The group was created by Demetrio Stratos and later developed thanks to the talent of Patrizio Fariselli and other members, Giulio Capiozzo, Ares Tavolazzi and Paolo Tofani.
The story of this band is one of the most challenging and interesting in musical experimentation. Their story is quite interesting in many aspects, also because it reminds us that music can be a political instrument, a vehicle used to touch themes of social interest, to participate in public debates and to help create a collective consciousness.
Mario Tozzi, scientific popularizer, and musician Enzo Favata. A new production by Rome Jazz Festival based on a series of stories that are both scientific and musical and…
that come together to keep the staging fresh. In this case, Tozzi will propose several themes associated with ecology in view of new discoveries, for his part, Enzo Favata will present tracks for the most part improvised, mostly referring to a folk tradition that includes jazz elements and music traditions from many parts of the world.
Alexander Hawkins was known from the start for his peculiar way of playing the piano with references to classical music, hard bop, pop and a pinch of swing, making everything extremely pleasant.
The refined English piano player passes with ease from big crescendo to whispering notes, among long baseline loops to free incursions. He often insists on repetition without exaggerating and at times he plays on the pedals to create an organ effect. He is accompanied by Hamid Drake, drummer with an extensive experience, delicate and inexorably accurate, but very versatile as well. Always directed towards a constant and instinctive search for sound which he pursues by using everything, drum sticks, drums, plates, fabric on leather, his ever present trademark. A promising hypnotic, circular and intense concert in a constant and mutual pursuit of two parallel lines that are able to join in the end.
Salvador Sobral is a singer who has charmed audiences and the jury of the Eurovision Festival, winning over crowds and bringing his name to the forefront into the European musical scene.
His song “Amar Pelos Dois”, written by his sister Luísa is well-known and played worldwide. After a serious health issue that kept him away from concerts for several months, the singer returned on stage for the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, held in Lisbon, in a duo with his idol Caetano Veloso and in 2019 he released his second solo album Paris, Lisbon. Sobral has an extraordinary voice, tone and technique; he supports the phrases of the sinuous Portuguese language with the same sensibility of a jazz interpreter. He moves on stage using every gesture with the only purpose of accompanying the song with a completely anti-pop attitude, showing spontaneity and sincerity.
Roberto Fonseca, Cuban piano player, former member of the Buena Vista Social Club, presents his ninth album “Yesun”. In this project, he combines a multitude of styles from jazz to classical music,
rom rap to funk and reggaeton and electronic music, breaking all rules. It’s a concert by a trio with percussionist Raúl Herrera and bass player Yandy Martínez Rodriguez. “Yesun” is a play on words that symbolizes water. Water gathered from the well of the Afro-Cuban tradition and restored with a modern and farsighted touch. In the same way in which water, a life carrier, changes its form, the music of Fonseca flows from antique to modern, weaving together beats, spoken words, keywords and the resonant voice of Roberto, showing a Cuba without boundaries.
Luca Aquino trio, Special Guest Manù Katchè with Visuals by Mimmo Paladino and texts by Giorgio Terruzzi. Trumpeter Luca Aquino tells the great stories of boxing through music: from Carnera to Muhammad Ali…
Sugar Ray Robinson, Nicolino Loche, Carlos Monzon up to Tyson. All the possible jazz notes are needed to tell of the undertakings, the victories, but also the defeats of those great athletes who became boxing legends. The music of Luca Aquino, with visuals curated by the great Mimmo Paladino, pioneer of the Italian transavantgarde, and texts by Giorgio Terruzzi, one of the most brilliant writers of Italian sports journalism, are able to bring to light the man behind a great champion with his fragilities, his dreams and failures. Six stories of boxers for six fantastic life parables, in which winning or losing is not quite as important as the fact to be able to get on that ring.
The title of the album is inspired by the name of Sula, an island located along the west coast of Norway, where Molvær comes from, and by the word Madiana, synonym of Martinica where Cinelu’s father comes from.
The album pays tribute to Manu Dibango, Toney Allen and Jimmy Cobb. Cinelu earned international fame from the albums of Miles Daves as “We Want Miles” or “Amandla”. He worked with Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Sting, Santana, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. Nils Petter Molvær is one of the most important figures in European jazz. His journey in unexplored areas of music embraces nearly a dozen of records, in which he explored various combinations among acoustic and electronic sounds. Both, Cinelu and Molvaer, are masters in visualizing sound and in converting it from visible to audible. Their house of music is an entire planet, but while the raucous and cloudy sound of Molvær’s trumpet evokes the cold of the Northern Hemisphere, Cinelu is the rhythmic fire of Latin America and Africa. Their album “SulaMadiana” finally found a common ground.
Yilian Cañizares is on of the most interesting violists, singers and contemporary composers. Never betraying her origins, she cleverly mixes jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban rhythms with her unworldly voice.
Whether she is on stage or in the recording studio, there are very few talented artists like Yilian, born in Havana and settled in Switzerland with great respect for the past, a sensibility towards the future and always a smile on her face. Her new album “Erzulie” was released on 15 November with Planet Y label, founded by Yilian Cañizares herself and dedicated to Haitian female divinity of Love and Freedom. Always attentive to civil and women’s rights issues, “Erzulie” is also her tribute to all women who are living this definitely complex historical moment.
“Being a woman today in this society is a major challenge. I believe it is my duty as a woman, as artist and as a human being to be involved in the protection of women’s civil rights around the world: equal pay, equal education benefits, fight against violence of any kind, more presence of women in positions of power, but most of all respect to our independence and moral integrity”.