MICHEL PORTAL & FLAVIO BOLTRO BBB TRIO + ENRICO RAVA NEW QUARTET “RAVA 80” + NIK BÄRTSCH PIANO SOLO

04 May - ore 20:30 OGR –

Sold out

MICHEL PORTAL & FLAVIO BOLTRO BBB TRIO

Michel Portal, clarinetto, basso
Flavio Boltro, trumpet, electronics
Mauro Battisti, bass
Mattia Barbieri, drums

A Torino Jazz Festival Production

Flavio Boltro has long been one of Europe’s hottest jazz trumpeters, going back to the days when he played for Michel Petrucciani. The BBB trio gives him the chance to quench his expressive thirst for working in a situation void of harmonic instruments, like the piano or the guitar. This allows him greater freedom and the opportunity to create a “circular” sound. The rhythm section – Mauro Battisti on bass, Mattia Barbieri on drums – follows him through a varied repertoire that is dotted with rock and folk influences. This performance features special guest Michel Portal, who has, without a net, championed musical exploration for over fifty years. Portal is a renowned clarinetist, saxophonist and composer, with a unique instrumental voice, scratchy and oozing with irony. He is most definitely among the “inventors” of European jazz, straddling contemporary classical music – his interpretations of Berio, Boulez and Stockhausen are stunning – and free jazz, the kind that greats like Han Bennink and Anthony Braxton bring to mind.

ENRICO RAVA NEW QUARTET “RAVA 80”

Enrico Rava, trumpet, flugelhorn
Gabriele Evangelista, bass
Francesco Diodati, guitar
Enrico Morello, drums

Enrico Rava celebrates his 80th birthday in “his” town with a performance at the Torino Jazz Festival. Rava brings to the stage of the Officine Grandi Riparazioni one of his groups that he loves best, his New Quartet, which has been acclaimed by audiences and topped the Musica Jazz magazine readers’ poll in 2015 when it was voted Best Group. It’s a winning combination of youthful freshness and seasoned experience, as may be heard on their widely heralded 2015 release Wild Dance for ECM. Like other jazz greats, Rava has a special knack for recognizing talent, which for him is a personal mission with precise rules: “I don’t choose the musicians I play with because of the instrument they play. I choose them for their attitude.” Rava’s intuition casts music beyond genres and generations.

NIK BÄRTSCH PIANO SOLO

Nik Bärtsch, piano

Concert with support from OGR

Pianist, composer and producer Nik Bärtsch’s innovative conception of music finds full expression in the Ronin Quartet, which records for ECM. Bärtsch calls their brand of music “zen-funk”. His interest in combining music and movement has always spawned his own exploration of corporeal disciplines and techniques like Aikido, Feldenkrais and Gyrotonic. His first solo album, Ritual Groove Music (2001), evokes, beginning with the title, the breadth of his research, which involves more than music. His approach to the piano only stylistically represents a sort of jazz minimalism with a strong emotive impact. With a clear head, Bärtsch defines his art as “ecstasy attained through asceticism.”