SummaryMario Rusca starts the first experiences years ago with a lot of performances in trio. From 1971 to 1974 Mario had a long collaboration with the famous violinist Joe Venuti. "Reaction", finally reissued by Sonorama Records on CD/ LP/ DIGITAL, is his first album produced by Dynia World Records in '74, performed with Franco Cerri's son Stefano Cerri (b) and Gianni Cazzola (dr) - a long forgotten but definitely outstanding and unique modern jazz LP.
Please ignore the expensive but cheaply produced bootleg LP (illegal pressing) on the so called piracy imprint "Heritage Records"!
In 1976 Mario plays in tour with Gerry Mulligan and is choosen for representing Italy in Piano Solo at the International Festival of Warsavia. Mario Rusca performs his sounds with a lot of great musicians like: Chet Baker, Al Gray, Tony Scott, Art Farmer, Lou Donaldson, Curtis Fuller, Bob Berg, Kay Winding, Jimmy Owens, Toot's Thielemans, Kenny Clarke, Stan Getz, Steve Lacy, Steve Grosmann, Eddie L. Joe Davis, Dusko Goykovic, Pepper Adams, Lee Konitz, "Mario Rusca & Lee Konitz" (CD), " Where's blues", Franco Ambrosetti, Gianni Basso, Francis Coletta, George Robert, Enrico Rava, Woody Shaw.
The Mario Rusca Quintet won "The Cup of the Jazz Award" in 1984, organized by Adriano Mazzoletti on air in National Channel RAI Radio Stereo 1. The Mario Rusca Quintet had a lot of performances in Europe and had a great ovation at the International Jazz Festival of Montreal. Acutally Mario is an appreciate teacher of Piano in SMUM school of Jazz Music in Lugano and at the Civic School of Jazz in Milan. Most recently available is "Speak Low", his last studio work in trio with Riccardo Fioravanti (Cb) and Stefano Bagnoli (Dr). Actually this trio is performing live.
Mr. Rusca has composed the music and served as a music director for the films: "La droga è vita?!" (1988-1990) by Umberto Baretto "Electoral Debate" (1995) by Marco Rusca "IO-Giuseppe Renzini" (1989-2003) by Marco Rusca "Algonchini" (1999). Rusca has composed the music and served as a music director for the theatrical production of "Noemi", (1991) directed by Marco Rusca, written by Juan Carlos Malpelli (Art Director) The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (Los Angeles). The theatrical production of "NATALE" (2005) by Marco Rusca.