Musica sulle Bocche Festival 2018

The 18° edition of the International Jazz Festival Musica sulle Bocche, directed by Enzo Favata, will take place in Santa Teresa Gallura (North of Sardinia) from  23 to 26 August.  The Festival is one of the major events of the Sardinian summer season, both for the high standard of the artists on stage, as well as for the symbiosis between music and environment, with concerts at sunset and at sunrise on the beaches, that made the festival extremely successful from the very outset. This year the artistic director choose to place famous international jazz artists next to Italian art song, with one of his most refined representatives.  The official image is signed by the British artist George Underwood. The artwork “Profile of a marked man” (oils on canvas, 2003) has been chosen to represent the 18th edition of Musica sulle Bocche, which has always been characterised by the intertwining of different cultures and musical styles.

Danilo Pérez Trio
Danilo Pérez, Panamanian pianist and composer, besides being one of the most influent and dynamic contemporary musicians, he is also an educator and activist committed in significant social projects. He is UNESCO Artist for Peace. His music received many recognitions and prizes and obtained quite a few Grammy Awards nominations. He has been a member since 2000 of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, currently considered by many one of the best jazz bands of the world. He will be on stage in Santa Teresa Gallura on August 25 together with Ben Street (double bass) and Nate Winn (drums).

Trilok Gurtu
Indian drummer/percussionist in the forefront from more than 30 years, comes back to Sardinia after one year to gather again with three Sardinian musicians: Enzo Favata, Marcello Peghin and Salvatore Maiore, all of them with an international career behind and a proven artistic partnership. Their concert is scheduled on August 26 at sunset in the amazing scenario of Capo Testa lighthouse.

Sergio Cammariere, among the most refined artists of the current Italian music scene, is a composer and interpreter with a rare and intense expressiveness that combines together with the inheritance of jazz masters of all times, Latin and South American rhythms, classical music and Italian songwriting style. In addition he boasts a natural inclination for musical composition and improvisation. The live concert is part of the IO Tour and is scheduled August 24 with the following ensemble: Luca Bulgarelli (double bass), Amedeo Ariano (drums), Bruno Marcozzi (percussion), all of them well renown in the Italian jazz scene.

Who has been at the Festival before, knows that the sunset and sunrise concert are very engaging moments. The event-concerts organized by Musica sulle Bocche invite the audience to a total immersion in the sound and in the beauty of the landscape.

The Moon Valley Concert: Pasquale Mirra (vibraphone) and Dudù Kouatè (percussions) are two original musical personalities, open to experimentation between different genres. In this occasion, their project combines unusual African percussion instruments together with the vibraphone and electronic loops, created for the special location of the concert, the well-known Cala Grande or Valle della Luna (Moon Valley), scheduled on August 23 during sunset, that will host also other special guests.

The opening concert at the Piazza Santa Lucia, the main stage of the Festival, on August 23 at 9pm will be with the Italian pianist Alessandro Lanzoni and his trio, which features Matteo Bortone (double bass) and  Enrico Morello (drums).

The Sunrise Concert will take place on Rena Bianca Beach on August 26 and will host the pianist Clara Peya, versatile and energetic artist, expression of the fervid creativity that pulsates in the city of Barcelona. Graduated in classical piano, her style merges jazz, electronic music and improvisation.

Buoncammino Sanctuary, not far from the residential area of Santa Teresa Gallura, is the right location to enjoy the polyphonic singing of the Sardinian tradition. This year it will be represented by Cuncordu choir of Castelsardo, composed by the voices of Giovanni Pinna (contra), Pietro Sanna (basso), Stefano Tugulu (voce), Pier Giuseppe Pinna (falsetto), Mariano Sini (falsetto). The concert is scheduled on August 24.

The other appointment at the Sanctuary, on August 25, is dedicated to the “migration” topic, dramatically actual, that will be explored through blues music and poetry slam open performance of different genres and languages. This special event will be created with the collaboration of Teatri Peregrini Festival, with whom Musica sulle Bocche renew its partnership started last year. A preview of this exchange will be held in Santa Teresa Gallura on June 16, with the concert of the bluesman Ignazio Cadeddu for the Festival Teatri Peregrini, on Municca Island.

This edition of the festival launches a new section of performances scheduled at 12PM in the church of Santa Lucia.

On August 24 classical music will be on the scene with the project “Back to Bach” by the virtuoso flute player Mauro Uselli. On August 25 Salvatore Maiore (double bass) and Maria Vicentini (violin) duet present “Mingus World”, entirely dedicated to the double bass player Charles Mingus, one of the jazz masters of all time.


For the fourth consecutive year, the internationally renowned stage of Musica sulle Bocche Festival is open to young talents. Many creative artists - despite achieving great results on an artistic level - do not manage to receive the right and qualified attention, especially when trying to experiment between different music genres. Fringe is the opposite of “talent show”. There are no producers directing and constructing characters; on the stage, but young creative talents that want to propose their musical projects to the audience. Selection is  held through the “blindfold” method: the listener will only hear the audio file in order to be able to choose only on the base of the quality of the project. The genres will range from jazz, rock, rap to electronic music. The projects selected will be on stage on August 26.

Musica sulle Bocche Festival is organized by Jana Project Association and supported by: Public Education, Performing Arts and Cultural Heritage Department, Tourism Department of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, the Municipality of Santa Teresa Gallura, the Foundation of Sardinia. 

Musica sulle Bocche is an active member of Europe Jazz Network and Sardinia Jazz Network.

Tickets are available on the circuit Vivaticket.