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Maurizio was born the 1st May 1959 in Ghedi, Brescia province, Lombardy, Italy. He has no siblings.

As a kid, he travels different artistic ways, including drawing and stage arts. For the latter he shows natural skills that will influence his whole life.

After various collages with rough 70’s tape recorders, in 1976 he buys his first $50 guitar. It’s love at first sight. The same year, he wins the first prize at the Comics Swiss Omega National Contest.

In 1978 , he enjoys great success for his part in the play "In Deep See", by Slawomir Mrozek.

In 1980 - 1981 , he travels through West Africa on a 304 Peugeot.

In 1981, he spends a few months in Stoke-on-Trent, England, then he’s hired as the official musician of The Childrens Theatre of Lausanne (TPEL), with whom he’ll travel for a memorable tour in the Ivory Coast, (35 shows in 40 days).

In 1982, in the attempt to reach Japan by land, he stops in Cairo, Egypt, where he founds a theater company, le Théâtre Brûle, with whom he’ll create a stage show inspired by Tristan Tzara’s “L’Homme Approximatif”: “En Nous rit l’Abîme”. In the meantime, he plays guitar with Georges Kazazian’s jazz-rock band “Exit”, meets Sun Ra and Pat Patrick and plays in Cairo’s bars with the musicians of Yussef Chahine’s movies.

In 1984, back in Switzerland, he enters the Montreux Jazz School, with teachers Claude Buri, Leonzio Cherubini and Thierry Lang. There he meets the pianist Alberto Vazquez with whom he starts a long musical partnership.

In 1987, he enters professionnal classes of music writing at the Conservatoire de Lausanne, where he studies with, among others, Jean Balissat, The studies culminate with a Superiors Diplomas in Analysis, Counterpoint and Music Theory.

In 1989, he gets back on stage in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet directed by swiss director Denis Maillefer.

In the meantime, in 1991, he writes “Tappeto di Luce”, for 23 acoustic and electronic instruments and one soprano voice. This piece of “spectral” music helps him to meet many musicians and build the basis for the up and coming art music composer.

In 1994, he travels to Banaras (India) to study tabla with the great master Ishwarlal Mishra. He’ll go back for many years to improve his playing.

In 1996, on the request of fellow student and virtuoso saxophonist Laurent Estoppey, he writes “Towards”, for saxophone and piano. It very soon turns out to be a successful piece which will be recorded on a compilation of “New Music for Saxophone and Piano” (1998, Doron Music). This piece will give birth to a play written and directed by swiss italian director Luca Spadaro, called "Titania o i segreti dell'amore".

At the same time he starts a songwriting career, leading to three albums (1998: Etrange Etranger, 2000: Paul Gauguin, 2007: Dans le Compartiment des Jours – RecRec)

In 1999, he writes “Petite Valse”, for piano and sax.

In 2001, “En Suspension”, for guitar.

In 2002 he starts studying sitar in Banaras with Anand Mishra.

In 2003, “Sur Le Fil”, for solo sax.

In 2004, « La Roue de Fortune », (Wheel of Fortune) for septet.

In 2005, « Agar », for sax and percussion, and « Sept Miroirs », for piano.

In 2007, he records a compilation of the above works with the “Compagnie CH.AU” (Antonio Albanese, guitar, Peter Baumann, percussion, Valérie Bernard, violin, Laurent Estoppey, sax, Virginie Falquet, piano, Aurélien Ferrette, cello and Nelly Flückiger, bassoon).

In 2011, “Marelle”, for two saxophones, “Premier Miroir”, for sax and piano, “Ricochet” for sax and piano (version 1) and for two saxophones (version 2).   

In 2012, "Sous l'eau sourde", for two saxophones. From 2011, the pieces for two sax have been performed in the USA by Laurent Estoppey and Steve Stusek.

Nov. 2012 - Jan. 2013, "In the Tree of Hope" for saxophone and orchestra, premiered on april 21, 2013, in Cherokee, IA, by Laurent Estoppey and the Cherokee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lee Thorson.

In 2013, "Outlau", for sax alto, premiered on april 11, 2014, in Wilmongton, NC, by Laurent Estoppey.

November 2014, Lalita Mantra release, poem in 43 "chants", written in french, issued by Editions Samizdat.

February 2015, release of the "Stacks" DVD, published by Vincent Capes and containing, among others, a video created by Samantha DiRosa on Ricochet.

2016, transcription of "in the Tree of Hope" for sax ensemble, premiered by Laurent Estoppey and the UNCG Saxophone Ensemble.

2017, transcription of « La Roue de Fortune" (Wheel of Fortune) for sax ensemble, premiered by Steve Stusek and the UNCG Saxophone Ensemble.

2017, after a few years of intense graphic research, he exhibits 24 paintings at the Château d'Ollon, Switzerland.



CDs and publications
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1998 :
"Nouvelle Musique pour Saxophone et Piano" (including Towards) - Doron Music
1998 : "Etrange Etranger" - 10 songs (Maurice Guerandi) - RecRec
2000 : "Paul Gauguin" - 16 songs (Maurice Guerandi) - RecRec
2007 : "Dans le Compartiment des Jours" - 10 songs (Maurice Guerandi) - RecRec
2007 : "La Compagnie CH.AU joue Maurizio Guerandi" - collection of 7 works
2014 : "Lalita Mantra"- 43 poems (litterature) - Editions Samizdat
2015 : "Stacks" (DVD) (including Ricochet) - Thödol


works
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1992 :
"Tappeto di Luce" for 23 acoustic and electronic instruments and soprano voice
1996 :"Towards" for piano and sax
1999 :"Petite Valse" for piano and sax
2001 :"En Suspension " for guitar
2003 :"Sur le Fil " for sax
2004 :"La Roue de Fortune" for septet
2005 :"Agar" for sax and percussion. "Sept Miroirs" for piano
2011 :"Marelle" for 2 sax. "Premier Miroir" for piano and sax . "Ricochet" for piano and sax . "Ricochet" for 2 sax
2012 :"Sous l'eau sourde" for 2 sax. "In the Tree of Hope" for symphonic orchestra and sax.
2013 :"Outlau" for sax
2016 :"In the Tree of Hope" for sax ensemble
2017 :"La Roue de Fortune" for sax ensemble