A journey, a confrontation, a conversation, the creation of a shared identity, the hybridization of languages, the abolition of barriers and fences. In a word: EUROPEAN JAZZ’S COOL 2021.
It kicks off today October 22nd, one of the most awaited productions of Saint Louis: a crossroads of paths, experiences and sounds, the result of one creative residence of contemporary jazz which involves: 14 international jazz players from Finland, Denmark, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria; 9 Italian and international jazz players coming from the diploma and specialization courses from Saint Louis; 8 jazz players selected by conservatories from all over Italy and 6 renowned Italian jazz players (Cristina Zavalloni, Ramberto Ciammarughi, Gabriele Mirabassi, Paolo Damiani, Rosario Giuliani, Alessandro Quiz) "to trace the route, without any predefined destination", to use the words of Stefano Mastruzzi, director of Saint Louis. He adds: "EJS concentrates in just two weeks moments of critical development of European consciousness and knowledge, a research goal, through jazz music, of shared identities and values, space, resources and skills available to young artists for the conception and production of original works, mirror and synthesis of the individual personalities who have worked there, but above all a very current way of working on the original production, which each participant will be able to make their own and cultivate in their artistic life ".
"An artistic residency is never trivially the mere sum of the ideas of each individual who participates in it; it is much more, it is autonomous and independent like a book from the individual words contained in it, a phenomenon of collective synapse", continues Mastruzzi, underlining how, after all, one of the main aims of the project is to find an original language for European jazz, declined by young musicians selected by some of the most prestigious musical institutions on the continent (Royal Academy of Aarhus / Aalborg, Metropolia Helsinki, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Royal Conservatoire Den Haag, Music Academy Krakow, Liszt Academy Budapest) and the Italian Conservatories, put in a position to elaborate, over two intense weeks, new trajectories that will lead to provide a new perimeter, a new sense, a new sound to the idea of European jazz.
This evening, October 22nd, it take place at the Casa del Jazz, 9 pm, with "Incerti Altrove (Uncertain Elsewhere)", an ensemble of European musicians led by Paolo Damiani(with Alessandra Diodati - vocals, Enrico Valanzuolo - trumpet, Giuseppe Sacchi - piano, Alessandro Iachini - guitar, Krzystof Maciejko - bass and Francesco Parsi - drums).
On October 23rd, same place and same time, it will be the turn of "Invenzioni… pensieri… canzoni (Inventions ... thoughts ... songs)", ensemble led by Ramberto Ciammarughi (with Pietro Mirabassi - sax, Dan Hejslet - trumpet, Tomi West - guitar, Great Mudiare - bass and Mattia Mauttini - drums).
The first part of the bill closes, on October 24th, "Convivência (Coexistence)", ensemble led by Gabriele Mirabassi (Rosanna Mennella - vocals, Eyal Lovett - piano, Alessio Mazzei - guitar, Flavio Vegliante - bass, Henri Lintula - drums), again at the Casa del Jazz, at 9pm.
EUROPEAN JAZZ’S COOL 2021 il programma riprenderà il October 29th.