Torino’s great cultural celebration is back as the city becomes one giant stage where international stars and up-and-coming talent perform in venues that range from large theaters to small clubs.
That Torino is home to jazz clubs, jazz schools and jazz bands, producing major artistic projects and hosting world-famous soloists, is the result of specific choices when it comes mapping out human resources and existing structures.
We hope TJF 2022 contains the right balance between preservation and innovation, and that it is a powerful symbol of rebirth in the name of jazz, good times shared, and art.
Dismayed before dramatic events that suddenly render us fragile, more and more, people wonder whether all their efforts are really worth it. As far as TJF goes, what sense is there in having a music festival in circumstances as totalizing as the ones we’ve had to deal with over these past couple years?
I like to think that the hard work we all do is part of a worldwide sense of ethical responsibility. And that art plays a curative role, for the wonder it inspires, for its rituals in viewing and listening, and for the lasting impressions that a book or a piece of music may leave on us. Even a few precious moments like these would be enough to make self-destructive societies and economies (the fruit of human competition) grind to a halt, if only for an instant.
Jazz has always been about freedom and bringing communities and cultures together. We share in that philosophy because it’s a ticket to awareness and participation in the events of a planet that is dramatically and marvelously alive.
Giorgio Li Calzi