The music that goes around

Turnaround

If you have read the first part of this pale and absorbed remembrance you may be wondering: and therefore, what is the best way to remember Amedeo Tommasi and his legacy?

The answer is easy, but it's about the "how", not the "what". Because obviously the legend and legacy of the jazz pianist is honored through his music, but it is the way that makes the difference. So mark this date: Monday, September 20th, at 9:00 pm at the Casa del Jazz. It will be an opportunity to listen, in live performance, to the latest melodies written and recorded by Amedeo Tommasi on the piano, in a completely new guise. In a kind of ecstatic surgery operation, Stefano Mastruzzi,, principal of Saint Louis, has covered those melodies, often improvised, recorded over time and live, with a sumptuous orchestral dress. In a few words, he created a music that turns around that of Tommasi, that completes and supports it, with an emotional adhesion in the timbre and melodies making it all exciting.

A huge project, recently published on CD and that will be performed for the first time on September 20th, thanks to the B.I.M Orchestra, conducted by Stefano Mastruzzi and a handful of young piano talents to play the melodies of Amedeo Tommasi: Alessando Lanzoni, Sade Mangiaracina, Vittorio Solimene, Silvia Olivier and Margherita Flore.

To enter the most hidden folds of such a touching project there are no better words than those of Mastruzzi, who thus reconstructed the turn of events.

"In 2018, I created for him a completely original production process, without constraints, without scores that would limit his expressive freedom, timeless or better, with his instinctive inner time acting as a metronome, his pulsating arrhythmias and his spontaneous emotions.

Amedeo recorded twenty-two piano solo pieces in the studios of Saint Louis, without reading a single note, an impetuous flow of metric and harmonic modulations, of audacious re-harmonizations, sometimes even of uncertainties, so inspired as to be transformed into certainties.

Months I spent grasping and internalizing his music in order to create an orchestration that would enhance its subtlest nuances, a dialoguing counterpoint, sometimes in contrast, more often an ideal evolution of just hinted at musical thoughts.

Conducting the orchestra in this unusual recording meant chasing and indulging its seductive rubato, its mysterious pauses, sudden accelerating.

The CD is already available on all digital platforms. Do not deprive yourself, however, of the pleasure of listening to the music of Tommasi and the orchestrations of Mastruzzi live for a concert that takes on the dimensions of a real event.

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