The Lydian Sound Orchestra was formed in 1989 by Riccardo Brazzale (born in Thiene, VI - 1960) renowned in the field of jazz as a musician (arranger, composer, conductor, pianist), promoter (Festival “New Conversations - Vicenza Jazz”), scholar, essayist and teacher (Veneto Music Institute “Città di Thiene” and Music Conservatorium in Vicenza).
The L.S.O. is an atypical medium band with six wind and rhythm section. The group’s prime focus is the re-working of Monk and Ellington’s tradition according to contemporary approaches, and on a compositional technique the main goal of which is to keep the work-in-progress spirit alive.
The L.S.O. has played in many jazz and classical contemporary music festivals, in theatre events and cultural meetings, in Italy and in Europe. It has also made several recordings for Rai Radio Tre and has recorded many CDs. Most notably are their debut album “Melodious Thunk” (1993), the unpublished Ellington’s suite “Timon of Athens” (1995), the “Bukowski Blues” (1999), the fundamental tribute “Monk at Town Hall & More” (2002), and finally the CDs recorded for AlmaRecords: “Back to Da Capo” (2006), “Live in Appleby” (2008, recorded in England, during their tour in 2007) and “The Lydian Trip” (2009).
The L.S.O. repertoire has often been broadcast by Italian, European and American radio stations and has also been widely acclaimed by Italian and international critics. It includes re-workings and tributes to traditional jazz, original music and Italian composers.
Since 2002 the line-up features Pietro Tonolo, Robert Bonisolo, Rossano Emili (reeds), J Kyle Gregory, Roberto Rossi and Dario Duso (brass), Paolo Birro (piano), Marc Abrams (bass) and Mauro Beggio (drums).
Many young musicians and especially outstanding Italian (Rava, Fasoli, Trovesi, D’Andrea, Fresu, Intra, Boltro, Negri, Mirabassi, Bosso, Rossana Casale) and international musicians have played with Riccardo Brazzale and with the L.S.O.: Palle Danielsson, Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler, Manfred Schoof, Paul Motian, Terrell Stafford, Charles McPherson, Julian Arguelles, Dave Liebman, Don Moye and Mingus Dynasty.
In the last few years, according to “Top Jazz”, the chart published by the historical magazine Musica Jazz, the L.S.O. has been named one of the most outstanding groups on the Italian jazz scene: it won second place in 2006, 2008 and again in 2009 (in 2008 it also earned first place in the “orchestra” category); and a meaningful fourth placing in 2002 and 2010. Top Jazz also named Brazzale as “arranger and composer of the year” in 2008, awarding him second place in 2009 and 2010.