11 June 2019, 11:52

Gianluigi Trovesi and Gianni Coscia

For Paolo Fresu the duo Gianluigi Trovesi and Gianni Coscia is “one of the most interesting and creative projects of recent years”. Indeed, “it is a Symphonic Orchestra with all the colours of music. An orchestra that sails in the seas of the world on the boats of the early twentieth century and which collects, […]
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For Paolo Fresu the duo Gianluigi Trovesi and Gianni Coscia is “one of the most interesting and creative projects of recent years”. Indeed, “it is a Symphonic Orchestra with all the colours of music. An orchestra that sails in the seas of the world on the boats of the early twentieth century and which collects, in its migration, the scents and moods of the world. It is intelligent and curious music. Cultured and popular. Amusing but at the same time deep”.

And Umberto Eco, who wrote the cover notes of “In cerca di cibo” – the cd with which the duo made their debut for Manfred Eicher’s ECM, after their first ever album, recorded for Egea – says that ” we are faced with a new transversality where gender distinctions fall, with attention (yes, this really new) to Italian folklore ”.

In the music of the duo are the roots of popular music, in particular of northern Italy, but there are also many other things: classical tradition, music for cinema and theatre, echoes of tango, mazurka, klezmer. And it all comes together with miraculous coherence on a thin thread of nostalgia but, where necessary, the music can also be joyful with many moods, always poetic. And to think that, for all this, just two instruments are needed, Trovesi’s clarinet and Coscia’s accordion!

Eco continues: “So here is a way to make popular music cultured and cultured music popular. So let’s not ask ourselves in which temple to place the performances of Coscia and Trovesi. They would be just at ease at a street corner as in a concert hall”.

A summit meeting, essentially, of Italian and European jazz, a meeting between two great artists who have found, in their playing together, an original interpretation of the plural world in which we live.

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