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Turin Jazz Festival features more than music


(By Kate Carlisle)Turin, April 26 - This year's Turin
Jazz Festival is much more than music.
The second annual jubilee from April 26 to May 1 brings
together six days full of free events - concerts, meetings,
exhibitions, theatre performances, conferences, presentations
and street music, all in the centre of Piedmont's capital city.
It is "a network of sounds, images, and words with some of
the biggest names of international jazz," the event organizers
It all kicks off on Friday with a tribute to the jazz
masters, Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus in the city's
Piazzale Valdo Fusi square. Some 17 accomplished Italian jazz
musicians will play works by virtuoso bass player, pianist,
bandleader and composer Mingus and one of the greatest jazz
trumpeters of all time, Gillespie.
Shortly after, the American jazz ensemble Mingus Dynasty
that was formed in 1979 following the death of the master and
which features many musicians Mingus recorded or played with
will perform, followed by one of the most important Italian jazz
formations, the Torino Jazz Orchestra.
The opening day will wind up with the performance of an
original composition by the Enrico Rava Quintet and Orchestra at
the city's gracious Regio di Torino theater. Born in the
northeastern city of Turin, Rava is arguably one of Italy's
best-known jazz musicians.
Young musicians will also be heard as the nights come to
life at the FTJF Fringe festival.
New productions, DJ sets, world music and shows will
lighten up the Po riverwalk and the Savoy city's streets.
The round of alternative concerts are being organized in
collaboration with the Nantes Jazz Festival and the Paris
Conservatory and will feature over 100 musicians, some
'undiscovered" like Nguyen Le, Mieko Miyazaki, Tineke Postma,
Prabhu Elouard, Eric Legnini, Maurizio Giammarco, Flavio Boltro
and Mauro Negri.
There are also many non-musical events, that will weave
together the whole cultural fabric of the city.
Writers, filmmakers, artists and additional exhibitions
will open windows to the vast world of jazz and its performers.
Produced in collaboration with the Cite' de la Musique of
Paris, the 'Turin meets France' project is a multimedia show
with photographs of pioneering Manouche guitarist and composer,
Django Reinhardt taken by French photographer and filmmaker Guy
Le Querrec.
A Festival highlight will be a five-day workshop based on
small-group jazz ensembles hosted by the prestigious Juilliard
School of New York, running April 26-30 in collaboration with
the Conservatory of Turin.
High school students will also get the chance to learn
from renown artists, such as the talented pianist Stefano
Battaglia, founder of the jazz group Triplicity and Theatrum.
At last, music will be truly moving with the double-decker
red bus tour featuring the rhythm of Jazz music by vocalist
Didie Caria and guitarist Damir Nefat.

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