Improvisations by Filippo La Porta
It comes out for Saint Louis Doc, inaugurating the new series of popular texts edited by Vincenzo Martorella, ""Improvvvisazioni (Improvisations). Voci per un dizionario di jazz e letteratura (Voices for a Dictionary of Jazz and Literature)"; the new book by Filippo La Porta.
A very personal dictionary, marked by some of the fundamental headwords of modernity - Ambiguity, Failure, Invisibility, Lightness, Melancholy, Universality, etc. . - which suggests possible analogies between jazz and 20th century literature. Jazz, besides being a musical genre, coincides with a mental disposition and a "morality": it reminds us that anything resembling real life cannot be stable, it does not allow any possession (just like poetry).
In some twentieth-century writers, the restless and playful spirit of jazz emerges in their writing and poetics. Through dictionary entries -with no claim to completeness- Céline, Kerouac, Ellison, Savinio, Cortazar, Gadda, Pasolini find themselves in dialogue with Jelly Roll Morton, Armstrong, Ellington, Monk, Davis, Melba Liston, Coltrane…
Three interviews with Marcello Rosa, Federica Michisanti, and Stefano Di Battista close the book.
For Bontempelli, jazz is based on a sense of "imminent danger." If you do not sense-in what you are listening to or reading-a little of this "danger," be assured: it is not authentic literature, nor is it true jazz.
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Filippo La Porta, critic and essayist. He writes regularly in "Repubblica," "Il Riformista" and the journal "Left." He teaches at the Holden School and other writing schools.
Of his countless publications we mention the following: La impossibile cura della vita (The Impossible Cure of Life). Three Doctor-Writers: Chekhov, Céline, Carlo Levi (Castelvecchi, 2021); Il bene e gli altri (The Good and the Others). Dante un’etica per il nuovo millennio (Dante an ethics for the new millennium) (Bompiani 2018); Poesia come esperienza. Una formazione nei versi (Poetry as experience. A formation in verse) (Fazi 2013), Rome is a lie (Laterza 2012); Pasolini (Il Mulino 2012), La nuova narrativa italiana (The new Italian novel) (Bollati Boringhieri 1995).
Saint Louis Doc is the editorial series, born within the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome and directed by Stefano Mastruzzi publisher, which includes both specific teaching manuals for musicians and a series directed by Vincenzo Martorella of popular texts edited by important journalists and literary critics, dedicated to all lovers of music and literature.