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Address: Piazza del Carmine14 , Florence - Historical Center

Date: Thursday 01 October 2020


From 1 to 3 October at the Sala Vanni in Florence


First edition

An out-of-the-box and high-profile artistic review, which once again distinguishes Florence and the Sala Vanni in the panorama of contemporary music, between jazz and new music. On stage: François Couturier, Giovanni Mirabassi, Glauco Venier

A format totally dedicated to solo piano recital. A new project conceived by Stefano Maurizi and co-produced by Musicus Concentus and Something Like This.
From 1 to 3 October the first edition of "I Poeti del Piano Solo" arrives in the Sala Vanni , an exhibition that aims to be an appointment with a high artistic profile and which wants to give the city of Florence further visibility and prestige by connecting it even more to international circuit of contemporary music, between jazz and new music.
The invited artists are all internationally renowned pianists, from François Couturier to Glauco Venier, both leading pianists of the ECM record company, up to Giovanni Mirabassi, considered among the Italian excellences abroad and highly appreciated in various countries around the world, in particular in Japan and Korea, as well as in France, where he moved at a very young age.

The review opens on Thursday 1 October with the aforementioned François Couturier . After his university studies in musicology and classical piano, he began the long collaboration with the double bass player Jean-Paul Celea, known in 1978 in the quintet of the drummer and composer Jacques Thollot. In 1980 he won the Django Reinhardt prize of the Jazz Academy and began various artistic partnerships with Dominique Pifarély which then gave life to the Poros album, produced by the prestigious ECM. In 2010 the first solo piano album Un Jour si Blanc.
Known for the many publications with ECM, of which he has become one of the symbolic pianists, poetic and creative, his dense and close to Satie pianism could not find better accommodation if not under the roof of the Bavarian house, in good harmony with many peculiar solo piano adventures of many important musical names of recent years. He recently edited the soundtracks of the films “Io Sono Li” and “Memories Of The Wind” which earned him nominations for the European Film Award and the Orange International film Competition; his Tarkovsky Quartet is also very famous, whose music is inspired by the films of the great Russian director. Appointed in 2008 Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, his solo piano performances are quite rare, a real exception to the inauguration of I Poeti del Piano Solo.

Perugian by birth and Parisian by adoption, Giovanni Mirabassi - on the stage of the Sala Vanni on Friday 2 October - at the age of seven was able to play all of Bach's piano preludes by ear, while he spent his pocket money on jazz records. Self-taught, after some significant experiences, including the meeting with the great classical pianist Aldo Ciccolini, several collaborations in the jazz field (Chet Baker, Michel Portal ...) and French song (Charles Aznavour, Serge Lama ...), in 1998 he embraced a career as a leader with the release of his first album Architectures, widely appreciated by audiences and critics alike.
Among the 34 records recorded in his name in more than twenty years of activity, Avanti! (2001) awarded by the prestigious "Victoires de la musique", sells more than 70,000 copies worldwide, (((air))) with Flavio Boltro and Glenn Ferris, awarded by the Django Reihnardt Jazz Academy and Live @Tokyo Blue Note, in trio with Gianluca Renzi on double bass and Leon Parker on bacteria.
His latest album Mitaka Calling, released for Columbia is a tribute to the cinema of the great Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, who illustrated the cover. Mirabassi has to his credit more than two thousand concerts in thirty-five countries and is the founder of the Jazz Eleven label.
Exceptionally in Italy for the review I poeti del piano solo he will preview the repertoire of his next album Pensieri Isolati, recorded during the lockdown.

Glauco Venier closes the program on Saturday 3 October . Graduated in organ at the Conservatory of Udine, he then studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and began his intense artistic career which has led him to collaborate with some of the most important exponents of world jazz. Countless appearances at concerts on stages around the world, one above all the long-standing collaboration with Norma Winstone with whom he recorded three CDs for the prestigious ECM label, winning a Grammy Award nomination. He has more than twenty records to his credit and numerous participations in recordings of others on labels such as Universal and Schott, but has also recorded for Rai, Orf and BBC. With the symphony orchestra and the big band of the German Radio / TV WDR he recorded his ancient danz project in Cologne, inspired by music from the cultured popular tradition of Friuli - his region -, with arrangements by Michael Abene and Michele Corcella. The project, revisited and revisited under the name of Symphonika, inaugurated the 2012 edition of the Mittelfest-Festival Mitteleuropeo del Friuli Venezia Giulia (which co-produced it) and in 2014 was released on CD and DVD.
In June 2016 his last piano solo album was released, always for ECM, recorded at the studios of the Italian Radio Television of Lugano entitled Miniatures; the only Italian artist together with Stefano Bollani and Stefano Battaglia to have recorded a solo piano for this very prestigious Munich label. From January 2018 his latest work with guests Mario Brunello on cello and Helge Norbakken on percussion always for the ECM label entitled Descansado, music for films.

He currently teaches at the Conservatory of Udine where in 1985 he himself graduated and for 2021 the recording of a record for ECM is expected, as a sideman for the famous American bassist Steve Swallow.

I POETI DEL PIANO SOLO - First edition
1-2-3 October 2020
Sala Vanni, Piazza del Carmine 14, Florence

Concerts start at 9.15 pm

Presale ticket € 13 + dp (Boxoffice presales) - Full ticket at the door € 20 (if available). Sala Vanni complies with the current spacing rules imposed on live performances, so seats will be sold individually, except for those who fill out the self-declaration for the purchase of tickets by relatives available on http://www.musicusconcentus.com / tickets /

The Musicus Concentus activities are carried out with the contribution of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Tuscany Region, the Municipality of Florence and the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation.


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