Luigi Morleo was born in Mesagne, Italy (BR) in 1970. Mr. Morleo is presently teaching Percussion at the N. Piccinni Conservatory in Bari.
In 1992 he won the “Valerio Bucci” 1st prize for Percussionists organized by the percussionists of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. From 1987 to 1991 he was percussionist with the Teatro Petruzzelli Orchestra in Bari and from 1992 to 1994 was percussionist and timpanist with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Provincial Administration in Bari, now is timpanist of the Bari Society of Concert Orchestra while has played in Europe, Japan and China. He is very active as a soloist, composer and conductor at International Festivals in Italy and throughout the world.
In 1998 he made his American debut, before for the Forum Composers at the New York University in Manhattan, after for PASIC 2001 (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) in Nashville, TN. Prizes for composition have included third prize at the Percussive Arts Society Composition Competition in 2001; second prize for the Il Timponi d”Oro in 2002; and first prize from Tactus Figit for Musica e Ironia again in 2002, has been invitated to Conservatoire National Superior Ginevra (CH), Conservatoire National Regional Lyon (F), New York University in New York (USA), Associazione Percussionisti Italiani in Bolzano, Giornate della Percussione in Fermo, Audio Box - RAI di Matera con Alvin Curran, Orchestra Sinfonica RAI di Milano – dir.L.Berio, Time Zones di Bari con Steve Reich, Festival Futura Electronic – France, Festival Radiophonie Epsilonia – France, Fondazione Teatro Petruzzelli con Ann Crumb; PNEM Sound Art Festival in UDEN - Holland.
In ensemble he played and conduct music of J.Cage, L.Berio, B.Maderna, G.Petrassi, E.Varese, I.Stravinsky, S.Reich, G.Crumb and other composer. With the Myth Ensemble he created many multimedia extravaganzas including “The Voyages of Aeneas” in collaboration with New York University, the University of California/Ervine and the European Institute of Design of Rome. He appears in varied musical and artistic styles like rock-cross-over, folk-popular, Jazz and DJ; however actors, film directors, painters and architect: Steve Reich, Antonello Salis, Radiodervish, Nicola Pisani, Emanuele Arciuli, Francesco D’Orazio, Mario Caroli, Livio Minafra, Faraualla, R.Carlos Nakai, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, John Beck, Tarshito, Deposito dei Segni, Marcello Prayer, Vincenzo Gazzolo, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Riccardo Rossi, Enza Pagliara. His compositions include music for many films and CD Roms. Among them are the “Frammento Orfico” by A.Amoroso d’Aragona that received special recognition by the jury of the 26th Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique in 1999 at Bourges, France; “No Pasaran!” by F.Grimaldi and P.D’Orazio edited from Manifestolibri; the CD Rom: “Pixel di Puglia” by L.Galli edited from Softmedia with the collaboration from Regione Puglia (2002), "Paesaggio Mediterraneo" by A.Trono edited from “Araba Fenice” (2003) presented in Albania and in Congo-Africa, in 2010, on invite from Italian Consuls, “Per Bari” by L.Galli edited from Proforma with the collaboration from Comune di Bari (2005). His compositions, presented on Radio 3, TV2000, Radio Cemat, Percussionradio.com
, have been performed in Europe, USA, South America, Africa and Asia: PETRU’ for violin, doublebass, piano and orchestra played from Maracaibo Symphonic Orchestra, NESSUN POPOLO OPPRESSO 2 (Concerto per percussione e orchestra) played from Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio, OLTRE LA LINEA DI FUOCO 4 (Concerto per marimba e orchestra) played from Lyon Symphonietta, MESSA PER I POPOLI for Choir, Four Percussionists and Orgel played from Coro Vallisa and Florilegium Vocis, SUONI E RUMORI PER I POPOLI (Concerto per Percussione e Orchestra) played from Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari, CONCERTO PER I POPOLI (Concerto per Fisarmonica e Orchestra) played from Orchestra della Società dei Concerti di Bari, THE FOOD OPERA (azione scenica in un atto e in sette scene) played from Festival Operistico del Mediterraneo, Diversità: NO LIMIT (Concerto per Serpentone e Orchestra d’Archi) played from Monopoli Conservatory of Music Orchestra; ); IL MARE DENTRO I POPOLI played to Festival Futura Electronic (F), ReComposed 2.3 played to New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival; published by Agenda Musical Editions (Italy), Alfonce Production (France), Honeyrock Publishing (USA), Henry Lemoine (France) and MorleoEditore (Italy). Many his Compositions are inserted in the program of European Conservatory, American and South Africa University: Conservatorio di Venezia, Conservatorio di Lecce, Conservatorio di Messina, Conservatoire de Lyon in Francia, Hogeschool Antwerpen nel Belgio, Conservatorio Professional de Musica de La Rioja in Spagna, Szent István Király Zeneművészeti Szakközépiskola di Budapest in Ungheria, Northern Arizona University, University of Kentucky, Juilliard School of New York, New York University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Kansas State University, University of South Africa. Mr. Morleo’s CD with the Warhol Percussion Quartet is available and was published the last CD with the Morley Mediterranean Quartet “Da Tripoli al Messak” sponsorized from Puglia Sounds. In 2006 the MorleoEditore was published his book of the title “IL GESTO MUSICALE –origini e culture-.