Dario Buccino



Dario Buccino (Rome, 1968) is a composer, instrumentalist, vocalist, lyricist, theorist, teacher, and designer of musical instruments.

Since the early 1990s he has been developing the HN System®, a musical system consisting of composition, notation, performance techniques, and based on the parameterisation of the performative process. He applies the HN System to the voice and to acoustic and electronic instruments, with compositions ranging from chamber to orchestral ensembles, and extending to performance art, sound installation, sound sculpture, improvisation, song form, choreography, music for theatre, film and dance, music education, meditation and music therapy. 

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

He founded and conducts the Ensemble HN, specialised in the performance of compositions written with the HN System. The Ensemble HN (Cristina Abati, Athena Corcoran-Tadd, Marco Crescimanno, Lorenzo D'Erasmo, Enrico Gabrielli, Renato Gatto, Raffaele Marsicano, Sergio Montemagno, Emiliano Turazzi) has collaborated with SISU Percussion Ensemble, Ars Ludi Percussion Ensemble, Marco Rogliano, the Conservatory of Trapani Percussion Ensemble, to name a few.

He designed the HN Percussion® (HN Steel Sheet®, incCubo®, Grande incCubo®), a family of musical instruments that involve the performer’s entire body in sound creation. He composes and performs with these instruments and has used them as the catalyst of several sound installations which have been presented in art and design exhibitions such as the Spazio MIL in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy (2009), the Fuorisalone Design Week in Milan (2014, 2017), the International Musica Con Vista Exhibition in Lucca, Italy (2016), and others.

His compositions have been performed at the Echi Dall'altra Riva festival in Ivrea, Italy (1990), the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (1992, 1994, 2016), the Happy New Ears festival in Ivrea (1994), the Teatro La Fenice in Venice (1995), the Ars Nova festival in Palermo (1996), the Neue Musik im Marmorsaal festival in Stuttgart (1997), the Cento Gradi event in Quinto de' Stampi, Italy (1997), the Da vicino nessuno è normale festival in Milan (2001), the Deposito Bulk in Milan (2002), the TRoK! festival in Milan (2005), the Ambasciata di Marte in Florence (2005), the Fabbrica Europa festival in Florence (2006), the Festival Oltrarno Atelier in Florence (2006), the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome (2007), the Harmonie Municipale in Saint-Denis, Paris (2012), the Lugocontemporanea festival in Lugo, Italy (2012), the Impuls Festival in Graz (2017), the Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan (2017), the TransArt Festival in Bolzano (2018), and many others.

Several portrait concerts entirely focused on his music have been presented by institutions such as the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt (1995), the Ex Arboris festival in Catania (1997), the Il Suono dei Soli festival (2002, 2004, 2007), the La musica attraverso/a i suoni festival in Palermo (2004), the Palazzina Liberty in Milan (2005), the SUPSI University in Lugano (2007), the IULM University in Milan (2007), the QUAD festival in Florence (2009), the Festival delle Arti in Sondrio, Italy (2009), the Il Giardino delle Esperidi Festival in Campsirago, Italy (2009), the Curva Minore Contemporary Sounds festival in Palermo (2010, 2011), the Piccolo Teatro Patafisico in Palermo (2010), the Goethe Institut in Palermo (2011), the Museo Internazionale delle Marionette Antonio Pasqualino in Palermo (2011), the Scrusci festival in Alcamo, Italy (2011), the Teatro Garibaldi in Palermo (2012), the Make Music Milan festival in Milan (2014), the Zona K theatre in Milan (2016), the Archiaro festival in Archiaro, Italy (2017).

He has given lectures, workshops, and master classes on the HN System at the Civico Istituto Musicale Vittadini in Pavia, Italy (1991), the Scuola Suzuki of Milan (1992), the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (1994), the University of Palermo (1995, 1996, 1997, 2011, 2013), the Scuola d'Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi in Milan (1998), the Conservatorio A. Scontrino of Trapani (2002), the IULM University of Milan (2007, 2011, 2013), the SUPSI University of Lugano (2007), the Polytechnic University of Milan (2008), the Conservatorio G. Verdi of Milan (2016), the Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan (2017), the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (2918), and others. He also conducts workshops based on the HN System in kindergarten, elementary, secondary and high schools, as well as seminars and training workshops for dancers and choreographers, for music teachers, phoniatricians, speech therapists, and for the general public.

His music has been broadcast by SDR Süddeutshce Rundfunk, Germany (Ensemble HN's portrait concert in Stuttgart's Marmorsaal, 1997) and RSI Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Switzerland ("Dario Buccino a Jukebox 900", radio portrait, 2009).

Academic papers by Heinz-Klaus Metzger, Paolo Emilio Carapezza, Stefano Lombardi Vallauri, Pietro Misuraca, Marco Crescimanno have focused on his music and have been presented at the University of Palermo (1997), the Teatro Massimo of Palermo (2014), and at the EuroMAC 8th European Music Analysis Conference in Leuven, Belgium (2014).

His work has been the subject of two documentary films: "HN System. A documentary" (2008) by Francesco Gatti, produced by Extreme in Australia, Quarto Film, the IULM University of Milan, and the SUPSI University of Lugano, and "Perfino la Felicità" (2012) by Chiara Andrich, produced by the CSC Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of Palermo.

His music has been the subject of graduate theses at the UniMi University of Milan, the IULM University of Milan, the Polytechnic University of Milan, and the University of Palermo.


He also works as a free improviser and has collaborated with Tristan Honsinger, Tim Hodgkinson, Jean-Marc Montera, among others.

He works as well as a singer-songwriter, applying the HN System to song form. In 2010 he won first prize in the competition Cantautori Si Nasce (the adjudicating panel were Luis Bacalov, Giorgio Calabrese, and Gianfranco Reverberi). In 2014 his album "La costrizione della nudità" was selected for the Premio Tenco in the category of Best First Album and in 2015 was nominated in the 26th Musicultura contest (ex Premio Recanati).

He works for theatre, cinema, and dance as a composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist, sound sculptor, coreographer, actor, musical and body awareness consultant. He has worked in Shakespearean productions with Teatro Stabile di Torino, Leart Production, and Elsinor Centro di Produzione Teatrale playing his music live in more than 200 performances in Italy, Switzerland, and China, in venues such as the Teatro dell'Elfo in Milan (2006), the Teatro Trianon in Naples (2006), the Teatro delle Saline in Cagliari (2006), the Teatro Rossini in Lugo, Italy (2011), the Teatro Regio in Parma (2012), the Teatro Fontana in Milan (2012), the LAC Center in Lugano (2016), the Teatro Carignano in Turin (2016), the Beijing Comedy Theatre (2016), the Shanghai Oriental Art Center (2016), to list only a few. He has worked with renowned artists such as, among others, Eugenio Allegri, Ruggero Dondi, Marco Gobetti, and with international award-winning artists such as Giovanni Maderna, Leo Muscato, and Ernesto Mahieux.

He works for jazz, rock, pop artists as a composer, arranger, conductor, guitarist, and HN Steel Sheet player. He has collaborated with influential musicians and producers such as Vinicio Capossela, Stefano “Edda” Rampoldi, Marco Parente, Taketo Gohara, Carlo Actis Dato, Enten Eller, Odwalla, Anatrofobia, Maurizio Brunod. In 2004 he toured as L'Aura Abela's guitarist with international and Italian top-selling pop artists such as The Ark, Morgan, and Renato Zero.

He works as a street performer in Europe and the United States (1998–present).



In his teens he was primarily self-taught in composition and guitar, receiving additional training in guitar technique, improvisation, jazz harmony and orchestration from Marco Ghiringhello, Claudio Lodati, and Palmino Pia.

He later studied composition at the Conservatorio G. Verdi of Milan (with Irlando Danieli, Adriano Guarnieri, Sandro Gorli), electronic music (with Alvise Vidolin) and music analysis with Gianmario Borio at the Civica Scuola di Musica of Milan.

He moreover attended lectures, masterclasses and private tuition in Europe with John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Helmut Lachenmann, Gerard Grisey, James Tenney, Brian Ferneyhough, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, György Kurtág, Christian Wolf, Sofia Gubaidulina, Emmanuel Nunes, Walter Zimmermann, Mario Garuti, Salvatore Sciarrino, Franco Donatoni, Niccolò Castiglioni and others.

Since the late 1970s his studies have also included drama, mime art, Nō theatre, tanztheater, contact improvisation, psychodrama, hypnosis, children's music education, vocal technique, Dhrupad singing, with teachers such as Kinny Gardner (Lindsay Kemp Company), Rena Mirecka and Ewa Benesz (Jerzy Grotowski's Teatr Laboratorium), Tapa Sudana (Peter Brook's Centre International de Recherche Théâtrale), Thomas Richards (Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards), Christian Hamouy (Les Percussions de Strasbourg), Daniela Panetta (Red Hot Chili Peppers' vocal couch), Loretta Martinez (Estill Voice Training System), Paulo Barone, Mario Cigada.