Main Stage, Young Stage, but above all space for immigration on Exodus Stage
Last year, Jazz Vanguard reviewed for its readers the 2016 edition of Fano Jazz By The Sea (here the full review): we retrace together the most appreciated features of the twenty-fourth edition of the festival.
Let’s start with the main numbers.
Three stages, artistically different: Main Stage, Exodus Stage and Young Stage.
24 concerts, of which eight are free.
80 musicians, from the great names of international and Italian jazz to young talents (also from the Marches).
On the other hand, it is impossible to count collateral initiatives: from exhibitions to book presentations, from concerts-aperitifs to concert-excursions at sea.
For ten days, Fano will be the undisputed musical capital of Italy, hosting the XXIV edition of a festival, in the words of Jazz Vanguard, “long recognized as one of the main national jazz events of the summer”.
Once again Fano Jazz Network is centered, thanks to the careful artistic direction of Adriano Pedini, to the collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Fano, and to the support of the Ministry of Cultural Activities MIBACT and the Marche Region.
Among the main novelties, the 2016 edition of Fano Jazz By The Sea proposes “The echoes of migration”, a section that combines entertainment with different occasions to reflect together on this difficult issue.
Which means of communication if not music, especially jazz, can offer interesting ideas to talk about inclusion?
As “migration music par excellence”, jazz is shown to be “a vehicle suitable for spreading a message of solidarity and acceptance that today is more than ever indispensable”.
In fact, the San Domenico Art Gallery will host only four performances in the afternoon with free entry, musicians and music that merge different cultures and invite dialogue: the trumpeter Luca Aquino, the percussionist Michele Rabbia, the saxophonists Dimitri Grechi Espinoza and Gavino Murgia ( “Specialist of launeddas, among the symbols of the folklore of Sardinia”).
Also this year Fano Jazz By The Sea confirms itself as an important tourist attraction now consolidated in the Fano area, in particular thanks to the Main Stage concerts, the main stage of the festival, which hosts the leading names of today’s jazz scene.
The first to perform will be the Israeli Noa, over 15 years after his previous concert, which will offer pieces of repertoire but especially of his latest record effort “Love Medicine”, alongside his historic collaborator, guitarist Gil Dor.
In the following days, the Main Stage will host what Jazz Vanguard calls “the most important group in summer 2016, that is an authentic supertrio formed by guitarist John Scofield, pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana (present in the last album of David Bowie, Blackstar) “. Next, the Yellowjackets, pioneers of fusion music, and the Volcan Trio, “which uniquely brings together three icons of Latin jazz such as pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, drummer Horacio” el Negro “Hernandez and bassist Armando Gola, all of Cuban origin” .
At Corte Sant’Arcangelo the Italian landscape has found space, with Roberto Gatto’s Special Quartet, “the most versatile Italian drummer”.
An evening with free admission will be dedicated to the deep relationship between jazz and cinema: “coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Blow Up, an ensemble made up specifically by the Pesaroese keyboardist Eugenio Giordani will repropose the music conceived by the pianist Herbie Hancock for the Teatro della Fortuna. the masterpiece of Michelangelo Antonioni “.
There will be three exhibitions that will illustrate the relationship between music and visual arts: the SoundNoSound contemporary art exhibition by Alessio de Girolamo and Giovanni Gaggia, the Sketch of Fano Jazz drawings by the cartoonist Mauro Chiappa, and the Reflection exhibition by Ferdinando Fedele.
Largo to young talents in the Young Stage, now tradition of Fano Jazz By The Sea, hosted by a very suggestive location such as the Church of San Francesco, where we will have the opportunity to meet the “musicians who attest to the great vitality of jazz Italian “and their project” A piano for L’Aquila “.
The journey begun by the Fano Jazz Network team in September 2015 continues, participating in the contribution of Italian jazz, managing 3 of the 17 stages hosted by the capital of Abruzzo.
Among the artists there is also the trio of pianist Emilio Marinelli, one of the most renowned jazz musicians of the Marche region, and the Salento double bass player Matteo Bortone, winner of the “Top Jazz 2015” of the monthly Musica Jazz as “best new Italian talent”.
Do not forget also the exhibition in 20 rooms of the Historical Center and the promenade of the young musicians of the schools of Fano and Pesaro, who will accompany the aperitif.
Reconfirmed also the initiative born the previous year from the partnership with ESATOUR: the excursions on the Gulet Regina Isabella, start from the Marina dei Cesari to reach the Sottomonte of the San Bartolo Park. Excursions that double, hosting both the Welcome To The Jungle, the bandoneonist duo Daniele Di Bonaventura and the guitarist Maurizio Brunod.
Among the didactic activities we have instead been able to appreciate the performance lesson of the percussionist Peppe Consolmagno “Per … forming – SpecialMente Integr’Azione”, which involved the youth of the center, and “Open Piano”: “during the days of the Festival, who will want he will be able to play the piano made available by MEMO – Mediateca Montanari “.
Also noteworthy is the presentation of the book “BAM, jazz today in New York” by Nicola Gaeta and Uri Caine, with the musical background by Enzo Boddi.
Also in 2016 Fano Jazz Network announced the competition in collaboration with the Carlo Bo University of Urbino, aimed at finding talented young people within the degree course in Communication, to be involved in the communication strategies of the festival.