Jazz Movie 2013

Bergamo Film Meeting will inaugurate Bergamo Jazz on March 17, 2013

in collaboration with Bergamo Film Meeting

Auditorium of Piazza della Liberta’ at 5.p.m.

Performance by Dan Kinzelman Pylon

Performers:

Dan Kinzelman, Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Percussion

Mirco Rubegni, Trumpet, Horn, Percussion

Joe Rehmer, Contrabass, Drums, Percussion

About the Artists

Pylon is a project conceived by the saxophonist of U.S. origin Dan Kinzelman back in 2010 as a musical accompaniment for a performance on the jazz age, based on the texts by F. Scot Fitzgerald and the cultural and historical aspects in this era. The collective improvisation, swing and traditional harmonies are implemented by the trio to convey a musical activity that leads to a joyful and ironic process, as irreverent as it is entertaining. The show includes images put to music by the Polish director Ladislas Starevich, one of the pioneers of animation cinema in stop motion.

Sweet Smell of Success by Alexander Mackendrick

USA, 1957, 95 '

Written by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman and based on a story by the latter, is the first Hollywood film by the Scottish director Mackendrick: an intense, perverse, powerful Wellesian drama pronouncing rather uncommon levels of controversy, just slightly attenuated by the moralistic epilogue. A splendid black and white film by James Wong Howe who presents a view of New York by night which is rather different from usual; brilliant aphoristic dialogue and two performances that leave their mark (Burt Lancaster and Susan Harrison). Soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein, with the participation of Chico Hamilton, Frank Rosolino, Carson Smith, Curtis Counce, Paul Horn, Buddy Clark, Conte Candoli, Jim Hall.

Jazz Movie, March 20, 2013

in collaboration with LAB 80 Screening of films dedicated to the relationship between cinema and jazz

Auditorium of Piazza della Liberta – 9 p.m.

Let's Get Lost by Bruce Weber

USA, 1988, 119 '

This is the story of Chet Baker told by Bruce Weber, the famous fashion photographer who chose to self-finance his own film, a true act of love dedicated to a great musician and a man who had lived a harrowed life, dramatically marked by his drug addiction.

Let's Get Lost is a passionate and moving portrait but also spot on and anything but reticent: the exclusion of the Chet Baker’s death, in 1988 and not included in the film, is a choice made by the author as a form of respect towards the artist.

There is also a short sequence taken from Urlatori alla sbarra (1960), a film by Lucio Fulci in 1960, which also sees the appearance of Mina and Celentano [two famous Italian singers].

Jazz Movie, March 21, 2013

in collaboration with LAB 80 Screening of films dedicated to the relationship between cinema and jazz

Auditorium of Piazza della Liberta – 9 p.m.

I am Tony Scott, or rather how Italy annihilated the most brilliant jazz clarinetist Franco Maresco

Italy, 201, 128 '

I am Tony Scott is a documentary dedicated to a true legend of jazz. Anthony Joseph Sciacca, born in New Jersey in 1921 and deceased in Rome in 2007, was one of the most important clarinetists of all stylistic jazz eras.

He played with Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday and Bill Evans. His wandering spirit led him to travel the world, even to the Far East, where he felt he could find the answers that his music was no longer able to give. Tony Scott was therefore a thoroughbred jazz musician but also a pioneer of the contamination that then became famous with the definition of world music.

The film by Franco Maresco portrays the human and artistic aspects with affection.

March 22, 2013

GAMeC | at 5.00 p.m

MARC RIBOT SOLO

Performers:

Marc Ribot, Guitar

About the Artists

Born in Newark (New Jersey), Marc Ribot is one of the most daring figures of today's international guitar scene, and one of the front runners on the downtown New York scene. By virtue of his flexibility, he has collected numerous collaborations in the jazz, rock and many other fields: Tom Waits, Chuck Berry, Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Caetano Veloso, Laurie Anderson, Norah Jones, Joe Henry, McCoy Tyner, Jazz Passengers, The Black Keys, our Vinicio Capossela are just some of the many who have exploited his most original instrumental contribution. Ribot played with the Lounge Lizards from 1984 to 1989 and also had a prolific association with John Zorn, participating in numerous projects launched by the latter. Just some of the groups founded in the eighties onwards, include the Rootless Cosmopolitans, the Cubanos Postizos, the Spiritual Unity quartet (dedicated to Albert Ayler) and the Ceramic Dog trio. The most recent album by Marc Ribot is called Silent Movies, which he produced alone, inspired by the love of the American guitarist for the cinema. At the GAMeC, during the three days of "Bergamo Jazz 2013", a video of the works of the artist Mariella Guzzoni will be on show, based on the performance last year by the British artist Oren Marshall.

Donizetti Theatre | 9.00 p.m.

DINO & FRANCO PIANA SEPTET

Performers:

Dino Piana, Trombone

Franco Piana, Flugelhorn

Fabrizio Bosso, Trumpet

Max Ionata, tenor and soprano sax

Luke Mannutza, Piano

Joseph Bass, Contrabass

Roberto Gatto, Drums

About the Artists

A true all-star Italian who quickly runs through the master path of jazz with her own personality. She is guided by one of the leading figures of Italian jazz since the late fifties (when as part of the Turin Quintet he won the radio contest "The Jazz Cup”) and his son, a most skilful trumpeter, composer and arranger. Fabrizio Bosso and Max Ionata, two of the best soloists of the latest generation, complete the well-assorted front line, backed by a rhythm section of the highest order, with Roberto Gatto, another musician of great experience, acting as director. Dino (who is also remembered for his militancy in the historic quintet with Gianni Basso and Oscar Valdambrini, further to the collaborations with jazz musicians from across the Atlantic including Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and Charlie Mingus), and Franco Piana met in a recording studio (joined by Enrico Pieranunzi and Enrico Rava) during the realization of Seven, an album that features a series of compositions of the latter which captures the complete spirit of swinging jazz, but with special moments granted to episodes of touching poetry. The highlight of the CD is the four-part suite called "Open Dialogues", but also the remaining tracks are well structured and based on the strength of the group and excellent solos. Top quality jazz with a melodic vein exquisitely Made in Italy.

GREGORY PORTER

Performers:

Gregory Porter, Vocals

Yosuke Satoh, Alto saxophone 

Chip Crawford, Piano

Aaron James, Contrabass

Emanuel Harrold, Drums

About the Artists

He is the new star of vocal jazz, not just male singing, despite only having two albums currently under his belt, Water in 2010 and Be Good in 2012, which earned him an important Grammy Nomination. His deep, rich voice reveals clear soul inflections plus some seductive blues tones: his a cappella version of the classic track "Feeling Good" is a convincing example of an expressive power that is deep-rooted in the most authentic African-American cultural background. In fact, he was the one who declared to Musica Jazz, who dedicated the cover of its December 2012 edition to him, that he admired and had absorbed the influences of Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway, as well as Nat King Cole, to whom he made a heartfelt tribute with the successful musical staged at Broadway called Nat King Cole & Me. Gregory Porter was born in Los Angeles in 1971 and, in fact, is not only establishing himself as a versatile singer: he has also acted in two other theatre productions, Ain’t Nothin 'But The Blues and The Civil War (s), presented once again in the temple of the New York show scene. One of his major collaborations is with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis, of which he is a frequent guest player. He is also at home in Italy now: the guitarist and DJ Nicola Conte invited him as his special guest when making his album Love & Revolution. And for many he will be the revelation of "Bergamo Jazz 2013".

March 23, 2013

Auditorium of Piazza della Libertà | 5.00 p.m.

PETER EVANS TRIO

Performers:

Peter Evans, Trumpet

John Hebert, Contrabass

Kassa Overall, Drums

 

About the Artists

Thanks to his expressive versatility, Peter Evans is one of the trumpet players of the moment. He alternates his leadership of his own groups with important and more adventurous collaborations in the jazz world: from the Mostly Other People Do The Killing quartet, author of a stimulating reinterpretation of traditional African-American sounds, to the Electro-Acoustic Ensemble of the British saxophonist Evan Parker, master of European radical improvisation, from John Zorn to Peter Brötzmann, Barry Guy, Mary Halvorson, Mats Gustafsson and many others. Peter Evans is also active in the field of contemporary music: he belongs to the International Contemporary Ensemble, with which he dedicates himself to twentieth century authors, including Edgar Varese and Iannis Xenakis.

Among the most popular contrabass players in recent years, John Hebert has played with, among others, Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, David Liebman, Uri Caine, Greg Osby, Fred Hersch and Maria Schneider.

Kassa Overall was a student of Billy Hart and played alongside Donald Byrd, Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Gary Bartz, Julian Priester and many others.

Donizetti Theatre | 9.00 p.m.

GIOVANNI GUIDI QUINTET

Performers:

Dan Kinzelman, Tenor Sax, Clarinet

Shane Endsley, Trumpet

Giovanni Guidi, Piano

Thomas Morgan, Contrabass

Gerald Cleaver, Drums

About the Artists

He has already performed on the Donizetti stage as a member of the renowned Enrico Rava Quintet, but he now returns in the role of leader of a stars and stripes formation. Born in Foligno in 1985, Giovanni Guidi is no longer just a promising musician, but one of finest jazz players Italy has produced in recent decades, to the point of attracting the attention of the likes of Manfred Eicher, who produced his new album to be shortly released by ECM. The Umbrian pianist has shared various experiences with Dan Kinzelman, an American originally from Wisconsin who has been living in this country for some time, including the PM Jazz Lab directed by Rava himself. The trumpeter Shane Endsley, on the other hand, comes from an experience with Kneebody, an interesting group from California and has a number of collaborations with Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane and singer-songwriter Ani Di Franco. Thomas Morgan and Gerald Cleaver are both on the album We Don’t Live Here Anymore (the last of the four recorded by Giovanni Guidi for CAM Jazz), and form one of the most interesting and versatile rhythm section in circulation; both are particularly active on the stylistically more advanced jazz circuits. Circuits which Guidi refers to with a pronounced lyricism type of music and a now clearly recognizable pianistic style.

HERMETO PASCOAL GROUP

Performers:

Hermeto Pascoal, Keyboards, Accordion, Bass Flute, various instruments

Aline Morena, Vocals, Guitar, Percussion,

Vinicius Dorin, Saxophones, Flute, Percussion

André Marques, Piano

Itibere Zwarg, Electric Bass, Percussion

Marcio Bahia, Drums

Fabio Pascoal, Percussion

About the Artists

His flowing albino hair style is as famous as his music. And if the first is unique, the same can be said for the latter. Music which is a joyous blend of many music genres, including jazz. A brand of originality that distinguishes its author on the already variegated Brazilian music scene. Hermeto Pascoal was born on July 22, 1936 in Olho d'Agua, in Minas Gerais, and grew up in Lagoa da Canoa; this is where he became fascinated by the sounds of nature and began to play a kind of flute imitating birdsongs. His first real instrument was the accordion, to which he has gradually added keyboards, saxophones, trumpets, flutes, etc.

A most decisive move in Hermeto Pascoal’s artistic composite was the constitution (in 1966) of the Quarteto Novo with, among others, the percussionist Airto Moreira who, a few years later, invited him to move to New York introducing him to the court of Miles Davis. The famous trumpeter went on to record two tracks written by the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist ("Neum Um Talvez" and "Little Church"), included on the album Live Evil. From that moment onwards, Hermeto Pascoal’s reputation continued to soar and he travelled all around the world, thanks to a natural infectious musicality delivered with a kaleidoscope of sounds, colors and rhythms. Those who know him know what to expect. Those who have not had the pleasure, can expect to experience a truly unique and overwhelming performance.

March 24, 2013

Auditorium of Piazza della Libertà | 11:00 am

URBAN FABULA

Performers:

Seby Burgio, Piano

Alberto Fidone, Contrabass

Peppe Tringali, Drums

About the Artists

In collaboration with Jazz Club Bergamo

The association between "Bergamo Jazz" and Jazz Club Bergamo is renewed with a double concert where the protagonists are the winners of the Fifth National Competition "New Jazz Talents - Groups - City of Treviglio", organized by the same association, and one of the most profound jazz musicians in the Bergamo area.

Urban Fabula is the result of a meeting between three young musicians from Sicily who wanted to create an even-matched musical group. All of the group’s compositions are original and written mostly by "six hands". The exuberant piano playing by Seby Burgio is based on a fluid and never predictable rhythm.

On this occasion, Tino Tracanna proposes tracks from Acrobats, one of his most successful works and one of the best albums released by an Italian jazz musician in 2012. The saxophonist recorded it together with a great group of musicians with extensive experience such as the trombonist Mauro Ottolini, "best Italian jazz musician of the year" in the "Top Jazz 2012" by Musica Jazz, the guitarist Roberto Cecchetto, the contrabass player Paolino Dalla Porta and the drummer Antonio Fusco. Five "acrobats" who twirl and weave fragments of Africa, electronic spasms, ethereal melodies and full-blooded grooves.

Tino Tracanna "ACROBATS"

Performers:

Tina Quaff, Tenor and soprano sax

Mauro Ottolini, Trombone

Roberto Cecchetto, Guitar

Paolino Dalla Porta, Contrabass

Antonio Fusco, Drums

About the Artists

In collaboration with Jazz Club Bergamo

The association between "Bergamo Jazz" and Jazz Club Bergamo is renewed with a double concert where the protagonists are the winners of the Fifth National Competition "New Jazz Talents - Groups - City of Treviglio", organized by the same association, and one of the most profound jazz musicians in the Bergamo area.

Urban Fabula is the result of a meeting between three young musicians from Sicily who wanted to create an even-matched musical group. All of the group’s compositions are original and written mostly by "six hands". The exuberant piano playing by Seby Burgio is based on a fluid and never predictable rhythm.

On this occasion, Tino Tracanna proposes tracks from Acrobats, one of his most successful works and one of the best albums released by an Italian jazz musician in 2012. The saxophonist recorded it together with a great group of musicians with extensive experience such as the trombonist Mauro Ottolini, "best Italian jazz musician of the year" in the "Top Jazz 2012" by Musica Jazz, the guitarist Roberto Cecchetto, the contrabass player Paolino Dalla Porta and the drummer Antonio Fusco. Five "acrobats" who twirl and weave fragments of Africa, electronic spasms, ethereal melodies and full-blooded grooves.

Auditorium of Piazza della Libertà | 5.00 p.m.

MARY HALVORSON QUINTET

Performers:

Mary Halvorson, Guitar,

Jon Irabagon, Alto Saxophone

Jonathan Finlayson, Trumpet

John Hebert, Contrabass,

Ches Smith, Drums

About the Artists

"Best New International Talent" in the "Top Jazz 2012" of the monthly magazine Musica Jazz, Mary Halvorson was born in Boston and has been playing on the New York scene since 2002, after studying at Wesleyan University. An assiduous collaborator of Anthony Braxton, she has also performed with Tim Berne, Myra Melford, Taylor Ho Bynum, Ingrid Laubrock, Marc Ribot and others. Her music highlights particular attention to the forms, mutated by her association with Braxton, and a fertile imagination and improvisation ability; all backed by guitar style marked by a limpid sound and clarity of phrasing. The members of her quintet are well tuned to the same wavelength: the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, one of the members of the Mostly Other People Do The Killing quartet, the trumpet player Jonathan Finlayson, who already played at "Bergamo Jazz" some years ago with Steve Coleman, the bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith, who are also members of the Mary Halvorson Trio. The quintet recently completed the album entitled Saturn Sings, a fine example of contemporary jazz, and a perfect balance between a recovery of tradition and a propensity for innovation.

Donizetti Theatre | 9.00 p.m.

URI CAINE - HAN BENNINK DUO

Performers:

Uri Caine, Piano,

Han Bennink, Drums

About the Artists

Uri Caine and Han Bennink, or the "odd couple" at "Bergamo Jazz 2013". At least at first glance. Anyone who is familiar with the many individual achievements will know that the pianist from Philadelphia and the Dutch drummer are artists who love to surprise themselves even before others. Both have established over time a strong relationship with Bergamo and its territory: Caine was Artistic Director of "Bergamo Jazz" from 2006 to 2008, launching the new pathway of the festival and bringing it back to the hub of the international music scene, while Bennink has always been a regular guest at the Clusone Festival and also formed a trio bearing the same name which has been one of the most lively and intelligent expressions of European jazz for many years. First and foremost, both are exceptional born improvisers: the former is a pianist with a wealth of linguistic experience which combines both the history of piano jazz and the classical literature of the Old Continent; the latter has a disillusioned and ironic approach to cymbals and drums but also possesses a formidable mastery of that magic formula called swing. Uri Caine and Han Bennink can hence be reputed as real jazz men, capable of conversing on equal terms, allowing their ideas to flow in full but controlled freedom. And they are musicians who have yet another natural gift: knowing how to listen in order to achieve the most creative level of interaction between them.

JOHN SCOFIELD'S ORGANIC TRIO

Performers:

John Scofield, Guitar

Larry Goldings, Hammond Organ, Piano

Greg Hutchinson, Drums

About the Artists

John Scofield (Guitar), Larry Goldings (Hammond Organ, Piano), Greg Hutchinson (drums)

He is one of the darlings of the "Bergamo Jazz" audience who have had the honor of listening to him on several occasions and always in different contexts (the last time he appeared, in 2008, he presented his successful tribute to the great Ray Charles). This time the brilliant guitarist from Dayton appears with his latest creation, a trio comprising one of the leading specialists of the glorious Hammond organ, and pianist of renowned prestige, and one of the most versatile drummers on the current jazz scene. Larry Goldings boasts a long association with Scofield, whose bluesy style blends so perfectly with the precious accents of the luxuriant sounds of the most famous organ. Greg Hutchinson is, on the other hand, a novelty: Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove and Maria Schneider are just some of the artists who have availed themselves of his dynamic rhythmic services. As for the music, what we can expect from the Organic Trio is a balanced mix of original tracks and standard tracks brimming with history, with an updated version of a tried and tested instrumental formula that is still able to bestow regenerating and toning good vibrations. All this without missing out a number of incursions into the most engaging territories of funk, always with the unmistakable trademark of John Scofield.

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