For two days, Vicchio becomes the capital of jazz and wine

Vicchio (Florence), November 20, 2023 – A new creative scene is coming back to the fore Vicchio Thanks Jazz Prime: an initiative curated by Musicus Concentus in collaboration with the municipality and the Jazz Club of Vicchio to promote the birth of young talent and that “generational change” that is the lifeblood of jazz and new music. New in this edition, renamed the Wine Edition for the occasion, is the connection with local wineries, protagonists every evening with a themed tasting. Two events are planned for Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25 at the Giotto Theater in Vicchio: each with a jazz-themed DJ set combined with a tasting and a concert afterwards. The price of the ticket is 8 euros with a glass of wine included.” The municipality has always supported the promotion of culture and music – stresses Mayor Vicchio Filippo Carlà Campa -, has been doing so for several years also with this interesting event, which strengthens and supports young talented musicians, the new protagonists of the jazz scene. And this year, the quality of the music is accompanied by the quality of the local wine production, which he has the opportunity to appreciate. Good music together with good wine.” The concert on Friday, November 24, scheduled for 9:30 p.m., will feature the Momo Ensemble, born from the idea of ​​Emanuele Marsic and the need to relive the rhythms and feelings of popular music from Campania. Their music is rooted in popular songs from the 14th century and then intermingled with the improvisation and structures of modern jazz.Hence the name Momo (Italian for “now”), which in the Neapolitan dialect refers to something that takes place at the very moment it is thought of and what it wants in to outline the inner and completely spontaneous character of the ensemble.Momo Ensemble’s music aims to be a pretext for a long journey without boundaries of genre and time, from the pagan-religious songs of “Madonna dell’Arco”, through Pagani’s Tammurriata to the works of Silvia Bolognesi and Christian Scott .Atunde Adjuah ​​The group’s first CD, Storia di un femminiello (Fonterossa Records), was released in March 2023, inspired by the eponymous figure from the Neapolitan tradition.

Saturday, November 25always in 9:30 p.m, Lust For Life, the project of the young Forline saxophonist Umberto Girelli, will be next. The group was born from the meeting of four musicians: Saverio Zura on guitar, Lorenzo Valentini on bass, Tommaso Stanghellini on drums and Girelli on tenor saxophone. The quartet offers a jazz repertoire mainly from the “hard bop” era, which also moves towards more modern sounds and Latin rhythms, which are an integral part of the American songbook tradition in general. On both evenings (from 19:30), AQ DJ’s set with a selection of sixties jazz, starting with Blue Note standards, will accompany the wine tasting organized by I Carri, the farming company of Bacco del Monte and Tenuta Matteraia. . AQ stands for Alessandro Querci: DJ and radio presenter, but also electric bassist and double bassist, he debuted in the first half of the 80s in the ‘Hot Eight’, a cross-cutting musical group in which charismatic figures from the post-free Florentine scene such as Renato Cordovani, Nicola Vernuccio and Stefano Bartolini. a group that records an EP for IRA Records and performs in various Italian and international cities. In the 1990s he moved to Milan, where he played in several groups and began his activity as a DJ in famous clubs such as Atomic Bar, Cafè Atlantique, Magna Pars and participated in the soundtrack of Romeo fashion shows and parties. Gigli, Trussardi, Poltrona Frau. A specific feature of his playlists is the “eccentric transversality” formed by the search for little-known proposals, among which non-Western soundtracks and music stand out, with a special reference to the kaleidoscopic proposals of contemporary Japan. At the beginning of 2000, he founded the Neo Lounge music group ‘Mondo Candido’, combining refined and retro pop in Italian with jazz and electronic music, releasing 3 albums between Italy and Japan, receiving excellent feedback from the specialized press and holding numerous concerts around the world . Italy (including as support group for Incognito/Rome, Nicola Conte/Naples and Goldfrapp/Turin).

Jazz and wine to explore the territory. Cooperation with wineries from the Mugello area is very important and completely new for Jazz Prime. For about twenty years, Mugello discovered its viticultural vocation, increased production and characterized the producers with increasing quality. Among them is the agricultural company I Carri, with a long rural tradition, which in recent years has decided to restore some old abandoned vineyards in Mugello. The result was a small production, which will be joined by the production of other vineyards in the coming years, which is the result of the investments that have just started. Bacco del Monte is a young company founded in 2016, when the first Pinot Noir vineyard was planted in the hills around Vicchio, where, thanks to the special shape of the valley and the microclimate characterized by strong day and night temperature differences, Pinot Noir is growing more and more important. And finally, Tenuta Matteraia, founded in the 1970s by the Malpaga family, who came from Trentino to live in Tuscany, bringing with them the vines and experience of the region. In 2012, with the inauguration of an innovative cellar, Matteraia assumed its current winemaking identity and continued to research the Trentino vine that had found such a favorable terroir in Mugello. The activities of Musicus Concentus as part of Tradizione in Movimento are implemented with the support of: the Ministry of Culture, the Region of Tuscany, the Municipality of Florence, the Metropolitan City of Florence, Fondazione ČR Firenze.

Maurizio Costanzo

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