Francesco Bearzatti e Federico Casagrande
“A narrator who is in love with the words and capable of incredible innovations. Everywhere a foreigner and yet profoundly Italian. A musician in his eternal search for creating more. He is always irresistibly attracted to revolutionary processes as long as they’re free and changing and adaptable”. The perfect description of Bearzatti, an overflowing fomenter of the Italian and European jazz scene. He played at Umbria Jazz with different projects: from Tinissima Quartet to his tribute to Tony Scott, from Licaones with Mauro Ottolini to Enrico Rava’s Special Edition, from his collaboration with Giovanni Guidi to Luigi Viva’s project on De André, this time Bearzatti performs in duo with guitarist Federico Casagrande – they live recorded “Lost Songs” a few years ago. JazzTimes defined Casagrande as “a six string poet”. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and then won the first prize at the Gibson Montreux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition, with George Benson as president of the jury. Casagrande gained widespread esteem among professionals since Outune said: “this music is incredibly therapeutic”.