Paolo Fresu / trumpet, flugelhorn, effects
Gábor Simon Konzertagentur represents Paolo Fresu in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Projects (scroll down for info):
- Paolo Fresu & Uri Caine
- Paolo Fresu & Daniele di Bonaventura
- Devil Quartet
- Paolo Fresu Quintet
Availability on request if not indicated otherwise.
Paolo Fresu & Uri Caine
Lineup: Paolo Fresu (tp, flh, eff), Uri Caine (p, ep)
Available: 11 July 2017 only!
The duo Paolo Fresu & Uri Caine has been acclaimed as one of the most fortunate and important encounters between two grand musicians and personalities of modern jazz and contemporary music making. Fresu’s lyrical, melancholy and dreamy trumpet sound perfectly matches with the pianism of Uri Caine, famous for his revisiting tunes of both mainstream and avantgarde jazz, and for his very personal, intelligent and humorous quoting from classical-contemporary repertoire. Indeed, Paolo Fresu - unanimously acknowledged as the versatile artist par excellence, as his impressively manifold projects show - and Uri Caine - notorious for his delivery of unconventional, distinctive readings of Monteverdi, Bach, Schumann, Mahler a.o., and for his curiosity about genres as different from each other as jazz, electronic, klezmer and rock music - deliver extraordinary performances: besides reenacting a couple of jazz standards, the duo have stunned listeners worldwide for over ten years, offering musical gems such as their heart-stopping version of Händel’s “Lascia ch’io pianga” or the breath-taking medley that brings together classic Italian song “Non ti scordar di me” with “Centochiodi”, composed by Fresu for Ermanno Olmi’s film of the same title.
Paolo Fresu & Daniele di Bonaventura
Lineup: Paolo Fresu (tp, flh, eff), Daniele di Bonaventura (bnd)
“In maggiore” is refined Mediterranean lyricism. A captivating and continually changing musical dialogue between two wind instruments rarely combined with each other.
Sardinian trumpeter Paolo Fresu and bandoneonist Daniele di Bonaventura from Italy’s Marche region, both open and naturally drawn to ethnic, classical and electronic music, were already protagonists of successful “Mistico Mediterraneo”, created (and produced by ECM Records) in 2011 in collaboration with celebrated Corsican vocal ensemble A Filetta. The two artists discovered their affinity of music making and shaped their own musical idiom and magic interplay in numerous collaborations (e.g. the concert project dedicated to grand cartoonist Hugo Pratt’s hero Corto Maltese).
The present duo work, originating from that ancestral, mystical musical journey with A Filetta, is the poetic concentration and dimension of it: “In maggiore” (released by ECM in spring 2015) explores a more intimate expressive dimension, in which the duo unfolds the poetry of small sounds and colours generated by the breath flowing through the valves of Fresu’s horns and vibrating in the reeds of di Bonaventura’s bandoneon. The dreamy, jovially melancholy programme unfolds attractively through original compositions, improvisations and tunes (from classical repertoire, South American songs to popular Italian melodies) that belong to shared musical memory.
Lineup: Paolo Fresu (tpt, flh, eff), Bebo Ferra (g), Paolino Dalla Porta (db), Stefano Bagnoli (dr)
Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet: Fresu himself calls it a “mélangé” of music, a crossbreed, but clearly jazz it is: jazz open to different music genres, going beyond its borders, rich of stunning musical inventions and full of extraordinary dynamics. Fresu is joined by guitarist Bebo Ferra, bassist Paolino Dalla Porta and drummer Stefano Bagnoli, i.e. by three amazing musicians of authentic Italian style. Fresu engages in intriguing dialogues with his companions: with Ferra, creating dense (sound) clusters of questioning and answering; with Dalla Porta, generating strong rhythm patterns, with Bagnoli holding all elements together by his intense drumming and subtle use of brushes. Whatever they play, own compositions or old Italian songs (or Rolling Stones), Devil Quartet continue reinventing their musical world, with the band’s convincing, dynamic interplay and Fresu’s distinct quiet joviality characterising both passages of intense lyricism and moments of energetic drive.
And good news: A new CD is coming out in 2017!
Paolo Fresu Quintet
Lineup: Paolo Fresu (tp, flh), Tino Tracanna (ts, ss), Roberto Cipelli (p, Fender Rhodes, ep), Attilio Zanchi (db), Ettore Fioravanti (dr)
What is there left to say on the most famous Italian jazz quintet? That they have become a classic of the classic. That, in 2014, they celebrated ¡30! years of making music together under the splendid guidance of Paolo Fresu, and with a band spirit, responsiveness and understanding that are rare to find elsewhere in African-American music history. That attending a concert of theirs is a reassuring and, at the same time, most stimulating listening experience. Reassuring because the quintet, made up of masters of melody and silence, manage each time to vehicle the beauty of profound feelings and emotions. Most stimulating because the quintet - each night re-inventing themselves (and surprising each other) with new ideas of dialogue and interplay - conjure up atmospheres of aesthetic bliss. And they do so while creatively meandering through the realms of American jazz standards or Italian song classics and, most importantly, and effectively variegated, by proposing beautiful tunes of each of the band members. Paolo Fresu has been acclaimed as an extraordinary kaleidoscopic artist with his manyfold projects all over the world for many many years, but, as lots of his admirers say: “The quintet is and will always remain the quintet!”