Venezia Jazz Festival

concerti-Venezia-Jazz-Festival-2010Great expectations for the fourth edition of the Venice Jazz Festival, scheduled July 23rd to 31st July 2011.

In addition to such a major international event as the presence of Sting with the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Fenice, which will play in the unique setting of Piazza San Marco on July 29th, also some other concerts by some other important musicians of the international jazz scene: the Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora, to be hosted on July 26th at the Teatro La Fenice (Venice Opera House); the double concert to be performed by percussionist Trilok Gurtu, solo, on July 27th; and the quintet of the Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, in his tribute to “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis.

And in addition, we remind you that during that week the whole of Venice will come alive with live jazz and aperitifs, lunch & dinner, in exceptional location like the city’s main museums (i.e. Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana, Peggy Guggenheim Collection) and other picturesque and popular places, such as the area of the Rialto Bridge and different campi (i.e.squares) throughout the city.

Here is the PROGRAMME OF THE 4 MAIN CONCERTS:

Tuesday, July 26th – at 9:00 pm
Teatro La Fenice (Venice Opera House)
CESÁRIA ÉVORA

Born on August 27th 1941 in Mindelo, on the island of São Vicente, Cape Verde, Cesária Évora is the best known performer of “morna”, a singing style that combines West African percussion with Portuguese fado, Brazilian music and British sea songs. Nicknamed the “barefoot diva” because of her habit of performing barefoot, longing, pain and joy of life blend together in her unforgettable voice.

Wednesday, July 27th – at 9:00 pm
Teatro La Fenice, Double concert
TRILOK GURTU – solo
OMAR SOSA 5TET / Kind of Blue

Trilok Gurtu, a percussion master and composer, started from the Indian classical music to approach rock, pop, and only later jazz music. He can boast numerous collaborations with musicians from all origins and musical backgrounds, from Jan Garbarek to Dave Holland – winner of no less than 5 Grammy awards for best musician / percussionist for the BBC World Music Awards.

Omar Sosa, nominated for three Grammy Awards, is a true piano virtuoso who plays with an incredible technique, sometimes spectacular, some other times sensitive and light, blending his Guajiran sensitivity with a deep knowledge of classical, jazz and electronic music. Together with a high-level quintet he presents a special project dedicated to “Kind of Blue”, proposing a version with electric nuances, rearranged and reinterpreted in a personal and original way.

Friday, July 29th – at 9:30 pm
Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square)
STING and the PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA OF LA FENICE

After the sold-out concerts in North America, Europe and Australia, in the framework of Symphonicity tour Sting will be performing his greatest hits, re-proposed with the symphonic arrangement.

Saturday, July 30th – at 9:30 pm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
FRANK MAROCCO and DANIELE DI BONAVENTURA

Accordion and bandoneón join in this show housed in one of the temples of modern art: throughout his career, the American Frank Morocco, one of the main representatives of this instrument, has performed with the biggest ones, including Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong, not to mention pop stars and show performers, such as Pink Floyd, Prince, Madonna, Luciano Pavarotti and Liza Mannelli. Daniele Di Bonaventura, one of the few Italian bandoneón players, already side by side with many jazz musicians, is also considered one of the most fascinating performers of this instrument belonging to the musical tradition of Argentina.

Information:

July 23rd to 31st 2011

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  1. Your aritlce was excellent and erudite.

    Comment by Teyah — 17 August 2011 @ 11:01

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