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Ambra Chiara Michelangeli – Viola

Francesco Diodati – Guitar

Francesco Guerri – Cello

Stefano Calderano – Guitar

Tell Kujira was born in autumn 2020. Since then it has produced a series of artistic residencies in Italy, focusing on improvisation and collective writing, instant composition, timber, prepared instruments, alternative tunings. The band soon has developed a flexible musical path, in a continuous search for a structure. “We immediately imagined this quartet as a sort of indie band in the form of a classic quartet, with two electric guitars instead of two violins. By virtue of this chamber choice, every individualism has been set aside in favor of a “We”, a focal center which is also the center of our music“.

Ambra Chiara Michelangeli / viola (IT)
Ambra Chiara was born in Rome in 1990. She studied viola at the Santa Cecilia conservatory in Rome. She collaborates with numerous classic string quartets and chamber music groups and with many orchestras such as the Roma Tre Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Rome, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, OGI Orchestra. Her musical research moves in between timbric experimentation and the contamination with electronic music. She is the cofounder of the Trio
Improvviso, tellKujira, Cadilik and collaborating with Teho Teardo since 2016 in his records and live shows. She’s teaching violin and viola in various music schools in Rome since 2010.

Francesco Guerri / cello (IT)
Cellist and composer, was born in Cesena in 1977. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music “B. Maderna in Cesena, with the highest marks, in 2000. Self-taught improviser for years he has dedicated himself to an original solo repertoire developing a unique and personal approach to the cello by mixing elements from rock, contemporary music and electroacoustic music. He played in all Europe and Russia, in festivals such as: Roma Europa festival, Sudtirol Jazz festival, Forlì open music, Isole che Parlano festival, Meteo, Long Arms Festival. He also collaborates with: Chiara Guidi – Societas, Francesca Grilli, Teatrino Giullare. Since 2001 he has worked for the Day Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Developmental Age in Bologna, dealing with disorder in teen age.

Francesco Diodati / guitar (IT)
Guitarist, composer and improviser, is considered one of the most prolific and unconventional musicians of his generation, constantly looking for new sounds, remarkably using electronics and extended techniques.He plays all around Europe, Asia and USA and collaborates steadily with Enrico Rava, Leïla Martial, Paolo Fresu, Benoît Delbecq, Francesco Bigoni, Julien Pontvianne,
Matteo Bortone and the bands tellKujira, MAT, Oliphantre, yellow squeeds, weave4. Born in 1983, Francesco studied in Roma, Siena and New York with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Marc Ducret, John Abercrombie, Hein Van de Geyn, Jeff Ballard, Drew Gress, Reggie Workman. As an educator he teaches guitar and improvisation at the conservatories of Padua and SienaJazz.

Stefano Calderano / guitar (IT)
Guitarist sound designer, improviser and composer, graduated from Santa Cecilia conservatory of music in Rome with full marks, is part of ‘she’s analog’, ‘tellKujira’, and ‘below-fi’, played around in various jazz festival in Italy, and collaborate with many musicians such Francesco Ziello, Carmine Casciello, Ivan Liuzzo, Carlo Costa; was part of ‘open cluster’, multi-disciplinary
collective, and in this area, collaborate with musicians and visual artists such Sara Bernabucci, Fabio Barile, kNN, Ivan Macera, Alberto Timossi. Graduated in Umanistic area with full marks, he worked for a while as curator with artists such Matteo Basilè, Adrian Tranquilli and many others, in a collective ‘TM’ at GNAM, in Rome. He was born in Maratea in 1974, and actually lives and
works in Rome.