|Emanuele Maniscalco (Brescia, 1983) is an Italian multi-instrumentalist and composer. Since a young age, he showed a strong interest in jazz and improvised music. Although his first instrument was the piano, at age 12 he took up the drums, which would soon become his green card to the local jazz scene. By 21 he was already touring and recording with the most influential players in Italy, including Enrico Rava, Stefano Battaglia, Emanuele Cisi, Ares Tavolazzi. By the age of 23 though, he felt that his first instrument could not be left behind, so he decided to go back to the piano and dive into it. That almost meant starting his career anew, and the whole process resulted in a double amount of inputs shaping up his musical identity. Although Emanuele is mostly self-taught, an important confirmation came when he was accepted into the Soloist line (Advanced Post-graduate Diploma) at the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen, where he graduated in 2014. Moving to Denmark allowed him to expand his network dramatically with new and interesting collaborations. At about the same time, he started recording and releasing his music with the German label ECM (two albums with the band “Third Reel”, a collective project with Swiss musicians Roberto Pianca and Nicolas Masson).
Among the ILK members, Emanuele immediately found a meaningful correspondence with Mark Solborg, Qarin Wikström, Nils Davidsen and Francesco Bigoni (whom he had already worked extensively with in Italy), although new encounters are yet to come. A consistent affinity with the deep, multifaceted, crossing aesthetics which characterize the Danish collective naturally led to his recruitment, in the summer of 2014. Since then, Emanuele has been spending his time between Italy, Denmark and Sweden, constantly encouraging artistic exchanges between the three countries.
On ILK, he has so far released two albums: "Copenhagen Season” (2014) (a collection of duo improvisations with US bass player Thomas Morgan) and the critically-acclaimed “Maniscalco/Bigoni/Solborg” (2015).
His main interests besides music are photography and writing.