FRIDA DI ISRAEL VARELA, LA SPERANZA DI VOLARE

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Macchina da scrivere, batteria, ballo, canto, poesia, pianoforte, contrabbasso: è Frida en Silencio il nuovo ed emozionante spettacolo di Israel Varela che ascolteremo dal vivo a Roma al Alexanderplatz Jazz Club il 2 e 3 Ottobre prossimi. (Via Ostia 9, Zona Prati).

Accanto a Varela una delle più intense interpreti del flamenco moderno, la ballerina Karen Lugo, anche lei messicana, tra le più importanti esponenti a livello mondiale, da sempre protesa alla sperimentazione. Tra le sue collaborazioni, artisti come Chick Corea, Richard Bona, Jorge Pardo. Insieme a Israel Varela ha già intrapreso diversi tour internazionali dedicati al loro duo Made in Mexico.

Insieme a loro una All Star band con la Pianista, Compositrice Rita Marcotulli, Claudio Filippini al Fender Rhodes e Jacopo Ferrazza (3/10)/Giuseppe Romagnoli (2/10)  al contrabasso daranno vita a “Frida en Silencio” per raccontarci la vita di questa meravigliosa artista.

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Line-up
Israel Varela, batteria-voce-live electronics.
Karen Lugo, ballo flamenco e poesia.
Rita Marcotulli, pianoforte.
Claudio Filippini, Fender Rhodes.
2/10 Giuseppe Romagnoli, Contrabasso
3/10 Jacopo Ferrazza, Contrabasso

CONTINUA CON INTERVISTA a Israel Varela

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FROM ROME TO NASHVILLE, A JOURNEY OF POSSIBILITIES

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Nowadays there is a lot of talk about professional ‘escapes’ abroad. People looking for their chance outside the Italian borders. Fervent and full-of-will minds that take a giant step towards something ‘unknown’, but that could reserve them new scenarios and, yes, let’s face it, infinite possibilities.

This happened to Gianluca Magalotti, former bass and double bass student in Rome and today an esteemed artist of the Nashville music scene. Yes Nashville, one of the world’s musical cradles. Also called “Music City”, Nashville is an unmissable destination for those who love music. It is the home of American folk music and all the biggest names have passed through here. We just need to mention two of them, to understand the artistic relevance of this beautiful town, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

Before arriving in Tennessee, Gianluca’s path was marked by numerous experiences, first as a student of the most prestigious music training centers in Italy – Scuola Popolare di Musica “Donna Olimpia,” studying with professional bass player Pino Pecorelli, the Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance as a bass student at the world-renowned Conservatory of Music “Santa Cecilia” of Rome, studying with Berklee Alumni and wellknown recording and touring bass player Marco Siniscalco, the Umbria Jazz Clinics, a famous two-week program hosted annually in Perugia, Italy, by Berklee College of Music, at the end of which just a few selected musicians may receive the honor of being awarded a prestigious scholarship in order to attend the college in Boston, MA.

From this moment on, a fantastic adventure in the USA has started for Gianluca, which includes the highest levels of musical education that can be received today, but also a lot of real work. His story is very interesting and can be a source of inspiration for many other talented musicians. That’s why we asked him to tell us about it.

Today, Gianluca is rapidly making his way into the Nashville’s finest music scene, by actively working as a recording and touring bass player for local and national artists like Ultimate Aldean (dubbed “World’s Greatest Jason Aldean Tribute” by LiveNation), Austin Anderson, Jessica McNear, Steven Cade, Chavis Chance, Eldon Huff, Will Jones, Gamy & The Alterations and others within the local music scene. WEB SITE

From Rome, Italy, to Nashville, Tennessee. How’s it there in Nashville in 2019? Is the “American Dream” still a thing today?

Well, by the time the first immigrants planted their new roots down here centuries ago, until today, America still is THE “land of opportunities,” even though nowadays it’s getting harder and harder to hunt for an immigrant visa. But that’s probably because, in order for it to maintain such a title, it just can’t be that easy to conquer, right? Anyways, Nashville’s been taking care of me pretty well so far. Lots of music, lots of musicians around. It’s like a life-size music box 24/7. Feels like a little distant world where everyday is a party all over the town, and everybody, from the bartenders to the plumbers, is somehow a musician, either just as a hobby or, most commonly, having a daily job while trying to succeed in music.

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‘Grandi artisti condividono la tradizione della protest song’ Intervista a Napoleon Maddox alla vigilia del suo concerto romano

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Napoleon Maddox interview

Napoleon Maddox, l’artista per me ‘ideale’. Sincero e diretto, come la sua musica, mostra di avere una cultura immensa e trasmette un feeling da brivido. Mi ha rilasciato un’intervista che preferisco considerare una chiacchierata sulla sua visione delle cose, sulla musica, sul valore storico del jazz e sul ruolo che la musica (la sua) si assume nei confronti della società. Non ci da risposte ma suscita in noi la voglia di cercarne ancora e di porci sempre più interrogativi su cosa sia giusto fare. E’ questo il ruolo della musica oggi? Cerchiamo di comprenderlo nelle parole del leader e autore dei testi socialmente impegnati di ISWHAT?! band da Cincinnati, che utilizza la formula della improvvisazione recitata, parlata e cantata unita alle strumentazioni acustiche cercando in chiave jazzistica le forme della black music attuale. Nella loro musica il livello di energia è altissimo, conseguenza di una fusione tra rap, funky, soul e hip pop. Sono stati definiti street jazz o meglio la perfetta colonna sonora del mondo contemporaneo. Saranno a Roma al Lanificio il 1 Novembre prossimo nella rassegna Roma Jazz Festival 2013 – Speech. Continua a leggere