachsmann and Hugh Davies. From 1976 he lived in Zurich and Florence, and played with Stephan Wittwer, Irène Schweizer, Pierre Favre, Tristan Honsinger, Sean Bergin and Roscoe Mitchell. In 1978 he moved back Amsterdam to work with Misha Mengelberg, Fred Van Hove, Maarten Altena, Tony Oxley and Ulrich Gumpert.

Between 1981 and 1983 he decided to East Berlin as a residence, played from there, but not only with Hanno Rempel and Andrew Voigt, but was also a member of Barry Guy London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Georg Gräwe Grubenklang Orchestra, Willem van Manen's Contraband, Andrea Centazzos Central Europe Orchestra and the King Übü Orchestrü by Wolfgang Fuchs. Then he lived in Cologne, where he formed his ear box and, inter alia, in a duo with Carin Levine, in a trio with Phil Wachsmann and Phil Minton, and with Graewe, Serious Reijseger and Gerry Hemingway, but also with Burkhard Stangl, Paul Lovens, Melvyn Poore and Horst Grabosch. He now lives in Vienna.

Since 1981 he has been intensely busy with composing; He writes primarily for chamber ensemble and since 1994 has been to group of composers Wandelweiser.