GIANLUIGI TROVESI Quintet
with special guest ANAT FORT
GIANLUIGI TROVESI with the BERGEN BIG BAND
and special guests MANFRED SCHOOF and ANNETTE MAYE
A truly “big concert” or better a party to celebrate the 75th birthday (January 10) of the most international of jazz musicians from the Bergamo area. It was more than 40 years ago that this multi-instrumentalist from Nembro started playing first with the town band and with jazz friends (including the painter and pianist Gianni Bergamelli), then with Franco Cerri, Giorgio Gaslini (who in 1978 gave him the possibility of recording the first album in his own name, Baghet), Gianni Coscia and then as leader with various groups, from trios to orchestras, alongside medium-sized ensembles.
At the Teatro Sociale there will be a double set in which Gianluigi Trovesi offers a small but significant cross-section of his past and present experiences. The first part is a contemporary insight with the quintet “from Bergamo” (the only musician in the group not from Bergamo is the percussionist Fulvio Maras), that has recently published the album Mediterraneamente, with pieces that have been defined by Claudio Sessa in the liner notes, as giving «a global look that goes from Gibraltar to the Dardanelles, from Cairo to Marseille». And from a country that faces right onto the Mediterranean comes the pianist Anat Fort, Israeli by birth and residence, who has become known with a number of albums recorded for ECM, including Birdwatching, recorded in 2013 with her trio and Trovesi, who has been recording for quite a time now with the Munich label.
Past and present intertwine in the second set, marked by the resumption of the orchestral score Dedalo, one of the fixed points of Trovese’s artistic journey. Already presented at Bergamo Jazz in 2002 (but with another orchestra and a different solo guest, Markus Stockhausen), it is now performed by the Bergen Big Band, an established Norwegian orchestra that can boast numerous collaborations with John Surman, Django Bates, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, Phil Woods, Diana Krall, Dino Saluzzi and others. Special guests are two German musicians, the trumpet player Manfred Schoof, a very important representative of European jazz since the 1960s (it was Schoof who invited Trovesi for the first time to play abroad), and the clarinettist Annette Maye, who developed her musical experience following the steps of Trovesi. Direction and arrangements (new) by Corrado Guarino.