Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:00

FRANCESCO DIODATI “YELLOW SQUEEDS”

Francesco Diodati (guitar); Enrico Zanisi (piano); Enrico Morello (drum); Francesco Lento (trumpet); Glauco Benedetti (tube)

Link Promo Video https://youtu.be/9V0mCd64pJk

The research of an emotional focal point is the idea behind “Flow, Home”, Italian guitar player Francesco Diodati’s third album as a leader, released under Auand Records. It’s also a debut for his new Yellow Squeeds quintet, featuring Enrico Zanisi on piano, Enrico Morello on drums, Glauco Benedetti on tuba and Francesco Lento on trumpet. Diodati is also a member of Enrico Rava’s New Quartet and has an ongoing duo project with the Italian trumpet player. 
The band results from the of many approaches and styles, thus enriching Diodati’s originals with a timbric range and countless expressive possibilities. The 9 tracks of Flow, Home describe an ongoing human path which is undefined, yet not inconclusive, with its natural stop-and-goes. A need for stability and, at the same time, the wish to be back to an imaginary buen retiro, more of an inside place than a real one. 
All this is easily reflected into Diodati’s choices as a composer who can create airy, distinguished sonic architectures. And the decision to replace the usual double bass with a tuba perfectly matches the depth of these tunes. 

 

ENRICO ZANISI PIANO SOLO

Link Promo Video: https://youtu.be/KF76OY9MmvU

Since his debut, Enrico Zanisi has proved to have the makings of a rocketing star, to whom the label of enfant prodige of Italian jazz was soon to become a tight fit. That’s why this piano solo album by Enrico Zanisi, to be released on CAM JAZZ, seems well-timed for an ideal start to a new era in the career of this young pianist. Following three trio albums and several side projects, Piano Tales comes to crown a journey during which the Roman pianist has explored the boundaries of his music but leaving its distinguishing natural grace intact. This recording reveals a brand new Zanisi, more full-fledged but, above all, aware of his potential as songwriter and player. This work consists of eleven tracks, mostly less than four minutes long, a purported collection of musical feelings, more than an actual concept album. It also features more complex pieces with a highly designed improvisational approach. But the prevailing element in a mood accommodating fullness and emptiness, music and silence, is Zanisi’s airy piano-playing, both inexpressible and sharp. In young players like him one seldom finds such a clear awareness of one’s own means as well as an already distinct musical personality like his. Though, Zanisi has both of them, unmistakably.

 

GIOVANNI GUIDI “DRIVE”

Giovanni Guidi (piano); Joe Rehmer (bass); Federico Scettri (drum)

Link Promo Video: https://youtu.be/2Su0UnbP1gk

A new musical adventure for Giovanni Guidi, who sets aside the acoustic instrument to distill sounds from fender rhodes. To accompany the thirty-year-old pianist from Italy are the chicagoan double bass player (but living in Italy) Joe Rehmer and the Roman drummer Federico Scettri.

If Giovanni Guidi is no longer a promise, but a splendid reality on the international jazz scene, even his two partners are not far behind: Joe Rehmer has made himself prominently noted alongside musicians such as Gianluca Petrella, Fabrizio Sferra and Dan Kinzelman, while Federico Scettri has collaborations with Paolo Fresu, William Parker and Francesco Bearzatti, among others.

We are facing an exceptionally convincing and motivated group. The music leaves a lot of space for improvisation and three interact telepathically proposing a compelling, personal, adventurous and iconoclastic musical aesthetic.

 

CLOCK’S POINTER DANCE

Filippo Sala (drum); Paolo Malacarne (trumpet); Andrea Baronchelli (trombone); Andrea Catagnoli (sax); Michele Bonifati (guitar)

Video promo: https://youtu.be/NzVUheJv2pM

Clock’s Pointer Dance is a an Italian quintet based in region Lombardy. The group was formed in occasion of the first JazzForum in Annecy (October 2015) as a representative of ClusoneJazz Festival, one of the most important Jazz Festivals in Italy. Since then we have worked and played a lot and recorded our first record that has been published by the Italian label UR Records in May 2017.

The group is a baseless quintet with a typical Jazz frontline (Paolo Malacarne, trumpet; Andrea Catagnoli, alto sax; Andrea Baronchelli, trombone) and an unusual rhythmic section (Michele Bonifati, guitar; Filippo Sala, drums) distinguished by more rock resonance. Clock’s Pointer Dance is effectively a true collective, all the members are composers and we all worked together to arrange and fit the writing to the sound that we where looking for and to make the best possible out of each one of us.

Our music is the result and synthesis of all our musical past experiences and influences. The repertoires moves from more traditional Jazz writing (formally and sonically) to more rock and open improvising forms.

 

ALESSANDRO LANZONI PIANO SOLO

Video promo: https://youtu.be/zAXMuysI7OU

The award for “Top Jazz 2013” as best new talent of the year, decided by the most qualified Italian journalists on behalf of the Musica Jazz magazine, recognizes Alessandro Lanzoni as one of the great personalities of Italian jazz . With his impressive curriculum, having experiences of absolute prestige, Alessandro has for a number of years now come to the attention of the world of music.

Through his two latest, most successful records, “Dark Flavour” and “Seldom”, released on CAM JAZZ in 2013 and 2014, respectively, Alessandro Lanzoni has conclusively developed his own features as an artist who puts his talent to good use in an unceasing musical exploration, to meet his inborn communication needs that are funnelled into narrative paths, both fanciful and logical, where form and imagination are strongly balanced.  A performer so willing to explore could not but find piano solo as a favourable environment, in which he is able to release his creative energy most genuinely and subjectively: this is how Lanzoni’s latest album ''Diversions'', again to be released on CAM JAZZ, was born. 

Lanzoni, who “like a sponge has absorbed the sentiments of the great”, presents in his solo piano concerts his “creative piano technique, in itself a continual and frenetic quest” (Gianni Gori). His wide-ranging programme, alternating spaces of improvised liberty with original tracks and jazz pieces, is played with lyricism and the intensity that characterizes his musical universe.

 

SIMONA SEVERINI SOLO

Simona Severini (guitar and voice)

Video promo: https://youtu.be/DYVXDRdQUPg

This solo performance start from a musical idea which puts together works of ancient music and the ‘900s songwriters following the thread of authorial music. Started in Italy in 1600 with Claudio Monteverdi it went on until 1900  with Joni Mitchell  Nick Drake and many others.

The music combines acoustic and electronic sounds creating a soft and intense mixture in an atmosphere ranging from folk to renaissance and electropop.

Simona Severini is a versatile singer and songwriter with a diverse education and training. Her career as a performer (an interpreter) has been carried out in the field of contemporary jazz through the collaboration with some important Italian musicians such as Giorgio Gaslini, Enrico Pieranunzi, Gabriele Mirabassi, Enrico Intra, Tiziana Ghiglioni and Antonio Zambrini. She has performed in the main festivals and music halls in Italy and France (Umbria Jazz, Jazz Expo, Parco della Musica, Blue Note, Auditorium Di Milano, Teatro Dal Verme, Piccolo teatro in  Milano, Festival Jazz Vocal in Paris, Sunset in Paris).

 

ZOE PIA SHARDANA

Zoe Pia (clarinet, launeddas, soundscape recording); Roberto De Nittis (piano, keyboard, toy piano, Kalimba du Costarica); Glauco Benedetti (tuba); Sebastian Mannutza (drums, violin)

Video promo: https://youtu.be/3txtjeEtkDU 

Shardana is the first album by composer and musician Zoe Pia. Shardana’s music embodies the traditions, legends and mysteries of Sardinia. Shardana - The “people of the islands that are in the midst”, described by Ramses II (stele of Tanis) in the second millennium BC as the rebels that no one ever knew how to fight, supposedly lived in Sardinia and left more traces of themselves there, an island rich in archeology and mystery. The technique of the soundscape composition combined with the contemporary language made it possible to make the music talk about the legends and the hidden energy in the Tomb of the Giants of Sa Dom 'e S'Orcu, about mysterious characters such as S'Accabadora, about the strong processional traditions in Mogoro, about the history of the land and of the Mediterranean people, paying tribute to the great singer Andrea Parodi and the mystical Domus de Janas with the echoing of the traditional Sardinian dance. The “launeddas”, a very valuable and unexplored ancient instrument, stands out, among other instruments, in a very personal way, due to an accurate research on its tonal possibilities. This recording work is the result of the experience of research developed at the “Francesco Venezze” of Rovigo, in the project “Composing with the Polesine sounds”. The applied methods were aimed at the exploitation of the contemporary music, the contamination of different musical languages and the enhancing of values of universal identification.

 

CARMINE IOANNA QUARTET

Carmine Ioanna (Accordion, fx); Alex Gorbi (bass); Frank Savoretti (percussioni); Daniele Castellano (chitarra)

Video promo: https://youtu.be/nFoEAuvc7Zk 

Four years after his first album Solo the Italian accordionist and composer Carmine Ioanna is releasing his second album Soli in Viaggio for the French label Bonsai Music. The title can be read both as referring to people in the path of their existence (the song L'una in Venere is dedicated to Ioanna's partner) and to solar entities (astrology is one of Ioanna's greatest passions, therefore  many of the original songs have a space reference in the title, among them Laika, about the dog sent into space and bound to die). The record is played in quartet with Francesco Savoretti on percussions, Daniele Castellano on guitar and Alex Gorbi on bass. Luca Aquino on trumpet, Rosa D'Agnese on vocals and actress Claudia D'Amico participate as guests.

Musically, it is the first time that electronics are applied to the accordion for an unprecedented sound experimentation in which a look to the future is balanced by a celebration of Ioanna's roots with a reinterpretation of the folk song Sulillo Mio. It belongs to the musical tradition of Montemarano, a small village in  Irpinia, Italy, and was sung by local women working in the fields, who invoked this way the end of the tiring day. It is punctuated by the rhythm of the sun, all filtered.

 

SATOYAMA

Luca Benedetto (trumpet); Christian Russano (guitar); Marco Bellafiore (doublebass); Gabriele Luttino (drum)

Video promo: https://youtu.be/ulNDe3Mmy2w

Satoyama, founded in 2013 thanks to Luca Benedetto (tumpet), Christian Russano (guitar), Marco Bellafiore (doublebass) e Gabriele Luttino (drums). They create a border music deeply influenced by the north european jazz, the contemporary classical music and the world music they combine all the contaminations as one.

In 2013 they won a contest for record the soundtrack for a web Series produced by the Lisbona University. In 2014 won the “under 30” contest organized by Barolo Jazz Club. In 2015 they realeased their album “Spicy green cube” well received by the critics. In 2015 they join the legendary Anthony Braxton in his project “Sonic Genome”. In 2016 they set off on a tour in northern Europe where will touch many cities in Sweden and Denmark. Will collaborate with the Swedish saxophonist Jonny Wartel and recorded an album coming out in 2017. In December 2016 they win a contest for the best italian young original jazz band of north Italy. The jury was composed by Gianluca Petrella, Maurizio Brunod, Furio di Castri and other journalist and organizer. In 2017 they start the collaboration with Lavia Lin, a chinese painter based in Berlin.

Together they make a live painting show. From 2013 the play in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Slovakia.

 

HONEST KRIMINALS

Davide Angelica (guitar, FX); Filippo Cassanelli (double bass); Simone Sferruzza (drums)

HONEST KRIMINALS is a Jazz Trio based in Bologna. The repertoire includes original compositions and standard. The research made by those three musicians consist in mixing traditional languages with modern jazz conceptions, including electronics.

 

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