Dario Buccino

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Dario Buccino (1968) is a composer, performer, teacher, and designer of musical instruments.

He studied composition at the Milan Conservatory with Irlando Danieli and Adriano Guarnieri, electronic music with Alvise Vidolin and musical analysis with Gianmario Borio at the Civic School of Music in Milan. His training includes studies in the field of theater and performing arts

In the early 1990s he created the HN System®, a system of composition, notation, performance and improvisation techniques, based on the parameterization of bodily and mental performative processes.

In 1994 he was a lecturer at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, where he presented the HN System, defined by Heinz-Klaus Metzger and Rainer Riehn as “the most surprising artistic invention of the last 15 years”.  

His works combine composition, performance art, sound sculpture and have been commissioned by Marco Rogliano, Renato Gatto, Marco Crescimanno, Ars Ludi, Oscar Pizzo, Mirko Jevtovic, Dejana Sekulic, Duccio Beverini, Fulvia Ricevuto, Manuel Zurria, Fabio Bagnoli, Andrea Cusumano, and presented in international festivals and institutions such as the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Milano Musica Festival, the Teatro Stabile di Torino, the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Curva Minore in Palermo, the Festival Fabbrica Europa in Florence, the Beijing Comedy Theater in Beijing, the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai.

He has held seminars and workshops on the HN System at the Milan Conservatory, the Palermo Conservatory, the Trapani Conservatory, the Roma Tre University, the University of Palermo, the Milan Polytechnic, the IULM University of Milan, the SUPSI Professional University of Lugano. 

He founded and conducts the HN Ensemble, specialised in the performance of works composed with the HN System. 

He created the HN Percussion®, a family of musical instruments that involve the performer's entire body in sound creation, which have attracted the interest of percussionists such as Guido Facchin, Evelyn Glennie, Christian Hamouy (Les Percussions de Strasbourg).  

He also composes for cinema, theater, dance. He has worked as a composer and performer in Shakespearean productions for the Teatro Stabile of Turin, he has collaborated with artists such as Ale and Franz, Chiara Andrich, Giovanni Maderna, Leo Muscato, with jazz, rock, pop musicians such as Vinicio Capossela, Stefano Edda Rampoldi, Enrico Gabrielli, Marco Parente, Roberta Carrieri, L'Aura Abela, Anatrofobia. He is also a singer-songwriter, he won the first prize of Indaco Cantautori attributed to him by Luis Bacalov, Giorgio Calabrese, Gianfranco Reverberi and his album "La constrizione della nudità" was selected as Best First Work at the Tenco Prize. He also works as a street artist and is president of ASM-Assoartisti Confesercenti Street Artists in Milan.

His work is the subject of musicological publications, graduation theses and documentary films.